King William’s College and The Buchan School’s alumni and parents have always supported our careers advice provision, attending our Fifth Form Careers Fair, providing work experience and giving university advice.


We are creating a robust Mentoring Programme that will give current students and alumni the opportunity to receive practical advice, experience and networking opportunities.

This does not just benefit younger OKWs, who are entering the world of work, but also alumni who are looking at changing career or profession and are looking for guidance.

We hope that alumni in all stages of their professional lives will volunteer to act as mentors and aid others with:

  • General advice on getting into the workplace including interview techniques, CV tailoring etc.
  • One-to-one advice regarding a particular profession or sector.
  • Work experience.

To become a mentor or mentee, please log in to the alumni portal.


The Barrovian Alumni Internship offers a unique opportunity for a young alumnus to gain valuable skills and work experience during a three month work placement with Strix in their Hong Kong office.

Working alongside Strix’s Senior Business Analyst, the intern will work on multiple key projects, increase skill levels across a number of disciplines and, equally as important, enjoy the unique experience of living and working within Hong Kong and its diverse and multi-cultural environment.


Strix is at the forefront of development, manufacture and sales of safety control systems for small domestic appliances and filtration systems for filter kettles, fridge jugs and chilled water units, offering first-class quality and value to their customers across the world. Their global market share of the kettle safety control industry is 38 per cent. Strix retains its international presence with its head office in the Isle of Man and offices across the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong. The Company employs over 800 people worldwide, selling its products in over 100 countries around the world.


The Internship is available to Alumni aged 18 – 25.

Applicants will go through an interview process with Strix and KWC.

The Internship will be for three months, usually starting in June.

The successful candidate will be provided with real work and given challenging tasks.

KWC will pay half the travel and accommodation costs of the successful candidate. The intern will cover the remaining costs, plus living expenses. Strix will support Visa costs.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide weekly updates, write an article and present to our Sixth Form on their experience.


“It was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Everything I did contributed to a truly captivating working environment where Strix values its interns and entrusts them with important tasks which contribute to the running of the company. I have hiked up mountains next to skyscrapers, visited historic Temples and monuments, sampled a huge variety of foods from the east and made new friends and lifelong contacts from all over the world including Hong Kong, China and America.”


2018 Thomas Dutnall (OKW 2010-2017)

“Working for Strix has opened up my eyes. So far in my life I have only experienced business operations through textbooks and teachers but it has been fantastic to put all my past studying from King William’s College and The University of Manchester into practical situations. Catherine has been amazing and explains the reasons behind all the projects I work on and why they are important to the business. This has allowed me to feel like a part of the company. Hong Kong has been amazing. I have always wanted a chance to experience Eastern Asia and its culture and it is safe to say Hong Kong has exceeded my expectations. I find it amazing that one minute you can find yourself battling your way through the crowded streets and then the next in a secluded, forgotten temple.”

2019 Dominic Long (2008-2016)

“Catherine and the team were there to support me throughout my time in Hong Kong. Their support allowed me to assist them fully and I took on tasks which could be used to calculate productivity and efficiency across Strix’s business. I found the job challenging but extremely rewarding and would like to thank everyone at Strix for helping and making me feel very welcome. I would encourage anyone considering this experience to apply.”



Do I need to complete an application form?

There is no application form to complete. Applicants will be asked to provide a CV, referees and letter of application.

When will I hear about an interview?

All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and shortlisted candidates will then be contacted with an interview date and time. We will also contact applicants who have not been successful with feedback.

Will I need to come to KWC for the interview?

We understand that many of our alumni are living and studying off Island so conduct all interviews online.

What date will the Internship start?

We will work with the successful applicant and Strix to find a start date that will work for everyone.

If you have any further questions please contact +44 (0) 1624 820470 or

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