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Intern Testimonial: Tulio Puente

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Tulio Puente has found himself in the right place at the right time. Puente, from Monterrey, Mexico will do his China internship program at Novel-SuperTv , a telecommunications company in Beijing , and he’s looking to be of particular use during his time in the Middle Kingdom. “ The company has intentions to expand their market to Latin America, due to the increasing opportunities and ties between both regions , so I will basically be a marketing research assistant to help develop strategies to increase their customer's agenda.” Tulio Puente He says that the growing ties between Mexico and China (Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Mexico earlier in June with the aim of expanding ties between the two rapidly developing economies) will lead to “opportunities in the future for those with experience in the Chinese market or with language skills.” The 21-year-old, who is studying Economics in Mexico and did...
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Intern Update: Siobhan Rehman

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After a few days of settling in, Siobhan , who is doing her internship in Beijing as a teacher, is ready to get down to work. “Just had my first class ever! It went surprisingly well, considering my class requested an American accent, which I don't know that I totally fulfilled,” said Siobhan. “Most students just wish to perfect their English speaking skills by talking to a native, so the lessons are quite straightforward. Plus my class was very friendly and jokey, so it took away any nerves – or doubt in my new accent!” Siobhan says the work environment was not what he expected, something many foreigners who work or intern in China often note. “I was most surprised about how relaxed and straightforward teaching was. I've always suffered from stage fright, so I took a teaching job as sort of a shock therapy! It seems to have worked – I...
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10 Mistakes that can Ruin any Interview

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Your cover letter and resume have made a positive impression on a potential employer, and they’ve called you in for an interview. Now, you need to ensure the employer stays impressed with you and your potential in their organization. There’s an old saying first impressions count – and there is no better instance of the truth to this than the impressions made during an interview. A variety of factors are in effect. It may include the way you are dressed, how you communicate, your personality, and a number of other considerations. It takes a lot to develop a positive impression, and conversely requires very little to leave one that does not work in your favor as key decisions are made for the new talent they need to bring on. While first impressions can be wrong (and they often are), the job candidate might not be given a second chance. Better get...
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Day Trips from Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang


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China is big. Huge. There's lots to see, and as an intern in China , you won’t see it all. But at  Getin2China , we encourage you to at least try. Traveling around China is easier than ever before, and transportation is rapidly improving, making it faster and more convenient for tourists to bob around. As a transport hub in China, Shanghai is an excellent base for day trips or other short hauls (and so is  Beijing  - check out a previous post about short haul trips from Beijing here ). We take a look at two can't-miss destinations during your time in Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. Suzhou Contrary to an image of China as one of environmental degradation and cities of concrete and steel, Suzhou, directly west of Shanghai in neighboring Jiangsu Province , offers something vastly different. Known as the 'Venice of the East' for its abundance of...
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Intern Testimonial: Siobhan Rehman


For Siobhan Rehman, her dream has finally come true. “I've always wanted to come to China , so I'm glad it’s finally happened,” said the 21-year-old from Milton Keynes, UK, who recently arrived for her internship in Beijing . “I’ve settled in really quickly, and I'm excited to get started with things! I've seen a few tourist attractions already and have made all my friends at home jealous, so it’s already a worthwhile trip!” Siobhan, who just finished her second year of her BSc in Economics, Politics and International Relations, will do her China internship program as an English teacher at the New Power School in Beijing for the summer. Siobhan at the Get in2 China office in Beijing “I'll be mostly tutoring adult learners one on one, which will be good for my Mandarin Chinese language   lessons , so I can see learning a foreign language from both perspectives,”...
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Networking: Getting some help from your friends

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We all know by now that networking is no doubt crucial in the job search process. We also know that some of the best jobs aren’t advertised. Why? Because those posts are often filled by a recommendation from a trusted colleague. Put yourself in the place of the person looking for a job candidate. If you place an ad in the paper or online, you may get hundreds of replies – only a few of which might be a fit for the job. But to find those few, you have to wade through all the others and that can take up a lot of your time. Even when you do find a resume that looks promising, that person is still a stranger to you, and you have no idea what kind of person or worker he/she might be. On the other hand, what if a candidate is recommended to you...
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Intern Testimonial: Nick Freer-Smith


One of China’s great advantages is its openness to foreign people and ideas. Even if you lack the education and experience of a particularly job field, many domestic and international firms are willing to take a chance with an intern who has a different background. For example, it isn’t uncommon for us at  Gi2C  to place an intern with a legal or social science background in an art gallery if that’s what the intern would like – and the gallery is willing. Twenty-year-old Nick Freer-Smith from London is another example. Although he studied History at the University of Exeter, he’ll do his internship in Shanghai next month at China BlueSky Ventures , an investment and advisory services firm. Nick Freer-Smith “From the Skype interview I've had with the company, I believe I'll be meeting international clients of the firm, and helping them to enter Chinese markets, predominantly in the field...
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Wish List: Letter From Switzerland

Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship in China !     Preferred Duration : 4 Months 1st choice : Marketing / Sales / Advertising 2nd Choice : Communications / Consulting 3rd Choice : Private Equity / Corporate Advising Others : Business development, Supply Chain management English Level : Native Chinese Level : Never studied Other Languages : French (native), Spanish (intermediate), German (intermediate)   I have obtained my Bachelor degree in Micro/Nano Engineering and I am now finishing my Masters degree in Global Entertainment Business. This consolidated education has provided me with a wide array of competences including analytical thinking combined with a creative business vision. During my studies, I have managed my time in order to be proactive and develop additional teamwork skills by working within student organizations. The student body in my class of the Master degree is an aggregation of people coming from 13 different countries...
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Asking the Right Questions

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Whether you’re from a western country, Latin America,  China  or anywhere else in the world, there some things that just don’t change when it comes to a  job interview , and that includes asking your interviewer some of your own questions. After all, having some thoughtful questions ready only shows preparedness and curiosity on your part. What kinds of questions should you ask? Salary is an obvious job motivator, and there’s no doubt everyone should receive a salary commensurate with his or her qualifications. But a question about salary should wait, at least until the second interview (if there is one) or until a job offer is made. Also, specifics like parking availability have little to do with your actual work, so hold off until a more appropriate time. The first interview is a chance to impress, to talk about your passions and why you’re suited for the job, and to...
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Six Ways to Achieve the Salary You Deserve

Six Ways to Achieve the Salary You Deserve
Negotiating salary with a potential employer can be tricky. If done right, both sides can walk away happy and the working relationship can get off on the right foot. The key is to be open but firm, confident but not arrogant. Don’t feel you shouldn’t negotiate either: Everyone should be offered a salary based on market value (even salaries are supply and demand based). A good and fair salary is a key motivator to excel in the workplace. This is true whether in  China , the West or anywhere. Below are six ways to ensure you get the salary you deserve. 1. Be Confident and Professional Tone is key, and the wrong tone can easily turn an employer off. Let the employer know through a positive tone that your goal in  negotiating  your  salary  is a win-win situation for both sides. Avoid a “give-me-what-I-want-or-else” tone. That won’t work, and could convince the...
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Intern Testimonial: Lionel Spencer Chow

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If there’s one word Lionel Spencer Chow believes sums up Shanghai , it’s “ captivating .” “ I wanted to experience Shanghai ,” said Lionel, a Malaysia native from Kota Kinabalu, who completed his China internship program at the Shanghai United Family Hospital & Clinics . “It is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China. Besides, it is a global city , with various cultures and technology .  From this, I wanted to seek a business opportunity in Shanghai for the future.” Indeed, Shanghai is a city to watch. China has big plans for this metropolis and free-wheeling city to join the ranks of global financial capitals like Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York. Already, over two hundred thousand expatriates from around the world call Shanghai home, and that number is only set to swell as the city continues to make its mark on the world stage. And with websites...
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Great Wall Trip

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On a calm but slightly foggy Saturday morning, a group of 15 interns and Getin2China staff gathered outside the company’s office. It was roughly 7 a.m. and a few of us were groggy from going out the night before. But excitement was soon stirred because we were about to visit one of China’s – and the world’s – most impressive sights: The Great Wall . There is a saying in Chinese: "If you haven't climbed the Great Wall, you are not a brave person" (不到长城非好汉). The saying is often used to stress the need to reach one’s goals. After a two-hour bus journey, we finally reached Mutianyu, roughly 70 km from central Beijing, and stood before a portion of the majestic Wall. After a brief discussion as to how we were going to climb and descend the Wall (there are numerous options for each), we decided on using a chairlift...
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Keeping it brief

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The art of the interview: Keeping it brief How many times have you heard, “It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality”? When it comes to the job interview , that golden rule also applies.  Ever catch yourself rambling during an interview and thought, “I could have said that better”? Sometimes you’re given a second change; sometimes you’re not. Keeping your answers short and to the point could be the deciding factor in whether you land a job. Below are some suggestions on how to stop your tongue from flapping uncontrollably during an interview. Listen to yourself Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and found yourself distracted by the number of times a person separates their thoughts with “umm” or “do you know what I mean?” These conversation stunters appear universal, in any language and in any country. Slang or conversation fillers (a.k.a. bad speaking habits) have...
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Intern Testimonial: Ilyas Morrison

