Name: Rebekah Kane
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!”
Name: Michael Donaghy
Programme details: 2 months, Generation UK internship experience
University: Queen’s University Belfast
Michael completed a 2 month Generation UK funded internship at a local company in Zhuhai.
“You get the both worlds really, you get a high quality internship where you can learn a lot from and gain skills that can increase your employability with, but obviously you get to immerse yourself in a different culture.”
When you first arrive in China it can be overwhelming, however, Michael was able to overcome the inital culture shock barrier and grow from his time in China.
“When you first arrive here you’re absolutely terrified, but by the end of it you’ve met some incredibly great people, you’ve immersed yourself in a wonderful culture and you’ve been to a great internship. It’s very much worth it.”
1. Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Conor and I’m from near Belfast in Northern Ireland. Currently I’m studying Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. My biggest interest back in Ireland is probably playing Gaelic football, an Irish sport that came along before rugby and soccer. I came to China this summer because I wanted a fun and challenging new experience. ‘Measure once cut twice’ is my mantra!
2. Tell us something about your internship. What is your average working day like?
My internship has been a thoroughly challenging and rewarding experience. The role I have taken up here has encompassed many different things but mainly design engineering. I have been involved in numerous projects in which we have come up with innovative design solutions. For instance, we are manufacturing a 40 metre composite roof structure for a project in the Philippines. Some aspects of the design needed to be developed further and I played a key role in this.
3. What did you gain from your experience in Zhuhai and/or China in general?
From my experience in Zhuhai, I have made many friends from all walks of life that I will continue to have for the rest of my life. I went to experience the culture of China which is very different and I’ve seen things here, that would be headline news for days at home, simply shrugged at.
4. Is there a funny story you’d like to share?
Funny story? Few inside jokes that probably aren’t appropriate but funniest thing that happened to me was probably getting stranded 30km from Yangshuo after running the electric scooter battery flat along with 7 others, getting spilt up with no reception and having to make our way back. Eventually after ages of door to door, a guy towed us back with a motorbike… but we made it back alive and did what anyone would do following our ordeal… went straight to the bar.
5. What advice would you give to future interns and would you recommend doing an internship in China?
Advice would be to keep trying new things, be it food, places, people – just get out there and get stuck in. I would say that coming here has been the coolest thing I’ve ever done and if I could I would love to stay for longer. So yes, I would recommend coming!
Does that sound just like what you would like to experience and add to your CV? Then apply now!