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Interns, Employers Find Double Happiness in Evolving Labor Market

It’s nearly summertime here in China, but the living isn’t necessarily so easy for the legions of students who will be heading to companies over the next month to start summer holiday internships. Such internships in China have a brief but colorful history over the last two decades, not all of it flattering. In many ways the internships of contemporary China look something like apprenticeships of yesteryear in the West, where young people eager to obtain job skills can get valuable training — but not much else — from a system that uses them as a convenient form of cheap labor.

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