INTERNSHIPS IN ASIA: VIETNAM & THAILAND
DELIVERED BY PAGODA PROJECTS
Pagoda are delighted to be offering our fully supported in-person internship opportunities for 2023/24!
Students taking part have the option of a partially funded 6-10 week internship programme in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi) or Thailand (Bangkok). Regardless of destination, internship and sector, Pagoda will support you before, during and after the programme, provide quality accommodation, assist with the required visa and be there in-country to ensure an amazing experience!
All internships are full-time positions, Monday-Friday each week for a duration of 6-10 weeks. The duration of your programme is dependent on the agreed duration with your university, or, where no requirements from your university are in place, based on your preference and availability of opportunities.
The exact number of contact working hours each week will differ slightly between the different host companies and the role you’re able to secure. We suggest you clarify all key details with our team before accepting an offered position.
Get in touch if you have any questions relating to the dates of the programme.
You can also join Pagoda for an online info session where you can learn more about the programme and ask questions. Even if you can’t make it, simply take a minute to register and we’ll send you the recording!
- Live Information Session: 30th May 2023 15:30 Singapore Time / 17:30 Sydney/ 19:30 Auckland Register Here
|Applications Open||24th April 2023|
|Live Information Session||30th May 2023|
|Applications Close||25th June 2023|
|Booking & Payment Deadline||6th August 2023|
|Arrival Date*||1st December 2023|
|Programme Begins||4th December 2023|
|Programme End & Departure Date**|
*Participants must arrive between 9.30am and 5.30pm
**Participants must vacate premises by the Sunday of the week the internship finishes
WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY
MORE THAN JUST AN INTERNSHIP
Six to eight-week full time internship.
Choose your destination, sector & host company.
Private room, inclusive of all bills & Wi-Fi, on good transport links, sharing with other students on the programme.
Visa support and comprehensive travel/medical insurance (covered either by Pagoda or your university)
Airport pickup, transfer to accommodation, welcome pack & detailed orientation.
Regular organised events, trips & activities throughout the programme.
24/7 on-site emergency and general support from the friendly Pagoda team.
Access to Pagoda’s online Skills Courses to improve your employability, cultural fluency & digital skills.
Join over 4000 previous students in the Pagoda exclusive alumni network for future employability opportunities across the globe.
FUNDING & ELIGIBILITY
Before committing to the programme, your university and Pagoda will work with you to clarify funding you may be eligible for any outstanding costs.
Studying in Australia? You must…
- Be an Australian citizen
- Be studying at Pagoda Partner University
- Currently be completing an undergraduate degree
- Be able to receive university credit for this internship
- Not be a citizen or permanent resident of the host location
- Have not previously received a New Colombo Plan mobility grant for an in-country experience
- Complete the separate application process required by your university prior to the deadline. NOTE These deadlines are likely to differ to Pagoda’s
Still not sure? Get in touch.
Studying in New Zealand? You must…
- Be at least 18 years old at the date of applying
- Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- Have been a resident in New Zealand for at least 12 of the previous 24 months
- Not be an immediate relative of an Education New Zealand staff member or selection panel member
- Be medically fit to travel (successful applicants will need to agree to complete any routine medical checks performed at the border, such as COVID-19 tests)
- Be able to attend the full duration of your proposed programme overseas
- Be eligible for an entry visa into your host country
- Have not previously received an Individual Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia
- Complete the separate application process required by Education New Zealand
Apply for a Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia here
Still not sure? Get in touch.
Studying in Singapore? You must…
- Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
- Study full-time at a local Institute of Higher Learning
- Not be an immediate family member of any key shareholder, or associated with the company in any way that may give rise to any conflict of interest
- Complete the separate application process required by Enterprise Singapore
Still not sure? Get in touch.
Pagoda will be taking applications of interest from students with the aim of providing confirmation and final acceptances onto the programme by September 5th 2022 (or when all places have been filled). You are welcome to apply as soon as possible as places are limited.
There will be a $200 AUD refundable programme deposit that will be requested if offered a place on the programme, with no further financial commitment or flights needing to be booked until your programme has been clarified.
