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Internship Experience – From Perth to Chengdu

Written by Claire Sadler 

From the most isolated city in the world to one of the largest cities in China

Coming from the remote city of Perth, Australia I thought interning in Chengdu would be the perfect opportunity to experience a different lifestyle.

Although when I first arrived, the difference between my coastal life and bustling Chengdu definitely gave me culture shock, this soon subsided with the excitement of being exposed to such an amazing place.

I have only been here for a month but in that time I have already made enough friends to freeload on almost every continent, eaten my weight in Sichuan cuisine and explored many parts of this beautiful city!

Experiening Chinese culture in Chengdu

Exploring Chengdu

In an attempt to explore as much as possible during my stay, I have seen so much of what Chengdu has to offer. Some of the highlights have been the infamous pandas, Dongmen Bridge, the Leshan Giant Buddha and People’s Park.

Exploring the parks in Chengdu

One funny experience of my trip though was how excited the locals at Sanxingdui Museum were when they saw Dominique and I. A crowd of at least 20 people asked for pictures because they had never seen a foreigner there before! All I could think about was how they would have shown everyone the pictures of us.

Seeing pandas at the Chengdu panda research base

My Internship

During my stay in Chengdu I’m situated in Gaoshengqiao, known for the Tibetan culture. It is crazy how even doing day to day tasks I am exposed to this culture, as I even see monks shopping in Walmart!

In terms of my placement I am completing a marketing internship with Inspiration Tech. It has been an amazing opportunity to learn new marketing skills, specifically how to effectively promote a product and create advertisements. I have also gotten the opportunity to write articles and conduct interviews, which has boosted my experience in journalism.

Internship activities with Inspiration Tech

The whole trip has been eye opening, inspiring and rewarding in so many ways. Interning in Chengdu was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!

Do you want to experience Chengdu for yourself? Then apply now!

China Business Blogs, Cultural, Zhuhai Blogs

Zhuhai Ready: Meet Michelle!

 About Me
I had been Zhuhai Ready for 15 days., and 11 hours 20 minutes later, l can finally say hello! I’m Michelle, Zhuhai’s (珠海) new Business Development, Marketing & Sales Intern, and I am currently a student at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to arrival, l had my doubts on whether I would make it, but despite a few hiccups, InternChina ensured my arrival went untroubled- even arriving out of hours InternChina was still unexpectedly there for me!

Zhuhai Trip

Background

Having been raised in a multi-cultural society, I’ve always been keen on seeing the world. I’m interested in how different cultures work together as one team, motivated and influenced by the business sector; with the opportunity of a placement year during university, l genuinely couldn’t  have picked a better destination than Zhuhai!

The attitude locals have towards foreigners is determined by the smallest interactions and observations here. China definitely seemed

to be a challenge, and prior to arriving, I became skeptical- which as a pretty normal feeling. Nonetheless, it has been the most rewarding experience yet, and I am 100% looking forward to the rest of my time here and to have IC by my side as I embark on this journey.

Zhuhai Trip

 

Zhuhai so Far

 

 

16 days since arriving, I’ve tried some weird and great food, meet some of the most amazing people and I have 100% mastered the transportation systems! It takes getting lost to learn, and I was no doubt lost when l figured this out.

Aim high you’ll be amazed by the view, and 珠海 has some breathtaking views. Opportunities like this don’t come by often; I may get frustrated, shocked and amazed but it is absolutely worth it.

 

 

China Business Blogs, Cultural, Events in Zhuhai

Instagram Takeover Zhuhai

What happened when Zhuhai let two American Allstars loose on the IC Instagram!

As much an opportunity for us to be nosy as for our interns to gain marketing experience, we gave up the reins of our Instagram to see what what would happen with interns in charge for 1 whole week.

Best friends Anthony and Norah jumped at the chance to show off their insta worthy photo skills. They are in Zhuhai on an extensive language and cultural exchange program from International Business and Mandarin at Bryant University, Rhode Island. Offering homestays and campus living alongside internships and University study, the program provides full immersion into Chinese culture. The Instagram take over therefore allows us an insight into what the two get up to when they’re not enjoying downtime with their Chinese family or perfecting their accents in the dorms.

