Why intern in China? Our Gi2C interns come from all around the world and explain what motivated them to move to the Middle Kingdom. Read about what they did to prepare for the move and what type of company they did their internship at to get ideas for beginning your own internship opportunity in China.
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Olli from Finland starts an internship in China

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  “I am 32 and from Kuopio, Finland. What is unique about my hometown? Well, a certain well-known figure, Santa Claus, is from Finland and we have a very strong sauna culture.  Something interesting I’ve done so far in life is make a documentary of Iceland. In terms of my educational background, I studied International business in both Finland and Australia. While in school, I wanted to work at an embassy but later on in my career, when I actually did, I didn’t like it.  I will be interning at a virtual currency, trade and commerce company.  Although I don’t know what kind of work I’ll be doing exactly, I hope to learn some transferrable skills and meet new people.  I chose China because this country seems to be a major hotspot. I randomly found Gi2C and was interested to learn more about this country that was rich in culture....
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Anna from Poland interns in China

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Originally, I am from Poland but I’ve lived for the last 8 years in Bristol, England.   Something interesting about my hometown is that we have a fortress, which is several times bigger than the Tower of London. I am 28 and used to work in a classified documents office. For my personal achievements, I hitchhiked 1200km in Poland and bungee jumped from 56 meters. I have a master’s degree in Sociology with a focus on social communication and market research. In Poland, a master’s degree is considered basic education. I am not very good at math and in my country it means that you will have great difficulty to find a good paying job, so I thought focusing on market research might increase my chances in the job market. I’m interning at a Chinese company which is building cryptocurrency platforms. (Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency.) This company combines social...
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QY’s Gi2C Internship

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I am from Shenzhen in the south of China.  It is a young coastal city full of people coming from different places. I guess growing up in a culturally diversified place teaches you how to understand differences. People are more open in this type of environment and I am glad that I grew up with that kind of influence around me. I am 23 years old and the most interesting thing I’ve done so far in my life is travelling and studying in different places around the world. I’ve been able to see different cultures and to complete my academics. This international experience has always been very exciting to me. I was most recently studying in Australia and majoring in economics and finance. The reason why I chose this area was because, these days, they are hot topics and I did not know much about them.  I am interested in...
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Amy From Australia Interns in the Real Estate and Investment Industry

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I am from Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide is a small city in Australia and is renowned as: ‘The Festival City’ for the many festivals and events that are held there and ‘The City of Churches’ for the large array of old, new and in between churches to celebrate the multicultural society.  I am 25 and have just spent 6.5 weeks backpacking throughout Europe and the UK. My highlight was visiting Reykjavik, Iceland which allowed me the chance to ride a five gaited Icelandic purebred horse (also my first time on a horse), climb ice glaciers and experience one of the most spectacular places on earth. I have completed a double business degree of a Bachelor of Management Marketing and a Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management. In my 3.5 year Gap year between High School and University, I worked as Wedding Coordinator at a country club, this gave me a...
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Meet Gherardo! New Gi2C Finance Intern from Italy.

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Gherardo grew up in a small Italian town with a huge reputation. Cortina d’Ampezzo , which is known for its beautiful mountains, is also touted for being a “winter sports mecca”. As a result, 23-year-old Gherardo loves to ski and mountain bike among other active winter and summer sports. Sadly, China is not known for being a ski destination so Gherardo will have to give up his favorite activity during his internship. However, China is infamous for other activities such as ping-pong so now might just be the perfect time to learn some new sports! He studied business and economics because of the large number of opportunities that this major provides. Fluent in Italian and English, Gherardo is also learning German. However, he probably won’t be adding in Mandarin at this point in time as learning more than one language at once is quite confusing.  Many China interns from around...
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Meet new Gi2C Finance Intern Tomas from Italy and Argentina!

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Before becoming a new Gi2C finance  intern in China, Tomas studied economics and international politics in Italy and Switzerland. Over the past three decades, he has had the opportunity to live in different countries, which provided him with an interesting perspective on life. Tomas will be interning in Shanghai at a finance company. He told us he can draw upon previous work experience in the field but looks forward to learning about China and getting more of the necessary financial know-how that all astute finance professionals need. Tomas chose China because he has friends that have worked here and they said great things about working in Shanghai. He stumbled upon the Gi2C website  by accident – isn’t life full of interesting coincidences! Tomas feels comfortable in China because he has a family member living here. He also is fearless to live abroad because he has lived in numerous countries before...
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Meet Tahnoon, a new Gi2C Intern from Abu Dhabi