Application Deadline – 25th June 2023
Apply through the link below and we will be in touch within 48 hours. You may be asked to submit a video interview or complete a phone interview (your choice!) so your application can be assessed as part of the initial selection process.
Pagoda will provide university/scholarship-specific next steps where you must also register externally. You may need to meet specific eligibility criteria and/or receive credit to access funding. You will need to pay a refundable deposit/bond when committing to the programme. Terms of the deposit are in the programme agreement should you be offered a place on the programme.
Our team will support you with pre-programme activities and tasks. Once the internship programmes begin, Pagoda will continue to support you through each step of the process. You will be greeted at the airport, transferred over to your accommodation and be introduced to all the fellow students from various universities who are completing a similar programme.
INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY
WE HAVE YOUR IDEAL POSITION
1,000+ UNIQUE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
ALL SECTORS FROM MARKETING TO ENGINEERING
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Choose from over 1,000 global internship opportunities, across a wide variety of sectors, company sizes and roles, or just get in touch to find out more from a human.
Our team goes to great lengths to source meaningful internship opportunities for our participants, with extensive vetting of each company. Our internships are enjoyable, high quality and align with students’ academic and career goals.
You will be able to review the full position and company details before letting us know which you wish to apply for. We then ask you to set up an interview directly with the company and accept an offer of an internship when you’re happy with an offer.
WHAT’S INCLUDED | DESTINATIONS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY
FURNISHED APARTMENT ACCOMMODATION
The on-site Pagoda team in each destination sources and manages apartment accommodation for participants, in line with our accommodation quality policy.
You will always be provided your own private bedroom and any shared facilities will always be with Pagoda participants only. Female-only accommodation is available and provided at no additional cost, with all located on good transport links in secure area of the cities where Pagoda delivers programmes.
WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | DESTINATIONS | SUPPORT | APPLY
PERSONALISED SUPPORT THROUGHOUT YOUR PAGODA EXPERIENCE
Our Student Support Outline gives a comprehensive guide to our support. 24/7 emergency support is included in every in-person programme.
Our local teams organise regular optional social, networking and travel activities for participants. This includes regular dinners and weekend trips to fit around your internship schedules. Our local knowledge helps you to discover hidden gems and visit sites on a student budget.
All participants will have access to the Pagoda Portal. This features a secure, centralised space for you to access all elements of your programme. You can communicate with our team & other students, check-in each week to reflect upon your Internship and Cultural Mentorship, gain legendary Pagoda status via gamification and the awarding of ‘Pagodas’ on the Leaderboard, view and register for upcoming events and complete our optional Skills Courses.
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BROWSE THE NEW COLOMBO PLAN FUNDED DESTINATIONS
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, and often ranked among the world’s most visited cities. With rich buddhist tradition meeting lively nightlife, the city is home to all kinds of experiences as impressive as its internationally loved cuisine. And if you find yourself wanting a change of pace, there’s a myriad of adventures possible outside of the city, whether its waterfalls, diverse landscapes or elephant sanctuaries that take your fancy.
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, embodying a rich intersection of old and new. With imperial landmarks and colonial facades meeting modern invigoration, the city has the gravity of a historical and cultural centre. Recognised by Unesco as a ‘Design City’, there is a creative vibrancy to enjoy alongside the legendary street kitchens and traditional tones of the Old Quarter. And if you fancy getting away from the city, there is no shortage of rugged vistas and captivating seascapes to venture to.
HO CHI MINH CITY
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam. This bustling city is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. With it’s classic French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and mixture of French, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine it’s no wonder why millions of tourists visit the capital each year.
WHAT’S INCLUDED | INTERNSHIPS | ACCOMMODATION | SUPPORT | APPLY
Your university and Pagoda will confirm your eligibility/ eligibility in principle for the programme before any deposit or programme fee is required. Before agreeing to any overseas experience, it is the responsibility of your university to outline what financial contribution (if any) will be offered and what funding you will be able to access to help towards the costs of your programme.Pagoda will be following government travel advice and we will keep you updated should any restriction changes affect your programme. In the event of a programme cancelation, your deposit and any other programme financial contribution will be refunded in full**. Alternatively, you may also have the opportunity to switch to our highly rated Global Online Internship if an in-person programme is not possible.
