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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?

Kiwis in Zhuhai! PMSA-funded Programme References 2018

About the programme

The PMSA programme is administered by Education New Zealand and is open to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, over the age of 18. On behalf of Education New Zealand, InternChina facilitated a 10-week Chinese language, culture, business and internship experience in Zhuhai, China.  Successful applicants received financial support via the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA).

Selected candidates took part in an intensive two-week beginners’ course in Mandarin Chinese. During this period, they lived with a local family as part of our unrivaled homestay programme, giving them the chance to practice their newly learned language skills and experience local culture first-hand.  Afternoons were reserved for cultural activities and business/factory visits.

Following the language course, participants carried out an eight-week internship at a company relating to their field of study/interest while living in our shared apartment accommodation with other interns from InternChina.

Throughout the visit in China, the students were supported by InternChina’s friendly and experienced on-site team. Including pick-up and orientation, 24-hour emergency assistance, and opportunities to join a range of ongoing events, trips and activities. There was even a trip to the famous and jaw-droppingly beautiful Yangshuo County (see the gallery below!)

Have a read of what the successful students made of their time in China and internship companies –

Massey University
Visual Communication

I’ve just completed a BDes majoring in Visual Communication Design at Massey University Wellington. For the past weeks, myself and the other interns have been doing language school every morning followed by a range of activities organised by InternChina, my favourite being a Chinese calligraphy class where we learnt a bit about the history of Chinese calligraphy and the five different styles. It was then over to us to test our skills (or lack thereof), which was fun and also hilarious because we were all so terrible.For the past seven weeks I’ve been working for Mindsparkz, a graphic design team that’s part of the ODM Group. The ODM Group work in the promotional products industry, so the majority of the work revolves around concepts and presentations for ODM’s clients. For my role as design intern, I do anything from photo editing, logo/brand design, to product brainstorming and mock-ups for a variety of clients. Every week there’s new briefs, tasks and brainstorming sessions, so there’s always something new to work on. The work here is collaborative, the various departments that deal with design, sales, and manufacturers all get involved in each job. This means there’s a decent amount of crossover happening and feedback coming from all stages of the project, not just design. It’s been great to be able to further hone my skills in design and adobe suite, and also learn about the product manufacturing industry. I came to this job as a complete newbie but have been lucky enough to learn how a product goes from a brief, brainstorming and concept sketches to a fully realised product. It’s been super rewarding to not only observe, but also be able to participate in this process – even in small ways. I can definitely see this experience being useful for future roles at different jobs, having an idea of how your designs work outside of your screen sheds the entire process in a different light. This new perspective will be helpful in plenty of design areas outside of product design and manufacturing, I’m excited to see how I can apply it to my future projects

Victoria University of Wellington
Marketing

We dived head first into life in Zhuhai, China by being immersed in cultural activities, Chinese language classes, and living with a homestay family. So far, this experience has been filled with delicious food and wonderful people. My favourite experience has been our visit to the New Zealand consulate in Guangzhou. Learning more about New Zealand’s relationship with China was right up my alley of interests in the world of international business and relations. ”For the past 6 weeks, I have been the Marketing Intern at China2West. My main role has been developing the marketing campaign for their subsidiary company SOUL Inventions. SOUL Inventions currently have products that all utilise solar power, which has been really rewarding, as I am passionate about sustainable living.

SOUL Inventions aims to be funded by crowd funding through Indiegogo, where I have taken on the role of editing the pitch video, which aims to encourage viewers to fund the SOUL crowd funding campaign. Furthermore, I have been creating many series of videos that will be used in promoting SOUL products at the Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show in Denver Colorado.

Due to the release of many new products, I have also been redesigning and revamping SOUL’s website. This has included creating written content as well as photography for the updated website.

Throughout my time here I have also been managing and updating social medial profiles and presence such as Instagram and Facebook in order to stay relevant and keep followers updated. I have also been posting blogs entries on the SOUL website to keep the narrative of the SOUL product and business development, whilst also increasing search engine optimisation. I have also created newsletters in order to retain engagement with SOUL’s current mailing list to update them on the latest information about the trade show, Indiegogo campaign, and our latest products.

I have developed a lot of skills whilst working and living abroad in China, both in terms of working cross culturally as well as skills relevant to my field of interest. This has been a truly valuable experience and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

Massey University
Journalism

I spent 2017 completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at Massey University, and finished the course believing I was prepared for anything the world could throw at me. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for China.

I was thrilled when I found out I had been awarded PMSA funding to spend my summer in Zhuhai – a South China city that is miniscule by Chinese standards, but bigger than any city in New Zealand. From the day I arrived, I was bombarded with one surprise after another. I spent my first two weeks getting lost on streets that seemed impossible to navigate, struggling to learn the language enough to order a coffee, and fielding what felt like a thousand selfies with strangers.

Thanks to the team at InternChina however, and the incredible kindness and hospitality of strangers, I was never lost or confused for long. After two wonderful weeks of Chinese language and culture classes, which featured everything from tai chi by the sea to traditional tea ceremonies, as well as sampling some amazing local food, I finally felt ready to tackle a Chinese work environment.My internship with Delta Bridges has been a wild ride, with incredible highs that outshone any of the lows. Now that it is coming to an end, I’m deeply sad that it will soon be over.

For someone who had just finished studying, this was an amazing opportunity and a stellar first job. My wonderful bosses always listened to my ideas and I felt valued – something I gather that is not always common right out of uni. I had the opportunity to organise a portfolio of interviews with successful women in the Pearl River Delta area – with careers ranging from Consul-Generals to restaurateurs – a topic I am hugely passionate about. Meeting, speaking to, and writing stories about these incredible women has been the highlight of my work here, but that was far from all I did.

I have enjoyed every moment of my work, going to lavish events, building a wide network of contacts, travelling between cities, and even befriending the stray cats that like to swing by the office. I have been able to experience both working independently and with others, work in a completely different framework to what I am used to, and flex my creative muscles from time to time.

It has been an absolutely invaluable experience, leaving me feeling both uplifted and challenged. Whatever the future may hold for me career-wise, I know now that I’ll be able to handle it.

