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Goodbye China

No way, I’ve been in Qingdao for three months already… Time flies as we say. Three months completely disconnected from western countries, entirely immerged in the Chinese culture. Now after three months I will leave China with my head full of memories and amazing experiences!
Since the day I arrived, I was looking forward to go to Laoshan, the famous mountain near Qingdao. Sadly, in January, February and March, the weather was still too cold to consider climbing that mountain, and I was feeling desperate to never be able to climb that mountain. And finally, as the end of my stay drew closer and I resigned to not climbing it, I took part in a Laoshan trip organized by InternChina. After an early wake up at 5 am to get to the bus – Laoshan here we are! Even though the weather wasn’t that sunny, I think it was the perfect week end to go to Laoshan (and not because it was my last week end in Qingdao). The temperature was warm enough to take off our sweaters to climb the stairs!

     

We went through unofficial trails, in the wild part of the mountain. Thankfully we had a Chinese guide who seemed to know exactly where we were and where we went, he was amazing! And once he even took me by the hand and helped me to climb the stairs (not that I couldn’t have done it myself but it was far easier this way). Mid-April is cherry blossom time! A lot of flowers everywhere which gave me the feeling that spring was finally here. After a lot of stairs, I can say that I managed to reach the top of the mountain (or at least the top of the peak our guide led us to), and I am so glad that I was able to do it!

   

When I wrote my first blog, I still couldn’t believe I was in China, and now I can’t believe I am about to leave it. Three months, it’s short, but I used all the time I had to discover most of the places that have to be seen in Qingdao and to meet a lot of incredible people. I am so grateful towards all those people who made my stay in Qingdao unforgettable. Thank you especially to the InternChina team in Qingdao, for giving me this great opportunity. And of course, many thanks to my host family who has been so nice with me!

 

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Mehmet Salih and Zhuhai World Wide Scientific (ZHBS56)

You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life as well as population size have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.

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The fisher girl – symbol of Zhuhai

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Short company introduction – Internship code ZHBS56

Zhuhai World Wide Scientific Co., Ltd. is specialised in R&D, manufacturing, marketing and technological service of intelligent environmentally friendly products. Based on the concept of “quality first, development through innovation”, it created the brand of “Huaxintong”and integrated the ideas of energy saving, environmental protection and intelligence into the design of its products. The company took the lead in launching intelligent environmentally friendly products in China such as the infrared intelligent sensor trash can, solar-powered intelligent trash compactor and intelligent trash cleaning robot. The solar intelligent trash compactor alone owns 12 national patents and the products have been highly praised since being launched.

You can find more relevant information about the company and their field of work at their web page: http://www.wahtong.cn/en/introduce.html?introID=17105

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The new building of the company, finished July, 2014

We were able to catch up with Mehmet before he returned to UK. here is what he had to share with us:

IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from and which university did you graduate?

“My name’s Mehmet, I come from a city called Wolverhampton in England. And I’ve just recently graduated. Actually I came 2 days after my graduation. I finished DeMontford University, with which Internchina is official parthner and provider of graduate oportunities. I studied Business and Management “

IC TEAM:Doing this whole internship with InternChina, moving from the UK to China for 2 months. That’s quite a big decision, what was the reason you wanted to do that?

“Just coming to China was one of the reasons! But basically, having the experience from China, working in a multicultural office gave me great insight into business from an international perspective so it will make me stand a bit better against other graduates. It will stand out on my CV a lot more.”

IC TEAM:So thinking back to England, when you were there how did you learn about the whole process of applying? And how did that go?

“Oh it was from our university. They promoted it, there’s a huge scheme going on called #DMUglobal and they’re advertising all the different internships – which are mainly InternChina. So I applied through them and fortunately it was successful. And then I had the pre-departure meeting with Jamie.”

IC TEAM: Tell us a big about your company. Do you feel there are many skills that you’ve taken away from being here?

“My company was suggested to me, it’s Zhuhai Worldwide Scientific. They deal with waste disposal, such as sensor dustbins and also solar trash compactors. “

“Definitely, it’s been an experience. I’ve dealt with clients on the phone and through emails. I’ve also helped develop the company through market research of trade shows and exhibitions so hopefully that will help them to gain more customers in future and expand geographically – hopefully the business will grow in the future.”

