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Anna from Poland interns in China

b2ap3_thumbnail_image1_20150217-112715_1.jpg 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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Meet Tahnoon, a new Gi2C Intern from Abu Dhabi

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20150113-075820_1.jpg 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 had...
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Capturing the inner thoughts of first time Gi2C interns in Beijing

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20141203-083642_1.jpgNew 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. I lived in Australia for a year and a half...
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My interior design internship in Beijing - Aishah

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002_20141120-101943_1.jpg 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 Beijing,...
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China internship discussion with Naomi B.

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20141107-102750_1.jpg 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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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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Guest — Marcos Eliseu
Very informative and useful information. I will be joining China next year too and can't wait
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:46
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Intern Final Testimonial – Ben R.

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002_20140722-051616_1.jpgWhen we first interviewed Ben 6 months ago, he had just arrived in China and was about to start his internship in the renewable energy industry in Shanghai. For his internship, Ben was responsible for the UK and Irish markets. His role was to develop relationships with companies in these markets as well as support them in their sales and marketing activities. Let’s find out what Ben took away from his time and internship in China. “What surprised me most about the internship was the working conditions. Compared to Europe, they are very poor. We were expected to use our own equipment and a poor connection to the internet made carrying out my duties difficult. However, my internship helped improve my communication skills in both written and spoken format. My teamwork has also improved due to being part of a multinational department. Chinese business culture is very different from my own. During...
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Shanghai Intern Joe from Canada

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled.png Joe F. recently landed in China, let's see what he thinks about his new internship adventure! I am from Vancouver but I also grew up in Calgary, Canada. Vancouver possesses an allencompassing geography ranging from mountainous terrain to sandy beaches thus providing an enriching active lifestyle. Growing up in Calgary was fantastic due to the huge amount of snowfall you get during a prolonged winter season and good old quality Alberta beef! I am 25 years young turning 26 end of this year. Something interesting I’ve done so far is being fortunate enough to have traveled to various places in North America and China such as: Seattle, L.A., Chicago, Toronto, Shanghai, Nanjing, and more. I still intend to tackle Europe in the coming years. I studied at Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in the Faculty of Communications, Arts & Technology. (FCAT). I chose to study Communications because...
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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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Hary Brun’s Shanghai Internship Experience

Hary Bruns recently finished up his Shanghai internship with Gi2C Group and talked with us during an exit interview of his experience. Hi Hary, we're excited to hear how your time in China went! Let's jump right in. What were your job responsibilities during your internship? I was in charge of the marketing and sales procedures for the German market. I established business relations to new customers. I communicated with existing customers as well and monitored their orders. What surprised you about your work? I actually had no surprise about my work as I knew that once you are in a sales and marketing department, you are mostly expected to deal with customers, making sales and all of any possible related duties. Overall, what did you learn during your internship? I learned to adapt myself to the local culture. I needed to understand how different people think and act based on their own...
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Alena Kozina’s Internship Program Review

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140609-051521_1.jpg Alena Kozina has finished her 3-month internship in Beijing and recently gave us some insight into her experience. Due to the fact that she was the only foreigner in her company, she didn't have very many responsibilities in the first two months of her Beijing internship. There will always a learning curve from both sides as it takes time to truly understand different cultures and working styles. How much time it will take to work out a good communication style is different for each company and intern. Alena was surprised that almost no one in the company spoke English. Many Chinese companies hire foreigners with the hope of changing their business language over to English but this is a slow and sometimes painful process. One big difference Alena noticed about Chinese culture was the fact that her colleagues did not directly communicate with her. They wouldn’t get right to the point...
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Shanghai interns’ Huangpu outing: Tianzi Fang on Taikang Lu

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140527-050952_1.jpg Tianzi Fang is a walking and shopping area filled with edgy marketing and design studios, gorgeous fashion and interior outlets and established artists of all varieties. There are also some great restaurants, cafes and bars to sustain this hungry creative bunch and the curious who walk around this local Shanghai hangout. The area was originally a residential and factory zone and is now home to Shanghai’s trendsetters. The architecture is breathtaking, the shops filled with novelties, the food is delicious and the people you’ll find out and about are as diverse as the shops within. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the mix of old with new. Our Shanghai interns found it to be “a very interesting place to visit filled with character”. Most likely they’ll be back on their own to spend some more time in this eclectic part of town.
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Gi2C China Intern's Story: Pierre-Joseph Pastorelli