University of Auckland
Law

The first two weeks were packed! My personal highlights were tea making, calligraphy and Tai Chi classes. Much like learning about the history of your country helps you understand it today, learning about the details of Chinese culture helped me understand the big picture (it’s a really big picture). In the same way, learning about the companies, taught me not only about the company itself, its processes and operations, but also the way western firms interact with Chinese. Part of the program was two weeks of intensive language classes, 3 hours a day in a room with other kiwis trying to learn Chinese was invaluable, although my Chinese is not comprehensive, it is enough to make a contribution to the language gap.

In China, at least where I am, the effort is more appreciated than required. The third part of the program was the homestay experience. Visiting companies and learning about culture is useful, but there is only so much that can be learnt by teaching. Living in a homestay forced me to open up to the culture and meant I was exposed to the intricacies. Reflecting on the past fortnight I think the most valuable thing that all the classes, activities, trips and events have taught me, is the soft skills. Cultural appreciation, empathy, an understanding of the Chinese approach, and an ability to work in Chinese culture, as well as, I believe, an improved ability to work with any culture.

I think the friends, contacts and memories I have made are all important, but overwhelmingly, participating in this program has been beneficial to my appreciation of different cultures, expanding my mindset.Working at Dentons Zhuhai I have visited court, provided legal opinions and learnt about the Chinese legal system. My manager gives me a lot of much appreciated advice about everything from working in law to life in general, last week she took me and another intern out for lunch and told us we should be dating! (I didn’t follow that piece of advice sorry).

Visiting court was an experience in Chinese culture, it is where the realms of politics, policy and day to day life in China come together. A few interesting points: 1. They have three Judges here, one ‘Head Judge’ and another two ‘People’s Judges’ who provide opinions for the Head Judge and 2. They don’t use case law in China (if you ask me this just makes the law easier to understand). Although everything in court was in Chinese, with the help of a colleague to translate it became clear how the entire system worked.

I have been working on international cases, so anybody who doesn’t speak Chinese does not need to worry (neither do I!). Many of these cases demonstrate how Chinese and Western business practices differ so much. When working on setting up a wholly foreign owned enterprise I learnt about the use of company chops in Chinese businesses (if you don’t know what these are google them they are great) and even got to draft emails to clients about the practise. Our perspective on foreign affairs is incredibly highly valued, and explaining western legal systems to a different perspective builds my own understanding of those systems.

It is not all work though, this weekend we will be tagging along to a weekend long excursion, where we will have to perform song from New Zealand and a Chinese song. This could be the scariest thing of the entire trip!

University of Otago
Law and Commerce

Hey, I’m Kim and I’ve just completed my Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Otago. I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia for 2017 and it has given me the opportunity to intern at an international law firm in Zhuhai, China.

In the first two weeks of our stay, we attended Chinese language classes and were placed with a homestay family which really immersed us in the Chinese culture. During this time, I tried pork liver, pig blood curd, raw crab soaked in wine, and the famous ‘salted duck egg’. We even had a box of live crabs delivered to our doorstep from Taobao! It was an awesome experience living with a local Chinese family and was a great way to settle into Zhuhai.

InternChina also organised various activities for us to participate in during the week. I really enjoyed the tea ceremony, calligraphy, learning to make dumplings and performing tai chi, just to name a few. What I found most interesting was our visit to the NZ Consulate in Guangzhou, meeting the team and listening to a presentation on the close relations and economic developments between NZ and China. It was great to hear familiar accents again!

Currently I am in a shared apartment with other Kiwi interns. From now until early February, I will continue my work as an intern. The work I’m doing involves translating foreign documents, discussions on the differences in law between countries and dealing with daily legal documents. My colleagues are very friendly, hard working and extremely hospitable. I hope to deepen my competencies in law as well broaden my knowledge of the business environment in China.

We’ve done a little bit of travelling on the weekends to Tangkou and Shenzhen and I hope to visit Harbin, Sanya and Yangshuo over the next few weeks. I’ve met some wonderful people and made friends with other overseas interns which has made the transition to life in China just that much easier. Aside from the dodgy internet connection, there’s really not a bad word I can say about my time in Zhuhai so far! I’m excited to see what else it has to offer and am truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity.“Working at Dentons Zhuhai has been an amazing learning experience. I have observed proceedings in the Criminal and Civil Courts, translated foreign documents, written legal opinions, made phone calls to foreign clients, and proof-read contracts written in English. In addition to this, I’ve learned about the vast differences between starting a company in China compared to in New Zealand, and about the Chinese Legal System and how it compares to the New Zealand Legal System respectively. When we visited Court, it was very interesting because not only was the set-up of the rooms different to back home, but the bench included two ‘People’s Judges’ who accompany the singular judge and they are there to offer their opinions (however, are not qualified lawyers).

In terms of the workplace culture, I was warmly welcomed into the Denton’s family and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my colleagues over lunch by trying out local restaurants. However, the workplace culture in China is much different to that of New Zealand, as people are always talking very loudly throughout the day… EXCEPT between 1pm-2pm when it’s ‘nap time’ and everyone whips out their desk pillows for a quick snooze!

This week we will be travelling to Ocean Spring Resort in Zhuhai for a company trip where I have to perform a song with a fellow Kiwi intern for the talent show. We will be singing Pokarekare Ana and a Chinese children’s song ‘Tiger Tiger’. As neither of us are very good at Maori or Chinese, I hope they don’t expect too much!

The advice and guidance I have received at Denton’s has been awesome and has been a great introduction and insight into what is expected at top tier law firms. It has affirmed my passion to pursue a career in law and has opened my mind to potentially working in China in the future.”

