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Interview with Conor, East Asia Composites

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1. Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Conor and I’m from near Belfast in Northern Ireland. Currently I’m studying Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. My biggest interest back in Ireland is probably playing Gaelic football, an Irish sport that came along before rugby and soccer. I came to China this summer because I wanted a fun and challenging new experience. ‘Measure once cut twice’ is my mantra!

 

2. Tell us something about your internship. What is your average working day like?

My internship has been a thoroughly challenging and rewarding experience. The role I have taken up here has encompassed many different things but mainly design engineering. I have been involved in numerous projects in which we have come up with innovative design solutions. For instance, we are manufacturing a 40 metre composite roof structure for a project in the Philippines. Some aspects of the design needed to be developed further and I played a key role in this.

InternChina - Interview with Conor
InternChina – Interview with Conor

3. What did you gain from your experience in Zhuhai and/or China in general?

From my experience in Zhuhai, I have made many friends from all walks of life that I will continue to have for the rest of my life. I went to experience the culture of China which is very different and I’ve seen things here, that would be headline news for days at home, simply shrugged at.

 

4. Is there a funny story you’d like to share?

Funny story? Few inside jokes that probably aren’t appropriate but funniest thing that happened to me was probably getting stranded 30km from Yangshuo after running the electric scooter battery flat along with 7 others, getting spilt up with no reception and having to make our way back. Eventually after ages of door to door, a guy towed us back with a motorbike… but we made it back alive and did what anyone would do following our ordeal… went straight to the bar.

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InternChina – Making Friends

5. What advice would you give to future interns and would you recommend doing an internship in China?

Advice would be to keep trying new things, be it food, places, people – just get out there and get stuck in. I would say that coming here has been the coolest thing I’ve ever done and if I could I would love to stay for longer. So yes, I would recommend coming!

 

Does that sound just like what you would like to experience and add to your CV? Then apply now!

 

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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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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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Jaasir Ali and KS Milestone

Jaasir in the Office
Jaasir Ali comes from the United Kingdom and is enrolled in University of East London. Here is a brief example of his internship in Chengdu.

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KS Milestone is one of our partner companies in Chengdu which specializes in Financial consultant Services for PE/VCs and local SMEs, strategy consultant and agency services for real estate developers and funds, project investment and acquisition in mining, energy and properties business center investment and operation offering grade A offices and services, providing a platform for international firms to come and do business in China.

We made a small interview with Jaasir that highlithing his experience in the company as Business Development Assistant during his internship:

“Chinese work in a totally different type of mindset and culture. It’s great getting used to it.

“Chengdu has become the silicon valley of China. The huge technological development that is occurring in the country is really worth experiencing here at the center of where it’s happening. I can only say come over and have a look. It’s fascinating.”

For more from Jaasir Ali you can have a look at his video interview here.

There is no doubt that the whole experience in China changes a person’s mindset. There are many more success stories like this one that we would love to share with our viewers. Visit our blog section to learn more!

 

 

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Featured Internship: Carolin in Chengdu’s Real Estate Business

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.

InternChina - Giant Pandas in Chengdu
InternChina – Giant Pandas in Chengdu

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!

InternChina - Interview with Carolin (German)
InternChina – Interview with Carolin (German)

Interested in this internship opportunity in Chengdu? Apply now and mention Ref. Code CDBS25 to apply for this internship!

 

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Featured internship – ZHBS48 and ZHIT06 International Futures

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.

InternChina -Fishergirl
InternChina -Fishergirl

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.”

InternChina - Denise at her desk
InternChina – Denise at her desk

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.”

InternChina - A roll-up banner I created myself
InternChina – A roll-up banner I created myself

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.”

InternChina - International Futures
InternChina – International Futures

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”

InternChina - Made my own flyers
InternChina – Made my own flyers

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:

  1. Living with a host family (getting close into a Chinese family and see how they live)
  2. Seeing some of China’s cities
  3. 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 Blogs, Featured Internships, InternChina News, Internship Experience, Understanding Business in China

Featured Internship: InternChina

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.

InternChina - Internal Internships in Chengdu, Qingdao and Zhuhai
InternChina – Internal Internships in Chengdu, Qingdao and Zhuhai

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.

InternChina - Chengdu Office
InternChina – Chengdu Office

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?

InternChina - Reference video from Tim
InternChina – Reference video from Tim

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.

If you think InternChina would be a cool company to work for, then take a closer look at our career section  or apply now for other internships we offer!