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Kiwis in Zhuhai! PMSA-funded Programme References 2019

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 –

Victoria University of Wellington
International Business, Marketing & Anthropology

The first two weeks of the InternChina programme were simply terrific. The language lessons taught some pivotal phrases and the different tones in the language, an important foundation for further study. Aside from this, InternChina provided daily visits to different attractions, businesses and classes, meaning I got a glimpse of the unique tapestry of China’s culture. My personal highlight was visiting the New Zealand Consulate in Guangzhou, where I learned about our evolving position in China, from first-hand experience. The programme set a fantastic base for the ensuing two months in China.The 10-week InternChina programme that I embarked on, thanks to the Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia, was of tremendous value for personal growth.
In the first two weeks, I gained some key Mandarin phrases from the language school, got to see the highlights of Zhuhai through daily activities with the other interns, and got a glimpse of what life is like in China through the homestay experience. Following this, my 8-week internship provided me with new practical skills, a beginner’s understanding of how the Chinese do business, and priceless experience in dealing with language barriers, misunderstandings, and the differing opinions that arise in cross-cultural situations. I developed strong friendships with my colleagues, and had many conversations about the good and the bad of New Zealand and China. This provided me with the opportunity to better understand China, as well as reflect on my home nation in a way that I had not previously done.
I have been fortunate enough to have visited a decent number of countries in my life, however, China stands out as the furthest, culturally, from New Zealand. It was challenging, at first, to adapt to the different lifestyle and language barrier. However, once you acclimatise, life in China becomes extremely convenient and eye-opening all at once.
InternChina did a magnificent job of ensuring that each intern was comfortable and coping with the changes. They exceeded my expectations, meaning that I knew there was a safety-net if anything went awry.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that the Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia and InternChina have provided me. The skills gained, both practical and personal, will undoubtedly be put to use throughout my life. I encourage all those with the means to apply to do so.

Victoria University of Wellington
International Business & Marketing

I have just completed a BCom majoring in International Business and Marketing at Victoria University. We started off the programme with the first two weeks learning basic Chinese and getting fully immersed into the Chinese culture with a homestay experience. My Chinese family were the most hospitable people I have ever met and the first phase I learnt was Wǒ bǎole which means I am full! Through the first two weeks, InternChina had a range of activities for us to take part in including a tour around the Bowers and Wilkins Factory where we got to test out top-of-the-range speakers in a soundproof room. When I am rich, I’ll purchase the speakers for my 3-storey mansion.For the past 8 weeks, I was lucky enough to be placed in an Italian food distribution company called Pinto. I was primarily in charge of completely setting up and building their online social media presence. The job was very much focused on self-motivation as I found myself on the first day researching and talking to other employees about the current situation of the company and what they wanted out of it. I also helped the graphic designer with ideas for posters and packaging for the company which I found really rewarding because I got to see the end product around the office. I was also lucky enough to attend multiple events with my company which was an amazing opportunity to meet and connect with a wide range of people. Still to this day I keep in contact with some people I have met and who knows where and when I might meet them again!

University of Auckland
Politics & International Relations, German, International Business, Economics 

The first two weeks of our PMSA InternChina programme were action packed with cultural activities which helped us to settle into life in China. Staying with a homestay during this time was really interesting as I got to learn things about Chinese culture I would never have otherwise known. I also found it comforting to have a Chinese family looking out for me and answering all the questions I had about getting by in Zhuhai. Each day we had an introductory language course in the morning then our afternoons were filled with activities. One of the highlights for me was the trip to the NZ consulate in Guangzhou where we heard about the interesting work that NZTE, MFAT and the New Zealand Police do in China. I also really enjoyed the sightseeing around Zhuhai and getting to know the city.The greatest outcome of my internship was by far the level of cultural understanding I was able to gain from working within a Chinese company and alongside Chinese colleagues. While frustrating at times, it was a truly unique experience that gave me insight into how Chinese businesses operate on a day-to-day basis, which is very different to what I was previously accustomed to in New Zealand. Over the course of my internship placement, I had the opportunity to create connections and friendships in China (and around the world) and learn more about “guanxi” and the concept of face (I drank many many tiny cups of tea). I was also able to gain insight into the complicated Chinese culture which remains largely uninfluenced by the rest of the world. Living and working immersed in this culture gave me a glimpse into the unique way of life, from the inescapable influence of WeChat and technology to the differing social norms. These are insights and experiences which I am certain I will utilise over the course of a career in our increasingly global environment.