Auckland University of Technology
Business

I attended Auckland University of Technology at the Auckland City Campus. I studied a Bachelor of Business with Honours Majoring in Economics and Management along with a Graduates Certificate in Applied Science, specialising in Human Anatomy and General Chemistry. Over the last couple of weeks, I had a soft landing into the Chinese culture, living with a host family for the first two weeks before starting my internship which allowed me to do 30 hours of cohesive and intense Chinese classes along with some cultural group activities with the group of kiwi interns such as a Chinese Tea Ceremony. My favourite activity so far was the visit to the New Zealand consulate. It was a taste of home listening to some kiwi presenters along with learning about the growing ties between New Zealand and China. Plus, the dinner at the Kiwi Styled Restaurant was an awesome bonus! Hot chups!! Currently I am a few days into my internship and I love it. A lot of self-direction, open inquisition structure and we get lunch made for us. Pretty sweet deal really.It is the 7th week of my internship and everything is kind of rounding up now, getting my final tasks completed. It has been an interesting experience overall. The most challenging part was convincing certain staff members to give me tasks. As I grew a relationship with them and developed trust by completing small tasks, I was given more difficult tasks as I progressed. The best part of my internship was being able to have a really big variety of tasks to complete. I worked on anything from designing posters to implementing and training staff on new business processes. Overall it has been a really great opportunity and the best advice to someone coming into an environment like this is to take the opportunity to create productive working relationships. Build a workplace presence by getting to know people in the workplace and you will be able to have a lot of fun.

Lincoln University
NGO

PMSA (Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia) is a scholarship funded by the New Zealand Government (endorsed by Education NZ) and is awarded to Kiwi students to experience life in Asia. They range in both time and place, but all aim to connect New Zealand and Asia through the next generation of graduates. Myself and 8 others were lucky enough to receive a scholarship to Zhuhai, China for the NZ summer of 2017/2018.

For 10 weeks we will be living in Zhuhai and experiencing Chinese culture and lifestyle. For the first two weeks we stayed with homestays and attended Mandarin language classes in the mornings, and then learnt about various cultural activities in the afternoons. Intern China has been our main network as they organized the whole program on behalf of Education NZ. For the remaining 8 weeks we are all interning at a variety of different companies that are somewhat relevant to our degrees back home. I am interning at a Charity called Come Together Community that raises money for organizations that help disadvantaged children in Zhuhai.

Upon entering China and finally making it out of transit, half the group had realized they had missed the baggage claim within customs and were without our luggage. The security guards had a giggle when we said we were from New Zealand, or now referred to as Xin Xi Lan, and allowed us back through customs to collect our luggage with nothing more than a nod – our first experience of Zhuhai’s laid back nature.

The weekend was spent with our respective new host families and mine took me to the central Zhuhai park, with a lovely display of forest temples and burning incense right in the centre of town. We then went to a small underground restaurant where I had my first authentic dumpling experience. What a treat!

The following two weeks of morning language classes was taught by the ever so patient Angela. She enjoyed our banter, and class always had plenty of laughs and giggles the whole way through. She occasionally bought us Chinese treats to try and we eagerly tucked in-sometimes to enjoyment and other times not so much.

Afternoons were spent doing a range of different cultural activities. Chinese tea ceremony, Yuan Ming Palace visit, Chinese calligraphy, musical instruments, traditional Chinese games and tai ji on the beach were all activities we found interesting, informative and at times difficult. As well as this, we had company tours around two large companies (both fully or partly owned internationally) and got to see how they operate in the free-trade zone on the outskirts of Zhuhai. We also went to an after-school centre for children with Autism, which is run by the Zhuhai Autism Society and funded by Come Together Community. Charles, who is the lead driver for the society has such a big heart and his passion for the kids and the school was obvious and inspiring when he spoke to us. We made the kids dumplings for afternoon tea (some very marginally wrapped ones emerged) and then played games and had an impromptu sing/dance performance by some of the kids.

One of the final visits was to Guangzhou and the New Zealand Consulate office. We had a presentation by five different sectors of the Consulate and discussed many different issues and interests within the (semi) political setting. We were joined by two of the speakers for dinner (Police NZ and Education NZ) at a local restaurant which was owned and specialized in Kiwi food.

Zhuhai has been an easy and comfortable transition for my first venture in Asia. Intern China has been awesome at helping us all through the early teething problems of living in a foreign country and we know that if we get lost and share our location on WeChat, someone is bound to come to our rescue. The food is different, the culture is different, the way of life is different but no matter where you are in the world if you are open to the new things [attempting] communication with a smile will go a long way. Now that we can all confidently ofo (cycles that you rent) around the city and (semi) confidently order from Chinese menus, life in Zhuhai is a positive one.My internship is with Come Together Community, which is a charity here in Zhuhai that raises money for organisations working with special needs and disadvantaged children. My role in the company is administration based, and I was tasked to work on collaborating data and information on the organisation. My supervisor is also from New Zealand and all the board members are expats. They all made me feel very welcomed to working within the charity. Throughout my internship I have spent time in two different offices. The standard working times are 9am to 6pm with an hour for lunch. A lot of the Chinese staff nap during lunch times with blankets and pillows, which is quite a sight!

Within my role in CTC I have created an Operational History of all the projects funded by the charity over the years. I have created work books for the operational side of the charity and been managing the social media. I have been given autonomy and trust within my role and have got to visit some of the projects that are funded by CTC such as a skating class for children with autism, and handing out donated Christmas gifts at Zhuhai Orphanage. I have gained more knowledge in blogging and website updating, as well as building on my knowledge of establishing databases and protocols for the way in which companies operate. The internship has been relaxed, yet productive.

It has been interesting for me to see how a charity operates from the inside and I am proud to have worked with a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% transparent and working towards a better future for those who need it the most.

Massey University
Finance and Economics

Over the past few weeks I’ve have been blessed to experience an Internship in China. It started with an introduction into the Chinese culture with various actives, such as learning Majong, seeing traditional Chinese instruments being played and taking part in Calligraphy. Furthermore, we took Mandarin classes to understand basic Chinese so we could catch a cab, buy food and more. In regards to the interning part of the Programme, Intern China does a great job in selecting companies to take on interns and I have enjoyed my time being able to learn more about my specific field of study in a hands on environment. Lastly for me the most enjoyable times on the adventure is interacting with the locals, for me that was playing sports at the local courts and fields. I have loved my time so far here in China and would definitely recommend it.I have been working for almost two full months now and have thoroughly enjoyed my time in China. Living in Zhuhai is awesome can have some beautiful clear blue skies which a lot people wouldn’t expect from a Modern Chinese city.

