Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Marie, I’m from Cheshire, UK and have recently graduated form the University of Manchester with a degree in Linguistics.
Tell us something about your internship.
I stayed in Chengdu for 2 months and worked for a start-up company. My job role was really varied – writing articles, contacting potential partners, product innovation, regulating social media and customer service. My mentor was the CEO and founder of the company; he was really great at giving me his time – whether it was to discuss new ideas or whether he was offering business advice. The time I spent with my mentor was invaluable; I learned so much. My internship was matched to me perfectly. Not only have I gained more experience than I thought I ever could have in two months, I have a new wealth of knowledge that will really help me start my career in the UK.
How was Chengdu?
I really loved Chengdu. Relaxed but vibrant, delicious food and countless must-sees, most of my weekends were taken up with a trip somewhere. Although it could be hard at times with the language barrier, people were always willing to help. The nightlife is good here too – my favorite being Helens bar, I think that is one of the things I will miss the most.
Did you try any strange food?
My boss ordered Hot Pot to work one afternoon, I didn’t know all of the ingredients but cow stomach was in there!
How was your average weekend?
I really love to explore so I often used my weekends to travel out of Chengdu. I went to Leshan, Jiuzhaigou, Liujiang ancient town and the panda base. If I stayed locally, I would usually be found in Helens or in Book Worm – cosy western cafe (definitely recommend).
How was your average working day?
I usually begin the day my checking and replying the customer service emails, this takes me until lunch. After my colleagues have taken me for Chinese food or Burger King, my afternoon is spent doing a variety of things. I could be writing articles, press releases, contacting potential partners or finding material to post on social media. Sometimes I would Skype with journalists, telling them about a new feature or giving them information for a story.
Would you recommend an internship in China?
I would 100% recommend doing an internship in China. As the biggest growing economy in the world, to me it seemed natural to turn to China for an internship. Although I have learned so much from working here, I think the culture in general teaches you so much. It’s just different here and it’s hard to explain unless you been. I am yet to visit another country in Asia but I am sure that China is unique in that it can give you something that other places cannot.