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Alena Kozina’s Review on her internship with Gi2C Group

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Alena Kozina is a bit different from our typical first-time to China intern  as she is beginning her internship already quite familiar with China . She will be interning in a Beijing  company dealing with financial tools, stocks, and asset management. Alena is originally from Vladivostok, Russia and at the young age of 23, she already holds degrees from schools in Russia, Ireland and most recently a master’s degree from the prestigious Renmin University in Beijing , China. Alena is not sure what exactly she’ll be doing day to day at her new internship in Beijing but is looking forward to staying longer in China . She has spent the last 3 years studying in Beijing  and putting that education into practice in China is the natural next step. “My family has been coming to China for years since I was a child. We really like the country, the culture...
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Drinking in China

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Despite media portrayals of China as "conservative," the country is quite liberal when it comes to alcohol, more so than most Western countries. Furthermore, alcohol consumption isn't relegated to the indoors like a bar or club and can be consumed almost anywhere. Tsingtao is the country's signature beer - and it isn't a bad one either! So if you're doing an internship in China  and like to drink, you're in the right place.   The legal drinking age in China is 18, suitable because you must be 18-years-old to do an internship in Beijing  or an internship in Shanghai . Alcohol is ubiquitous in Beijing and Shanghai , and China is hardly Puritan when it comes to the stuff. You can buy alcohol at the corner store, at the supermarkets and at the abundant liquor and cigarette shops. Beer is cheap . A 600ml (the standard size in China )...
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Day trip from Beijing

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In a previous post here, we talked about three short-haul trips from Beijing . However, there are quite a few more possibilities and today we’ll be talking about how to get to another great location when you have a free weekend. As an intern in Beijing , you will most likely want to not only explore the city but also other cool places in the near vicinity. Shidu Located about 80km to the SW of Beijing , Shidu literally means “tenth crossing” because you need to cross the Juma River ten times in order to get to the town. The best time to visit is between March and October. What to do in Shidu ? Bamboo rafting down the river is a very fun and relaxing activity in Shidu. The cost is RMB 30 for one hour. Bungee jumping is also available for around RMB 200. If you’re going with...
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China Intern Review: Degives Thibault

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Tell us a little about yourself. I'm 25, from Belgium. I was born in Brussels and I'm living and studying in a city called Louvain-la-Neuve. I have a bachelor in accountancy and I'm studying finance.   What do you know about your internship and hope to get out of it? Why China? I’ll be interning in the financial sector in Beijing and will be looking for investment opportunities and also doing risk and solvability analysis. I hope to go back to my home country with a unique experience that will help me for the rest of my career. I also hope to have a different perspective of the sector I have been studying and a new way of facing the different issues we will meet. I chose China to do my internship because, for the last 20 years at least, China has been drastically changing and opening itself to the...
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Anything but English teaching!

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As a foreigner in China , the one question you will most likely be asked by curious Chinese fans will be, "Are you an English teacher?” The reason being, most foreigners in China are only able to find jobs teaching English.  However, there are several unconventional ways to get a non-teaching job in China  and ironically one of the easiest ways is to start out teaching English. You might ask, why start out as a teacher when you're looking for a non-teaching job? Well, it provides you with the perfect inroad to your future career. Here's how to do it. Select a Chinese company that is a key player in your desired industry . After confirming with your Gi2C Group  contact that your favorite company is not currently looking for professional interns see if their Chinese staff need assistance improving their business or oral English. Sell yourself to the company...
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China Intern Review: Nadia Kerelenko

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Newly arrived intern, Nadia, came all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina to start her new adventure in China . She is 27 and graduated in International Business. Nadia’s internship is at a chamber of commerce and industry and she will be focusing on market research and contacting both foreign and local customers. When we asked what she was hoping to get out of her internship she replied, “I expect to learn the Chinese business culture because the way that Chinese think is totally different compared with westerners. Nowadays many of the most important companies in the world are from China or focusing on China. One day it’s likely that your manager will be Chinese or have a Chinese background and connected in some way to this country.” With one out of every 5 people being Chinese, Nadia is right on the mark. Nadia went on to say that she...
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China Intern Testimonial: Josh Seerattan from Canada

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Josh has recently arrived in China from the fine city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is 30 years old and studied international business, corporate social responsibility, and Spanish when he was in school. He will be interning with a public relations company in Shanghai and is not exactly sure all the details of his job but is looking forward to gaining marketable experience and contacts in the industry. He'll also be using the time to decide if he should remain in China after his internship or look for future entrepreneurial ventures in other parts of the globe. Josh was interested in a China internship because he studied international business and thus wanted to launch his career in a city that is a hub for global business. "I figured if in the event there are no opportunities career-wise for me in China , I will at the very least be able...
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Gi2C China intern update: Natalia Rastorgueva