Working in a multi-culture organization is great and from my experience here in china it highlights the importance of a part of one early on is one’s courier. Often companies become very linear in how they operate however being in an environment that has so many culture pulls is very interesting as these simple straight forward approach or trying to westernise their employees doesn’t work it is adaption and trying to integrate strengths from individuals and their backgrounds is how it becomes effective.

Working in a small standalone company of only 50 staff is also an interesting thing because I feel it was applicable to me as in New Zealand we don’t have multimillion dollar companies but instead in NZ we have so many start-up, family run business and these smaller sized companies. To see a finance director wearing so many different hats depending on the situation the communication that is needed and that it is more than just handling the finances which is required.

Interning can be challenging, busy and allot of fun. However, it also can get boring if your managers don’t give you much to do, so you need to sometimes keep yourself busy either by looking to help other department or doing your own research on things. You need to be proactive. As said I have really enjoyed my time here and I recommend it to anyone.”

University of Canterbury
Business and Marketing

I have been lucky enough to receive the opportunity to both learn Chinese and Internship in Zhuhai over this summer. The last few weeks for me have consisted of intensive Mandarin classes in the morning and culture activities in the afternoon; these have ranged from company trips to a traditional tea ceremony. My favourite activity asides from trying all the amazing food is between the New Zealand Consulate visit and Tai Chi on the beach. I really enjoyed the consulate visit because it was so interesting to find out how New Zealand and China connect and interact on both a business and personal level; it also revealed potentially career paths I hadn’t previously considered. Tai Chi was another personal favourite even if we did make a bit of a spectacle of ourselves. To be able to take part in the activity while learning about the culture elements –transference of energy- made this activity a truly immersive one.

I’m just starting to settle into my internship where I am doing the social media marketing for a small Mandarin school. I’m gaining so much experience learning how to operate each platform from a business perspective and how to get other websites interested in promoting us. As this is such a small business I am very self-directed in what I’m doing here but that challenge makes it all the more fun. The biggest perk of working here is the complementary Mandarin lessons; the goal by the end of it is to be able to order my own meal and actually know what I’m eating.My internship as at a Language training centre that specialises in teaching mandarin to foreigners. It has recently started expanded into teaching English to locals as well. My role at the school has been that of a social media manager and marketer. I have had a lot of independence in this role. I have just been working of the owner’s goals of trying to expand her client base. I have learnt many things since starting my role; finally being able to put the theories I have learnt in the classroom to use. I have also been fortunate enough to be given free mandarin lessons by the school so my language has developed greatly.

Here are some pictures from the trip, full albums can be found on our facebook page

Business Internship in Qingdao

Business Internships in Qingdao

Throughout history, China, or the Middle Kingdom has had a special place in Westerners’ imagination. From the cradle of civilisation in the ancient Xia dynasty to the mighty empire of the Tang dynasty, China has always been a land of mystery for the majority of the Western world. Today, riding on the tides of globalisation, China is closer to the world than ever before. Many claim that just as the 20th century was America’s century, the 21st century will be China’s.

We have been asking our interns about their expectations of doing an internship in China. In an internship, interns look for lots of varied and interesting work. An internship should have at least one big project that interns can put a lot of their energy into and can really make a different to the company. Interns also hope to attain quantifiable goals and skills they can use when they return home.

“The internship is great. I’m learning lots of new things and my workmates are all fantastic. Another plus is that there is unlimited free rice and soup in the canteen!”

Joe Martin, Trade intern

Modern China is a country of many faces. The rapid economic growth over the past 30 years spurred high-tech development across the Eastern coastal cities that puts many Western cities to shame. Many who visit Chinese metropolises marvel at how similar China is to their home country, contrary to their expectations.

InternChina - Dining options
InternChina – Dining options

“After coming to China I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of cuisine here in Qingdao. Initially I was worried that I might struggle to adapt to Chinese food, but there are so many options to choose from that you will definitely find something that suits your taste. Even if you have special dietary requirements like being vegetarian or only eating halal food, you will still be able to manage!”

Meredith Kern, Marketing intern

Young Chinese are increasingly becoming global citizens that effortlessly keep pace with the latest pop culture hits. Youngsters from around the world are more and more drawn by China’s successes in the world of business. For many, China’s rapidly developing economy is the main reason they choose to come to China. It is now simply the place to be! Understanding Chinese business practice is becoming a necessity for anyone who wishes to embark on an international career in business.

InternChina - Internship experience
InternChina – Internship experience

“Learning the nuances of doing business in China and understanding the rituals of ‘guanxi’ have really made my time here that much more valuable.”

Griffin Baxley, Consulting intern

But it is not just the stunning economic development that instils curiosity in the minds of young people across the world. What makes China so enticing is precisely the blend of old and new. One could not hope to understand modern China without also understanding its rich and intricate cultural heritage. After all, the rules that underline modern business practices stem from age-old Chinese traditions and customs.

Some come to China in search of ancient Chinese culture, the way they know it from childhood stories:

“Every morning from my bedroom window in Qingdao, I look outside and see the craggy peaks rising high above, revealing twisting trails which seem to appear and vanish, intricately carved sculptures of fish and lions, jagged rocks, birds that wheel and hover, and trees that whisper and sway. When I look upon the light and dark greens and blues and browns of these high peaks, all blending together like the hues of a half-remembered dream, I think of Dragonkeeper—the mountain range before me just as I always imagined in the story.”

Sophie Comber, Journalism intern

InternChina - Fushan mountain
InternChina – Fushan mountain

And yet others find satisfaction in immersing themselves in the daily lives of the common people. They are pleasantly surprised when through their internship they get to know Chinese people as a whole better.

“I was taken aback by the hospitality and by how helpful everyone is. My company has been very accommodating to my needs (e.g. praying) and everyone here is really friendly. I’ve got an employee assigned to me and if I need any help all I need is just to ask. Also, the work expectations are not crazy, and I have an hour and a half lunch break!” 