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Tahnoon grew up in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Along with China, this Middle Eastern country has also developed a great deal in a short period of time. Tahnoon told us, “The country was changing so fast that it felt like it was growing up with me.” In only 22 years, Tahnoon has learned English, Bengali, and Hindi along with “slightly broken French and a bit of Arabic”. He studied Business and Economics in London since his friends and brother were also there. So what brought him to China? Tahnoon chose China because “China is leading the world in terms of finance and has recently overtaken the U.S. as the world’s largest economy (in terms of PPP ). Experience from China would be invaluable for the start of any career. Also, China is a beautiful country, I hear.” He learned a little bit about China ahead of time from other friends who...
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Meet Shrey! Our New Intern from New Delhi, India

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Shrey is interning in China in the consulting industry  for a firm that focuses on computer software solutions. He tells us that New Delhi is a very modern city yet it is also rich in tradition and wonderful ancient buildings. Although Shrey is only in his early twenties, he has already traveled all over Europe as well as Thailand. He received his MBA in the U.K. and has a strong interest in business. During his time in China, Shrey will be helping his company strategize and market their products in innovative ways. He will also help to enhance and optimize the company’s CRM  (customer relationship management) system. Before the internship is over, Shrey hopes to acquire a deep understanding of how to develop marketing strategies and market products to other businesses ( B2B marketing ). He also wants to sharpen up his presentation and communication skills and learn more about...
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Michael’s internship in Shanghai, China

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Michael is from Copenhagen, Denmark, which is unique for its paid education, snowy winter, and the Little Mermaid in Tivoli . Those of us with school loans are suddenly thinking about moving to Denmark, right? Some interesting things he has done in the past 26 years have been sky diving, bungee jumping, and getting a master’s degree in Sydney, Australia. Michael is clearly not afraid of trying new things and adventure! Those two qualities are exactly what all new visitors to China need to have. He has a bachelor’s in Business Engineering and undertook an MBA to challenge himself and learn English. Michael is interning in the consulting industry in Shanghai  and hopes to learn as much as possible about working in a professional company as well as working in a different country and culture. As with many of our Gi2C interns , Michael hopes to make a good impression...
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Capturing the inner thoughts of first time Gi2C interns in Beijing

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New Gi2C Beijing interns have arrived from around the world to start their adventure in China. Read about how each one decided to come to China.   What city and country are you from? What's interesting there? Alessandra : I’m from Milan, Italy. I love Italy for its food, culture, history and arts. Kyle : Perth, Australia. The city is famous for the best beaches in the world, being the world’s most isolated city and until recently (2012) being one of the last places on earth where shops weren’t open on Sundays ( Sunday Trade ). Georgia : Bath, UK. It’s a Roman city. Philippe : Basel, Switzerland. Its green, clear and has lovely countryside and the Basel Carnival . Simon : Harbin, China. We have an infamous Ice Lantern Festival every January.   Your age and something interesting you've done during in your life so far. A : 25....
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My interior design internship in Beijing - Aishah

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Aishah started her interior design  internship in Beijing this month and ironically comes to a country infamous for tea from a county infamous for the same. I am from a town called Harrogate; it is situated near Leeds and York in England. An interesting story about my town involves a nearby bridge, which has collapsed twice. It has been predicted that the third time it collapses, it will be the end of the world. Harrogate is located inside a county called Yorkshire, which is famous for its Yorkshire tea. I am 26 years old and I have flown an aeroplane a few times during my time at Air Cadets. I studied Interior Architectural Design and Applied Creative Design last year. I chose this area because I have always been slightly artistic and have always liked decorating and designing interior spaces. I am interning at an interior design company based in...
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China internship discussion with Naomi B.

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We love hearing personal stories from new interns about their background and why they chose to intern in China! Let’s see what Naomi has to say about her current one-month internship in Beijing. I am 22 and from Nottingham, England. An interesting fact about Nottingham is that it was home to the legend Robin Hood. I have just completed my studies to become a Barrister [lawyer] in the U.K. I undertook my LLB Law Degree at the University of Lincoln and I went on to study the Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Trent University. I have always been interested in helping others and I believe a career in the legal profession would enable me to do that. I like meeting new people and problem solving and these are all things the legal profession has given me the opportunity to do. I have just started my internship at a law...
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Why I’m returning for a second time to work in China - by Serge M.

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I live in Birmingham, United Kingdom but I grew up in Brazzaville, which is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of the Congo. It is a small country in central Africa with a population of 3.5 million. Something unique about where I grew up is that my dad used to take me and my brothers fishing every Sunday. So until now, fishing has been my second passion after football and I have always supported Arsenal Football Club since I was a kid. But I moved to Shanghai in 1995 when I was 23 years old to pursue my post-graduate studies, so it's been over 19 years since I left Africa. Brazzaville is a big city with 800,000 inhabitants and I still have good friends and good memories there. I am 42 years old and I love travelling. I have been to many countries of the world. Actually,...
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My Internship In Beijing with Gi2C – Shauni L.

