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China Intern Testimonial: Ben Ridgway

Gi2C's China Intern Testimonial: Ben RidgwayI am 23 and from Guildford, Surrey in the United Kingdom. I was awarded a BA in Human Geography from the University of Plymouth and then completed a postgraduate marketing qualification from Cambridge marketing college. I will be working for a market leader in the renewable energy industry based in Shanghai. My responsibilities will be focused around developing their international marketing strategy. Our team will focus on developing and implementing marketing strategies for attractive foreign markets. The company is also looking to use creative channels to generate market demand and expand market share. I am hoping this China internship will develop my interpersonal as well as my marketing skills. I am looking forward to working in a truly international industry in which China is fast becoming a market leader. I am also hoping to develop long-term relationships with my colleagues. I feel that working in China will help me build 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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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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DEC
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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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DEC
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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 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 Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia nikolaychuk and her internship in ShanghaiJulia is well into her China internship program at the Shanghai Metal Corporation. “Currently I work as a trade marketing assistant. I communicate and negotiate with potential customers, do social networking with Western countries, participate in business meetings as an interpreter and complete market research.” Julia says that she has learned some of the ins and outs of marketing and trade, how to reach out to customers, specifics about the metal industry and also the key elements of the company’s organizational structure. But a work place cultural difference between the West and China was something she noticed immediately. “Surprisingly, in the 21st century the trade and process is done by internet research. Whereas in the West, ‘business mixers’ are popular where buyers and sellers negotiate face to face – it’s very common in Russia and Central European countries." Julia added that she was surprised some of her co-workers went to sleep during their lunch hour. In China, the noontime nap – usually done at the...
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NOV
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Internship Testimonial: Anastasiya Kaurdakova

AnaPotential interns from around the world use Gi2C's services to land a wide variety of internships. Anastasiya Kaurdakova from Russia has recently arrived in Shanghai and before arriving she was hoping to "get more valuable experience and gain skills in the PR sphere" by working with a company called Aquatech. She was happy to be doing her internship in Shanghai because it is a "multinational city" with a great deal to offer. She chose China for several reasons. "In terms of employment, China is considered to be the best place for job opportunities." Anastasiya was also looking forward to meeting new people and understanding what it was like to work and live in China as well as experience a whole new culture and way of thinking. Anastasiya received her BA degree in Public Relations from a school in London and her internship tasks will be dealing with media coverage and event...
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Intern Update: Selman Haxhiu

Selman Haxhiu's internship in China, getin2china Selman Haxhiu has just finished his internship in Shanghai and he’s got this advice: “Try and learn some basic Chinese, as it will help you a lot.” Selman, from Birmingham in the UK, did his internship in China at Star (Shanghai) Accounting & Consulting Co., Ltd., where he was tasked with ensuring all VAT invoices were collected on time, checking the account receivables, and doing daily related bookkeeping using accounting software. “I did learn how to be more independent while working in a busy environment. I also gained valuable accounting skills that could help me in the future,” says Selman. “The Chinese working environment is very different to that of (England) as they are more work focused, which is good.” His biggest challenge in China was language. “Some of the accounting documents and descriptions were in Chinese, so it was hard to understand, but my co-workers were very helpful when I asked questions.” In Shanghai, China’s financial capital and...
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Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's internship in China, Getin2ChinaJulia Nikolaychuk has arrived in Shanghai for her China internship program, and she says it's "incomparable" to her hometown. "I come from a very small town in western Ukraine. Life in Shanghai is unique in comparison to every big city or megalopolis that I have been to. It is very modern and highly developed. The culture and traditions are visible at every point, what people wear to what they do and how they behave." She adds that unless you've been to Shanghai, you won't "understand its nature." "Amazing views: skyscrapers; lights; hot, humid air; food; lively streets – it has its character distinct from other places. Despite being crowded, the city is very functional in terms of public transport." Julia previously told Gi2C that she chose the Middle Kingdom to do an internship because of the opportunities given to young people and for the chance to experience the business dynamics of the Far...
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Intern Testimonial: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's Getin2China internship program in ChinaThe eurozone crisis is taking its toll on that continent’s population, and some like Julia Nikolaychuk are looking to China for opportunities. “Europe is facing a crisis and unemployment rates are rising high,” says 21-year-old Julia, from the Ukraine. “It is outrageous that with having a higher education and speaking four languages fluently finding a job is still a challenge. An internship in China helps me increase my chances of finding a well-paid job, gain knowledge about international trade, establish business relations with experienced people and learn another language.” Julia will do her China internship program at the Shanghai Metal Corporation, a leading manufacturer of metal products, building materials, shipping containers and machinery. Her responsibilities as a trading assistant will include the following: • Ensure sales targets are met • Promote the marketing/sales of the company’s products and services to international partners • Develop sales and marketing strategies • Train local sales and marketing staff in...
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How to get Hired Online