Tanvir Ahmed, Sales & Marketing intern

No matter what expectations interns have before coming to China, an internship in China is a great opportunity to show young people from around the world the ‘real China’ and allow them to form an opinion for themselves.

 

Rubber Duck Garden in Zhuhai

Eve’s Sales and Marketing Internship in Zhuhai

Hi, I’m Eve and I’m currently half way through a five week internship organised by InternChina in Zhuhai! Myself and five others decided to come to Zhuhai as part of a five week placement period organised by our university.

I had absolutely no idea what I was heading into when I decided to come to China. Having not even left Europe before I was definitely diving into the deep end, but since arriving I’ve been amazed every day! I have only been here for two weeks, however I already feel like I’ve gained a lifetime of new experiences and memories.

InternChina - Zhuhai
InternChina – Zhuhai

Since being in Zhuhai, I think we have managed to get lost every time we decide to explore somewhere new, however it is all part of the fun! Every night is a new adventure, even when we think we’re just going down the street to get some food we end up out for 4 hours having walked 3 miles. I’ve been in fits of laughter all whilst experiencing this amazing city through wandering aimlessly.

So far we’ve ventured into Macau (we managed to walk 30,000 steps that day), and we have also been camping in the island of Wai Ling Ding; these have been entirely contrasting experiences yet equally as incredible and I’ll remember them both for a very long time!

InternChina - Macau
InternChina – Macau
InternChina - WaiLingDing
InternChina – WaiLingDing

My internship has been incredibly fascinating too. I am working in a Chinese company so I have managed to learn a lot about Chinese Business culture. Working in a Chinese company comes with a lot of benefits, for example, I’ve been taken to a rice farm, a rural farm, a rice factory and I’ve even been Chinese cake testing. I’ve drank so many flavours of Chinese tea!

InternChina - Rice Farms
InternChina – Rice Farms
InternChina - Rice Farm
InternChina – Rice Farm

The amount of things they make out of rice has continually shocked me, I have tasted a hot rice drink and even a ‘cake’ that’s made out of the stuff. I can’t say I don’t miss a good Victoria sponge but I think it’s fascinating being in and amongst the Chinese culture everyday. After trying the cakes my boss bought two boxes to take back to the office,  and all my colleagues were munching on them throughout the afternoon.

InternChina - Rice Cakes and Tea
InternChina – Rice Cakes and Tea

Considering I’m only two weeks into my Internship, I think I’ve experienced quite a lot, and I’m very excited to continue my journey to see where else I can explore!

If you want your own experiences, I recommend exploring China with the help of InternChina by applying here

exploring zhuhai

Margarita’s Marketing Internship in Zhuhai

InternChina - Margarita's Internship Experience
InternChina – Margarita’s Internship Experience

Read Margarita’s thoughts on her marketing internship in Zhuhai and her time with InternChina.

  • Tell us a little about yourself and your internship.

My name is Margarita, I am an Industrial Engineer, and recently finished my Masters in International Business Management. In China, my internship position was as ‘Assistant of Marketing’. My role as Assistant of Marketing meant that I was in charge of creating online media content and campaigns for our Chinese and Latin American markets as well as our social media platforms. I also translated many documents from English into Spanish.

  • What did you gain from the internship? Do you think it will be helpful in the future? Why?

From my internship I have realised that I really enjoy working in Marketing and I am now searching for a job in this field. During my internship I learnt about different marketing concepts and how to implement them.
I believe this internship was helpful as I received an opportunity to learn about something I am really interested in while being surrounded by a work culture that is completely different from my own country. I think that everything I have learnt from this internship will definitely be useful in the future so I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn in this environment.

  • Why Zhuhai?

I have always been interested in Asia and it has always been one of my dreams to live there. However, I did not know a lot about China before I went. I applied to do my Masters in Dalian, north of China, and later found an opportunity to complete an internship with InternChina as part of my course. Zhuhai is a beautiful city and I chose to do my internship there because of it’s wonderful location; on the border with Macau and 1 hour away from Hong Kong by ferry. Having lived in the north of China for so long, the south was a good change for me.

  • Ultimate survival tip

For me, the most difficult thing was the food. I can’t handle spicy food at all and it felt like Chinese food always had spice in it. I quickly learnt how to say “No spice” (不要辣的). Luckily for me, they do not eat a lot of spicy food in Zhuhai and there is such a large variety of dishes that you must try them all! If I could give one tip, it would be not to close yourself off to new experiences, you will regret it later.

  • Would you recommend doing an internship with IC?

I would absolutely recommend doing an internship with InternChina! They are wonderful people and they provided a range of activities for reasonable prices. I was only there for 2 months but I met so many great people from different countries. Some of whom I will definitely stay in touch with. InternChina always help you and make your time in China very enjoyable. You will still be part of the Chinese culture but you will also feel like you are at home with InternChina.

For your chance to experience China and try something new, apply here!

Yun Wong’s Marketing Internship in Zhuhai

Yun Wong speaks about his still on-going internship experience in Zhuhai. Thanks to the British Council’s GenerationUK funding he had the “opportunity to really test and develop (his) knowledge and ability in a new and challenging environment”
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InternChina – Yun (first person on the right)
Tell us a little about yourself/ Tell us about your internship, your position
My name is Yun Wong and I’m a recent graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Management.
Having pretty much spent the last 18 or so years in education. I wanted to really try something different before committing myself to a career path and a full time job.
When I heard about the chance to undertake an internship in China I knew this was huge opportunity to really test and develop my knowledge and ability in a new and challenging environment. If also gives me a greater insight whether or not I would enjoy the chosen industry sector.
I’m currently in my third week of a 2 month internship in Zhuhai. I am working in a marketing position for a company specialising in environmentally friendly and organic products. So far my work has involved shadowing one of the Directors to get to know the company and how it is run. I have also been asked to submit some marketing reports to bring a different perspective and viewpoint to some of the companies future plans.
What do you think is different from a Chinese working environment to a Western one?
So far during my internship I really noticed that the workplace in Zhuhai has a much more communal atmosphere than those I’ve experienced back in the U.K. Although it may be due to the relatively small workforce in the office but everyone seems to pretty much know each other really well. There always seems to be a conversation going on in the office. Everyone seems to interact more as family or friends rather than associates.
With regards to the work I have been doing, the work has been very varied. Not everyday is spent doing the same thing. Some days I will be writing reports. others spent in meetings discussing expansion plans, discussing company website designs, attending dinners with business partners. I have even been out to the countryside to see first-hand the agricultural work and research being carried out by the company. I’m not completely sure what I will be doing when I get into the office so that definitely keeps things interesting.
Meetings with partner companies also seem to differ quite a lot than from what I have experienced back in the U.K.. Almost every firm I have visited has had a special table to make tea on for guests, meetings are generally feel a lot more comfortable and less formal. They seem to be more of a social occasion in which business is discussed rather than solely focusing on business matters. Also I’ve noticed that Chinese style tea is an essential part of any meeting, as all meetings I have been to I’ve been served a cup as a sign of hospitality.
What did you gain from the internship? Do you think it was helpful for the future? Why?

