King William’s College and Strix have launched an exciting new internship which this year will see a College alumnus spend three months working in the Far East.
Oliver Mealin, 20, will work at Strix’s Hong Kong office from June to September after being named the first recipient of the Barrovian Alumni Internship.
The internship provides opportunities for a young alumnus to gain valuable skills and work experience, focusing on multiple key projects in the areas of human resources and finance.
Manx-born Oliver is in his second year of studying International Business at the University of Kent. The internship will see him work alongside Strix’s top senior business analyst, Catherine Tam.
‘I am looking forward to gaining real work experience with a renowned International company such as Strix within a vastly culturally different environment,’ said Oliver, who attended both The Buchan School and King William’s College and studied the International Baccalaureate. Working for a multinational corporation on the other side of the world is a rare opportunity and I am sure the contacts I make during my time in Hong Kong will prove invaluable in my future career. I feel extremely honored to have been chosen by Strix for this internship and I fully intend to immerse myself in the experience that Hong Kong has to offer from the cultural differences of the people to the fast-paced lifestyle within one of the world’s most dynamic business hubs. I want to thank King William’s College and Strix for offering me this amazing opportunity and I hope that others may follow in my footsteps in years to come.’
Strix is at the forefront of the development, manufacture and sales of safety control systems for small domestic appliances and filtration systems for filter kettles, fridge jugs and chilled water units. Headquartered in the Isle of Man, Strix has offices across the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong, employing more than 850 people worldwide.
Pauline McGee, global HR manager at Strix, said:
‘We are delighted to partner with KWC on this venture and are very excited to have Oliver join us in Hong Kong.This is a fantastic opportunity for Oliver to learn about our operations and also to experience the fantastic culture Hong Kong has to offer.’
The Barrovian Internship is available to alumni aged 18-25 who are members of the King William’s College Society. It will be awarded on an annual basis, with applicants going through an interview process.
Kara Hughes-Jones, Head of External Relations for King William’s College and The Buchan School, said:
‘This new internship is a wonderful opportunity for our alumni to gain valuable experience, not just for their future career prospects, but also from a personal development perspective, living in and learning about the culture of Hong Kong. The development of this internship supports the breadth and depth of the International Baccalaureate, which all sixth form students at King William’s College study, and provides the successful alumni with the opportunity to further explore their career path.’