Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, the most liveable city in West China and the fourth most liveable city in China. Located in the heart of the country, it is the gate for travellers to Tibet in the West, Xi’an in the North and Kunming in the South. Chengdu’s history stretches back over 4000 years; Since the Chinese government started to promote the “Go West” campaign, hundreds of big international companies have relocated their production to Chengdu and Chongqing.
Carolin is completing her internship at a Real Estate & Relocation Company in Chengdu
Currently, there is Carolin from Germany completing her internship in this Real Estate and Relocation company. The Chengdu based company is operated by an American Manager, located in the main street of Chengdu; within the city centre. As Chengdu’s economy is growing, more western companies and business people have moved here. Therefore, this company has experienced a surge in the growth of its business in recent years and is well connected within Chengdu. Focused on business properties as well as apartments, this company offers its services to international companies and clients. Also, this is a company that consists of a group of young, open-minded and ambitious workers, that always strives to make a difference for its clients.
We visited Carolin in order to show you what she is undertaking as an intern in this firm.
What are Carolin’s tasks as an intern in this company?
There are two main areas of responsibilities if you work there as an intern.
Interns at this company support the Business Development by participating in networking events. One of the most important contact points for the firm’s networking activities is the British Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, which hosts a variety of events and meetings in the city; in order to facilitate economic interaction in the city. The intern’s business development activities also include networking activities with popular websites such as Gochengdoo and ChengduLiving. Furthermore, attending business meetings with landlords and clients in Chengdu.
Carolin has also been supporting the firm’s online marketing presence, she has been responsible for setting up the firm’s “linkedin” account and keeps the site updated on a regular basis. Furthermore, she has set up an “ad words” campaign for Google, which has been very challenging but very rewarding in the end. Besides, she has edited a city guide for customers who are interested in coming to the city of Chengdu.
Although Carolin’s workload was quite heavy, she was able to take three weeks off in between the firm’s projects, enabling her to visit quite a few places in China, including China’s capital Beijing and to the home of the Terracotta Warriors, in Xian.
What does Carolin think about her internship and her time in China?
“I have a friend from Chengdu in Germany. He told me right away: ‘If you have the opportunity to go to Chengdu, you should definitely go there. Chengdu is a great city: it still is a Chinese city, but you can also experience China’s booming economy at the same time. When you see Shanghai, you’ll notice that the city has become very Western already.’ I wanted to see the real China, so that’s why I came to Chengdu”.
If you want to know more about what Carolin thinks about her internship and what else she has been doing during her time in Chengdu, you can check out the short interview (in German) we made with her!
Interested in this internship opportunity in Chengdu? Apply now and mention Ref. Code CDBS25 to apply for this internship!
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.
This blog is featured around Denise and her internship with International Futures (ZHBS48 and ZHIT06). See below her interview questions.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
“I am 23 years old and in my 2nd year of my International Communication and Multimedia studies in Denmark.
I am a role-player and in my free time I like to play video games.”
What made you come to China? And how did you find out about InternChina?
“For my internship I knew that I wanted to get out of Europe and a friend of mine recommended InternChina to me. So I applied and soon after an interview I got accepted by International Futures.”
How do you like your internship?
“I am very satisfied with my internship. I am given a lot of space to do my job because the company trusts me to finish my projects on time. I can bring in my own creative ideas. Also I like to do a lot of different tasks and this internship makes it possible for me. My boss is constantly looking for new ways to fully utilize my skillset and gives me tasks that can contribute towards my career after I graduate. I’ve never been asked to complete menial tasks. I learned many new skills.”
Tell us about your company:
“My company’s name is International Futures. It is a business English consultancy that specializes in teaching international business practices at the same time as they teach English. For each client, they make special programs which fits the client’s need. International Futures is a start-up company (2013) and they are one of the first firms offering the possibility to combine international business and English.”
What do you usually do on a normal day and what are your main roles and tasks?
“I am here for a Marketing Consultant position. I do graphical marketing, for example creating flyers. I also designed the characters an educational game for children and I made a website. I’ve also been involved in some non-graphical work, for example attending large trade fairs for networking purposes. A typical day starts with checking if my boss has any new tasks for me, then viewing my to-do list what needs to be done during the day and then I get started on these tasks.