Even though I have only spent 3 weeks in Zhuhai, I have already felt more independent and confident in myself. It was quite jarring and intimidating to be suddenly living in a completely different country with a different culture and language. However, I found the best way to cope is just to relax and immerse yourself as much as possible. In the first week I was pretty nervous about interacting with the Chinese locals in case I did something wrong or offensive accidentally. Now I’m generally more confident when interacting with my colleagues or shop vendors, as I soon realised that people will generally be willing to help you if they see you are actively trying to participate. Hopefully I can carry this attitude into the future to help involve myself more and contribute more to any future work.
I have also gained some pretty good insight into some of the differences between Chinese and British cultural and business practices. Hopefully as China further opens up its economy to foreign companies, this knowledge and experience will give me an advantage should I be involved in working with Chinese partners in the future. Market research in China has also allowed me to see how Chinese consumer behaviour and trends differs from the Western counterparts so hopefully this can be utilised should any of my future work involve expansion into the Chinese market.
 Why Zhuhai?

With regards to my desired internship sector of business and marketing, Zhuhai seemed to be a ideal place to intern. It has incredibly close ties to Hong Kong and Macau  as well as being very close to the Guangzhou (the third largest city in China) means that a lot of international business occurs here. This means there was a lot of opportunity to find out about business practices in China.
Another one of the main reasons I chose Zhuhai to carry out my internship was because I wanted to experience a different side of China than the mega cities that are always being shown on the news (with the grey looming building, smog clouds and cars everywhere). Zhuhai is such a contrast to this image, its incredibly scenic and green due to the climate, and the air quality is good due to its proximity to the coast. Also having arrived in November it was nice to go from a miserable British Winter to a climate with actual sunlight and warmth.
Even though its a small city (in comparison to the rest of China) there’s still loads to experience with regards to Chinese culture such as Temples, Palaces, nature spots, clubs and great food just to name a few. So I get the best of both worlds by getting to live and work in the more relaxed environment of a smaller city while still getting to experience China.
 
Would you recommend doing an internship with IC?
I would definitely recommend interning with InternChina,  They’ve were really helpful in arranging my internship and making sure the process of travelling to and settling into China went as smoothly as possible. They’ve been really approachable and helpful both before I got to China and during my time here so far. Before I came out to China, they gave me several different options for companies to hold my internship at, then when I chose the one I wanted they put me in touch with the company to talk through what the internship would be like and what I would likely be doing. Therefore I was already prepared for what was expected of me when I first got into the office.
IC also make sure that you get associated with the other interns quickly and hold weekly events and meals with the interns which was helpful in getting over the initial fear of getting into China and not knowing anyone here. Pretty much as soon as I got off the boat and dropped my stuff off at the apartment, I was invited to go meet some of the other local interns for some drinks, which pretty much put my fears of not knowing anyone here to ease, as well as leaving me even more jet-lagged than before.

Overall the guys in the office are pretty like-minded with the interns so they pretty much know what the essentials are for settling into the groove of working here. Also seeing as they’ve been in Zhuhai for a while, they know the best spots for going out, food, drinking etc. which has also been really useful as finding that information can be tough for a non-Chinese speakers.

Interested in experiencing Zhuhai for yourself? Apply now! 

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Marie’s Business Internship in Chengdu

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.

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Tell us a bit 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!

 

What did yo do at the weekends?

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).

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What was your average working day like?

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.

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Deepak’s Business Internship in Zhuhai

 

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IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your interests?

My name is Deepak and I come from Gran Canaria, Spain. I was undertaking an undergraduate BA course in Business and Marketing in Sheffield, UK and in my third year I had the opportunity to undertake a placement year. I didn’t even think twice about it; I really wanted to go to China to embrace myself in a diverse culture and learn how business is being conducted in China. I undertook my internship year from 2012-2013 and before I left China I was already offered a full time employment position for after my final year at university. In the internship year, I attended Chinese lessons every morning and in the evenings I used to work for six hours. My main drive and interests at the minute are to learn as much as possible and figure things out that will make my development and professional life much more valuable.

IC TEAM: What was the reason you wanted to do the graduate traineeship? Why did you choose to come to China, and Zhuhai for that matter?

I really wanted to come back to Zhuhai and China mainly to live the experience of how a Chinese city that is growing every year is about to boom. As we all know, The HK-Macau Bridge will be ready by the end of next year and it will be connecting with the only Mainland China city, Zhuhai. I thought this could be a great opportunity for me to see how quickly a city can grow in China, especially as I have already been there in 2012. Work-wise I was getting hold of strong clients for the company which I definitely wanted to continue handling and slowly build up a solid portfolio where I can show facts. It´s really cool to be able to say that you have been to China however people are interested in hearing about performances and results.

IC TEAM: What kind of tasks did you get up to over the course of your graduate traineeship?

