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InternChina on the Great Wall during the Big Beijing Trip 2018

Carolin and Alisha’s University of Dundee Funded Internships

Name: Carolin Labinski and Alisha Ukani
Nationality: German and British
Destination: Dalian
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 2 month University funded internship with Chinese classes
University: University of Dundee
Year: 2018

Carolin and Alisha have recently completed an 8 week internship programme which included Chinese language tuition and two employability sessions, along with one networking event hosted by InternChina.

“If there is one thing I would say about Dalian, it’s that people are helpful. Even if they don’t speak English, they are the most helpful type of people that I have come across.” 

This internship programme was funded by the University of Dundee, and organised through InternChina. Not only do InternChina find participants internships, but we also offer a support system in the city of your internship and organise participant activities, trips and dinners – including trips to Beijing and Shanghai this summer which included participants from each of our destinations!

“For me it was a big surprise that Chinese is not as difficult as people believe, the grammar is very easy and I would encourage everybody to start to learn Chinese.”

If you’re interested in working abroad and dicovering a new culture, why not APPLY NOW?

InternChina Hochschule Heilbronn 2 week trip to Chengdu

Destination: Chengdu
Programme details: 2 weeks, Hochschule Heilbronn Chengdu trip

Hochschule Heilbronn went to Chengdu for business masterclasses, culture and language learning. This video summarizes their feelings!

“There’s no highlight, because the two weeks were one highlight of this year!.”

If you’re interested in living with a Chinese family, learning the language and becoming involved with the culture, why not APPLY NOW?

Matthias’ Homestay Experience in Qingdao

Name: Matthias Schmitz
Nationality: German
Destination: Qingdao
Accommodation: Homestay
Programme details: 5 months, homestay experience
University: RWTH Aachen University
Year: 2018

Matthias recently completed a 5 month homestay with a local family in Qingdao, while taking part in an Engineering internship.

“I wanted to experience life in China as a Chinese person, not as a foreigner, and to improve my language skills on a day to day Chinese basis, and not just from a professional point of view during my working hours.”

The family host foreign interns for several reasons, including helping to expose their son Micky to new cultures and languages.

“We hope Micky can get to know some different cultures of other countries. By being a host family, we can also learn new languages. Micky’s English has improved a lot, this is why we choose to be a host family.”

If you’re interested in living with a Chinese family, learning the language and becoming involved with the culture, why not APPLY NOW?

Ingo’s Engineering Internship and Homestay Experience in Qingdao

InternChina Qingdao dress up costumes

My name is Ingo, I am a student from Germany majoring in Business Administration & Engineering. Since mid-February I have been working as an intern at a British company in Qingdao. The company provides solutions for environmental protection using their purge and pressurization units to prevent dust, corrosives and other non-hazardous gases from contaminating electrical equipment installed in enclosures close to process applications. My task is to elaborate new functions in the enterprise resource planning system, elaborate and installing a shop-floor information system and support the factory supervisor. I am well integrated in the team and I am glad to have the chance to do an internship in Qingdao and in this company.

InternChina china qingdao building expo

For the duration of my stay in China I am living at a homestay family. It is a small Chinese family with a little child. The home of the family is in Shuan Shan area near a big mall and well connected to public transport. The latter is very important for me due to my daily commute to work. I get breakfast and dinner at the family. The breakfast is most of the time a Chinese kind of porridge, boiled eggs and fried bread. For dinner, I am mostly at the parents of my guest mother. There I get all varieties of Chinese food – her father is an excellent cook. Occasionally, my homestay family invites me to meet their friends or to go on a trip. Also, my guest family speaks very good English – to the detriment that my Chinese knowledge is still stagnating on a low level.

Qingdao is regarded as a holiday paradise. The city is located directly by the sea and has several beaches. Near the city, the Lao Shan Mountain is located, from which– depending on weather – a wide view over the whole region is possible.

I do not regret my decision to do an internship in China and I am looking forward to my four remaining months in Qingdao!

 

View of Qingdao Marina City

BĂĽsra’s Praktikum in Qingdao

Hi!

Mein Name ist BĂĽsra, 22, Studentin und gebĂĽrtige Augsburgerin.