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140521-044959_1.jpg "I am 24 years old and grew up in Villers-Perwin, Belgium. Arthur Grumiaux (a famous violinist) was born in my city. I studied Public Relations at HELHa in Fleurus and will be interning in Shanghai. From what I've heard, my job will be to build up a large network here with high level company managers and establish good relationships with entrepreneurs in the local communities. I will understand the filtration industry more and know how to help with improving the quality of air and water. I chose China to do my internship because China is one of the most powerful countries in the world. The Chinese people are at the center of the business world today. So it's the perfect place to do an internship abroad. I travel a lot so I wasn't afraid to start a new adventure in a new place. My family didn't believe me when I...
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Gi2C Internship Experience: (John)

John has recently arrived in Beijing to begin his one-month internship. Let's learn more about him and his new adventure. "I was born in the Netherlands. In Leeuwarden to be specific, a small city in the north of the country. People there still have their own language. It is really tiny and since I am a career oriented city person, I am very happy that I don't live there anymore. I've lived in Amsterdam for the last 4 years now. I am 22 years old and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance at the University of Amsterdam, during which I went on exchange to Hofstra University, NY for one semester. In July of this year I will have finished my MSc Business Economics. I will be interning at an investment bank in Beijing, where I will have the title of Financial Analyst Intern. I have taken several courses related to...
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China Intern Review: Degives Thibault

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140318-081333_1.jpg Tell us a little about yourself. I'm 25, from Belgium. I was born in Brussels and I'm living and studying in a city called Louvain-la-Neuve. I have a bachelor in accountancy and I'm studying finance.   What do you know about your internship and hope to get out of it? Why China? I’ll be interning in the financial sector in Beijing and will be looking for investment opportunities and also doing risk and solvability analysis. I hope to go back to my home country with a unique experience that will help me for the rest of my career. I also hope to have a different perspective of the sector I have been studying and a new way of facing the different issues we will meet. I chose China to do my internship because, for the last 20 years at least, China has been drastically changing and opening itself to the...
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Getting Your Fill

internships in ShanghaiChina is a great place to eat. Period. And Getin2China offers internships in Beijing and internships in Shanghai, which just so happen to be the best cities in China to let your palate run wild! In both cities, you'll get a strong mix of local and international cuisine. Because Chinese from all over the country flock to Beijing and Shanghai to live and work, the local food scene is varied, whether from the northeast to the southwest and all points in-between. Furthermore, Beijing and Shanghai - as the Middle Kingdom's respective political and financial capitals - are home to hundreds of thousands of expatriates from Asia to Europe to North America and elsewhere, which means an international food scene that beckons. Exciting food opportunities await you as an intern in China. Here's what you need to know about eating out. No tipping, no tax. There is absolutely no tipping at a...
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Flying in China

PEK airportIn a previous post here on the Getin2China blog, we looked at the joys of taking the high-speed rail to satisfy any travel urges during your internship in China. This post will look at flying in the Middle Kingdom – when it’s a good idea, when it isn’t and what you need to know.   Gi2C will place you on the mainland at either an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai – the country’s two most globally connected cities. They’re also of course two of the most domestically connected cities as well. If you’ve got travel on your mind as an intern in China (in addition to kicking butt during your China internship program), Shanghai and Beijing are the best cities to base yourself.   Websites. The best English-language (and multi-language) website to check flights and prices is the user-friendly Ctrip. The site has regular promotions on flights and...
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China Intern Update: Hira Iqbal

Gi2C intern in Shanghai, China - Hira Chinese people are very welcoming and very helpful, I have had no trouble when it came to getting help for anything, if I was lost I got help from any young Chinese person. Most all young Chinese can speak a little bit of English so that's great, especially in Shanghai. My co-workers are very welcoming and they took me around the city on my first week. I have seen pictures and read how advance Shanghai has become but actually being here is a totally different feeling. The public transportation system (metro and buses) have TV's installed and you can use your phones underground. It is very cold in public areas and even inside offices so sometimes you have to wear your coats or jackets while working. My home town is Toronto one of the busiest cities in Canada but if you were to travel via public transportation for 1 hour...
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Wish list: Applying from Vietnam to win a free China internship!

Ngoc Khanh from Vietnam applied for China internship with Gi2C I graduated from The Faculty of Economics, Nong Lam University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting in 2011, and have recently graduated from Master of Science in Finance of Bangor University, North Wales, The United Kingdom. I especially have interest in International Financial Markets, Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management, Financial Engineering and Modelling, and Financial Analysis. After completing the final step of my master's degree, while most of friends congratulated me on this, a friend told me that it has not finished yet; it is the beginning of the new journey – the most difficult stage of life – to find a job. Due to the fact that the global economy has been growing rapidly, the required calibre of human resource becomes higher. The requirements tend to be more severe, as some companies reduce their workforce, while some new companies entering the market want to hire...
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