After studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing last summer, I was eager to return to China and applied to CRCC online. It’s now been two weeks since I left my internship in Shanghai and I’m still missing it so much. It really was one of those unforgettable summers – I gained valuable work experience, life skills, funny anecdotes and new friends across the world.
I thoroughly believe that you get what you put into these programs, and if you arrive with an open mind and an ambition to work, learn and travel, you’ll definitely reap the benefits of the work hard-play hard life style in Shanghai. CRCC support you in every way they can. They will be there if anything goes wrong, and also provide a lot of useful information during and before your arrival.
City and People
All of the interns come to China for different reasons, and the mix of people is truly fantastic. From those that speak fluent Mandarin, to those that arrive not knowing how to say ‘thank you’ yet somehow immediately find the best clubs on a night out. You’ll soon find that both of these kinds of people are incredibly useful and ultimately lots of fun.
Shanghai is a brilliant city full of food, lights, shopping and stunning views. I spent weekends touring the city and surrounding areas, hiking in Zhuji and sightseeing in Suzhou. Shanghai’s nightlife consists of rooftop bars, glitzy clubs at the top of sky scrapers and, if you manage to befriend a club promoter, lots of free booze. KTV (drunken karaoke in private rooms with snacks) is a brilliant way to spend any evening too. You’ll never be short of somewhere to dance the night away outside of work.
My work placement was just as fun and fast paced, and somewhere along the line, I managed to really solidify my career goals. I’ve always been interested in editing and writing, and have been interning at publishing houses throughout my degree, so working for The Shanghai Business Review magazine became a perfect opportunity.
When I was given my first article brief, about Sino-Turkish Relationships, I felt completely out of my depth. Yet two months later I had a wealth of knowledge on such subjects, and felt at home in the busy office. I made journalism contacts, met some very interesting characters at media events, had substantial articles published and learnt so much about Chinese business and reporting.
I’m now entering my third year at University and I’d love to return to work in Shanghai or study for a masters in Chinese. My CRCC internship really whet my appetite for working abroad, and I can’t wait to graduate and start my next adventure! Thanks to the CRCC Team!