Vor paar Monaten habe ich die Entscheidung getroffen mich raus aus meiner Komfortzone und direkt ins Abenteuer zu stürzen. Und welches Land wäre da interessanter als China? Das Land über das mehr Gerüchte kursieren als Fakten.

Trotz zahlreicher Zweifel von Familienmitgliedern, Verwandten und Freunden („China? Wieso China?“, „Du sprichst doch gar kein Chinesisch?“, „Was willst du da essen?!“, „Sind Chinesen nicht rassistisch/ islamfeindlich/ türkenfeindlich/ kommunistisch…?“ etc.), bin ich vor drei Tagen aufgebrochen, um mein Praktikum in InternChina in Qingdao zu starten. Mein Praktikum wird sechs Monate dauern und ist der letzte Schritt um mein Bachelorstudium in International Business abzuschließen.

Mein Flug dauerte mehr als 14 Stunden und ging ĂĽber MĂĽnchen (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA) bis (endlich!) Qingdao (TAO).

InternChina – Destination: Qingdao

Meinen ersten Oh-oh-Moment hatte ich, als der nette Immigrationspolizist am Flughafen mir auf Chinesisch eine Frage stellte. Als Antwort guckte ich nur leicht benebelt und flüsterte entschuldigend auf Englisch, dass ich kein Chinesisch spreche. Gott sei Dank lachte der Polizist nur und winkte mich durch. Der zweite Oh-oh-Moment ließ nur paar Minuten auf sich warten, als ich am Gepäckband stand, mich umsah und mir dämmerte, dass ich nichts, WIRKLICH NICHTS, hier lesen kann. Natürlich war mir klar, dass in China Schriftzeichen verwendet werden, aber es dann tatsächlich am eigenen Leib zu spüren… Dass man etwas, was man seit dem man das erste Mal Lesen lernte als selbstverständlich annahm, von Schildern bis zu Menüs, nicht mehr kann, war doch etwas schockierend. (Später habe ich erfahren, dass in den meisten Restaurants die Menüs bebildert sind. Also kein Grund zur Panik. Ich muss nicht verhungern.

InternChina – Lanzhou Lamian Menu

Clare, die InternChina Branchmanagerin in Qingdao, holte mich vom Flughafen ab, brachte mich in meine WG und begleitete mich anschließend ins Simkartengeschäft, um mich mit einer funktionierenden Handyverbindung und Internet (HALLELUJAH!!) zu versorgen.

Die Menschen in Qingdao sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit und sie starren dich an und zwar nicht besonders unauffällig. Aber wenn ich bedenke, dass ich in den letzten drei Tagen, abgesehen von meiner Mitbewohnerin und meinen Kollegen nur drei andere „Ausländer“ gesehen habe, ist das verständlich. Auch ist ihr Blick nicht feindselig, sondern meist nur interessiert. Gleich an meinem zweiten Tag hier, rannte ein etwa zehnjähriger chinesischer Junge uns nach, holte auf, stellte sich vor uns hin und fragte „Where are you from?“. Nach meiner leicht verwirrten Antwort „eeeeh… Germany.“, überlegte er kurz sagte „XieXie!“ (= Danke) und rannte wieder davon. Ich vermute, dass ich hier öfter als Englischübungspartner verwendet werde.

Die Stadt ist überhaupt nicht überbevölkert, was ich als leichte Klaustrophobin befürchtet hatte. Allerdings habe ich auch gehört, dass Qingdao im Sommer viel voller ist und es ist momentan Januar. Es fahren jedoch sehr viele Autos auf der Straße und sie fahren etwas wilder, als aus Deutschland gewohnt. Müsste ich die Fahrweise in zwei Wörtern beschreiben, wäre es „no chill“. Dabei dachte ich, ich hätte schon alles an verrückten Fahrstilen in Istanbul gesehen. Außerdem kann man sich den Parkstil in China wie ein Tetrisspiel vorstellen. Man quetscht sich an jede mögliche freie Stelle und berücksichtigt dabei nicht, ob man eventuell jemandem vom wieder herausfahren abhält.

