Several weeks into their internship in Beijing or Shanghai, our Gi2C interns give us an update on what interning in China has been like for them and what they’ve learned so far about Chinese business culture.

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Intern Update: Andrea De Grazia

Andrea De Grazia's internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaAndrea has arrived in the Middle Kingdom for his internship in Beijing!   “I feel fantastic being in China, and I have been experiencing very good feelings about the first experiences I am facing and about the new places I am exploring.     “Also being surrounded by people belonging to different countries and with different background is another positive aspect of this city.”   Amid the concrete and cultural jungle that is Beijing, the one thing that stands out for Andrea is commercial. If there’s one thing about Beijingers, they work – and they work a lot.   “The cultural difference that caught my attention the most is the number of hours that most of the shops and supermarket are open. In fact, being available to enter in many different shops at night or during non working days is not an exceptional fact for Chinese people, but it is definitely for me.”   For...
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China Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia nikolaychuk and her internship in ShanghaiJulia is well into her China internship program at the Shanghai Metal Corporation. “Currently I work as a trade marketing assistant. I communicate and negotiate with potential customers, do social networking with Western countries, participate in business meetings as an interpreter and complete market research.” Julia says that she has learned some of the ins and outs of marketing and trade, how to reach out to customers, specifics about the metal industry and also the key elements of the company’s organizational structure. But a work place cultural difference between the West and China was something she noticed immediately. “Surprisingly, in the 21st century the trade and process is done by internet research. Whereas in the West, ‘business mixers’ are popular where buyers and sellers negotiate face to face – it’s very common in Russia and Central European countries." Julia added that she was surprised some of her co-workers went to sleep during their lunch hour. In China, the noontime nap – usually done at the...
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Intern Update: Selman Haxhiu

Selman Haxhiu's internship in China, getin2china Selman Haxhiu has just finished his internship in Shanghai and he’s got this advice: “Try and learn some basic Chinese, as it will help you a lot.” Selman, from Birmingham in the UK, did his internship in China at Star (Shanghai) Accounting & Consulting Co., Ltd., where he was tasked with ensuring all VAT invoices were collected on time, checking the account receivables, and doing daily related bookkeeping using accounting software. “I did learn how to be more independent while working in a busy environment. I also gained valuable accounting skills that could help me in the future,” says Selman. “The Chinese working environment is very different to that of (England) as they are more work focused, which is good.” His biggest challenge in China was language. “Some of the accounting documents and descriptions were in Chinese, so it was hard to understand, but my co-workers were very helpful when I asked questions.” In Shanghai, China’s financial capital and...
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Intern Update: Eloise Grimes

Eloise Grimes' internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaEloise Grimes has arrived in Beijing and she’s both “excited” and “nervous.” “I have a mixture of feelings at the moment: I'm excited about being in a new city and starting my internship, yet at the same time I'm nervous for the exact same reasons.” Eloise will do her China internship program at Beijing Europe-China Trade Centre International Advisory Co. (ECTC) in public relations. Although she’s got a mixed bag of feelings, she isn’t alone. “I felt happy and relieved though when I met my flat mates and other interns at the Gi2C orientation, as there is a group of us who are experiencing this new adventure together.” Having previously visited Beijing during a semester abroad in Hong Kong, Eloise knows what to expect – somewhat – but there were still some surprises. “It's busy than I remember, and when it comes to travel on public transport and food, Beijing can be...
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Intern Update: Anna Setterberg

Anna Setterberg's internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaAnna Setterberg learned a thing or two about working in China during her internship in Beijing. “The business environment in China is fast moving. You start out with one team, and at the end of your internship, you leave a completely different one.” Anna finished her three-month internship at Alain Charles Asia Publishing Ltd, where she worked on the latest edition of the China Business Handbook, an indispensable guide for anyone seeking to do business in the Middle Kingdom. She began her internship editing the handbook, “but my main task ended up being research.” Like in any foreign work environment, Anna said there were challenges, which included colleagues who did not speak English, limited and slow Internet access and little contact with her supervisor. “My boss was away for 2/3 of my time at the company. Our communication was therefore restricted to Skype chats, and as we were in different time...
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