Hong Kong is often described as the “door” to China, which explains why multinationals have a presence there and expatriates from one corner to the other are flocking to the city.
Its close proximity to the Middle Kingdom also explains why young folks in Hong Kong are eager to do an internship in China, or the “mainland.”
One such person is Nicole Kwok, who will intern in China for three months at IDC Design, a design firm in Beijing.
“I will work as a mechanical design assistant in the company,” says Kwok. “I will be responsible for supporting engineering activities during the project and mass production stages. I will work on new product development as well as sustaining engineering.
“Also, I will develop technical design documentation (particularly on 3D drawings and specifications). Sometimes, I will diagnose and solve mechanical problems, both under guidance from senior members and independently. I will support design and testing activities during all project stages.”
Well! Sounds like Nicole’s got one challenging and busy internship on her hands!
Nicole, who studied aerospace engineering in Melbourne, Australia, says she chose China for her internship because plenty of engineering companies have opened offices here.
“Also, Beijing is closed to Hong Kong. It is more convenient for me to visit my family and friends.”
Nicole says that she signed up with Gi2C for her China internship program because of the “reasonable price and friendly staff” (it’s true, we’re very friendly!).
To prepare for the move in late August, Nicole’s reading a book on China and learning some basic Chinese conversation.
Although folks in Guangdong Province speak Cantonese, the language widely spoken in Hong Kong, the main language spoken in China is putonghua, or Mandarin. At Getin2China, we offer optional Mandarin Chinese language program to help you navigate your way through Beijing and Shanghai with basic conversational skills, whether you’re bargaining at a market, ordering at a restaurant or chatting with your neighbors.
There’s one thing Nicole is definitely looking forward to: being a tourist in Beijing.
“I hear that Beijing has the traditional architecture of imperial China e.g. the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City,” says Nicole, adding that she also plans to visit the Great Wall.
“I cannot wait to explore this amazing city.”
Neither can we! Have a safe flight! We’ll check in once you arrive!