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Mehmet during his interview at Zhuhai World Wide Scientific.

IC TEAM:Okay, so tell us a bit about your accommodation please, was it an apartment or a homestay?

“I was in an apartment. I lived on the 21st floor which was beautiful – the view there was perfect at night, you could see all over Gongbei, all over Zhuhai but you could also see over Macao. Below me was a Walmart and next to the Walmart was a row of Chinese restaurants so it was ideally located. There was a gym 5 minutes walk away too.”

IC TEAM: What were your favourite things about Zhuhai in general?

“The weather was one of them. Just in general China, the history, the traditions like the buildings, the culture – all that. It’s just fascinating and good to see, so I’m glad I experienced it.”

IC TEAM: So one of the last questions, for future interns what kind of things do you recommend? What advice can you give them?

“My advice would be, don’t think twice about it. Just do the internship and go to China. If you don’t do it then you’ll live to regret it. If you do come then learn a bit of Chinese beforehand, it will help you. But just do the internship, come to China it’s a great experience.”

Here is also a short video interview with Mehmet. Take a look and tell us what you think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWrXvHf7yLc

 

We had the chance to interview Mehmet’s direct superviser Mr. Liu Ring about his experience with Mehmet durring the internship:

IC TEAM: Which are your companie’s main clients?

“Our clients are mainly from China, we have a couple clients in places like South Africa too but we want to explore more customers overseas in the near future.”

IC TEAM: So what has Mehmet been doing during his internship?

“He has been improving the English version of our website, making our catalogue better and finding similar manufacturers and analysing them. He also has been emailing lots of potential customers in order to introduce our products, as well as searching for trade fairs that we can take part in. Also he has been performing background checks of any company EQs off our website. So, overall, he has mostly been doing research, customer development and translation work.”

IC TEAM: He is your first intern, so how have you found him overall?

“We found him very good to have here. He works very hard and always comes to me asking for more work. “

There are so much more happy interns here at our company! You can check for similar stories from people from all over the world!Check our blog and search through our special Featured Internships!

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The best time ever with a Chinese family!

How is it to live with a family who is Chinese and actually not your family? I tell you, it’s great! Here is my experience:

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My Chinese family consisted of my hostma and her husband, their 5 year old daughter and the mother of the hostdad. They were really welcoming from the start and even if I can’t speak a lot of Chinese we always understood each other.

As my host family was quite young they were great fun. We went out for midnight snacks with my other colleagues, they even came to the opening of a club one time, invited me to go to KTV with their friends and so on.

I also got introduced to the whole family, the parents of my hostma and celebrated the moon cake festival with them. They also chose a Chinese name for me, giving me their last name. Really sweet!

And the FOOD! I had so much good food during my homestay and got fed so well that I am still surprised that I didn’t end up 20 kilos heavier.

I still miss to come home after work and smell the food and hear the granny telling me “CHI FAN!” (engl.: eat!).

Besides the cultural experience, it’s great to feel so welcoming and it’s an easy way to learn Mandarin just by teaching each other.

Also want to get that experience? Apply now!

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Featured Internship Rafaela Kuznec and International Futures – ZHBS48

You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life as well as population size have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.

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Short company introduction – Internship code ZHBS48

Many business and English training centres in China claim to be international schools despite being Chinese owned and managed. They might hire foreign teachers, but everything about their business philosophy is local.IF was formed by four Englishmen. As well as all of the teachers, all of our upper management are from native English speaking countries.This means that when you are in our English classes, you are not just learning from a foreign teacher, you are entering an entirely English environment. In effect, an IF classroom is like a trip to London.

You can find more relevant information about the company and their field of work at their web page: http://www.international-futures.com/

Before leaving, Rafaela made a short interview with us. Here are the highlits of her stay in China and her internship in IF:

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IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your interests?

“My name is Rafaela. I come from Lithuania and I´m currently studying at London South Bank University where I am going into my second year.I’m studying Multimedia Journalism there. I like travelling and reading- that’s my favourite hobby. And of course, I really like to spend my time with family and friends.”

IC TEAM: What was the reason you wanted to do the internship? Why did you choose to come to China, and Zhuhai, for that matter?