Although at home Norah enjoys flying planes while Anthony has a flair for Spanish and salsa, in Zhuhai they get to take part in InternChina activities like ‘wingshun’ or cooking. The pair are also looking forward to taking Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai by storm as part of the program.

A weeks worth of palm trees, ice cream and waffles later, here’s how Norah and Anthony got on.

 Follow @internchina @Pointedthought (Anthony) and @Norahh39 on Instagram today!

 

Chengdu Blogs, Chengdu Business, China Business Blogs, Events in Chengdu, Internship Experience, Things To Do in Chengdu, Understanding Business in China

Women of Business at The Bookworm

This week in Chengdu I had the pleasure of attending the Chengdu Women in Business workshop organized by Chengdu Expat. It is a four-series event to encourage the professional development and entrepreneurship by sharing resources and knowledge of like-minded business women in Chengdu. As a business student in my final year, I try to attend as many of these workshops as possible. Not only do you learn about other people’s stories but you build a great network.

General Manager of Chengdu Expat

These workshops provide professional assessments, books, interactive exercises with professional coaching. We went through the books self-assessment over the areas of “How you play the game, how you act, how you think and how you brand & market yourself, how you sound, how you look and lastly, how you respond”. It gave me an insight of what I am strong at and which area needs improving. The night essentially consisted of how we can stop making unconscious mistakes in business.

My group discussing “How You Respond”

One of the things that really impressed me was when the guest speaker, Raquel Ramirez, mentioned that at the age of 15 she already knew exactly what she wanted to do in life and what it required to get there. That is something that fascinates me, people that can have that drive and focus to achieve all they set out to do and more!

Though, it doesn’t come easily, as Raquel mentioned; sometimes we go through bumps in the road such as family issues, financial stability, other people’s judgement or even sadly, your own securities and low confidence. Despite all of this, the atmosphere in the room was electric, a room full of strong, similar minded women that came together to learn what it takes to succeed as a professional.

Raquel Ramirez

So, it got me thinking, what decisions have I made in the past that have helped me to where I am and where it will lead me in the not-so distant future. For sure, one of them was moving to the Netherlands to continue studying. This later gave me the opportunity to study abroad in China where I fell in love with the country and its culture. That ultimately ended with me moving to Chengdu, where I am doing my final year internship at InternChina.

What was yours? Let me know what was your turning point decision and where you are now or even heading!

Check out other pictures from last night’s event at Fun and Bike.
For information on the next workshop of Women in Business keep an eye out on Chengdu Expat.

China Business Blogs, Dalian Blogs

The Summer Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) in Dalian

World Economic Forum (WEF) Background:

In 2007, a Swiss non-profit organisation approved the creation of the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is also known as the Annual Meeting of the New Champions or the Summer Davos. The event takes place annually and the 2017 WEF is held in our North-Eastern Chinese city, Dalian between the 27th of June and the 29th of June. The Summer Davos is held annually in China altering between Dalian and Tianjin. The Summer Davos has around 2000 participants from the Global Growth Companies foundation, which is generally made up of emerging countries with rapid growth, such as China, Russia, Mexico, Brazil and India, but there are also several developed countries involved in the foundation. WEF is a community with members from around 90 countries, involving governments, leaders of major multinationals, civil society, media and academic individuals. WEF’s annual meetings include not only members of the foundation, but also fast-growing regions, global leaders, international technology leaders and competitive cities.

The effects of the Summer Davos WEF in Dalian is noticeable in various areas. There are large number of reconstruction of buildings and roads in the city and increased security measures everywhere in the city center. The number of both international and domestic visitors increased during the week of the WEF. Therefore, most of the flights and hotels are already booked out. The media and press pays increased attention on the happenings and events in Dalian. The World Economic Forum along with many other internationally known events help Dalian to gain international recognition and to become one of the globally known Chinese cities. This enlarged international acceptance will benefit Dalian, by becoming the host of other international events, undergo further projects and turn into a new international trading center of China.