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We recently checked in with Natalia to see how her China internship was going. Here’s what she had to say: I’m working at a Chinese law firm and sometimes it can be difficult as some of my colleagues don’t speak Russian or Chinese; therefore, I do most of my work in English such as looking for some information about laws in Russia, translate it in English, explaining some rules about Russian legislation, international contracts, etc. I’ve so far learned about working with people from different countries and English speaking Chinese people, how to deal with international contracts, the differences between Chinese and Russian legislations, and have improved my English speaking and listening skills. Most surprising so far was that I expected Chinese people to speak English very well (which is not quite reality!) and they constantly say “Sorry!” for any misunderstandings we have. But we eventually understand each other just...
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Gi2C Intern Testimonial: Jamie Gibson

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Newly arrived Gi2C intern, Jamie, is 26 years old and hails from Hull, England. He studied Fine Arts at Chester University and will be starting his China internship at a gallery in Beijing. He selected the Art Industry in order to learn more about creating and advertising art exhibitions and also to put his education to good use. Jamie told us, “My hope is to further understand the field I will be working in, with an aim to full time employment. This Beijing internship will enhance my chances of further employment.”   Of all the places in the world to do an internship, Jamie chose China because the art scene is on the rise and expected to keep growing in the future. He thought it would be beneficial to have his foot in the door early on. He doesn’t have any preconceived notions of China but lives by the mantra...
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China Intern Testimonial: Ben Ridgway

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I am 23 and from Guildford, Surrey in the United Kingdom. I was awarded a BA in Human Geography from the University of Plymouth and then completed a postgraduate marketing qualification from Cambridge marketing college. I will be working for a market leader in the renewable energy industry based in Shanghai . My responsibilities will be focused around developing their international marketing strategy. Our team will focus on developing and implementing marketing strategies for attractive foreign markets. The company is also looking to use creative channels to generate market demand and expand market share. I am hoping this China internship will develop my interpersonal as well as my marketing skills. I am looking forward to working in a truly international industry in which China is fast becoming a market leader. I am also hoping to develop long-term relationships with my colleagues. I feel that working in China will help me...
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Getting Your Fill

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China is a great place to eat. Period. And Getin2China offers internships in Beijing and internships in Shanghai , which just so happen to be the best cities in China to let your palate run wild! In both cities, you'll get a strong mix of local and international cuisine. Because Chinese from all over the country flock to Beijing and Shanghai to live and work, the local food scene is varied, whether from the northeast to the southwest and all points in-between. Furthermore, Beijing and Shanghai - as the Middle Kingdom's respective political and financial capitals - are home to hundreds of thousands of expatriates from Asia to Europe to North America and elsewhere, which means an international food scene that beckons. Exciting food opportunities await you as an intern in China . Here's what you need to know about eating out. No tipping, no tax . There is absolutely...
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Intern Testimonial: Frezy Roache

Intern Testimonial: Frezy Roache
I live in the beautiful and tropical city of Gold Coast in Australia. I am 34 years if age. I studied Interior Design from Academy of Design School in Gold Coast. I am interning at a decoration design firm for interior design in Beijing. I am hoping to get international experience in learning about global interior design and gain solid experience by working in the real world as well as have some professional references and networking contacts. China is one of the biggest economic powers in the world and it offers a variety of opportunity... for one's career especially. China will help me in gaining the best experience in the Interior Design Industry. I found Getin2China  on Carreerone.com.au . I think learning Mandarin will be a big help for me while doing my   internship in Beijing . I know it's gonna be a bit challenging but it's going to be essential to learn especially since...
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Flying in China

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In a previous post here on the Getin2China blog, we looked at the joys of taking the high-speed rail to satisfy any travel urges during your internship in China . This post will look at flying in the Middle Kingdom – when it’s a good idea, when it isn’t and what you need to know.   Gi2C will place you on the mainland at either an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai – the country’s two most globally connected cities. They’re also of course two of the most domestically connected cities as well. If you’ve got travel on your mind as an intern in China (in addition to kicking butt during your China internship program ), Shanghai and Beijing are the best cities to base yourself.   Websites . The best English-language (and multi-language) website to check flights and prices is the user-friendly Ctrip . The site has...
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China Intern Update: Hira Iqbal

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Chinese people are very welcoming and very helpful, I have had no trouble when it came to getting help for anything, if I was lost I got help from any young Chinese person. Most all young Chinese can speak a little bit of English so that's great, especially in Shanghai . My co-workers are very welcoming and they took me around the city on my first week. I have seen pictures and read how advance Shanghai has become but actually being here is a totally different feeling. The public transportation system (metro and buses) have TV's installed and you can use your phones underground. It is very cold in public areas and even inside offices so sometimes you have to wear your coats or jackets while working. My home town is Toronto one of the busiest cities in Canada but if you were to travel via public transportation for 1...
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Wish list: Applying from Vietnam to win a free China internship!

