Politics and International Relations student Dominic Long has travelled to Hong Kong to begin the prestigious King William’s College Barrovian Alumni Internship.
On Friday 28th June he left the Isle of Man to spend three months gaining invaluable experience at Strix’s south-east China office. 21-year-old Dominic is currently studying for a BA Honours in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University. He will follow in the footpath of former recipients, Oliver Mealin and Thomas Dutnall.
The Internship Scheme was launched in 2017 as a joint initiative between King William’s College and global manufacturer Strix, and offers a unique opportunity for College alumni to gain valuable skills and practical work experience.
Working alongside Strix's Business Project Manager, Dominic will work on multiple projects, developing key skills across a number of disciplines and, equally as important, enjoying the unique experience of living and working within Hong Kong and its diverse and multicultural environment.
Dominic said: ‘I am really looking forward to experiencing first-hand the vibrant city and its complex culture. I have multiple family members who have lived there and as a result my curiosity has only grown over time.
‘I am hoping in years to come I can look back to this summer and be able to say I really took a step outside my comfort zone and matured because of it. I would like to thank King William’s College and Strix for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.’
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, offering first-class products to their customers around the world. 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, Director of Group HR at Strix, said: ‘Opportunities like this are few and far between so we’re delighted to continue our partnership with King William’s College and offer this enriching experience to another College alumnus. Dominic stands out as an exceptional young man with lots to offer and we’re looking forward to having him as part of the team in Hong Kong.’
Clare Broadbent, Deputy Head Academic at King William’s College, said: ‘Once again the standard of applications was outstanding and it was very difficult to whittle the selection down to just one deserving candidate – Dominic should feel very proud of this achievement. Both Oliver and Thomas found the three month internship an extremely rewarding and eye-opening experience and I have no doubt that Dominic will return with life-long friends, a new-found confidence, prosperous career prospects and unforgettable memories.
‘We wish him the very best of luck on his travels and look forward to hearing about his experience.’
For further details about the Barrovian Alumni Internship, visit: https://www.kwc.im/alumni/internship-scheme.