In case you have not noticed, Gi2C has hired a full time hacker to delete negative comments about them on the internet and on their own Facebook page as well as constantly "revise" their comments on gooverseas.com when they get caught in a lie like recently with former Gi2C intern Winnie Maliko from France who had this to say...
So as you search the internet and you keep finding "404 Errors" when coming across Gi2C scam or complaint references, at least now you know why. If you have any doubts whatsoever just post the link to this website or any of the others below on the Gi2C Facebook page and ask for an explanation. Your post will be gone faster than you can fart.
Feel free to post your complaint here below and it will ALWAYS be here because Gi2C cannot hack this site which is hosted by the best secured servers in the world - on Google. Here is the last thing they deleted, but we recovered it from "Cache"
a) Fresh university graduates
b) Unemployed Brits, Americans, and Canadians
c) Retired or senior people on a fixed income
All of these people are desperate for a good job. These China internship companies all have incredible looking websites and their bait are about 500 ads spammed across the internet that offer "Work For A Fortune 500 Company In China" (no mention of internship until after you click) or some will openly say "Intern With a Huge MNC in China - Great Jobs Await You". The ads are clever and catchy and changed every week. Some ads are branded but most are blind ads.
Once they have your attention they will ask for your CV and suddenly they find the perfect job for you "with a well-known international company" but they won't tell you the details or name of the company until after you pay a $300 deposit which they claim is "100%" refundable. Because the web site is full of testimonials (some are real - most are shills) and links to "independent reviews" and because you see the below homepage and are told they "have offices all over the world" it is easy to buy into the pitch.
So you send your $300 bucks to "reserve" your slot because "if you don't grab it now it will be gone by the end of the day!" You are also told that if you do a good job at the internship "you will probably be hired" They also be sure to tell that all these MNC manager trainee jobs start at $50,000 - $60,000. They also tell you that they are "partners" with 50 of the top universities in the world and even put a photo from the SMU Alumni Association on their website. (see below). All very convincing to be sure.
You will then click on the "Our Team" link and be comforted to see so many foreigners working there so you assume it must be a legitimate company. http://www.gi2c.org/our-team.html
Here is what they never tell you...
* If you dial all those phone numbers of the "overseas offices" they will all be answered by the same person no matter whether you call Tokyo, New York, London, etc. These are virtual phone numbers leased by the month and forwarded to the mobile phone of one of the sales reps. If you ask them for actual offices in those 7 countries they are unable to do so and change the subject.
* When you ask them to explain the SMU photo, they also change the subject because the SMU Alumni Association never heard of any China Internship Company (Call them and see for yourself)
* If you ask them to provide a list of all the Fortune 500 and MNC companies that they work with, they refuse and claim it is "proprietary information". I personally called the HR offices of Nestle, IBM, PWC, Deloitte, HP, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Lenovo, Reuters and Samsung (the names presented to me by their sales rep when I called and pretended to be interseted in an internship this summer). None of those companies ever heard of Gi2C and they ALL confirmed that they do not use agents nor third party companies to hire their interns. THEY HIRE THEIR OWN INTERNS FOR FREE IN-HOUSE THROUGH NEWSLETTER ANNOUNCEMENTS.
* They won't tell you until after they have your $300 deposit that you will also have to pay the following...
a) A placement fee of $3,700 that includes a room for the first 30 days of your 90 day internship
b) Your round-trip air fare of $1,600
c) Your meal and beverage costs for 90 days - about $1,500
d) Your apartment rental and security deposit for your second and third month in China - $1,800
e) Your subway fare to and from your internship job site for 90 days - $500
Now you realize your total costs will exceed $7,000 and just try to get your $300 deposit back an dthey will tell you to "read the fine print" of their terms and conditions which are in 8point font while the words "Guaranteed" and "100% Refundable" are in 18 & 24 point font!
* They also won't tell you that the real job internships are 100% free and you can get them yourself as I mentioned above, nor the fact that less than 15% of their interns are placed with foreign companies. Most all are placed with Chinese companies whose names are unknown - even to most Chinese!
* They won't tell you that Paul, Max, Joe, (and all but one of the foreigners you see on "Our Team") along with employees Cheryl, Abbie, Renee, Zack, Greg, Johnathan, Andrew, Henry, Kaisa, Steve, Fay, and Michelle all resigned months ago, over a particular incident involving a certain Chinese employee named "Tommy". (For those that doubt this, send me a PM and I can put you in touch with former employees that I have spoken with through a mutual friend) The staff is now 12 bi-lingual Chinese yet they keep using the photos and videos of all the foreigners that resigned. http://www.gi2c.org/our-team.html
* According to their former webmaster Steve Brown who also resigned, less than 10% of the 200+ China internships posted on their web site are real and that has been confirmed by an actual applicant here who caught them with a "bait ad": http://eslwatch.info/forum/china/115-fr ... e.html#382
* The company was using an alias of "Getin2China for a few years until that name got tarnished after employee "Tommy" had some legal issues that are best explained on other websites.
* They will not tell you that the SAIC Chinese government office has no business license issued to Gi2C but nor that the old business license issued to Getin2China.com only authorizes the company to provide "visa consulting services" to local Chinese, not to solicit foreigners for internships.
* They will also not tell you that they created/fabricated people using the name "HALEY GILBERT" and ZACK ADAMS" to deal with complaints and PR issues that were a bit problematic as you can see at this 2013 Scambook post. Call to Gi2c and ask to speak with Haley or Zack and an honest receptionist will tell you that nobody by those names ever worked there. http://www.scambook.com/report/view/283 ... -for-$0.00
* They will also not tell you what their own clients say about them here: www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/china/gi2c-group/50333 nor that some of the interns who gave "favorable" reviews were given a $500 discount for doing so. Again, if you doubt this, send me a pm and I will put in touch with actual clients and two former employee of Gi2C.
* As former client "Winnie Maliko" points out at thebeijnger and will confirm with a PM to anyone who asks her, Gi2C coaches their customers to lie to the Chinese visa officer about why they are really coming to China and ask for an M visa. Why? Because Gi2c and their corporate sponsors cannot legally issue the Q1 or Z Visa required by Chinese law for foreign interns, which brings us to the last secret...
* In September of 2013, new Visa and Labor laws went into effect in China. Ever since it has been ILLEGAL for any foreigner to work in a China as an intern UNLESS the intern is registered as part of a university student exchange program or a "delegate" of a registered cultural exchange foundation, NGO, or NPO like the United Nations, Carnegie Institute, Gugenheim Museum, National Geographic, etc. If a foreign intern gets caught in one of some 3,000 random visa checks made every day by the PSB (Public Security Bureau) without the right visa, they will be arrested, fined (about $2,00), jailed for 30 days and then deported with a 3-5 year reentry ban. Also, the new laws limit China internships to 90 consecutive days, yet Gi2C clients are not told any of this and are often sold six month packages which are far more profitable for them.
Additional related reading can be found here:
http://examiner.com/article/never-ever- ... internship
http://.www.marketplace.org/topics/worl ... pectations
The below photo was taken by a former Gi2c client that was interviewed by China Scam Patrol which they shared with me: All the foreigners in this 2014 photo (except the owner in the back row to the right) and three of the Chinese you see in it resigned I am not sure if names are allowed to be posted here, but if people need them send me a PM because China Scam Patrol gave me the names of all the people in this photo and and 23 other employees they listed in a complaint to Interpol.
Here are other relative links worth reading to help educate yourself about China Job Internships. There are indeed some real internships to be had, but you will not have to pay for them. In fact the genuine China internships are all free!