Ellis Goldney Sidney (21), from Bournemouth, is heading out to Beijing this summer for a two month internship with the British Council.
Part of a scheme called Generation UK, Ellis says: “I am most looking forward to living in Beijing's Central Business District and the challenge of working with Mandarin speakers, speaking no Mandarin myself.
“I have loved my time at York in every way I can think of. I loved living, and later working, on campus. In my first year, I lived in Derwent College, and the community was really fun, vibrant and supportive. A particular highlight was playing college football. I captained the 4th team for four terms, which was challenging but really fun. I also really enjoyed presenting a radio show on University Radio York for two years. My most important memories though undoubtedly centre around time spent going out and relaxing with my pals.
“After my internship, I plan to return home and work full-time for 11 months, before doing an MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. While I am in Amsterdam, I plan to apply for the Civil Service's fast track graduate scheme. Then, I plan to get a girlfriend.”
Ellis graduated with a BA in Philosophy (2:1) on 18 July.
Our Centre for Global Programmes organised Ellis’s internship. The Centre co-ordinates all York’s study abroad exchange programmes, overseas internships, international travel awards and summer schools both in York for partner universities, and in different locations around the world for York students. Learn more about our international opportunities.