I have a meeting with my boss twice a week to discuss the current projects and brainstorm on new ideas. Although my boss is not always in the office, he takes a very keen interest in my work and is always available either on the phone or via email”
How do you like IC’s service?
“It was nice being picked up at the airport on my day of arrival and being taken all the way to my host family. Also whenever I had a problem InternChina was there to help.”
China in one sentence:
“A unique culture with a lot of potential.”
Which are your best experiences so far?
“I had a lot of great experiences and it is hard to say which one is the best. Here the top three:
- Living with a host family (getting close into a Chinese family and see how they live)
- Seeing some of China’s cities
- Living in another country.“
Why would you recommend your experience to others?
“It is a great experience. Getting out of your country and see the world before you settle down. A good way to really get an experience of life time.”
Have a look at the video here
Interview with International Futures’ CEO, Andy Navias
Tell us about International Futures:
“IF specializes in teaching international business practices in English. I could go on all day about it, but in short, we give our customers a platform to practice speaking English whilst teaching them the different expectations and priorities that western customers have. Hopefully our customers develop stronger relationships with their western customers by behaving in an international manner. Although we are still in our first year we have already launched an online language school, we have an educational app in development and we are currently researching some other projects. It is fair to say that we are expanding rapidly and now is a really exciting time to join us.”
Tell us about your internship programs:
“There’s a real mixture of opportunities. You’ve already heard from Denise, who has been mostly focusing on graphic design projects. Over summer we’ve got three computer engineers coming in to work on the app, several multilingual marketing people who are going to promote the online school around Europe and a journalist who I am going to train to develop our syllabus further. The duties of our internships are very flexible depending on the candidates skill set and what they want to learn. With so many projects going on, we can find room for a large variety of skills!”
What can interns expect when working with you?
“To be trusted and respected. We really value our interns at IF and as such we always make sure that their to-do list reflects their skills and ambitions. We’ve all heard horror stories about people signing up to internships only to realize once they got there that they would spend most of their day either beside a photocopier or a kettle. I personally oversee all of our interns and although my schedule is extremely busy, I always make time to ensure that everybody has everything they need to get the most out of the internship.”
What do you look for in an intern?
Whether it is an intern or a full time employee, personality always comes first. Most of our branding is about being polished and credible, so it is important that anybody we work with has a professional attitude and demeanor. As I said earlier, we’ve got room for such a wide range of skill sets that we can look at people from almost any background. When I interview a candidate I’m generally thinking, what will this person be like to work with, or would I be proud to introduce this person to a key client.
Want to intern in a company like International Future – Apply now and reference ZHBS48 or ZHIT06
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, the most liveable city in West China and the fourth most liveable city in China. Located in the heart of the country it is the gate for travelers to Tibet in the West, Xi’an in the North and Kunming in the South. Chengdu’s history stretches back over 4000 years. Since the Chinese government started to promote the “Go West” campaign, hundreds of big international companies have moved their production to Chengdu and Chongqing.
What kind of business does InternChina do?
InternChina does not only place interns with companies in China, but we also arrange apartments or home-stays for our clients. Therefore, we seek assistance from our own interns to help with the day to day running of tasks. We always have at least two interns based in each of our three China offices in Qingdao (East Coast of China), Zhuhai (South China near Hongkong) and Chengdu (Central China). We provide long-term internships (six months) as well as short term internships (one month or more).
What are the tasks of internal IC interns?
All interns at InternChina gain a proper understanding of all three business functions of company: besides marketing, that is Business Development and Customer Relationship Management. However, the head marketing intern specializes in marketing (and vice versa: the Business Development intern specializes in Business Development) and may also delegate some tasks to short-term interns.
Internship Task 1: Marketing
The intern responsible for marketing has two core responsibilities: the first is acquiring new interns through online and social media marketing; the other is communicating with IC clients who intern in China already. The latter task belongs to InternChina’s Customer Relationship Management, while the former supports the company’s business development and sales.