Massey University
Media Studies 

After a couple weeks in Zhuhai, it was fascinating to take the seven-hour bus journey to Yangshuo, seeing small villages and settlements along the way.
Our colorful tour-guide, the self-proclaimed ‘Monkey Jane’ knew the area inside out, showing us all of her favorite spots. I loved getting to go off the beaten track and visit local community areas in addition to seeing the more popular attractions.
This trip was just one of many activities that we have been able to partake in on the first two weeks of this experience. It has been great getting to experience Chinese culture first-hand, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.During my time in China, I spent ten weeks as a marketing intern with The ODM Group, in their Zhuhai office. The ODM Group produce promotional merchandise and displays for Western brands. Having studied marketing at university, it was fascinating to learn about these ‘old school’ marketing techniques while also working on digital outreach. I mainly worked on creating and editing blogs for ODM’s website in addition to occasionally working with stock. I enjoyed learning about SEO optimization and working with new platforms. Over time, I was given more responsibilities and overall, I got a lot out of the experience. It was great to work in a Chinese office within an international team. I’m grateful for this experience and believe that it will be beneficial as I return home to look for work in my field.

University of Canterbury
HR Management, Operations & Supply Chain Management

My first two weeks in Zhuhai living in a homestay and attending language classes were full on and exciting. Although Zhuhai is a larger scale to New Zealand cities, Zhuhai’s transportation is accessible and navigating your way around the city is easier than you would think. The communication in my homestay family and understanding Chinese culture and customs were challenging at times; however, they were extremely kind and hospitable. I thoroughly enjoyed the language classes, where myself and the other interns practiced speaking with one another, and learnt some essential Chinese to assist us during the rest of our time in Zhuhai. One memorable activity is the visit to the New Zealand consulate in Guangzhou where I gained a deeper understanding of trade relations between New Zealand and China.I have thoroughly enjoyed my 2 months living and working in China. For the last 7 weeks I have been interning at the Come Together Community (CTC), which is a small charity run by expatriates living in Zhuhai that raise money and support special needs and disadvantaged children through various programmes.

During this time, I have produced various media publications, including the CTC end of year report and a promotional video to increase awareness of the charity. Smaller tasks included social media management, blog posts and updating the organisations website. Being an intern is a lot of self guided work, however it has made me more confident in getting tasks done and improving my time management skills. Operating in a Chinese business setting has been a great experience, it comes with challenges of its own, but has made me more resilient and open to foreign business practices. I feel grateful to have been involved with a not-for-profit organisation, and hope to see it continue to grow in the future.

Auckland University of Technology
Advertising & Branding

The first two weeks of the Programme was a fast pace induction into the Chinese language and culture. Learning about customs and traditions that date back further than our country, enabled me to broaden my world view. The generosity and welcoming nature of the locals was the highlight of the first two weeks, this allowed me to adjust to society rather quickly. Another highlight would be the Food and being able to bond with other people on the course, thus enabling all of us a smooth transition into living in a foreign country.The internship portion of the 10 week programme was a experience and a half. Being able to integrate ourselves into the working lifestyle in another country allowed for a boost in confidence in terms of having the ability to work overseas. During this period of time we were allowed to fully acclimate, and get to know locals as well as other expats, which opened my eyes to future job possibilities in China. In terms of the specific internship that I was placed in, it was a graphic design /marketing internship at a ‘Let’s cultural park’. The people-centered nature of the job made me better understand certain target markets in China, as well how warm and welcoming people can be even when you don’t speak their language. Overall the internship was a wonderful experience that aligned perfectly with what I was studying in university. The experience was easily enhanced by the kind and friendly faces waiting for me at work

University of Auckland
International Business & Marketing

It was late at night going through the University job board out of curiosity and the next thing I know is I’m going to China to work at the end of the year. This unexpected adventure turned out to be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life so far! The first 2 weeks were jam packed with sightseeing, company visits and meeting new people. Exploring the most livable city in China, visiting some of the biggest factories in the world and just having a lot of fun with a bunch of kiwis, couldn’t have asked for any better.During my time in Zhuhai, China I was working as a marketing intern at a promotional gift agency. This allowed me to get practical marketing experience in an international setting. I was provided the opportunities to expand on skillsets such as blog writing and search marketing, which I found very beneficial as a marketing student. It is something that most marketing students at University don’t get to learn, which I find quite strange as the industry is becoming ever more digital. Getting to work overseas presented both opportunities and challenges, from expanding my personal and professional network to facing language barriers. I was fortunate enough to be given the additional responsibilities not just in marketing, but to learn about product sourcing in China. This has given me international experience in supply chain and logistics, something that I did not expect to get out of the internship initially, but an interesting area as my internship was based in the manufacturing capital of the world. During the program we were also fortunate enough to conduct factory visits where we got to see first hand on the manufacturing capabilities and logistics of how products are made. Overall I had an awesome experience during my time in China.