“I decided to do the internship myself there was no obligation from the university – I wanted to gain some work experience as well as some cultural experience.I watched a presentation at my University about interning in China and I was very interested, it just seemed very exciting and attractive. Also, I think it is great to gain some international work experience, especially in China. “

“I did some research and chose Zhuhai because it´s next to the sea and is said to be one of the most liveable and energetic cities in China.”

IC TEAM: What kind of tasks did you get up to over the course of your internship?

“The company I’m working for are launching a new e-learning English course, so basically I´m creating course material for business as well as for general English. Also I´m working as a video editor.”

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IC TEAM: How do you feel you got on with the locals? Did you make many friends?

“I work with some Chinese people, therefore I had the opportunity to get to know them better, and sometimes we go out together. Also, I just had recently one very funny experience. When I went to Guangzhou I met two Chinese people who wanted to be my friends, they showed me around the city and we went out for dinner. That was really nice.”

IC TEAM: For future interns, what would be your recommendations?

“First of all, I would recommend that they learn some Chinese, at least some basics before you come to China. Of course, you can still survive without the language but it´s very helpful because a lot of Chinese people hardly speak any English.

Also, I would advise them to apply for a multiple entry Visa so you can visit places like Hong Kong or Macau. Domestic flights are quite expensive and it´s really cheap to fly to, for example, the Philippines – but without a multiple entry that isn´t possible. If you are a person who likes to go out and party often then I would advise that you don´t choose a homestay because Chinese families are strict and it would be disrespectful considering how well they take care of you.”

IC TEAM:So what’s next for you?

“I´m going back to London to continue with my studies. I really would like to come back to China though.”

There is always so much more to say about a person’s experience here in China. We are so proud to meet with such extraordinary and positive people! You can see a small video interview with Rafaela below:

Are you interested in these kinds of experiences? Do you crave to discover that unknown and beautifull part of the world? Check for more internship options on our page www.internchina.com.

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Praktikum in China – Interview mit Kathrin Schmitt

Angesiedelt am Pearl River Delta, Hongkong gegenüberliegend, Zhongshan im Norden, Macau im Süden und bekannt als die Chinesische Riviera, ist Zhuhai eine der lebendigsten Städte in ganz China. Derzeit wird eine  30 km lange Brücke mit zwei Richtungsfahrbahnen und jeweils 3 Spuren von Hongkong über Zhuhai bis nach Macau gebaut, welche noch viel größere Tore für die Zukunft von Zhuhai eröffnen wird.
Dennoch ist Zhuhai eine noch recht unbekannte Stadt unter Europäern, aber mit diesen Voraussetzungen wird Zhuhai mehr und mehr an  Attraktivität gewinnen. Somit ist Zhuhai jetzt schon der perfekte Platz um sein Praktikum zu absolvieren, nicht nur um Einblicke in die chinesische Arbeitswelt zu erhalten sondern auch um das echte China zu erleben.

Um einen Einblick aus erster Hand zu bekommen, wie ein Praktikum in Zhuhai aussehen könnte, haben wir die Highlights aus dem Interview mit Kathrin Schmitt zusammengefasst. Kathrin studiert International Technical Trade Management, ist aus Deutschland, Salz und hat gerade erst vor kurzem ihr 5-monatiges Praktikum bei Electech beendet.

 

Kathrin Schmitt, Praktikantin bei Electech

 

IC TEAM: Beschreibe uns doch bitte den Vorgang  von deiner Bewerbung bis hin zur Zusage für dein Praktikum.

Kathrin: Durch zwei Freunde die ebenfalls mit Hilfe von Internchina ihr Praktikum in China absolviert haben und darüber einen Vortrag an unserer Hochschule gehalten haben bin ich letztendlich auf Internchina gestoßen. Das hat mein Interesse geweckt und nachdem ich mit Morgan Dolan [Zhuhai Office Managerin] Kontakt aufgenommen habe, bekam ich zwei Vorschläge für ein mögliches Praktikum. Ich habe mich demnach für Electech entschieden, da diese sehr international agieren. Daraus resultierte ein sehr entspanntes Skype-Interview mit Jessi, der Managerin des Oversea Sales Departments. Die Firma hatte bereits entschieden mich zu nehmen und so war es mehr oder minder nur ein gegenseitiges Kennenlernen, was sehr faszinierend war.