During my internship period the main goal was to learn as much as possible. This also included gaining some insights in Mandarin Chinese and to travel as much as possible across the country. In relation to working, I was given a strong responsibility of managing the Spanish speaking market for the company which made me feel valued. This is what internships do, they prepare yourself to be exposed to the working life and set you up to a bright career. There is no better place than conducting an internship in China. Normally they are really easy to apply for, get compared to the West and the value this could have in the future of your career could be life changing!

IC TEAM: What was your best experience here so far?

One of the best experiences I have had in China during my internship period was definitely the trips with IC to places like Xiamen, Zhangjiajie and Guilin. These places are probably the best scenic places in China and it was exciting how we could get buses from Zhuhai to other close by provinces in matter of 10-15 hours. It’s definitely a remarkable experience that I will never forget! Work-wise I had the one of the best years ever under my supervising manager at my company. His working ethics and management styles were technically sound. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back. I wanted to make sure my skillsets were as flawless as his. This is what China offer people starting from scratch; the possibility to interact with other people from different cultures and create lifetime bonds. Very inspiring!

IC Team: What’s it like working in China?

I love working in China due to the fact that I have so many things to do every day and I keep learning new aspects about business in China, which drives me to continue my stay in China longer. I believe working in China has developed my passion for my job and to be involved in trading and Chinese business. I consider people to be really lucky to find a passion at an early age. I don’t mind working long hours as I am always confident that all this hard work will be paid off sooner or later.

IC Team: Tell us a bit about your role and responsibilities?

My current role is Senior Account Manager and my main responsibilities are as follows:

– Manage a solid number of existing clients for the company.

– Turn hot leads and new requests into long-term clients.

– Project management: manage every request that turns into an order in terms of quality standards (making sure that defects are kept low), production time and arranging the logistical side.

– Sourcing promotional products/gifts from factories in China.

– Prospecting within main Spanish speaking countries and Australia / UK.

– Undertaking factory visits and quality controls within factories in South China.

– Develop a solid marketing strategy that will enable the company to gain more sales in different global markets and identify strong potentials for next FY.

– Responsibility on managing main online marketing platforms (Twitter accounts, Word Press Blogs) which in the long run will drive traffic to the website through improvement on SEO Rankings.

– Interview new candidates for marketing and sales position for the company

IC Team: How do you feel when you have new interns at your company?

When we get new interns in the company it makes me think about everything I have gone through during the last couple of years, and how amazing it was when I first came to China. They say that people always fall in love with the first city they live in China. This is my case. Zhuhai is absolutely incredible and so well situated in the south of Guangdong. It is always great to have new interns coming to a company as they provide us with fresh ideas that can be implemented in business processes, and certainly can help us with our daily tasks. At the same time they are getting a valuable experience from our existing processes which are always important.

IC Team: What are your plans for the future?

Short term, I would like to get hold of the HSK certificate. This is the only international certificate for Chinese Mandarin recognised worldwide for foreigners. I definitely think this will provide me with more options in the future and especially if I want to stay in China in the future.

IC TEAM: For future interns, what would be your recommendations?

My recommendations for future interns would be to set a goal of learning as much as possible from every single person inside their allocated company. The people who are managing you have gone through pretty much the same experience you are about to have, and they know where they can help you develop in every single aspect. I would also recommend making sure that you are busy every single day, no matter what, you can be traveling, working, learning Chinese, and interacting with new people. Just make sure you have something to do and of course to have time for yourself. Use your internship year successfully and you will achieve bigger results! Learn new things every day, ask without hesitation, and figure things out!

Mehmet’s Marketing and Trade Internship in Zhuhai

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Short company introduction – Internship code ZHBS56

Zhuhai World Wide Scientific Co., Ltd. is specialised in R&D, manufacturing, marketing and technological service of intelligent environmentally friendly products. Based on the concept of “quality first, development through innovation”, it created the brand of “Huaxintong” and integrated the ideas of energy saving, environmental protection and intelligence into the design of its products. The company took the lead in launching intelligent environmentally friendly products in China such as the infrared intelligent sensor trash can, solar-powered intelligent trash compactor and intelligent trash cleaning robot. The solar intelligent trash compactor alone owns 12 national patents and the products have been highly praised since being launched.

You can find more relevant information about the company and their field of work at their web page: https://www.wahtong.cn/en/introduce.html?introID=17105

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The new building of the company, finished July 2014

We were able to catch up with Mehmet before he returned to the UK. here is what he had to share with us:

IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from and which university did you graduate?

“My name’s Mehmet, I come from a city called Wolverhampton in England. And I’ve just recently graduated. Actually, I came 2 days after my graduation. I finished DeMontford University, with which Internchina is an official partner and provider of graduate opportunities. I studied Business and Management “

IC TEAM: Doing this whole internship with InternChina, moving from the UK to China for 2 months. That’s quite a big decision, what was the reason you wanted to do that?

“Just coming to China was one of the reasons! But basically, having the experience from China, working in a multicultural office gave me great insight into business from an international perspective so it will make me stand a bit better against other graduates. It will stand out on my CV a lot more.”

IC TEAM: So thinking back to England, when you were there how did you learn about the whole process of applying? And how did that go?

“Oh, it was from our university. They promoted it, there’s a huge scheme going on called #DMUglobal and they’re advertising all the different internships – which are mainly InternChina. So I applied through them and fortunately it was successful. And then I had the pre-departure meeting with Jamie.”

IC TEAM: Tell us a bit about your company. Do you feel there are many skills that you’ve taken away from being here?

“My company was suggested to me, it’s Zhuhai Worldwide Scientific. They deal with waste disposal, such as sensor dustbins and also solar trash compactors. “

“Definitely, it’s been an experience. I’ve dealt with clients on the phone and through emails. I’ve also helped develop the company through market research of trade shows and exhibitions so hopefully that will help them to gain more customers in future and expand geographically – hopefully, the business will grow in the future.”

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Mehmet during his interview at Zhuhai World Wide Scientific.

IC TEAM: Okay, so tell us a bit about your accommodation please, was it an apartment or a homestay?

“I was in an apartment. I lived on the 21st floor which was beautiful – the view there was perfect at night, you could see all over Gongbei, all over Zhuhai but you could also see over Macao. Below me was a Walmart and next to the Walmart was a row of Chinese restaurants so it was ideally located. There was a gym 5 minutes walk away too.”