**Please note: As flight costs are not covered by the programme funding, Pagoda would not refund flight costs in the event of a programme cancellation. Therefore, as a precaution, we strongly advise that all flights are booked as refundable.
You can either speak with our team or browse our website at any time, which can be filtered by destination and industry. You can submit your application for as many positions as you like, however we prefer if you focus on one preferred location. You will only complete your internship with one host company.The deposit is $200 AUD/NZD/SGD and it is a refundable sum of money which guarantees your place on our programme and covers your accommodation deposit. If your accommodation is left in the same standard as it is found, your deposit will be refunded within 6 weeks after your internship programme. See our Terms & Conditions for more details.
Vaccinations will depend on which destination you decide on and what the relevant government and travel advice is at the time.
Once you have decided on your destination, Pagoda Projects will direct you to your GP for vaccine recommendations and COVID-related vaccine advice. You can also contact Pagoda for any additional information.
Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process, including the visa application. Once you have chosen a destination, we will send the steps you need to complete to apply for your visa. The visa type will depend on your chosen destination.
IMPORTANT: To avoid any complications with the visa process, your passport must be in date for more than 12 months from your programme start date, i.e. if your programme start date is December 2023, your passport expiry date cannot be any date before the 30/11/2024.
Established in 2007, Pagoda Projects have over a decade’s worth of experience in successfully delivering international programmes on behalf of governmental bodies and universities worldwide.
Our internship and employability programmes have spanned over 20 destinations worldwide, and have welcomed over 4000 students and counting. We are confident in our team’s ability to deliver meaningful career developing opportunities to prepare the next generation of global graduates!
Internships are limited and participants host companies will be arranged on a first accepted, first served basis. Places can be competitive, so it is important to engage and respond to the team and prospective host company in good time.
In the interest of quality, we limit the number of interns in each host locations regardless of internship availability. In the event that your preferred host location is no longer available, you will be offered an alternative where possible. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and we will explain why any certain destinations are not possible at that time.Once confirming your place on the programme you will be guided through our internship placement process. Our placement processing time, including company interviews, can take up to 14 weeks. This of course depends on the availability of both interviewer (your supervisor) and interviewee (you) as well as how quickly you are able to respond to our team.Step 1: Submit an application to Pagoda and your university/scholarship scheme and secure your place on the programme ASAP
Step 2: Review eligibility and funding in principle with our team and your university/ await outcome of scholarship.
Step 3: Select an internship opportunity and complete the interview process.
Step 4: Book refundable flights, obtain relevant visa and go to your GP for vaccine advice.
Step 5: Ready to go!
Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process. We will keep you updated regularly and provide detailed information each step of the way.
Yes, many! Pagoda Projects works with many universities from all over the world. Therefore, it is highly likely that other students both from your university and other universities will be participating in the programme across the same dates as you.This depends on the programme funding you receive. You will likely be required to cover the costs of flights, accommodation, visa application fees and Covid-19 fees such as quarantine (if required). You should also budget for food, drink, social events and transport in country. You will be understand the funding available to you and outstanding costs expected of you before committing and paying any deposit.
It may be useful to refer to our blogs about budgeting in our various destinations, found here: https://pagodaprojects.com/cost-of-living
Use this link to find out the current daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/currency/aud-australian-dollar/
Our short-term internships (6-12 weeks) are unpaid; however, our short-term internship programmes are funding driven, where the cost of Pagoda supporting you throughout the process and in-country, along with your accommodation is typically offset on behalf of Pagoda participants. If looking for long-term (6-12 month) paid opportunities please let the staff know as we also have opportunities in Taiwan and the EUFully comprehensive travel and medical insurance will be provided either by Pagoda or your University. This is subject to review depending on the latest government travel advice, but no student completing any Pagoda programme will be able to take part without the appropriate insurance.
APPLICATION DEADLINE – 25TH JUNE 2023
Pagoda Projects are delighted to offer of our 4-week Global Work-Ready Certificate!
We have renamed our ‘Future Skills’ programme to reflect the positive response from employers and students in how this short, 4-week programme has improved their work-readiness and employability prospects in preparation for graduation.
Our mission remains focused on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping students to gain valuable experiences in new and innovative ways.