Both tasks almost completely rely on online and social media marketing. So the marketing intern makes use of all major (and some minor) western online and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, the InternChina blog, Instagram and so on. Also, InternChina marketing interns may take command of the companies newsletter. This could be to acquire new partner companies in Europe, America and Australia, as well as communicating with IC’s clients in the city. Furthermore, search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimization can be overtaken by the marketing intern as long as he or she has experience in the field or wants to get an understanding of the matter.
Internship Task 2: Business Development
InternChina is like a bridge – connecting overseas interns with domestic or international partner companies. Once students are interested in taking an internship in China and have forwarded questions, every intern at InternChina answers these questions and then chooses qualified & appropriate internships based on the requirements of the partner companies. Furthermore, the Business Development interns are continually trying to build and maintain good relationships with existing and potential partner companies. And one more important thing for interns, is checking and ensuring the quality of work experience partner companies offer to our clients. IC interns need to ensure all interns are content with their placement and are able to gain valuable work experience as well as valuable memories.
What do our own interns think about their time with InternChina?
Tim was one of our short-term interns in the Chengdu office. He was mainly responsible for Business Development. Check out what he thinks about his internship with InternChina in Chengdu on the InternChina Youtube channel.
You may not have ever 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.
For more information about Zhuhai, click here!
Chinese Printing Supplies Company (Ref.: ZHLG04)
This trading company was established in 2006 and is located in beautiful Zhuhai (Guangdong province) in an area called Creative Park, where many other partner companies of InternChina are located. Zhuhai is considered as the capital of printing business in China. The Creative Park is located in the west of Zhuhai.
The main product-lines of ZHLG04 are: Toner and ink compatible cartridges for various brands such as: HP, Samsung, Xerox, … The company is also capable of selling spare parts. As the firm steadily grows, (thanks to its international team) it has now customers from all over the world . When the InternChina team visited last time, we found ourselves in a environment with both Chinese and foreign workers. The interns are there help to develop their business skills and most of them (like Anas) are able to speak the most spoken languages in the world. Therefore, it is a mutually beneficial relationship; the company gives back knowledge, training and experience but also gains the interns understanding from studying and their business experience from their domestic countries.
Currently, the company has opened a Russian branch, since it’s activities are quickly developing over there. There are now more future plans; the company will open branches in other countries in the world, too.
“I’m interning at this company as an overseas sales representative and my main markets are: Latin America and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). However, I can do some prospective work in other parts of the world as well since I can communicate with them in their mother language.”
– Anas Aymen Mrabou, Moroccan –
The internship is divided into 3 main parts: Marketing, Sales and Logistics
1.1 Marketing: The intern looks for new prospective clients by using several methods. While the internet is still the main tool, since almost all business nowadays is made somehow via Internet, there are other ways. The goal is to help potential customers from all over the world to get to know the products and to understand their needs and enable them to profit from the special prices and delivery terms. “Meanwhile, I also work on a database for existing and potential customers, for following up all the opportunities and to enable my company to have a customer record for it’s future marketing campaigns.” – Anas Aymen Mrabou, Moroccan –
1.2 Sales: “You may think that as a salesmen, I’m just trying to close sales and that’s it! It’s true that this is my main goal! However there are still other steps to go for, before reaching this final step: Closing sales!” – Anas Aymen Mrabou, Moroccan –
The intern is continually trying to build relationships with their potential or existing customers, as this has a really great importance, especially in China. If the client won’t trust you, they might not continue communication with you and with the company. In this position, you are also an adviser; This means that customers can also just ask for your help without necessarily passing an order. This should be acceptable for you, as it helps to establish a “non-material” relationship with the client. And then again, the final goal should normally be for any case – to close the sale. Interns should possess the skills to negotiate and to give advise in order to set a fair price, service and quality for both parties – the company and the client.
1.3 Logistics: Once the order is fixed, the intern would proceed with the manufacturing, packaging, customs clearance and shipping procedure. As the shipping can be done by sea or air to almost every port in the world, you need to study the terms and conditions pretty well.
I hope this blog gave you got a general idea of how an internship with this company could look like; It is really diverse and when enough passion and dedication are shown, one could gain immense responsibility over tasks and learn a great deal – Just like Anas!
Interested in this internship opportunity in Zhuhai? Apply now and mention ref.: ZHLG04 to apply for this internship!