After a long period of hesitation, Gao Jing finally calls her father. Dad, can you send some money to me? I have to pay my rent.
When this 22-year-old majoring in Chinese language and literature at Nankai University interned with a video website in Beijing, she found her income was too small to cover her expenses.
In fact, more than 30 percent of students have trouble covering their expenses during summer internships and other programs, according to a survey conducted by renren.com last month.
College students are struggling to deal with this tough reality in their own way. What they appreciate more are working experiences and self-improvement.
With a monthly internship earnings reaching more than 2,000 yuan, Gao Jing thought she could make a living on her own in Beijing.
But 1,2000 yuan went to her rent, ruining her plan. Additionally, shes required to pay rent three months at a time, and she had to submit a one-month security deposit. I dont earn any money, but I have so many expenses, she says.
Gao must also continue attending her classes in Tianjin, meaning she has to pay at least 500 yuan per month in transportation fees.
To save money, she orders take-out, costing her 20 yuan every day.
While she technically paid to participate in the internship, she feels what she gained wasnt worth it. Her job was to select and edit videos. It wasnt challenging. I wanted to conduct interviews and write news, she said.
She originally planned to look for a job after completing the internship in Beijing, but now shes decided to return to Tianjin. After all, Ill feel less stress and Ill be able to find another company I can learn more from, she said.