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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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Wish list: Jeannette - Applying for a free China Internship!

My name is Jeannette and I have learned what it takes to have ambition.  I knew at a young age I never wanted to go to college because at eleven years old my mom got injured at work and it quickly down spiraled into something much worse.  Within a few short months she developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a complicated nerve disorder that causes pain and slow deterioration of the body. We also never foresaw the coupling diseases that would add on over the years. I grew up so fast and I pushed away people because I no longer was able to connect on a fun and interesting level with people my age. So I put on a façade and took on a job to try to help my family. We fought and watched my mother go in and out of hospitals and knock on deaths door a few too many...
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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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Wish List: Applying from Philippines to Win a Free China Internship!

Nobhe Grace applied for China internship Our graduation song is entitled “Going beyond borders”. I really love listening to it and I already feel the emotion when we will sing it heartily this March 2014. I will really give my best shot on realizing it. One way to go beyond my borders is to live abroad.  I was excited to find the Gi2C China internship program because getting into China will open and widen the doors of opportunities. Through this program, I can gain and earn valuable and important knowledge about my dream job which will help me to become a world-class employee by first having an impressive resume for my future employers. Having this experience will teach me many lessons in life that would help me someday in my future jobs. This might sound odd but realizing it could be my greatest achievement on earth. This is gonna be an awesome experience, a life changing event...
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Wish List: Applying from Pakistan to Win a Free China Internship!

Misbah applied for China internship program with Gi2C Every experience and opportunity opens the gate to success and wider perspectives in a person’s life. I believe China internship programs will do the same. Internships are absolutely informative and a building block for a professional career. An internship program in one of the fastest growing economies in the world would be an absolutely brilliant experience. It is a great platform to showcase talents, positive attributes, learn from our surroundings and enhance our capabilities. With my positive attitude, I believe this China internship program will give me a opportunity to learn from the people of China. There is always room for improvement and thus I strongly believe by the end of this internship program I will be even stronger and will have better skills than before. With my dynamic personality I will be able to take full advantage of this program. Being the president of different societies in my college...
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Wish list: Applying from America to Win a Free China Internship!

Natalie“So, what do you do?” If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that, I might be as rich as Bill Gates. For the past few years, my response has been the same: “I am a full-time student.” Not a very exciting response, is it? Now more than ever, there is a pressure for the younger generation to go to an accredited university to receive a higher education. But what happens after we graduate? This is the question that can be difficult for us to answer, especially with how hard it is for us to claim the job of our dreams – or any job for that matter. It is like the question we were asked in kindergarten: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer then was a veterinarian. I have always had a love for animals, so I read every book I...
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Wish list: Applying from Spain to Win a Free China Internship!

IsabelCan an internship in China change your future career? Here's Isabel's answer: Well, it’s like winning a lottery ticket, isn’t it? The impact of an internship nowadays on a curriculum vitae is probably as important as having had some experience in the field you want to work. Three, six or nine months of internship in a company can really make a difference on your future career. And of course, economic factors have an impotant role in this situation, the current financial recession has favoured the existence of a ‘gap’ between academic and professional lives. So by offering internships in one of the countries with one of the most prosperous and powerful economies, you are filling that ‘gap’ that the vast majority of people currently find after finishing their studies. To be honest, I’m not looking for a job after the internship, my priority at the moment is to try something different...
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Wish list: Applying from the Philippines to win a free china internship!

