Many of the vocational schools in Huai’an, Jiangsu Province have required the students to do internships at the iPhone maker Foxconn Technologies Group to make USB Data lines for the new iPhone handset as the release date of the smartphone draws near.
The students have been told that they will not be able to get the credit needed for graduation if she refused. A 19 year old student said, “The university told us it’s a good way to experience corporate culture”. The student added, “Even though many of my classmates are reluctant to go to Foxconn, our teachers still askedus to work there starting in August.”
Reports say that most of the vocational schools in the city including some related to the food science and finance have sent their students to Foxconn which is Apple’s largest supplier. Many of the parents are perplexed and do not understand why their children have been sent to make USB data lines of martphones in Foxconn.
One of the parents said, “I don’t mind if my daughter finds a part-time job during the summer vacation, Butspending school hours on such nonsense is a waste of time.” An English major named Zhao informed that the students have to just put together the components of the USB data lines at the factory.