Die Luftqualität und das Wetter waren, wider meine Erwartungen und zu meinem Glück in den letzten Tagen ganz gut. Wir nutzten das gute Wetter aus um entlang des Meers zu spazieren und paar Fotos zu schießen. Das Meer in Qingdao ist einfach wunderschön. Es ist schon länger mein Traum gewesen in einer Stadt am Meer zu wohnen und endlich ist es soweit.

InternChina – Yellow Sea
InternChina – Qingdao Seaside
InternChina – Cakes and Happiness

And last but not least: Das Essen. Traumhaft. Jeder der etwas länger Zeit mit mir verbracht hat, weiß wie wichtig mir gutes Essen ist und hier gibt es mehr als genug davon! Vergisst die Nudelbox mit oder ohne Hühnerfleisch und die Frühlingsrollen! Chinesisches Essen ist so viel mehr! Vor allem ist es so günstig. Eine mehr als sättigende Portion kostet um die 14 RMB (=1,91€) und das sind weniger als zwei Euro. Adieu, Diätpläne… Ich habe vor wirklich jede Chance zu nutzen, alle (nicht allzu verrückten) Arten von chinesischen Gerichten zu probieren.

Generell sollte man so wenig Erwartungen an China haben, wie nur möglich und eigentlich alles, was man je über das Land gehört hat nicht so ernst nehmen. Jeder macht unterschiedliche Erfahrungen, aber ich denke es ist es auf jeden Fall wert das Land mal selber zu sehen und eigene Eindrücke zu sammeln.

Falls du auch Lust hast mal aus deiner Komfortzone rauszukommen und in ein Abenteuer zu stĂĽrzen, informiere dich hier!

 

Kristin’s InternChina Office Internship in Zhuhai

6 months ago I went on a mission to explore a culture that had only recently been on my radar. I was always fascinated with the Middle Kingdom but I honestly would never have seen myself living and working in China for half a year. With no idea of what to expect, or how comfortable I’d feel and how I’d cope with a working environment I’d heard to be entirely different to what I was familiar with, I accepted the challenge in July 2015.

As on every journey, you have your highs and you have your lows. However, as I look back, my time went by in the blink of an eye and it’s truly been a blast. I fell in love with this country and this will be the first of many more experiences in indescribable China.

Moreover, I cannot put into words, how grateful I am to InternChina for taking me on and giving me the opportunity to be part of the family. I’m not going to lie, especially in the busy summer it is a 24/7 position, but the work experience I gained – in the marketing, design and the business development sector – is something I absolutely would not have wanted to miss. Getting out of your comfort zone and acquiring new skills, while focusing on your own strengths and weaknesses is something not every employer can offer!

Now, I’m going to take you with me on my InternChina adventure.

Month #1

InternChina - Waterfall trip in Zhuhai

I’m still convinced the first month didn’t have 4 weeks… it went by so quickly. The weather was hot and humid at that time but that didn’t stop us from hiking to a waterfall, visiting Shenzhen, a weekend trip on Wailing Ding Dao and going to Foshan -> This was the first trip I organised together with my PTA (Personal Travel Adviser) Janice, which ended up in a bubble war between us (20 international students) and 3000 Chinese Citizens armed with water guns.

InternChina - Foshan Trip

InternChina - Wailingding Dao

 

Month #2

Charity Music Festival Come Together in Zhuhai

Month two was also not lacking in events. I had the honour of giving a hand to Zhuhai Office Manager Paul Bailey, AKA Bruce, in the organisation of the 4th annual ‘Come Together Charity Music Festival’ held at the Beishan Theatre in Zhuhai. I was also directly involved on the big day itself and it was a great success – the total money raised in 2015: RMB 300,002.98 (USD 47,170 | GBP 31,000). That wasn’t it for this month: it was my birthday (thanks for the Hellokitty birthday cheese cake Leo!), we explored Guangzhou, hiked up to the Fishergirl’s husband in Zhuhai, went wild water-rafting and tested our taekwondo skills.