Using the Internet to get hiredIf you’re looking for a job  chances are that you’re hitting the Internet instead of searching through newspapers or industry publications. With the majority of jobs being advertised online, making sure you’re applying correctly is more important than ever. At Getin2China, we also post a sample of some of our China internship programs online. Here are some of the best ways to get hired online. E-mail Subscriptions Make sure you’re subscribed to as many job sites as you can, entering in as many details as possible. If there are a couple of sectors you’re interested in, make sure you tick them all, instead of just looking at one. Widen your range from the main recruitment websites to industry specific bulletins and sites – these more precise sites may come up with jobs that aren’t being advertised as widely. Social Media Sites Social media sites will be your best friend while looking for jobs online! Platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and...
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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

After familiarizing himself somewhat with China’s financial capital Shanghai, it was time for Nick Freer-Smith to get down to work. “So far I've been drafting contracts for clients, and completing some executive summaries for them. I have recently begun a project with a client, which I will be focusing on, and project managing during July, which is an exciting responsibility.” Nick at his desk at China Bluesky Ventures Nick’s China internship program at China Bluesky Ventures, an investment advisory firm, is all about learning the ropes. “I've learned a lot about correct corporate language, and how to sell your company's services to clients. I've also learned about some of the procedures my company specializes in, particularly due diligence and procurement procedures.” The workplace dynamic has so far been a positive one for the London native. “There are a lot more interns than I expected, which is fantastic because we all...
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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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Day Trips from Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

China is big. Huge. There's lots to see, and as an intern in China, you won’t see it all. But at Getin2China, we encourage you to at least try. Traveling around China is easier than ever before, and transportation is rapidly improving, making it faster and more convenient for tourists to bob around. As a transport hub in China, Shanghai is an excellent base for day trips or other short hauls (and so is Beijing - check out a previous post about short haul trips from Beijing here). We take a look at two can't-miss destinations during your time in Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. Suzhou Contrary to an image of China as one of environmental degradation and cities of concrete and steel, Suzhou, directly west of Shanghai in neighboring Jiangsu Province, offers something vastly different. Known as the 'Venice of the East' for its abundance of canals, Suzhou offers up plenty of gardens...
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Intern Testimonial: Nick Freer-Smith

One of China’s great advantages is its openness to foreign people and ideas. Even if you lack the education and experience of a particularly job field, many domestic and international firms are willing to take a chance with an intern who has a different background. For example, it isn’t uncommon for us at Gi2C to place an intern with a legal or social science background in an art gallery if that’s what the intern would like – and the gallery is willing. Twenty-year-old Nick Freer-Smith from London is another example. Although he studied History at the University of Exeter, he’ll do his internship in Shanghai next month at China BlueSky Ventures, an investment and advisory services firm. Nick Freer-Smith “From the Skype interview I've had with the company, I believe I'll be meeting international clients of the firm, and helping them to enter Chinese markets, predominantly in the field of technology,” says Nick....
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Intern Testimonial: Lionel Spencer Chow

China Internship Program: Lionel Spencer ChowIf there’s one word Lionel Spencer Chow believes sums up Shanghai, it’s “captivating.” “I wanted to experience Shanghai,” said Lionel, a Malaysia native from Kota Kinabalu, who completed his China internship program at the Shanghai United Family Hospital & Clinics. “It is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China. Besides, it is a global city, with various cultures and technology. From this, I wanted to seek a business opportunity in Shanghai for the future.” Indeed, Shanghai is a city to watch. China has big plans for this metropolis and free-wheeling city to join the ranks of global financial capitals like Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York. Already, over two hundred thousand expatriates from around the world call Shanghai home, and that number is only set to swell as the city continues to make its mark on the world stage. And with websites like the Shanghaiist and iDeal Shanghai, you’ll always be...
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