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: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's internship in China, Getin2ChinaJulia Nikolaychuk has arrived in Shanghai for her China internship program, and she says it's "incomparable" to her hometown. "I come from a very small town in western Ukraine. Life in Shanghai is unique in comparison to every big city or megalopolis that I have been to. It is very modern and highly developed. The culture and traditions are visible at every point, what people wear to what they do and how they behave." She adds that unless you've been to Shanghai, you won't "understand its nature." "Amazing views: skyscrapers; lights; hot, humid air; food; lively streets – it has its character distinct from other places. Despite being crowded, the city is very functional in terms of public transport." Julia previously told Gi2C that she chose the Middle Kingdom to do an internship because of the opportunities given to young people and for the chance to experience the business dynamics of the Far...
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Intern Update: Tom James

Tom James at WorkIf there’s one thing Tom James learned during his month-long internship in Beijing in August, it was using his initiative to perform well. “Once I had understood this, I did much better work. And my coworkers were very quiet, which seemed like they weren't interested in me, but when they saw my work, they congratulated me well.” Tom finished up his China internship program at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, where he created marking plans for 2014 and built a new and improved company website, among other things. But there were challenges. “To start with, understanding their business model when most information on the Internet about them was written in Chinese. This was vital to creating the marketing plan. But a lot of browsing and piecing together information helped me overcome this.” His time in Beijing, however, was anything but. “It was amazing,” Tom says of Beijing....
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Intern Update: Nicole Kwok

Nicole Kwok's internship in BeijingNicole Kwok has arrived in China and she “cannot believe” she’s in Beijing. “I feel like I’ve been here for a few months already. I think I can get used to living and working with local Chinese people.” Nicole from Hong Kong, will do her internship in Beijing at IDC Design as a mechanical engineering assistant. She’s been to Beijing before, but only as a visitor. This time around, she’ll intern in China for three months. “When I reached Beijing, the first thing I did was “purchase a sim card to call my parents.” She adds that she’s also eaten “some cold noodles, fresh fried buns and some braised pork rice.” Yum! Sounds delicious! If you’re a foodie, or just love to eat, there’s no better place in China than Beijing. Because folks from all over the Middle Kingdom flock to the capital to pursue opportunities, you’ll find cuisine from all...
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Intern Testimonial: Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts and his China internship program with Getin2ChinaFor Alex Roberts, he decided to do an internship in China for one reason: “To do something outside the box.” “Not being able to find a job I enjoyed in London after graduation I decided to go for it. Also having never lived abroad I wanted to experience a different environment. And Beijing certainly is that!” Beijing, he says, certainly didn’t fit the notion he previously had of the city. “I was sort of expecting to see squatting toilets and run down old buildings everywhere, true communist style. Yet Beijing is the opposite, in many ways more modern than what I was used to in London.” If you follow our blog regularly, you’ll recall that Alex in July debated with the deputy chairman of the People’s Bank of China over the country’s currency, the Renminbi. “I learned about one of the key issues affecting China and the global financial markets,” says Alex of...
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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

Nick Freer Smith and his China internship program Nick Freer-Smith’s internship in Shanghai at China Bluesky Ventures, an investment advisory firm, has come to an end. “I learned all sorts of things during my internship, both technically about the finance sector and consulting, and more practical advice about business in general. Probably the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of networking, and building networks of people who could help you in the future, as I saw first hand the benefits of many different contacts at my company.” Like any good China internship program, there were challenges. “There was a range of different challenges I faced … including working to deadlines and dealing with a project or document I didn't fully understand. As my degree is not in a finance-related field, there were several tasks that I found more challenging; however for the most part I was able to understand the majority of tasks, and my company were...
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