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He may only be 19 years old, but Ilyas Morrison’s  internship  in China  is full of tasks seemingly reserved for folks much older in years. " I have been given a lot of responsibility and definitely felt apart of the company within the first week ,” he says. One major responsibility during his  China internship program  at BG Capital in Beijing includes, “finding a client an injection of capital, whether that be from bank loan, venture capitalists or merger/acquisition.” The London-native, who’s studying engineering and business finance at  University College London , says he’s also learning those all-important soft skills , particularly when it comes to composing himself for shareholders presentations and social events. “ China is the second largest economic powerhouse in the world and predicted to overtake the U.S in just several years, experience here in the business industry will be undoubtedly helpful and extremely relevant,” Ilyas says when...
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Wish List: Letter From America

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Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship in Shanghai !   Preferred Duration : 2 Months   1st choice : Legal / Law   2nd Choice : International Trade / Promotion   3rd Choice : Travel and Tourism   English Level : Native   Chinese Level : Intermediate   Other Languages : Spanish I have three goals that I would like to accomplish. One is to get some great and valuable experience in preferably a legal setting as a foundation for the rest of my career. I prefer a legal setting because I am in law school, but I am also open to other opportunities that might take me back to China. My second goal is to work on my international and professional network, so that I might be able to return to China long-term after I graduate from law school, or use my network connections to find employment elsewhere....
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Wish List: Letter From England

Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship !   Preferred Duration : 6 Months English Level : Native Chinese Level : Never studied I have chosen to participate as I believe that the diversity of my skills combined with my passion for design and creative solutions would allow me to excel. An internship would allow me to gain practical experience and knowledge in a career and role that I strive to succeed in. The opportunity to work with real roles and real responsibility appealed to me, and I would love the chance to perform in an environment that I believe I would thrive in. The program with Getin2China would allow me to explore my potential in such a dynamic framework and would give me invaluable experience. I wish to work for a company that will allow me to work hands on in a project within the digital industry. I would...
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Intern Testimonial: Andreas Schönning


He handles communications with international business partners and manages negotiations to attract new global media players. He assists his manager with shaping the company’s worldwide marketing efforts and tries to uncover new marketing channels. Andreas at a portion of the Great Wall of China just outside Beijing. His name is Andreas Schönning from Skurup, Sweden, and during his  China internship program  in  Beijing  he’s doing all of the above. The internship — at  Reed Exhibitions , a world leader in organizing tradeshows and exhibitions – has taught 24-year-old Andreas “P ersonal development traits such as prioritizing work, multitasking, deadline management and communication skills ,” as well as an “ extensive understanding of the industry I was assigned, improvement of my marketing knowledge and increased cultural awareness of multiple countries , including China. ” Andreas, who graduated from the  European Business School London  with a master’s degree in Management and International...
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Wish List: Letter From The Middle East

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At Get in2 China , we are so blown away by all of the letters we receive from talented, ambitious young people all over the world. As such, we have decided to introduce a new category on our blog - Wish List. Each week we will post a "Wish List" letter sent to us from an awesomely inspiring internship candidate. Want to see your letter posted on our "Wish List" ? E-mail us and you just may! Check out our first "Wish List" letter from a hopeful intern residing in the Middle East: --- Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship ! Preferred Duration : 3 Months Preferred Location : Shanghai (上海) My 1st choice : Media / PR / Events Management 2nd choice : Journalism 3rd choice : Marketing / Sales / Advertising I'd like to get a full time job after my internship in China . English Level :...
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Yuri on Expat Tales

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Yuri Khlystov, co-founder of Get in2 China , was recently featured on China Radio International ’s Expat Tales, where he delivered his pitch as to why it’s fabulous to intern in China . “After spending time in Europe and the US, I realize that there’s probably more opportunities in Asia . Besides, China was a country I admired since childhood,” Yuri tells host Jules Page. And so after having studied and worked in both Europe and America, Yuri set off for China. “The first time it was more about traveling, checking around, picking up some language.” After attending some networking events (which are never in short supply here in Beijing), Yuri met his future business partner Ben. The two put their heads together, exchanged a few ideas and decided to start a business helping students and graduates find opportunities in China. Get in2 China was born. “I’ve been an intern...
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Intern Testimonial: Kwame McDowell

China internship program: Kwame McDowell
“It feels like Christmas in February, and I can't wait to open my gift!” Could you tell that Kwame McDowell is a bit more than excited to begin his  internship in China ? He’s enthusiasm is contagious! A Miami native who now resides in Atlanta, Kwame, 38, is studying to become a  master chef . He gets loads of practice working as a cook for a non-profit organization that feeds low-income families, the elderly and those with health and disability problems. He’ll do his  internship in Beijing  at a restaurant inside the  US Embassy . “I hope my  internship  experience will give me the extra knowledge I need to enter the culinary field and become a very successful chef. I also hope to learn from the simple mistakes that I’ll make as a beginner in a fast-paced restaurant kitchen.” Working in  China , Kwame believes, will boost his career ambitions in...
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