Internchina Activities in Zhuhai September 2015

Month #3

Internchina Halloween trip to Foshan

October also proved be a very busy month and I honestly have no idea how all of this fit into a single month, but I worked it out eventually: Zhangjiajie, Calligraphy & Tea Ceremony day, Halloween in Foshan, Hiking to Jintai Temple and relaxing in Zhuhai’s Hot Springs, Macau and Shanghai. Not to forget about my first Haircut and KTV experience in China.

Culture day in Zhuhai Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony

InternChina JINTAI TEMPLE AND HOTSPRINGS ZHUHAI

Month #4

DIY peking opera mask in zhuhai

And there it already was: halftime… Most of the people who had arrived in Zhuhai around the same time as me had finished their 2-3 month internships and the atmosphere in Zhuhai was now different, but a just as fun time had started. It was at this point that Zhuhai started feeling like home and the initial excitement eased into a more settled and cultural-focused phase. The activity list was still just as big though: a DIY Beijing Opera masks event, Yangshuo, the CPAZ Charity day, and a wonderful weekend with Janice and her family (thank you for being such a good friend and partner in crime).

internchina trip to yangshuoHere, I also have to mention that the new IC intern and roomie Nadia arrived. I couldn’t have asked for better company and now that we even have the same laugh, it’s time for me to leave #yaaaaas.

 

Month #5Visiting the InternChina Office in Qingdao

In December I had the chance to visit the InternChina Qingdao office and directly work with the on-site team there for about 2 weeks. It was great getting to know everyone in person and thanks to the cold weather it actually felt like Christmas was approaching. Furthermore, Joe and his little elf Jack outdid themselves with the Christmas turkey! It was a dream!
This was followed by a weekend trip to Beijing, Archery, a night in Hong Kong and a cozy Christmas feast at FBB in Zhuhai.

InternChina Archery Event and Christmas in Zhuhai

Month #6InternChina Zhuhai Weekend Trip to Danxia, Shaoguan

Today on my last day, after sitting for 6 months on my orange chair by the window with the greatest view over Zhuhai, I can’t believe that it’s time to leave and to say good bye to an amazing team… 2016 is off to a great start already. I have learnt how to make dumplings so I can continue my addiction after I return from China, we travelled to Danxia mountain in Shaoguan and it was simply a great time hanging out with all the people I know so well here..

Mission China Accomplished_6 month internship in Zhuhai

Before I get too sentimental, this is the end. The end of a successful mission! Thanks to everyone who crossed my path and has made it an unforgettable experience!

 

If you are also looking for a unique internship opportunity, apply now!

 

Kathrin’s Verkauf und Business Development Praktikum in Zhuhai

Angesiedelt am Pearl River Delta, Hongkong gegenüberliegend, Zhongshan im Norden, Macau im Süden und bekannt als die Chinesische Riviera, ist Zhuhai eine der lebendigsten Städte in ganz China. Derzeit wird eine  30 km lange Brücke mit zwei Richtungsfahrbahnen und jeweils 3 Spuren von Hongkong über Zhuhai bis nach Macau gebaut, welche noch viel größere Tore für die Zukunft von Zhuhai eröffnen wird.

Dennoch ist Zhuhai eine noch recht unbekannte Stadt unter Europäern, aber mit diesen Voraussetzungen wird Zhuhai mehr und mehr an  Attraktivität gewinnen. Somit ist Zhuhai jetzt schon der perfekte Platz um sein Praktikum zu absolvieren, nicht nur um Einblicke in die chinesische Arbeitswelt zu erhalten sondern auch um das echte China zu erleben.

Um einen Einblick aus erster Hand zu bekommen, wie ein Praktikum in Zhuhai aussehen könnte, haben wir die Highlights aus dem Interview mit Kathrin Schmitt zusammengefasst. Kathrin studiert International Technical Trade Management, ist aus Deutschland, Salz und hat gerade erst vor kurzem ihr 5-monatiges Praktikum bei Electech beendet.

 

Kathrin Schmitt, Praktikantin bei Electech

 

IC TEAM: Beschreibe uns doch bitte den Vorgang  von deiner Bewerbung bis hin zur Zusage für dein Praktikum.

