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My Beijing Internship Experience with Gi2C

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140926-091620_1.pngTamara 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 at the...
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Two months is such a short time to learn about China. Especially if you are working for a Foreign company, the chances for you to ... Read More
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Yeah I agree. Anything under 3 months is way too short, but sometimes you have other commitments so better a short internship than... Read More
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New China Intern Joel from Slough, England

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140804-075305_1.jpg Joel A. lives in Slough, England. He grew up in London, Accra (Ghana) and Slough, 3 different locations. However, he has spent the most of his time growing up in Slough. At a young 21 years of age, Joel has just completed a year's placement in one of the top multinational companies in the world, General Electric (GE). He is currently studying Accounting & Finance and his main influence to study this in this area came from his Dad, as he is a Charted Accountant. Joel says, “My Dad is so cool so I want to be like him.” Joel will be interning at a Private Equity Firm in Beijing. How does he feel about his new adventure? “I am a bit nervous as I do not know whether I will be thrown into the deep-end or not. However, I look forward to taking on new challenges, to improve my overall...
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Very informative and useful information. I will be joining China next year too and can't wait
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Prashanth From Mumbai Now Interning In China

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140618-044422_1.jpg Well-travelled Prashanth tells us the story about how he chose China to do his internship. Check it out! "I come from Mumbai (Bombay), west coast of India, one of the busiest cities in the world. It is a diverse and colorful city which welcomes everyone with open hands and makes one feel comfortable and accommodating. I am 22 years old and I have travelled to a lot of places like Ireland, Dubai, Switzerland, France, Turkey, The Netherlands, Belgium and so on. I am a travel freak! I have done my Bachelor’s degree from University of Mumbai and completed my MSc International Business and Management from University of Manchester, UK. I am interested in the field of trade and international business, that’s the reason to choose that area. I will be interning as a Business Development Intern with CSCEE which is located in Beijing. I will be assisting in developing new relationships...
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Jared, a former U.S. Marine Now Interning in China

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002_20140617-042701_1.jpg Jared, a former U.S. Marine, shares insight into his background and why he's moving to China to do his internship. "I am from a small town in Eastern Washington in the USA. Although other places in the country do the same, we are unique because we grow wheat, which has been marketed to the entire world. Its primary use is for noodles, I believe. I am in my mid-thirties, and I would say I’ve had many interesting experiences. One that’s worth sharing is when I went skydiving, a dozen years ago. I had to sign a bunch of forms and releases that said the company was not responsible, no matter what happened. I went tandem with an instructor, and we jumped from 15,000 ft. We lost 10,000 feet of altitude in 70 seconds (the worst part was the initial drop), then another 5-10 minutes for the remaining 5,000 feet. The...
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Gi2C China Intern Testimonial: Matt Wills

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140418-062823_1.jpgAh, don't we all wish our hometowns were famous for beaches! Take a look at what new Gi2C intern, Matt Wills is looking forward to when he begins his internship in Beijing.   Tell us a little about your background. I was born in Australia, but grew up mostly in Auckland, New Zealand. It is a very multi-cultural city with a large Chinese population and is famous for its beaches and harbor. I'm currently 35 years old and studied Psychology and Philosophy at uni, and then later Graphic Design at an online college. What do you know about your internship? It will be in the design department of a Beijing-based company. So far, I don't know what I'll be doing exactly. I was not given a very clear list of duties and have had very little contact with the company itself. I was given some basic info from Gi2C but no details....
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China Intern Review: Nadia Kerelenko

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002_20140306-093137_1.jpgNewly arrived intern, Nadia, came all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina to start her new adventure in China. She is 27 and graduated in International Business. Nadia’s internship is at a chamber of commerce and industry and she will be focusing on market research and contacting both foreign and local customers. When we asked what she was hoping to get out of her internship she replied, “I expect to learn the Chinese business culture because the way that Chinese think is totally different compared with westerners. Nowadays many of the most important companies in the world are from China or focusing on China. One day it’s likely that your manager will be Chinese or have a Chinese background and connected in some way to this country.” With one out of every 5 people being Chinese, Nadia is right on the mark. Nadia went on to say that she “chose China...
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Wish list: Applying from Vietnam to win a free China Internship!