 

IC TEAM: Welche Aufgaben hast du innerhalb der Firma übernommen? Warst du zuständig für größere Projekte?

Kathrin: Ich habe keine täglichen Aufgaben, sondern arbeite eher an größeren Projekten. Mir wurden Themen vorgegeben zu welchen ich recherchieren sollte, insbesondere Informationen zu Deutschland, Italien und Spanien. Mein Hauptprojekt bestand aus der Auflistung aller Haupt-Einzelhändler in Deutschland wie zum Beispiel Obi. Gleichzeitig sammelte ich Informationen über alle Wettbewerber und sammelte dies in einer umfangreichen Excel-Tabelle zur Weiterverwendung. Mein anderes größeres Projekt beinhaltete die Produkteeinführung für das deutsche Sales-Team.

 

IC TEAM: Nun aber auch einmal zu deinen Erfahrungen in Bezug auf das Land China. Wie hast du die chinesische Küche erlebt?

Kathrin: Das Essen hier ist nicht vergleichbar mit der chinesischen Küche in Deutschland und man hat hier in China eine weitaus größere Auswahl, was das Ganze zu einer ganz besonderen Erfahrung macht. Ich mag auch die Art des gemeinsamen Essens, indem man viele verschiedene Gerichte bestellt und gemeinsam von allem isst.

 

IC TEAM: Eine letzte Anmerkung?

8 Wörter. Es ist ein Erlebnis, das dein Leben verändert.

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Featured Internship Christina Kan and China Biofield – ZHBS54

You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life as well as population size have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.
 

 

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The fisher girl – symbol of Zhuhai

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Short company introduction – Internship code ZHBS54. Essentially, China Biofield is an International association and network comprised of both foreign and Chinese doctors, healthcare workers, scientists, researchers and members of the local community.  It is a place where the interconnected fields of Health, Science, Medicine and Well-being can be discussed, explored and enjoyed.

You can find more relevant information about the company and their field of work at their web page: http://www.chinabiofield.com/

In this blog post we would like to highlight the internship Christina Kan in China Biofield .We made a little interview with Christina, and asked her about her experience in China.  So let’s see how it went:

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Christina at her workplace

IC TEAM:Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your interests?

CHRISTINA: Okay, so I’m from a small town called Sleaford in Lincolnshire, both my parents are from Hong Kong so I know a little Cantonese but no Mandarin. I go to Liverpool University; I’m in 2nd year doing a Pharmacology degree. I joined as part of the Generation UK government scheme after meeting up with Jamie.

IC TEAM: How did you settle in China?

CHRISTINA: My first week was a little bit rough and certainly made me stronger. Work’s been really good, and the people from work helped me so much!  After my first week I’ve really loved it, I really don’t want to leave now! My experience with my colleagues was so touching. I really think that I’ve never really had something like that before.

IC TEAM:What did your Internship include?

CHRISTINA:  I get to see a lot of procedures that the doctors do here which is great experience to have. I’ve observed traditional Chinese medicine doctors performing acupuncture and cupping. It was interesting to see how it differed from conventional Western Medicine and it’s important to remember traditional Chinese Medicine has been around many more years than Western Medicine.

IC TEAM:What has been the best thing about your internship? Are there moments that you will never forget?

CHRISTINA: The whole experience itself, meeting new people, interacting with other foreigners. And here it’s just a completely different lifestyle. I did the Zhuhai Valentine’s tandem bike race for example and it was such a lovely weekend. Definitely an experience that I won’t forget soon!

IC TEAM: Are you going to come back?

CHRISTINA: I wish I had spent longer here but I hope to definitely come back to explore more of China and visit the company friends that I’ve made here in my time in China. It has definitely been an experience I will never forget!

If you wish to learn more about Christina’s experience you can check her video interview here!

Interested in this internship opportunity in Zhuhai? Apply now and mention ref. ZHBS54 to apply for this internship!

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Kasper and Heau Composite Products

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We would like to spotlight one of our success stories – Kasper Bowyer-Knight from Bournemouth University and his internship in Heau Composite Products Co.LTD in the design and engineering department.

