It has been a few months since I have returned home from Shanghai after completing my internship; the experience was that unforgettable that I hope I can translate into text the amazing experience I had. I have always wanted to do an internship and I came across the CRCC Asia Shanghai program which was advertised at my University. After reading about the program and the testimonials and some information search on Shanghai, I decided this was something I really wanted to do to tie up my degree. The application process was simple and CRCC Asia took care of all the hard work trying to match my internship preferences and organizing the appropriate paper work.
I was a little nervous and apprehensive to commence this adventure in a foreign country where I did not speak one bit of Mandarin. However, CRCC Asia took away all the worry by being a fantastic support network for all the interns. Upon arrival there was a representative to greet you at the airport and provide you with a welcome pack which included basic things you needed like a sim card, Shanghai guides and Maps and some water.
The program was very well organized with induction day which included Business Etiquette lessons to prepare you for work in the Chinese Business World. Every week there was Mandarin lessons you could attend, networking events, pub crawls, karaoke and much more. There was always something to do when you weren’t working and it was great that CRCC would keep us informed on what is available in Shanghai. Shanghai is a vibrant city with so much to do.
The company that I interned for was more than what I expected. The staff were wonderful and taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. I was always told you will get what you put into the internship and that is very much how it is. If you approach your internship with the right attitude and willingness to learn, you will take from it a truly invaluable experience. I would recommend this program to every single student out there that wants to separate themselves from the crowd.