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: Moise Marcel Amouofo

Moise Marcel AmouofoSeveral weeks into his internship in Beijing and Moise has gained an immediate benefit. "So far I have gained a great insight into the way law firms operate and as a result of this internship I am better informed with regards to the area of law I would like practice in the long term." Moise, from London, is doing his China internship program at Chance & Bridge Partners LLP, a boutique law firm in China’s capital, Beijing. Moise Marcel Amouofo He told us a few weeks ago that he is “passionate” about law and expected to be apart of the firm’s day-to-day activities. He definitely is. His main job responsibilities include the following: Contacting all the partners at the beginning of each week to outline the tasks for the week and how long they will take to complete   Learning and researching about the different practice areas of the firm  ...
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Intern Update: Anna Setterberg

Anna SetterbergA short time into her internship in Beijing and Anna Setterberg is knee-deep with work over the next three months. “The first month, I will be editing the 2014 edition of the China Business Handbook. This involves updating data, cross-referencing and deleting any uninteresting information. The second month, I will look at distribution of the handbook. Lastly, I will look at the marketing of the book.” Anna is also learning that working in China is a lot different that in Europe, where she was raised. “China being a communist country has a censored and limited Internet. Although key web pages are accessible through VPN services, you have to be careful not to misread information.” Top tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are home to a number of professional and migrant workers from across the country. In Beijing and Shanghai in particular, don’t be surprised if the majority of Chinese you meet are from elsewhere, something...
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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

Nick Freer Smith Nick Freer-Smith has arrived in China! Last month, the London-native was gearing up for his internship in Shanghai at China BlueSky Ventures, and now he’s beginning to call Shanghai home – at least for the duration of his internship! “It's certainly different to what I'm used to, but now that I've settled in I'm delighted to be here. “It's not as hot as I thought it might be so far – in fact, there has been rain and storms instead. The size of the city was something I had never seen before, so I felt a little intimidated at first, especially as I speak no Chinese, however now I'm starting to work out where everything is I'm much happier, and luckily most people speak a little English.” Nick Freer Smith Before coming to Shanghai, China’s hip-and-happening financial capital, Nick was living in the English countryside. “At home there are just...
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Intern Update: Siobhan Rehman

SiobhanAfter 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 recommend...
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Intern Testimonial - Maria Margarita Contreras

Gi2C Intern Testimonial - internship in Shanghai, ChinaMaria Margarita Contreras knew why she chose the Middle Kingdom to do an internship. "China is an amazing place to learn and develop. In my opinion, having the opportunity to work and live and to know China is without a doubt a great advantage to better position myself in the competitive job market," the 25-year-old, who studied business at the University of Wales, says. Maria, from Columbia, will do an internship in Shanghai at CissCo Trading Co., Ltd, a supplier of complete plastic extrusion equipment and systems for pipes, sheets, films and other products. The company is looking to expand in Latin America, and she'll be working in their international trade and sales department. "Since my roots are Latino and I speak Spanish, that's a plus." Maria, while thrilled at an opportunity in China, understands challenges lie ahead. "I know it's not going to be easy," she says. "I can't speak any...
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