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W+K NEXT: Summer Internship for Young Chinese Creators

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This summer, W+K Shanghai is seeking the boldest young writers, art directors, designers, hybrid thinkers and passionate do-ers from greater China for an internship unlike any other.

Announcing W+K Next – This pilot program will invite six lucky applicants to the W+K Shanghai office for six weeks, to work as a team, cultivate their wildest ideas, and help push the limits for the next generation of China’s creatives. While exploring the farthest frontiers of advertising, design and media, they’ll get the chance to learn alongside our creative directors, strengthen their skills across many disciplines, and find inspiration in talks, screenings, and special events.

Whether you’re a Chinese-speaking student, a recent graduate, or a young-at-heart creative looking for a new experience, we’d love to meet you. Your mission is to challenge us, each other, and most importantly yourself – show us who you are in the application, and see if you can be part of the next chapter at W+K!

Details after the break.

Duration: 6 weeks (July 18-August 26) Location: W+K Shanghai office, Xuhui, Shanghai, China Stipend: We’ll provide a small stipend to keep you in food and fun (accommodation and travel not provided, but we can help with recommendations of budget dormitory or lodging)

Requirements: 20 years or older Fluent in Mandarin, proficient in English Able to find your own accommodation in Shanghai for the duration of internship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:55pm, Thursday JUNE 30, 2011 Results will be announced on JULY 5th, 2011


1) CREATIVE CHALLENGE: “Show Yourself”! In three minutes or less, express the essence who you are and what you’re all about. Keep it short and sweet – put it in a video or powerpoint, and send it in as a Youku link or file (Quicktime MOV or PPT and under 10MB in size). Title should be “ (or .ppt)”, or a working Youku/Tudou link.

2) WORK SAMPLE: Filter down your portfolio to 6 – and only 6- pieces of work or projects that you think best capture your passion. Show us the best, forget the rest. Put them together in a single PDF file, 8MB in size or less (if you’re showing videos, include links to Youku or elsewhere). If there are 3D or handmade pieces, please document them in photographs or video. Title should be “YOURNAME_WORKSAMPLE.pdf”

3) CV: Send a copy of your CV indicating education background, previous jobs, contact information, etc Put it in a single PDF file. Title should be “YOURNAME_CV.pdf

For any further questions, use “W+K NEXT” in subject line, and contact


Q: Do I have to be studying or working in advertising? What if I’m not a creative, but a planner/account executive/etc? What if I’m an anthropologist,, or A: We’re interested in Chinese applicants from all backgrounds who are seeking a summer internship, you just have to have big, beautiful creative ideas.

Q: Do I have to be a Chinese national? A: This internship is focused on developing local talents and current Chinese students, but candidates from greater China and overseas will be considered as long as they have Chinese language fluency. Also all accepted interns will need to arrange their own accommodation in Shanghai.

Q: I’m fluent in spoken Mandarin but can’t read/write Chinese, can I still apply? A: Yes, but Chinese literacy is preferred.

Q: I already did the application’s work sample and creative questions, but I still want to send something 3D / hand-deliver some specially baked foods / give you a “surprise” on the front of your building… Can I? A: The best way to be considered is just to send in a fantastic entry to our standard application – if you really want to impress us, do it by writing/photos/website/video/etc, then if you get accepted you can still bake us a special surprise.


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