Photo courtesy of Baidu
Li Mingyuan, Baidu
Last year, then 29-year-old Mingyuan was named vice president of China's largest search engine. But just nine years prior, he was a lowly intern, reports Bloomberg. And it's no easy job. Baidu boasts 600 million users, according to MarketWatch, and about 34,600 employees as of this past March.
Baidu is undoubtedly a young person's organization, with the average employee being just 26 years old, reports Bloomberg. Because Mingyuan is so young, he understands many of the wants and needs of his young employees -- flexible working hours, no formal dress code and nap rooms.
Lesson: Understand the company culture to succeed.
Understanding the company culture is a valuable part of a successful internship, says True. If you're unsure of what's appropriate at first, it's best to initially err on the conservative side.
"We always tell our students you want to dress up a little better than what you think you need to," he says. "It would be better for a student to dress up, especially the first day or two, and then allow someone within the organization to tell them, 'Hey, you can dress down a little bit.'"