University of Waikato
Business Management

The first two weeks have flown by and what an amazing and enjoyable experience I have had here in Zhuhai, China so far. From language classes every morning to activities in the afternoon, there is always something happening. One big highlight was the homestay with a Chinese family. An amazing experience where I had the opportunity to fully immerse myself into the culture and get to learn from them. Another stand out was Chinese calligraphy class where we got to learn about the history and how to write our name in Chinese. I can’t wait for the following weeks that lie ahead and all the amazing things still to experience and enjoy.For the past 8 weeks I have been a marketing intern at RT Media (Recycling Times Media). During my time here I provided consultation to the communication department to help them build a stronger social media presence within the office and print supplies industry. During my time here I also focused on event and digital marketing.

My daily task was the running of RT Media’s social media platforms, looking at new ways to increase engagement and followers to its social sites. Including analysing its social channels looking at what works and what doesn’t as well as comparing to RT Media’s competitors. My main task was blogging across all its social channels to increase traffic to RT Medias website. I also had the opportunity to work on RT Medias website, editing and improving it.

Interning at RT Media has been an amazing opportunity being able to take full responsibility of a real life project, putting theory into practical experience. And not to mention the opportunity to work alongside the Chinese people and learn from them and the way they do things. I have learnt so many new valuable skills and knowledge that I will take with me forever.

University of Waikato
Economics and Finance

The first two weeks were incredible. From the onset, my homestay host family were so welcoming, friendly and eager to absorb me into their Chinese culture. Dinners and the following numerous rounds of tea were the highlights of my homestay experience. My homestay father was the chef in the family and he enjoyed making fresh seafood dishes, true to Zhuhai and Guangdong style. Following dinner, I would sit around the tea table with my family and try different types of tea. It was my 21st birthday during my time with my homestay family. My homestay father’s birthday was also the day before mine. Paul Bailey from InternChina happened to be my homestay’s neighbor so my birthday was celebrated in style with Paul, his wife and my homestay. It was a special night. Every morning I would attend a three-hour language course with my fellow New Zealand participants. These were difficult sessions but well worthwhile and in combination with the homestay experience, provided complete absorption into the Chinese culture. My internship was in Pearl Bay Consulting, an immigration investment and blockchain investment consultancy company. Over the past decade there has been a substantial market for foreign investment into Western projects in exchange for investors’ rights to permanent residency within the invested country. Pearl Bay Consulting has connected Asian investors with Western projects, having advised on the investment and immigration processes. The company is shifting its business focus towards blockchain consultancy and in a similar manner to the immigration by investment market, connects Asian investors with fellow and foreign blockchain and cryptocurrency startups. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these two markets. Spending work and social time with a great boss and learning about the Chinese business culture through my colleagues and business activities further added to the internship and made it an incredibly insightful experience.

Victoria University of Wellington
International Relations & Political Science

The first two weeks of the program were fantastic. We jumped straight into all things China with language classes every morning and a variety of cultural and practical activities in the afternoons. It was the best way to start the program as we were immediately immersed in meaningful experiences that were also a lot of fun. Providing everything from cultural experience through a calligraphy class and tea ceremony to business interest with a company visit to audio pioneers Bowers and Wilkins. However, the most rewarding experience was a visit to the local autism society for kids. It has been such a great experience so far, I am really looking forward to the rest of the program!My internship with InternChina has been one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had. I learnt so much in such a short period of time. It was everything I wanted and not everything I expected. It really challenged my perception of China, its people & culture. I also enjoyed the opportunity to work in China and learn about how Chinese business is done from the inside. I worked with a company called iSmart for a period of 8 weeks. They are an interesting company with their initial roots in consumer security systems like cameras and infrared sensors. However, they are now beginning to produce factory produced modular housing. It was very interesting to be involved in a company working with such a modern and innovative product. Being able to see the entire process from visiting factories and gaining an understanding of the manufacturing process, to meeting with potential suppliers to find the best products to use. I also was able to experience some design work and gain an understanding of what goes into 3D modelling.

This has been a highly valuable experience, I have built lasting connections with people from across the world and gained a depth of cultural understanding that you can only learn from full immersion in a culture. I would highly recommend an internship with InternChina for anyone looking to get out of their comfort zone and find out more about China and themselves.