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I graduated from The Faculty of Economics, Nong Lam University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting in 2011, and have recently graduated from Master of Science in Finance of Bangor University, North Wales, The United Kingdom. I especially have interest in International Financial Markets, Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management, Financial Engineering and Modelling, and Financial Analysis . After completing the final step of my master's degree, while most of friends congratulated me on this, a friend told me that it has not finished yet; it is the beginning of the new journey – the most difficult stage of life – to find a job. Due to the fact that the global economy has been growing rapidly, the required calibre of human resource becomes higher. The requirements tend to be more severe, as some companies reduce their workforce, while some new companies entering the market want to...
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Wish list: Applying from the UK to win an internship in China!

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Dear Sir/Madam, An opportunity to work in mainland China within the finance industry;  specifically the investment banking sector as a quantitative analyst would as Getin2China explained so eloquently “will put my international career on steroids”. I am currently studying at the University of York, UK where I am in my second year of an undergraduate masters degree in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics. As you may know studying Mathematical Science or Economics at a top 10 institution in the bare minimum required for one to enter investment banking (in any country) as an analyst or quantitative analyst. It is clear I need networks and international experience to compete in a global market like the one which we are in today. An internship in China is incomparable to any other international internship. The amount of knowledge one can attain coupled with the surreal experiences will give me an insight into how international...
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Wish list: Jeannette - Applying for a free China Internship!

My name is Jeannette and I have learned what it takes to have ambition.  I knew at a young age I never wanted to go to college because at eleven years old my mom got injured at work and it quickly down spiraled into something much worse.  Within a few short months she developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a complicated nerve disorder that causes pain and slow deterioration of the body. We also never foresaw the coupling diseases that would add on over the years. I grew up so fast and I pushed away people because I no longer was able to connect on a fun and interesting level with people my age. So I put on a façade and took on a job to try to help my family. We fought and watched my mother go in and out of hospitals and knock on deaths door a few too many...
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High-speed trains in China

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China is a massive country, one of the world's largest. But exploring this vast land isn't as difficult as it looks. The Middle Kingdom is in the midst of rapidly expanding its transport infrastructure. New flight and high-speed rail routes are opening up all the time. There's never been an exciting time to travel within China than now! Whether you're doing an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai , you're in luck: Both cities - one the political capital, the other the financial one - are two of China's premier transport hubs. Getting where you want to be is cake. Below is some information about the country's high-speed trains to help you as an intern in China get your travel plans off the ground. In a later post, we'll look at travel by air. High-Speed Trains . One of the best ways to travel in China is no...
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Wish list: Applying from Manchester to win a free China internship!

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  Being a passionate Mechanical Engineer who  graduated with a Masters from one of the top 30 Universities in the world (The University of Manchester, UK), it is always been my dream to work at a well reputed company. It is very essential to give more care in getting the first full-time job, as it can determine the path of one's entire career life. Considering the competition in today's job market,  it is necessary to stand out among all the other candidates in order to get hired. This is where relevant internship experience is essential. Why China? It was during a mealtime with my Chinese flat mates in Manchester that I came to know about the leading developments in China . Generally among students, the job opportunities and career prospects in China are not being discussed because of the language barrier. But the information I heard from my lovely Chinese...
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Wish list: Applying from Russia to win a free China internship!

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Dear Getin2China , My name is Anastasia, I am 20 years old. I am currently studying Tourism in Russia and learning both English and Chinese languages. I became acquainted with your company 2 years ago when I was searching for opportunities of studying and working abroad . I am thrilled with what you do for  young people and am looking for an internship ! Preferred Duration: 1 Month 1st choice: Travel and Tourism 2nd Choice: Hotel and Hospitality 3rd Choice: Events Management English Level: Upper Intermediate Chinese Level: Pre-Intermediate Other Languages: Russian I worked at the reception desk of the Institute where I study, served guests at the embassy and organized high-level conferences. Moreover, as part of a student team, I organised events of Russian Culture meals, graduation parties as well as created a restaurant project together with my teammates. I will participate in hosting the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in...
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