Kathrin: Durch zwei Freunde die ebenfalls mit Hilfe von Internchina ihr Praktikum in China absolviert haben und darüber einen Vortrag an unserer Hochschule gehalten haben bin ich letztendlich auf Internchina gestoßen. Das hat mein Interesse geweckt und nachdem ich mit Morgan Dolan [Zhuhai Office Managerin] Kontakt aufgenommen habe, bekam ich zwei Vorschläge für ein mögliches Praktikum. Ich habe mich demnach für Electech entschieden, da diese sehr international agieren. Daraus resultierte ein sehr entspanntes Skype-Interview mit Jessi, der Managerin des Oversea Sales Departments. Die Firma hatte bereits entschieden mich zu nehmen und so war es mehr oder minder nur ein gegenseitiges Kennenlernen, was sehr faszinierend war.

 

IC TEAM: Welche Aufgaben hast du innerhalb der Firma übernommen? Warst du zuständig für größere Projekte?

Kathrin: Ich habe keine täglichen Aufgaben, sondern arbeite eher an größeren Projekten. Mir wurden Themen vorgegeben zu welchen ich recherchieren sollte, insbesondere Informationen zu Deutschland, Italien und Spanien. Mein Hauptprojekt bestand aus der Auflistung aller Haupt-Einzelhändler in Deutschland wie zum Beispiel Obi. Gleichzeitig sammelte ich Informationen über alle Wettbewerber und sammelte dies in einer umfangreichen Excel-Tabelle zur Weiterverwendung. Mein anderes größeres Projekt beinhaltete die Produkteeinführung für das deutsche Sales-Team.

 

IC TEAM: Nun aber auch einmal zu deinen Erfahrungen in Bezug auf das Land China. Wie hast du die chinesische KĂĽche erlebt?

Kathrin: Das Essen hier ist nicht vergleichbar mit der chinesischen Küche in Deutschland und man hat hier in China eine weitaus größere Auswahl, was das Ganze zu einer ganz besonderen Erfahrung macht. Ich mag auch die Art des gemeinsamen Essens, indem man viele verschiedene Gerichte bestellt und gemeinsam von allem isst.

 

IC TEAM: Eine letzte Anmerkung?

8 Wörter. Es ist ein Erlebnis, das dein Leben verändert.

Anna’s InternChina Office Internship in Qingdao

Hello!

My name is Anna and I’m from Germany. I’m the new marketing intern at the InternChina office in Qingdao.  I’m currently pursuing International Marketing studies in the Netherlands, which I really enjoy! I decided to do an internship in China because I’m always up to something different and I wanted to see for myself what China is all about.

I haven’t been in Qingdao very long…only starting my second week! So far I would describe my experience as being  “yin and yang”. There are many good things that I really appreciate and there are also some things that are not my cup of tea, but still worth the experience!

My journey to China began in DĂĽsseldorf. After an 18-hour flight I finally arrived in Qingdao and was greeted by my lovely colleague Amber. The temperature in the city is around 35 degrees in August. Everybody who knows what the weather in Germany is like could be a little overwhelmed by such high temperatures. Lucky me, I live in an apartment with air conditioning!

 

InternChina - Anna
InternChina – Anna

On my first day, I went out for authentic Chinese food. After ordering something I could not understand I hoped for the best and got a nice and delicious fish menu for less than 5€. As I don’t speak any Chinese yet, ordering food in a typical Chinese restaurant isn’t easy and you must be very creative. Not many Chinese people speak English around here, which makes communication very hard at times. This is the “yin” part for me.

On the “yang” side, there are also many very nice and extraordinary things I discovered. For example: the adoration for the western look. If you have ever wanted to feel like a celebrity, China is a good place to go! The way people look at you and observe things you do is quite funny. Many want to take pictures of you or with you and some daring people even ask for an autograph! For some, mainly Chinese tourists from the countryside, it’s the first time they see someone from a different country and not just on a billboard!

InternChina - Yin Yang
InternChina – Yin Yang

Qingdao is a very beautiful city next to the sea with many Western influenced cafés and restaurants. Walking along the promenade at night is a must-do. You can enjoy the beautiful Qingdao skyline, listen to live music and buy some souvenirs at the cute little beach stands.

