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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

After familiarizing himself somewhat with China’s financial capital Shanghai, it was time for Nick Freer-Smith to get down to work.

So far I've been drafting contracts for clients, and completing some executive summaries for them. I have recently begun a project with a client, which I will be focusing on, and project managing during July, which is an exciting responsibility.”

Nick at his desk at China Bluesky Ventures

Nick’s China internship program at China Bluesky Ventures, an investment advisory firm, is all about learning the ropes.

I've learned a lot about correct corporate language, and how to sell your company's services to clients. I've also learned about some of the procedures my company specializes in, particularly due diligence and procurement procedures.”

The workplace dynamic has so far been a positive one for the London native.

“There are a lot more interns than I expected, which is fantastic because we all go out for lunch together everyday. My bosses are also both very friendly and also really help me learn new skills and understand their business, which is also great.”

Shanghai, like Beijing, is no sleepy town, something Nick understands well.

“Life outside work is fantastic. I've met lots of wonderful people and had a great time exploring the city with them and experiencing Shanghai's nightlife, which is amazing.”

But Nick does have one word of caution.

“The nightclubs and bars that I've been to are all really nice, but are also very expensive if you're not careful with your money.”

Good tip!

Shanghai is also a foodie’s heaven. Given its status as one of the world’s financial capitals, you can bet Shanghai is a treasure trove for the taste buds.

“At first I was very suspicious of the food here,” says Nick, “but I have to say that if you're careful it's actually mostly delicious, especially the local dumplings.”

Good luck with the rest of your internship in Shanghai, Nick. We’ll be soon to check for another update!

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