World Economic Forum Welcome sign at night at Dalian International Convention Center
World Economic Forum Welcome Sign

Aims of the 2017 Summer World Economic Forum (WEF): 

The main focuses of this year’s World Economic Forum meeting will involve the sharing and circular economy, new technology innovations and green investment to improve environmental management. By discussing these topics, the WEF members try to address the global environmental risks, facing all countries around the world. These possible environmental risks were pointed out in the latest annual Global Risks Report of the committee. Climate change, sustainable growth and environmental protection are the prime discussion cases during the 2017 Summer Davos meeting in Dalian. The WEF committee plans to centralise their concern on the climate change issue, which is one of the most impactful risk and therefore a vital problem, affecting all members of the WEF as well as other countries around the world.

One of the reasons for keeping this year’s Summer Davos meeting in China is because China plays an extremely important role as world leader in sustainable and green development. In 2016, the world’s biggest issuer of green bonds was the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. However, China is facing environmental challenges, including smog, which is becoming a major issue in most metropolitan cities around the world. Therefore, the 2017 Summer Davos meeting’s top priority focus will be on solving environmental issues, such as smog, in order to improve the urban air quality of populous cities.

Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017 Dalian Welcome Board
Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017 Dalian

The WEF committee believes that global cooperation can be created between public and private sectors in order to create new alliances and counter the existing environmental issues and prevent the rise of further environmental problems in the future. By establishing cooperation between firms in the public and private sectors, the members of the WEF assume that they can demonstrate collaborations, instead of isolation, to the younger generation and attain benefits to all in the future.

Further plans that the members propose to carry out after the 2017 WEF meeting, include investment in green energy, green infrastructure, green transportation and they believe that having a circular economy is fundamental to raise the level of economic growth. Furthermore, China’s goal is to highlight the idea of sustainability and innovation alongside with strong Chinese characteristics and an international appeal. The annual World Economic Forum helps to unite the existing and new fast-growing organisations, which shape the future of business and society. It is an event that highlights relevant global challenges from economic, societal, environmental and political backgrounds, and encourages its members to act in a way that will benefit to everyone in the long run.

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6 reasons why you should do a summer internship

You’ve finally handed in that last piece of coursework, those end of term exams are fast approaching (if not already in full swing), and despite promising yourself for the whole year that you’d never do it, you’ve actually waited outside the university library at 7am for the doors to open so you can get the good seat. I’ve been there.
The light at the end of the tunnel might seem as far away as it’ll ever be right now, but before long, it’s all over and you’re left with three months of freedom, a headful of ambition but there’s a good chance you’re still asking yourself the question: What am I going to do with my summer, and how am I going to make it worthwhile? Join your parents for that walking tour of the Pennines? Finally sit down and read all that George Orwell and Emily Bronte that you’ve been meaning to read for the last two years? An internship abroad? (hint hint – it’s the last one!)

So here they are: the six killer reasons why a summer internship abroad is a great way to combine travel with training for the professional world! In short – a solid investment in your future and a fantastic opportunity to make lasting memories!

1 – Gain hands-on experience in the workplace

Joining a company as an intern is a great way to learn how businesses and organisations work in the real world, and not just on paper. This is especially the case for start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses, where you get the chance to see first-hand how businesses grow and transition into larger and more mature entreprises. Far from fetching the coffee and making photocopies, interns play a vital role in keeping the cogs of a business turning and if they excel in their position, can have a real impact on the direction of their host company!

summer internship office colleagues laptop coffee

2 – Immerse yourself in another culture

More so than if you were simply passing through as a traveller, interns in a country like China have the time to truly immerse themselves in the local culture and learn about what it means to be a citizen of another society. Because you’ll be working alongside them and sharing your day-to-day life with them, you will learn to eat, drink, work and play like a local. There’s no better way to smash your stereotypes about a country than to go there in person and share a hearty cup of baijiu with your coworkers who have lived there their whole lives!