We’ve designed this exciting new and flexible programme in 2022 for those studying at universities in Australia and New Zealand. This interactive short-course has been designed to be flexible and work around your own busy schedule.
GAIN INSIGHT TO NEW AND INTERESTING SECTORS
GAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME
LEARN NEW AND RELEVANT SKILLS FOR YOUR EMPLOYABILITY
- A full induction to the Pagoda Projects APP from a member of the Pagoda team.
- Access to several digital courses focusing on improving cultural fluency, your employability, and digital skills.
- Paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
- Gain lifetime access to all of Pagoda’s live virtual events in 2022, and back catalogue of recorded events, all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
- Opportunity to network with current participants completing a similar variation of our programme from around the world.
- Full support from our international Pagoda team throughout the duration of the programme.
- Access to the Pagoda Projects alumni network, with over 3,000 past participants of our programmes and where exclusive international job opportunities are posted regularly
- Programme fee: $1000 AUD/ $1050 NZD (there may be full or partial funding available via your university)
- Refundable deposit: $200 AUD required upon enrolment
Fully Flexible Start Dates*
You can expect the programme to comprise of a total of 25-30 hours over the 4 weeks. All aspects of the programme can be completed at time that’s convenient for you.
*Start dates are flexible, however we recommend applying four weeks or more prior to your preferred start date to allow amble time for onboarding and introduction to your Cultural Mentor.
HOW IT WORKS
Submit a quick application below and one of the friendly Pagoda team will respond within 1 business day to confirm your application has been received.
You will be issued a booking form that summarises the programme T&C’s, which is something you’ll need to look over carefully and sign to finalise your place on the programme.
When you’ve confirmed your place on the programme, our team will be in touch with the initial steps of the onboarding process and begin the process of matching you with a cultural mentor. More details regarding the first few days of the programme would follow closer to your chosen start date.
DURING THE PROGRAMME WE WILL BE HOSTING LOTS OF EVENTS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS & GAIN EXPERIENCE
Throughout each programme we’ll arrange live workshops, sector-specific webinars, Q&As sessions with industry leaders, fireside chats, specific networking events, alumni reunions and social activities to ensure a well-rounded events package that covers a huge variety of topics.
All the events will be delivered virtually, meaning you can access from anywhere in the world.
Each event is no more than an hour long and typically takes place on weekdays only. The event schedule including content of sessions, speakers and topics to be discussed would be finalised closer to the programme start dates and communicated with those taking part.
What are the skills courses?
Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of your skillsets with a focus on ‘work readiness’ in a post-pandemic business world.
The Skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability, Digital Competency and Workplace Basics. This framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a globalised and ever-changing workplace, preparing you with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international team, approach the job-market with confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ technologies.
As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, an individual certificate is also awarded to you following each successfully completed micro-course.
Why are they important?
Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.
This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this will allow you to achieve the most important attributes considered by employers.
EXPAND A COURSE FOR MORE INFORMATION
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and wider society. There is a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.
By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:
By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:
- Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
- Have self-assessed your abilities of intercultural communication and identified areas of improvement
- Understood how to adapt this knowledge into the working world through business-scenario case studies
This course improves employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify your current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer your skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout your working life.
By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:
By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:
- Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
- Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to your skillset and examples which can later be adapted
- Be more self-aware and understand skills that need to be developed
This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.
By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:
By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:
- Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to your advantage
- Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
- Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these
This course will equip you with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide you with the skills needed to identify your current skillset, recognise the skills you may be lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.
By completing this course, you will be working towards the following key competencies:
By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:
- Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
- Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
- Have identified your strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.
A UNIQUE WAY TO SHARE CULTURES
You will be partnered with a ‘Cultural Mentor’, who will help you to increase your cultural awareness.
- Schedule one audio or video call each week.
- We provide you with a weekly theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to your respective home country cultures
- Share what you have learned each week in your ‘Cultural Journal’ as part of you weekly check-in, with inclusions of videos, pictures etc. if you wish
- Interact with your Cultural Mentor and wider community in online events and discussions
FUNDING MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR UNIVERSITY
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 –
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
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.”
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
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
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.
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.
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.