Sandra a prospect intern in China with Gi2CAn internship can change your life and affect your career. Choices, a simple yet powerful word that can make ordinary things great… one word, yet life changing. It can transform life according to what you desire. If we sum up everything, life is all about choices. My name is Sandra and I choose to change my life.   As I look back, I can still see the scholar student of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology who was striving hard enough to finish her college degree that can create her own first door to success. She has a lot of hopes and dreams in life. She enjoys helping and loves adventure. She will always be that optimistic woman under a dark cloud. She has a very proud mother and a very supportive social worker father. No matter how difficult life can be, she chose to accept the scholarship and managed to...
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China Internship Testimonial: Bradley Coushman

Bradley Coushman - Gi2C InternBradley Coushman hails from “fantastic” San Francisco, CA, USA. “It’s home to Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, IBM, Intel, Chevron, Visa, and Virgin America”, he told us making it a fantastic place to be from indeed! Bradley is 29 and studied Fashion Design/Business for his bachelors and is studying Luxury Brand Management for his masters. For his internship program in China, he will be working with a marketing and events team to organize PR and trade shows. Bradley hopes to get a lot out of his time in China and is “looking forward to getting an international business perspective, and diversify my work experience. I hope to create good professional contacts around the world to help facilitate growth for myself, my career, and my peers.” We were curious, why did Bradley choose China? “I decided to take an internship in China for a few reasons. China is one of the fastest growing economies in...
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China Internship Testimonial: Joost van Opstal

JoostWe recently interviewed Joost a few days before his arrival in China and look forward to hearing an update from him now that he's arrived! Joost, please tell us a bit about yourself. I am from Breda, Netherlands.  I am 27 years old.  I majored in International Tourism Management. Which company will you be interning at?  I'll be interning at a five star hotel in Beijing. What do you know so far about the kind of work you’ll be doing? I'll most likely be working in different departments within Rooms Division like Front Office and Guest Services, ensuring guests have a care free and memorable stay! What are you hoping to get out of your internship? I'm actually taking a step back by conducting this internship. I worked as a Guest Service Manager in the Netherlands, but due to the crisis in Europe there are few spaces left for personal growth...
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Wish List: Applying from Puerto Rico to win a free China internship!

China Internship entryMy name is Jean. I’m 20 years old, and currently majoring in Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico. I’m a native speaker of English and Spanish, and I’m currently studying Chinese and Japanese. As a current student of Psychology, my professional sights are set on the path of an Industrial Psychologist. Utilizing the knowledge I have attained through academic as well as professional experience, I hope to help an organization in the development and achievement of the company goals, its security, as well as the efficiency and well-being of the company’s workforce. Having worked with companies such as Johnson & Johnson and other firms has given me insight as to how successful organizations operate, their ideology and methodology, as well as their needs. Furthermore, through the participation in various internships around the world, my personal and professional capabilities will greatly increase. The international knowledge of workforce policy and views, as...
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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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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: Anna Setterberg

Anna Setterberg's internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaAnna Setterberg learned a thing or two about working in China during her internship in Beijing. “The business environment in China is fast moving. You start out with one team, and at the end of your internship, you leave a completely different one.” Anna finished her three-month internship at Alain Charles Asia Publishing Ltd, where she worked on the latest edition of the China Business Handbook, an indispensable guide for anyone seeking to do business in the Middle Kingdom. She began her internship editing the handbook, “but my main task ended up being research.” Like in any foreign work environment, Anna said there were challenges, which included colleagues who did not speak English, limited and slow Internet access and little contact with her supervisor. “My boss was away for 2/3 of my time at the company. Our communication was therefore restricted to Skype chats, and as we were in different time...
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Intern Update: Nicole Kwok

Nicole Kwok's internship in BeijingNicole Kwok has arrived in China and she “cannot believe” she’s in Beijing. “I feel like I’ve been here for a few months already. I think I can get used to living and working with local Chinese people.” Nicole from Hong Kong, will do her internship in Beijing at IDC Design as a mechanical engineering assistant. She’s been to Beijing before, but only as a visitor. This time around, she’ll intern in China for three months. “When I reached Beijing, the first thing I did was “purchase a sim card to call my parents.” She adds that she’s also eaten “some cold noodles, fresh fried buns and some braised pork rice.” Yum! Sounds delicious! If you’re a foodie, or just love to eat, there’s no better place in China than Beijing. Because folks from all over the Middle Kingdom flock to the capital to pursue opportunities, you’ll find cuisine from all...
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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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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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