china calligraphy culture immersion summer internship

3 – Prepare yourself for a truly globalised world

Interning in a country like China can prepare you in so many ways for the world of the future – you will gain vital work experience, learn how business is conducted in a country that is rapidly becoming the main trade partner of every other country in the world, learn to adapt to quickly changing working environments and function as part of an international team. Moreover, the skills you acquire during your experience interning abroad will make you stand out among your peers and will boost your future employability to no end!

qingdao skyline summer internship

qingdao skyline summer internship

4 – Help to define your career path

You may find that undertaking a summer internship helps you to discover that hidden specialism you never realised you loved! The flexibility of many internships means that you get a chance to try out the various different areas of specialism in one field of work. For example, you could well find that social media marketing really isn’t your jam, but at the same time you discover that you secretly had a burning passion for events management that you would never have known of unless you tried it out during your internship! You will also make countless contacts in your field of internship that could later prove to be a lucrative entry-point into the career path of your dreams!

student holding camera in China summer internship skills photography

5 – Learn a new language

It might seem like an intimidating (or nearly impossible!) feat to accomplish in one short summer, but an internship abroad is completely packed with chances for you to learn the basics of the language of your host country! Aside from the option to attend language classes, your coworkers will no doubt be more than happy to teach you some useful phrases to help you get by (or at least the more useful insults), and the value of being able to communicate to colleagues and business partners in their mother tongue cannot be overstated enough!

learn chinese characters at summer internship

6 – Come back with some great stories

Last, and certainly not least, completing a summer internship in a country such as China can be a challenging, bewildering, bemusing, enriching and mind-boggling experience all at the same time! You will be interning alongside people from all around the globe with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives on the world, which makes for a pretty unique summer. You may have to tackle culture shock head-on, but you will no doubt board your plane home with a suitcase full to the brim with lasting memories, heartfelt friendships, and maybe even a cuddly panda keyring stuffed in the bottom.

summer internship activities trips photos memories

To start your summer internship adventure in one of four great cities, apply now!

 

China Business Blogs, Cultural, Internship Experience, Learn about China, Qingdao Blogs, Travel, Understanding Chinese culture

Das erste Mal China: Erste Eindrücke

Hi!
Mein Name ist Büsra, 22, Studentin und gebürtige Augsburgerin.

Vor paar Monaten habe ich die Entscheidung getroffen mich raus aus meiner Komfortzone und direkt ins Abenteuer zu stürzen. Und welches Land wäre da interessanter als China? Das Land über das mehr Gerüchte kursieren als Fakten.

Trotz zahlreicher Zweifel von Familienmitgliedern, Verwandten und Freunden („China? Wieso China?“, „Du sprichst doch gar kein Chinesisch?“, „Was willst du da essen?!“, „Sind Chinesen nicht rassistisch/ islamfeindlich/ türkenfeindlich/ kommunistisch…?“ etc.), bin ich vor drei Tagen aufgebrochen, um mein Praktikum in InternChina in Qingdao zu starten. Mein Praktikum wird sechs Monate dauern und ist der letzte Schritt um mein Bachelorstudium in International Business abzuschließen.

Mein Flug dauerte mehr als 14 Stunden und ging über München (MUC), Frankfurt (FRA) bis (endlich!) Qingdao (TAO).

InternChina – Destination: Qingdao

Meinen ersten Oh-oh-Moment hatte ich, als der nette Immigrationspolizist am Flughafen mir auf Chinesisch eine Frage stellte. Als Antwort guckte ich nur leicht benebelt und flüsterte entschuldigend auf Englisch, dass ich kein Chinesisch spreche. Gott sei Dank lachte der Polizist nur und winkte mich durch. Der zweite Oh-oh-Moment ließ nur paar Minuten auf sich warten, als ich am Gepäckband stand, mich umsah und mir dämmerte, dass ich nichts, WIRKLICH NICHTS, hier lesen kann. Natürlich war mir klar, dass in China Schriftzeichen verwendet werden, aber es dann tatsächlich am eigenen Leib zu spüren… Dass man etwas, was man seit dem man das erste Mal Lesen lernte als selbstverständlich annahm, von Schildern bis zu Menüs, nicht mehr kann, war doch etwas schockierend. (Später habe ich erfahren, dass in den meisten Restaurants die Menüs bebildert sind. Also kein Grund zur Panik. Ich muss nicht verhungern. :‘) )