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Twenty-two year old Shauni is from a small town in the southern part of the Netherlands, which she told us was “a great place to grow up!” However, she has had the travel bug since college when she studied Science of Tourism, which she chose because traveling is such a big passion of hers. Shauni said “It would be great if I could make this hobby [of traveling] part of my profession! One of the most exciting things I’ve done in my life was an international field project in Thailand. I did research about sustainability in the dive industry for my study.” Shauni also volunteered in Swaziland. With already having such exciting experiences under her belt, no wonder Shauni was looking forward to her next new opportunity abroad! Shauni chose to do her Gi2C internship  with a Beijing travel company, which markets US destinations to Chinese travelers. A job that...
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Why intern in China? - By Brian K.

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I am from LeMars, Iowa, USA. While growing up, I was involved in many organizations such as Boy Scouts and 4-H. I am currently 22 years old and have had the opportunity to travel many places. Over the last 4 years, I completed college at Iowa State University with a major in Finance and Accounting. I will be interning at a network finance company in Beijing . My job description includes investor relations, customer service, and supporting the business development and sales teams. I hope to expand my professional network through this internship and learn more about financial markets in China. I am very interested in learning the cultural differences in financial positions in the US and China. Working in China has interested me for the last few years. China is a diverse landscape and its economy has expanded quickly. I do not have many contacts in China and hope...
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Why China for a Business Internship?

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I am 25 years old from San Francisco, California. Something unique about the growing up in San Francisco is that I was constantly surrounded by people from many different cultures. This helped me get used to cultures different from my own. Being a youth leader at my church since the age of 17 helped me learn other useful business skills such as patience and how to manage groups of people. I studied at San Francisco State University and graduated from there with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. I chose this area because learning about different cultures and how to work in different countries was an idea that excited me. I will be interning at an international finance company located in Beijing. I will be working in sales, developing and communicating with people in the US. We will also assist customers through phone, email or...
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Gavin’s Finance Internship In Beijing, China

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Gavin R. was born in a small town in Northern Ireland called Holywood. He just so happen to go to primary and secondary school with the world’s number one golfer, Rory McIlroy, so his claim to fame is playing golf on the same course as Rory! Tell us a little about yourself, Gavin. “I am 21 years old and recently I took part in a charity hitchhike with my university from Durham in the North of England to Amsterdam in Holland. I was in a team of three and we managed to hitch hike in people’s cars the whole way there for free in less than 30 hours. We were the quickest team and one of the only teams to spend no money on travel so it was a huge success and a lot of fun. I am currently studying Economics in the UK. I am entering my third and...
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My Beijing Internship Experience with Gi2C

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Tamara is beginning her Gi2C China internship program  in Beijing and we had the pleasure of hearing her story.   I grew up in a small town pretty much in the countryside. The closest large, well-known city is Zurich, which is about 30 minutes away. Switzerland is infamous for our cheese and chocolate and I guess that's what foreign people identify Switzerland with and of course having great banks! I am 22 years old and something interesting about myself is that I have won the Swiss championship in Badminton when I was 13. Other than badminton, I also love travelling a lot. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Business Communications. I chose to study this field because I like to learn languages and I think one of the most essential departments in an industry is the communications department as it represents the company. I will be working...
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My China Internship Experience - Christian W.

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Christian has just completed his two-month Gi2C internship in the communications industry. His job was to assist in the production of design and branding for the company and clients. One thing about his internship that he was surprised by was the amount of responsibility he was given from the onset. However, this trust kept him motivated to succeed and to increase his professionalism. During his internship, Christian learned how to harness his creativity and passion and his organizational ability to create a powerful approach of satisfying both clients needs and time constraints. Christian said, “While working in a Chinese environment, I learned that the eastern approach to design must be understood before incorporating western styles of design.” His biggest challenge during the internship was a technical one. “As I am a Macbook user with my main input and output being Adobe software, PPT was something I always dreaded and had...
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Interning with an international finance company in Beijing

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Yessenia’s family hails from Carazo, Nicaragua. She told us that the thing she enjoys most about her hometown is nature and the beautiful environment. One of the most interesting things she has done in her twenty-two years on this earth is riding a bull when she was little because her father used to own a farm. Yessenia moved to California to study Business and recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing. She chose to study in San Francisco because it is where she was born, and she loves the city! She decided to go do an internship in China  because the culture is very different from the culture in Nicaragua and the United States, so she wanted to learn more and this is what attracted her to intern in China . She will be interning with an international finance...
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