Applying from Vietnam for an internship in China My name is Trung. I graduated from a university in Vietnam majoring in Industrial Arts and am currently studying Economics and Management in Italy.  A program that is supposed to be able to change someone's life must have a very profound impact on that person  both mentally and physically. With a fast-track China internship program, we will be all directed into a newer and brighter way of achieving our career targets in the world’s fastest growing economy and hottest job market. China will offer me with a great place to develop my competences working with many international people in the world. Time never waits for me if I hesitate. I began to realize China has what the society is in need of, a flow of money and also a good place for expatriates. I ask myself why China when other countries also can be good place to go to. The...
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China Internship Update: Joost van Opstal

JoostHow do you feel about being in China?  Very excited! I have experienced that people here are very open and friendly, and there is a huge willingness to help one another. Also, the culture is amazing, in some places it is like you have stepped back in time, while in other places it feels like you are suddenly in the future. All and all, a great diversity. What one cultural difference stands out to you in particular about China? The superstitions. People really think about what how they act and how certain things might affect the future. I can see that it has a large influence on the daily life of Chinese locals. What are your initial impressions of Beijing? Great city, great willingness to help one another and a city of opportunities. How does Beijing compare to your hometown?  Well, my hometown is a small village in the Netherlands with 12,000 inhabitants. So for one...
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Three things to know about Beijing before you arrive

GET in2 China CCTVBeijing is a vast cosmopolitan city constantly reinventing itself. For the short-term traveler or the long-term resident, the city is one that never grows tired. If you plan on doing an internship in Beijing, China’s capital, below are three things you should know before you arrive.  Hutongs. Located in the center of the city, or what is widely considered old Beijing, are charming lanes and alleyways known as hutongs. There used to be more than present, but the vast majority were wiped away in the name of development. But don’t fret. More than enough remain for you to explore as an intern in China. After having visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the city’s major temples, the hutongs remain. Because they cover a vast area of Beijing, you’ll likely only scratch the surface during your time in China. You’ll never grow bored exploring them, no matter how...
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China Intern Update: Natalia Rastorgueva

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 12.51.57 PM Natalia has now arrived to start her Beijing internship and wanted to let us know that she's doing well but the weather is very cold and windy! However, it's not as cold Russia (her hometown) so she's not too bothered by it. She's having trouble understanding Chinese people but is enjoying the food and trying new delicacies every day. One thing she was surprised to learn was that very few Chinese people are able to speak English, a lot less than she imagined anyhow. She said the people in the shops, in telephone companies, in banks... they don't understand any English at all and she doesn't speak Chinese or can read street signs or bus information so it's been a little difficult!  "The Chinese language is very difficult to learn so I was hoping that most Chinese people could speak a little English just like we can speak some English in Russia...
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China Internship Testimonial: Andrea De Grazia

Andrea De Grazia and his internship in Beijing Doing an internship in Beijing for Andrea De Grazia was a no brainer. "I believe China is the right place in order to start an international career in the financial sector." Andrea will do his internship at Montpelier Group, an international wealth management and and offshore tax planner with offices around Asia. He says he chose China because it's the world's fastest developing major economy. The world's top multinational firms have a significant presence here, another alluring factor. "I know that my responsibilities will be learning the trading activities of the company and participating in its corporate activities," says Andrea of Forex. The 24-year-old from Reggio Calabria, Italy, who holds degrees from schools in Milan and the UK, plans on making the most of his China internship program. "I hope to get experience in the wealth management field in order to enhance my knowledge and skills and to start a career in this sector.  At the same time...
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China Internship Testimonial: Natalia Rastorgueva