InternChina - Evening
InternChina – Evening

I would really recommend doing an internship in Qingdao. It’s a very Western influenced city that has still kept it’s old Chinese culture. You will never forget the many different experiences and impressions you will gain while here. Although I know I could not live in China my whole life, I’m confident that I will have a wonderful time meeting new people from all around the world, gaining really nice working experience in a foreign business environment and being immersed in a very different lifestyle!

If an internship in China seems fitting to you, apply here!

Katharina’s InternChina Office Internship in Chengdu

Today is my last day at InternChina’s Chengdu office and it has been an amazing 6 months. Time has certainly flown by and it’s sad to be leaving. I have had great colleagues from the ever changing team and amongst them, I have also made great friends.

Although only just an intern at InternChina, I have been given real responsibility and have been welcomed into the team from day one. My main responsibilities have changed over the months and I am grateful I was given the opportunity to get involved in everything, from marketing to sales to business development . You will never have a dull moment interning at InternChina and there is never a time where you will have nothing to do! Multitasking and the ability to prioritise your workload is key.

Marketing, sales and business development? There is no clear cut line to which of the tasks I undertook falls under which category. Working on Social Media Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook etc – at first glance you would put it under marketing with perhaps no link to the others. However, it can also bring in sales if your tweet/post reach the right people. At times, this may have been the first time they have heard about InternChina, which resulted in them sending their application in and then signing a contract to come to China to do an internship. Most tasks overlap each area and I have enjoyed every aspect of it.

Just to name a few of the tasks I was involved in: coordinating, proofreading and writing blogs, tweeting, posting on Instagram and positions on job boards. Dealing with applications from the beginning to end – answering their questions to liaising with a company to place them. Finding new partner companies – researching companies in Chengdu and contacting them to establish partnerships. There were also many other ad hoc duties which included keeping our CRM system updated with information on our clients and companies, creating contracts and partnership agreements and ensuring all Chengdu positions are added on the website, plus many more.

If you wish to undertake an internship at InternChina in the any of our offices n Qingdao, Zhuhai or Chengdu. Send your application through the apply now page now.

 

Bridgette’s InternChina Office Internship in Chengdu

Five and a half months ago, I made my way to the office for the first time – ridiculously early – and sat down at my desk in the IC Chengdu office. I was really quite nervous as this was the first time I have worked in an office environment, but my colleagues were all very friendly and helpful. I admit I felt quite overwhelmed in my first week, there were so many new faces, so many tasks and programmes to familiarise myself with. There was also my jetlag to deal with and the fact that I didn’t like spicy food (and almost everything in Chengdu is at least a little spicy).

Nevertheless, day after day, I grew more comfortable in my role and in what I had to do. I began exploring the city with the other interns as well and saw and experienced numerous interesting sites in and around Chengdu. The most memorable places were, of course, the Giant Panda Base and Emei Mountain (see my account on that here).

InternChina – pandas in Chengdu!
InternChina – Summit of Emei Mountain

The food has also been quite a journey for me. As I said, I could not eat any spicy food when I first arrived. Now, five months later, I am enjoying my dishes drowned in red chilli sauce and sprinkled with Sichuan peppercorns. I never knew it was possible to train your taste-buds!

InternChina – Sichuan spicy food (hotpot)

I have met amazing people during my short time here, have made friends for life and I admit, despite the fog, I’ve fallen in love with this ever-changing city. I will miss my colleagues, I will miss the food, I think I will even miss the smog!

But it doesn’t end here! Though my internship is over, my time with IC is not – I’m staying on board to take on the role as Qingdao branch office manager! I am extremely excited to have been given this opportunity and I can’t wait to start my new adventures in Qingdao starting from April.

It has been fun, challenging, and most of all rewarding to intern with IC and I look forward to coming back, meeting new people, visiting new places and trying new foods. It is an adventure I would recommend to anyone and I hope to be able to welcome many more students and graduates to China, and make sure they have an amazing time in this magical country!

 

Kick start your career with an internship in Qingdao, Zhuhai or Chengdu and join in the adventure! Apply Now!