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University students to serve as interns at LA beef noodle shop

The China Post news staff--In an unprecedented move, privately run Shih Chien University (USC) yesterday signed a pact on an overseas internship program with Lao Dong Beef Noodles, under which 30 students will be sent to the Los Angeles branch of the famous beef noodle chain as interns by the end of this year.

Lao Dong will provide each intern with a round-trip ticket, accommodation, board, a monthly living allowance of NT$20,000 to NT$35,000 and a tourism subsidy of NT$20,000, according to a press release jointly issued by USC and the store.

The university's president, Michael J. K. Chen, said students at USC's Department of Restaurant and Institutional Management, Department of Business Administration and Department of Tourism are required to spend one semester as an intern for a local enterprise.

Chen said that, prompting by the suggestion of Lao Dong Beef Noodles, his university has decided to sign an academics-industry cooperation pact with the beef noodle chain.

He continued that when working at Lao Dong's Los Angeles store, the selected students will have six days off per month. Professors will carry out distance education programs for the students during the holidays and after working hours, he added.

If the students pass the evaluation by Lao Dong after the internship ends, they are expected to become spare cadres of Lao Dong and may be dispatched to its overseas stores to serve as midlevel managerial staff.

Meanwhile, Lao Dong CEO Lin Yang-hao said the internship program will not only help boost the service quality of Lao Dong's beef noodle stores to a restaurant level, but will also broaden the international vision of the students and upgrade their English abilities.

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