IC TEAM: What were your favourite things about Zhuhai in general?

“The weather was one of them. Just in general China, the history, the traditions like the buildings, the culture – all that. It’s just fascinating and good to see, so I’m glad I experienced it.”

IC TEAM: So one of the last questions, for future interns what kind of things do you recommend? What advice can you give them?

“My advice would be, don’t think twice about it. Just do the internship and go to China. If you don’t do it then you’ll live to regret it. If you do come then learn a bit of Chinese beforehand, it will help you. But just do the internship, come to China it’s a great experience.”

 

 

We had the chance to interview Mehmet’s direct supervisor Mr. Liu Ring about his experience with Mehmet during the internship:

IC TEAM: Which are your company’s main clients?

“Our clients are mainly from China, we have a couple clients in places like South Africa too but we want to explore more customers overseas in the near future.”

IC TEAM: So what has Mehmet been doing during his internship?

“He has been improving the English version of our website, making our catalogue better and finding similar manufacturers and analysing them. He also has been emailing lots of potential customers in order to introduce our products, as well as searching for trade fairs that we can take part in. Also, he has been performing background checks of any company EQs off our website. So, overall, he has mostly been doing research, customer development and translation work.”

IC TEAM: He is your first intern, so how have you found him overall?

“We found him very good to have here. He works very hard and always comes to me asking for more work. “

There are so much more happy interns here at our company! You can check for similar stories from people from all over the world!Check our blog and search through our special Featured Internships!

Denise’s Marketing Internship in Zhuhai

You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River Delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best-kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life, as well as population size, have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.

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InternChina -Fishergirl

This blog is featured on Denise and her internship with International Futures (ZHBS48 and ZHIT06). See below her interview questions.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

“I am 23 years old and in my 2nd year of my International Communication and Multimedia studies in Denmark.

I am a role-player and in my free time I like to play video games.”

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InternChina – Denise at her desk

What made you come to China? And how did you find out about InternChina?

“For my internship, I knew that I wanted to get out of Europe and a friend of mine recommended InternChina to me. So I applied and soon after an interview I got accepted by International Futures.”

How do you like your internship?

“I am very satisfied with my internship. I am given a lot of space to do my job because the company trusts me to finish my projects on time. I can bring in my own creative ideas. Also, I like to do a lot of different tasks and this internship makes it possible for me. My boss is constantly looking for new ways to fully utilize my skill set and gives me tasks that can contribute towards my career after I graduate. I’ve never been asked to complete menial tasks. I learned many new skills.”

InternChina - A roll-up banner I created myself
InternChina – A roll-up banner I created myself

Tell us about your company:

“My company’s name is International Futures. It is a business English consultancy that specializes in teaching international business practices at the same time as they teach English. For each client, they make special programs which fit the client’s need. International Futures is a start-up company (2013) and they are one of the first firms offering the possibility to combine international business and English.”

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InternChina – International Futures

What do you usually do on a normal day and what are your main roles and tasks?

“I am here for a Marketing Consultant position. I do graphical marketing, for example creating flyers. I also designed the characters an educational game for children and I made a website. I’ve also been involved in some non-graphical work, for example attending large trade fairs for networking purposes. A typical day starts with checking if my boss has any new tasks for me, then viewing my to-do list what needs to be done during the day and then I get started on these tasks.

I have a meeting with my boss twice a week to discuss the current projects and brainstorm new ideas. Although my boss is not always in the office, he takes a very keen interest in my work and is always available either on the phone or via email”

InternChina - Made my own flyers
InternChina – Made my own flyers

How do you like IC’s service?

“It was nice being picked up at the airport on my day of arrival and being taken all the way to my host family. Also whenever I had a problem InternChina was there to help.”

China in one sentence:

A unique culture with a lot of potential.”

Which are your best experiences so far?

“I had a lot of great experiences and it is hard to say which one is the best. Here the top three:

  1. Living with a host family (getting close into a Chinese family and see how they live)
  2. Seeing some of China’s cities
  3. Living in another country.“

Why would you recommend your experience to others?

“It is a great experience. Getting out of your country and see the world before you settle down. A good way to really get an experience of lifetime.”

Have a look at the video here 

Interview with International Futures’ CEO, Andy Navias

Tell us about International Futures:

“IF specializes in teaching international business practices in English. I could go on all day about it, but in short, we give our customers a platform to practice speaking English whilst teaching them the different expectations and priorities that western customers have. Hopefully, our customers develop stronger relationships with their western customers by behaving in an international manner. Although we are still in our first year we have already launched an online language school, we have an educational app in development and we are currently researching some other projects. It is fair to say that we are expanding rapidly and now is a really exciting time to join us.”

Tell us about your internship programs:

“There’s a real mixture of opportunities. You’ve already heard from Denise, who has been mostly focusing on graphic design projects. Over summer we’ve got three computer engineers coming in to work on the app, several multilingual marketing people who are going to promote the online school around Europe and a journalist who I am going to train to develop our syllabus further. The duties of our internships are very flexible depending on the candidate’s skill set and what they want to learn. With so many projects going on, we can find room for a large variety of skills!”

What can interns expect when working with you?

“To be trusted and respected. We really value our interns at IF and as such we always make sure that their to-do list reflects their skills and ambitions. We’ve all heard horror stories about people signing up for internships only to realize once they got there that they would spend most of their day either beside a photocopier or a kettle. I personally oversee all of our interns and although my schedule is extremely busy, I always make time to ensure that everybody has everything they need to get the most out of the internship.”

What do you look for in an intern?

Whether it is an intern or a full-time employee, personality always comes first. Most of our branding is about being polished and credible, so it is important that anybody we work with has a professional attitude and demeanour. As I said earlier, we’ve got the room for such a wide range of skill sets that we can look at people from almost any background. When I interview a candidate I’m generally thinking, what will this person be like to work with, or would I be proud to introduce this person to a key client.

 Want to intern in a company like International Future – Apply now and reference ZHBS48 or ZHIT06