Generation UK 2018 – Tech Internship in Zhuhai

Name: Rebekah Kane
Nationality: British
Destination: Zhuhai
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: Generation UK
University: Queen’s University Belfast
Year: 2018“I would, without a doubt, recommend an internship in China. Not only because its fun but me (and all of the other interns that are here) have learnt so much and the support system is also really good!

Rebekah recently completed her 8 week I.T internship programme in Zhuhai.

“My internship has definitely improved my employability. The skills that I have developed on a personal and professional level whilst being here will look amazing on my CV and they will help me in interviews and to be able to apply them in my future career

Rebekah’s internship was funded through the British Council’s Generation UK programme, and arranged and provided by InternChina. Rebekah chose to complete her internship in Zhuhai, however with Generation UK you can also choose an internship in Chengdu or Qingdao too! The funding covers the cost of your programme, which includes your accommodation in China, comprehensive health and travel insurance and 24/7 support from InternChina staff while on place.

“For future interns, I would advise that you just say yes to everything. There’s so many more opportunities out in China than there are back home!

Generation UK funded students in the Forbidden City, Beijing

Ola’s Generation UK Trade Internship in Qingdao

Name: Ola Badru
Nationality: British
Destination: Qingdao
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: Generation UK
University: Brunel University
Year: 2018“I’ve definitely enjoyed my stay in China, it has gone so quick. The highlights are meeting different people from different cultures all in one place. I also travelled to Beijing a few weeks ago, that was pretty cool as well!” 

Ola recently completed his 8 week International Trade internship programme in Qingdao.

“This experience has improved my employability as I am exposed to different cultures, and understand how to look at problems from a different perspective, and having new issues to deal with. I’ve just finished my placement year, and it was just the same thing – Engineering, 9 to 5, in front of a desk and with the same type of issues. While being here, I’ve seen how business is conducted in a different way, I’ve seen how you have to be a different person to get what you want in China. ” 

Ola’s internship was funded through the Generation UK programme, and arranged and provided by InternChina. Ola chose to complete his internship in Qingdao, however with Generation UK you can also choose an internship in Chengdu or Zhuhai! The funding covers the cost of your programme, which includes your accommodation in China, comprehensive health and travel insurance and 24/7 support from InternChina staff while on place.

“For future interns, I would advise you to do a lot of research in terms of what you want to do, what city you want to go to, and make sure every day you are here counts towards something because it goes by so quickly. Just enjoy your time, and don’t take it for granted!”  

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

 

Cardiff University funded participants in Qingdao

Andriy’s International Business Internship in Qingdao

Name: Andriy Zapotichny
Nationality: British
Destination: Qingdao
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 6 week University funded internship
University: Cardiff University
Year: 2018

Andriy recently completed a 6 week International Business internship programme in Qingdao.

“It’s not being able to come here and someone telling you what to do, it’s your own ambition and what you want to learn. So if you come into this with the mindset of ‘Yes, I want to bring something back’, this is definitely the experience for you.” 

This internship programme was funded by Cardiff University, 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!

“Qingdao has exceeded my expectations. I came into this country with all my friends and family telling me that China is completely different to what I’ve seen myself. Qingdao is filled with wonders of the world, it has a tall mountain called Laoshan, temples and beaches as well, which I didn’t anticipate”  

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

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?

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

Finance Internship in Zhuhai

Name: Cliodhna
Nationality: British
Destination: Zhuhai
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 2 months, Internship and Accommodation
University: Ulster University
Year: 2016So I would definitely recommend coming to China, it gives you the opportunity to throw yourself into an environment you’re not familiar with, to expand your horizons and really gain invaluable experience!

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NGO internship in Chengdu – Rosa

Name: Rosa
Nationality: British
Destination: Chengdu
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 3 months, Internship and Accommodation
University: University of Manchester
Year: 2016Everyone is so friendly from InternChina  and willing to treat you as a friend, not just an intern.
Its been really nice to have been part of the InternChina family, even if it was just for a short while.
If you are considering doing something like this…. Definitely go for it!

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Placement year in Taipei – Review

Name: Thomas Hanlon
Nationality: British
Destination: Taipei
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 10 month, paid placement
University: Sheffield Hallam University
Year: 2018

Tom recently completed a 10 month finance placement in Taipei.

“I would definitely come back purely because it feels so different here. People are so friendly, obviously the weather is good. […]The whole vibe is really cool.”

Tom’s placement was organised through InternChina. Not only do InternChina find participants placements, but we also offer a support system in the city of your placement and organise participant actvities, trips and dinners.

“I’d definitely recommend [InternChina]. Because obviously it was my first time away from home that far, on my own. InternChina helped me to settle in really quickly.”

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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!.”

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