InternChina – Lanzhou Lamian Menu

Clare, die InternChina Branchmanagerin in Qingdao, holte mich vom Flughafen ab, brachte mich in meine WG und begleitete mich anschließend ins Simkartengeschäft, um mich mit einer funktionierenden Handyverbindung und Internet (HALLELUJAH!!) zu versorgen.

Die Menschen in Qingdao sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit und sie starren dich an und zwar nicht besonders unauffällig. Aber wenn ich bedenke, dass ich in den letzten drei Tagen, abgesehen von meiner Mitbewohnerin und meinen Kollegen nur drei andere „Ausländer“ gesehen habe, ist das verständlich. Auch ist ihr Blick nicht feindselig, sondern meist nur interessiert. Gleich an meinem zweiten Tag hier, rannte ein etwa zehnjähriger chinesischer Junge uns nach, holte auf, stellte sich vor uns hin und fragte „Where are you from?“. Nach meiner leicht verwirrten Antwort „eeeeh… Germany.“, überlegte er kurz sagte „XieXie!“ (=Danke) und rannte wieder davon. Ich vermute, dass ich hier öfter als Englischübungspartner verwendet werde. 😉

Die Stadt ist überhaupt nicht überbevölkert, was ich als leichte Klaustrophobin befürchtet hatte. Allerdings habe ich auch gehört, dass Qingdao im Sommer viel voller ist und es ist momentan Januar. Es fahren jedoch sehr viele Autos auf der Straße und sie fahren etwas wilder, als aus Deutschland gewohnt. Müsste ich die Fahrweise in zwei Wörtern beschreiben, wäre es „no chill“. Dabei dachte ich, ich hätte schon alles an verrückten Fahrstilen in Istanbul gesehen. Außerdem kann man sich den Parkstil in China wie ein Tetrisspiel vorstellen. Man quetscht sich an jede mögliche freie Stelle und berücksichtigt dabei nicht, ob man eventuell jemandem vom wieder herausfahren abhält.

Die Luftqualität und das Wetter waren, wider meine Erwartungen und zu meinem Glück in den letzten Tagen ganz gut. Wir nutzten das gute Wetter aus um entlang des Meers zu spazieren und paar Fotos zu schießen. Das Meer in Qingdao ist einfach wunderschön. Es ist schon länger mein Traum gewesen in einer Stadt am Meer zu wohnen und endlich ist es soweit.

InternChina – Yellow Sea
InternChina – Qingdao Seaside
InternChina – Cakes and Happiness

And last but not least: Das Essen. Traumhaft. Jeder der etwas länger Zeit mit mir verbracht hat, weiß wie wichtig mir gutes Essen ist und hier gibt es mehr als genug davon! Vergisst die Nudelbox mit oder ohne Hühnerfleisch und die Frühlingsrollen! Chinesisches Essen ist so viel mehr! Vor allem ist es so günstig. Eine mehr als sättigende Portion kostet um die 14 RMB (=1,91€) und das sind weniger als zwei Euro. Adieu, Diätpläne… Ich habe vor wirklich jede Chance zu nutzen, alle (nicht allzu verrückten) Arten von chinesischen Gerichten zu probieren.

Generell sollte man so wenig Erwartungen an China haben, wie nur möglich und eigentlich alles, was man je über das Land gehört hat nicht so ernst nehmen. Jeder macht unterschiedliche Erfahrungen, aber ich denke es ist es auf jeden Fall wert das Land mal selber zu sehen und eigene Eindrücke zu sammeln.

Falls du auch Lust hast mal aus deiner Komfortzone rauszukommen und in ein Abenteuer zu stürzen, informiere dich hier!

 

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