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: Tom James

Tom James and his internship in ChinaPreviously, Tom James told Gi2C that he was keen on impressing his colleagues during his internship in Beijing at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Sounds like he’s pulled it off. “I work in a team with other interns and we work on projects. We have created a Marketing Plan for ICAEW for 2014, created content for the website and I built a new and improved website for them as a suggestion to integrate certain elements into their current website. Now, I am the project manager for a research project into the air purifier market in China and we will present our findings soon.” And what would an internship be without learning? “I have gained insight into the air purification market in China,” says Tom. “I have learned about many different advertising channels within the country. I have learned about vital cultural differences when conducting business in China. “And...
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Intern Update: Tom James

GI2C intern Tom James doing his internship in BeijingTom James has landed, and he finds China “really exciting.” “I think I have settled in well so far. I also feel very surprised at how different Chinese culture is to western culture. But that is a good thing!” says Tom, adding that Gi2C has been “very welcoming” so far. “Also, I feel a little nervous for two reasons. One, for crossing the roads without getting run over! And two, because I want to impress my company.” Tom will do his China internship program at Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) in Beijing  the nation’s capital. As Tom mentions in a previous post, he’ll live with a Chinese family, an excellent way to soak in the local culture. “My family is super friendly,” says Tom. He’s staying with a mother, father and their 11-year-old daughter. “The cousin has been translating so far, but the mum and daughter do speak...
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Intern Update: Tulio Puente

TulioTulio’s China internship program is in full swing, and he says living in Beijing is “all about learning.” Previously, Tulio told Gi2C that Novel-SuperTv, his host company, has plans to expand into the Latin American market. “I am supporting the Overseas Sales Director in the transition to the LATAM market, doing some research on LATAM Digital TV market news, keeping track of some customers they already have, and translating some documents for their use with the clients,” says Tulio. “So far my colleagues have been very kind with me, and as I work in the Overseas Department many of them speak English (although I need a little bit of help when I need to communicate with other departments). I am also making good friends there. I think the key is in adapting and joining their outside activities and showing them your willingness to try their culture.” Tulio says that he isn’t...
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Getin2China Intern Debates China Central Bank Governor

Alex in debate Getin2China U.K. Intern Alex Roberts debated with the Governor of the People’s Bank of China over the country’s currency and economic policies in Beijing in July. Alex has been working at FSI, a Wall Street FOREX trading firm in Beijing. He, along with two other Getin2China interns from America and Korea, met and debated with the Governor for two hours. These monthly debates are part of the networking events organized for interns by Getin2China. An internship in China should encompass more than simply hard work. Being in China affords you the opportunity to build contacts, expand your network and meet other fascinating interns and established professionals in China. We hold a variety of business lectures and networking events to help you meet new people, make new friends and grow professionally.
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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

After familiarizing himself somewhat with China’s financial capital Shanghai, it was time for Nick Freer-Smith to get down to work. “So far I've been drafting contracts for clients, and completing some executive summaries for them. I have recently begun a project with a client, which I will be focusing on, and project managing during July, which is an exciting responsibility.” Nick at his desk at China Bluesky Ventures Nick’s China internship program at China Bluesky Ventures, an investment advisory firm, is all about learning the ropes. “I've learned a lot about correct corporate language, and how to sell your company's services to clients. I've also learned about some of the procedures my company specializes in, particularly due diligence and procurement procedures.” The workplace dynamic has so far been a positive one for the London native. “There are a lot more interns than I expected, which is fantastic because we all...
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