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NexStep Connections Media Room

Next Step Connections has been featured in various media across the globe. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to write a piece about our work or have any other inquiries about the international education field in Asia.

Asia Tech Podcast

Founder Jerome Le Carrou was interviewed by Michael I. Waitze on Asia Tech Podcast in October 2017

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Time, in partnership with CNN

Monika L., again was featured on an article on Time. Monika is in a growing group of Americans interested in taking a gap year before college to explore the world to get some real-world international life experiences. Her 14-month journey is going to take her to many places including India, and Shanghai, China. Gap years, which are more common among British and Australian students, is slowly becoming a popular option for American students. Monika will be participating in NSC’s China internship program in Shanghai and will be an intern for a well-known fashion designer.
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USA Today

Monika L. will be a featured blogger on USA Today and will be blogging about her Gap Year experiences abroad including an internship with NSC’s intern program in Shanghai, China starting January 2011. Click on the link below to follow Monika’s exciting gap year adventures.
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Shanghai Daily

High schoolers get head start on jobs by Fei Lai.
MOST Chinese high school students are so driven by exams and the need to get into university that they don’t have much time to think about majors and careers. But some are starting early as summer interns.
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South China Morning Post (SCMP)

NSC’s High School Entrepreneur Program was featured in an article of South China Morning Post written by Ms. Lim Hui Sin.
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Articles on

Interview with Next Step Connections’ founder
“Next Step Connections provides professional Internship programs in China for students, graduates and young professionals from all over the world. Next Step Connections was created in 2007……and aim at promoting professional and social connections between students from all over the world…”

Next Step Connections Offers Internships Experience in Asia
““Today I am writing about internship opportunities with Next Step Connections ……I am quite impressed by the organization and the experiences they offer…””

Interview with Logan – Internship in China with Next Step Connections.
“Logan is from Seattle, Washington and is currently a sophomore at The Colorado College. Logan is interested in Computer Science, Military History, Artificial Intelligence, and Biomechanical Engineering.”

Interview with Jonathan – Internship in Shanghai with Next Step Connections.
“Jonathan is from Australia and studied at Griffith University in Queensland. Jonathan has recently completed a dual degree in International Business/Arts in Asian and International Studies. He majored in Chinese and Business in Asia.”

An Interview with Samantha
“Next Step Connections, however, was not only affordable, but it offered (and continues to offer) many tidbits to aid interns in their experience… I have already recommended NSC to a couple of professors and friends.”

An Interview with Felix
“From my experience, I feel that the exposure of immersing one’s self into a country and exposing one’s self to a culture outside their own is a once in a life time experience…”

Now What?: NSC is proud being featured in 2009 Alumni Monika Lutz’ book about her gap year journey around the world.

“I had signed a four month internship and housing agreement with Next Step Connections, an internship placement company I’d found online. They had offered me an academic scholarship, coordinated my housing and helped me secure a visa. I called Michelle, my coordinator, and explained the situation. In times like these, the support of an organized company was vital…”

About Now What?
NOW WHAT? Forget the old concept of going straight from high school to college to work. Through her firsthand perspective, gap year girl Monika Lutz shows you how to intern around the world, earn college credit, and experience an Ivy League education in a non-traditional way—all for less than the price of a full year at a state school. This is her journey across nine cities, six countries, and twelve highly competitive internships to finding an answer to the question, Now What?

Now What? provides first hand examples to show students:
– How to win high-profile internships without any college experience
– How to plan and pay for a gap year without depending on Mom and Dad
– How to find professional, academic, and personal success by taking a gap year
– How to avoid and overcome common gap year challenges including travel complications, personal safety threats, immigration problems, unemployment, spiritual issues, and loneliness.

Click here to check her website