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 12.51.57 PMInternships in China are suitable for people from all countries and of all ages. Natalia Rastorgueva, age 31, decided to leave her job at a bank in Moscow, Russia to begin a new adventure in China. Her family was very surprised that she had chosen China for her internship. The common question she was asked was “Why do you want go to China of all places?” Natalia hopes her internship experience will be so successful that it will be clear to her friends and family that going to China was a good decision. Natalia has two degrees in Law and Management and chose Getin2China because her friend recommended it to her. We're glad to hear that people are having a good experience in China and telling their friends about us! Natalia told Gi2C that "I hope my internship will give me good experience working in a multinational team. I'd like to...
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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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Day trip from Beijing: Qinhuangdao

Head out for a day trip from Beijing to ShanhaiguanFor those doing an internship in Beijing, believe it or not: There is a beach not too far away (especially if you're traveling at 150 km/hr on a bullet train). While it may not be Boracay in the Philippines, Phuket in Thailand or even up to par with some of China's other beaches, the beach at Beidaihe in the city of Qinghuangdao is worth the day trip to escape the concrete jungle that is Beijing. And, Qinghuangdao has other sites worth exploring. So, add a bit of travel outside Beijing during your China internship program. Qinhuangdao awaits! (For other short-haul trips from Beijing, click here) Understand Qinhuangdao is divided into three districts: Beidaihe to the west, Qinhuangdao proper in the center and Shanhaiguan to the east. It takes an hour by bus or taxi to travel from Beidaihe to Shanhaiguan, so depending on what you wish to see and do, you'll need to...
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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 Testimonial: Eloise Grimes

Eloise Grimes and her internship in China with Getin2ChinaHaving previously visited Beijing while studying for a semester in Hong Kong, Eloise Grimes says she knew China would be a great place to develop her career. “I wanted an internship that was challenging and stimulating, and with China being a rapidly growing economy, this seemed the obvious choice.” Eloise, from Blackburn in northwest England, who studied Film and Historical Studies at the University of Manchester, will do her internship in China at the Beijing Europe-China Trade Centre International Advisory Co. (ECTC) in public relations. “I know that my role will involve communicating and developing relationships with key people from enterprises, government representatives and cultural institutes. “I am also aware that I'll be expected to undertake research and organise and co-ordinate events.” Eloise says that she hopes to gain a better understanding of how companies operate from the inside when it comes to working their PR magic. Because she’s visited the Chinese capital before, she has an...
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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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The Value of Unpaid Internships

what an unpaid internship can do for youUnpaid internships have roused plenty of controversy. While plenty of folks refuse to do one, there are certainly benefits to doing an unpaid internship.   For instance, you get an inside look at the world of your chosen career, and that practical experience is invaluable. Doing a good job also gives an employee a sense of pride by providing a product or service that’s meaningful and offers something to help others which comes with its own set of benefits and rewards. Not only that, but an internship looks great on your resume. Whether it be in a college classroom or interning for an employer, doing a good job results in increased opportunities for the future, especially when being evaluated directly against other students or employees. Whether they are paid or not, interns will get a first-hand look at what’s entailed in actually working for an employer in the real world. The benefits...
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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 Testimonial: Nicole Kwok

Nicole's Beijing internship with GI2CHong Kong is often described as the “door” to China, which explains why multinationals have a presence there and expatriates from one corner to the other are flocking to the city. Its close proximity to the Middle Kingdom also explains why young folks in Hong Kong are eager to do an internship in China, or the “mainland.” One such person is Nicole Kwok, who will intern in China for three months at IDC Design, a design firm in Beijing. “I will work as a mechanical design assistant in the company,” says Kwok. “I will be responsible for supporting engineering activities during the project and mass production stages. I will work on new product development as well as sustaining engineering. There’s more. “Also, I will develop technical design documentation (particularly on 3D drawings and specifications). Sometimes, I will diagnose and solve mechanical problems, both under guidance from senior members and independently. I will...
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