Heau Composite Products uses composite materials to develop a series of innovative and practical products.Anyone who is interested in movable, temporary, semi-permanent housing, adaptable equipment or special function products, such as their product line cylinders, hazardous chemicals cabinets and light portable housing, Composite Products will be the first choice you have to consider.

You can find all information about them (in Chinese only) at – http://heaucomposite.cn/

We had a brief interview with Kasper before he finished his internship and he shared with us about the great time he had in the company.

I learned a lot about myself here in China. One of the things that I have learned is that I’m really lucky to have grown up in the West. You see people’s lives here and when I compare them with my own, that makes it seem so easy to grow up in England.You also learned about responsibility. Be open minded, it’s not going to be anything like your home.”

At the end he was absolutely clear about one thing. He is definitely coming back to China.

You can see the video interview here.

This is just a small part of our success stories here in China. Our services provide not only top quality internship positions, but also bring a whole new experience to people’s lives.  Visit us on our webpage for more information about our services.

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Featured internship Kasper and Heau Composite Products Co.LTD – ZHDS21

You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. It’s growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life as well as population size have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.
 

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The fisher girl – symbol of Zhuhai

 

Short company overview – Internship code ZHDS21.The company uses composite materials to develop a series of innovative and practical products.Anyone who is interested in movable, temporary, semi-permanent housing, adaptable equipment or special function products, such as their product line cylinders, hazardous chemicals cabinets and light portable housing, Composite Products will be the first choice you have to consider.

Link to their page (in Chinese only) – http://heaucomposite.cn/

In this blog post we highlight the internship of Kasper Bowyer-Knight in Heau Composite Products Co.LTD in the design department. We made a little interview with Kasper, and asked him about his experience in China. Below is his version on how life and work experience in China changed his life:

 

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Kasper’s work place

IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your interests?

KASPER: “I am 22 years old andI come from a small city called Oxford in England. Right now I still study my bachelor degree atBournemouth University. My interests are designing, I do this in my own time as well as music – I play the drums. I am still in university and I go back in 3 weeks time to begin my final year.”

IC TEAM: Why did you choose to come to China, and Zhuhai, for that matter?

KASPER: “Firstly, I already had friends here doing internships in China, 4 of them. My friends recommended Zhuhai out of all the places. “

IC TEAM: How did InternChina help you along with your internship?

KASPER: “They helped organize my travel, my visa, and even out here they’ve been in contact a lot making sure I’m well. They also organize trips, dinners and help you meet people and in general to fit in.”

IC TEAM: What did your Internship include? How did you settle in the company?

KASPER: “My current company sells these container modular units called ‘modpods’ where the customers can actually ask for what they want in their units and we can put that in. I’m helping with the design of the interior and exterior. We’ve redesigned any flaws, been testing and calculating to ensure everything is done correctly and to a proper standard. I also source components for designs. “

KASPER: “So I arrived and my boss could speak English, and everyone else was Chinese but three of my colleagues speak English well, they can talk for hours. All the workers are friendly and they don’t have a bad bone in their body. So no horror stories, it was just natural to feel comfortable in the workplace here, it was surprising how easy it was to adapt for me.”

 

 

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Kasper with one of the “modpods”

 

IC TEAM: Do you have some tips or recommendations for the new interns?

KASPER: “Drink lots of Jing Jiu, Bai Jiu and beer [joking]. Be open minded, it’s not going to be anything like your home. Some things are shocking, some are just hilarious. You make lots of new friends and have a good time. I’ve been to some great places like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xiamen… just get a couple of mates and travel.”

 IC TEAM: Any last comments? Are you coming back after your internship’s end?

KASPER: “I learned a lot about myself here in China. One of the things that I have learned is that I’m really lucky to have grown up in the West. You see people’s lives here and when I compare them with my own, that makes it seem so easy to grow up in England.You also learned about responsibility.

KASPER: “I am definitely coming back. “

 

If you want to know more details about Kasper’s internship or what else he’s been doing during his stay in China you can see his interview video:

Interested in design internship in China? Visit our webpage and Apply now for one of the many different internships positions that we offer.