“An experience I will value for the rest of my life”
City: Beijing 北京
Programme type: Generation UK China Internship Programme, July 2016 (2 months)
Approaching the end of university I wondered what was going to be the next step in my life; perusing postgraduate study or finding a graduate job. I realised employers wanted experience to prove you not only had the knowledge but also the proven skills to work within their organisation. In order for me to gain the international career that I want, I knew that I needed to undertake and gain the type of experience that will impress employers.
From researching online, I came across CRCC Asia and its international internships in China. This would be something that would stand out to employers and demonstrate that I am motivated and committed to working within the marketing industry.
Once accepted onto the program it took time in order to process the necessary travel documents e.g. Invitation letter and Travel Visa. During that period the CRCC Asia staff were fantastic in providing advice and information packs to prepare me for life in China.
I was a little nervous travelling to Beijing by myself but once there CRCC provided a welcome banquet that gave me the opportunity to interact with other interns on the program that were from all around the world. All the interns were fantastic! Everyone was here for the same reason: to gain valuable international experience. I made friends quickly with some of other interns and this enabled me to be part of more exciting experiences whilst in Beijing.
Beijing was a fantastic city to internship in. I undertook a two month marketing internship with a private healthcare provider that had clinics across China. During my internship, I was given quite a lot of responsibility which was fantastic! I was responsible for event management, content creation, reviewing website architecture and competitor analysis. The one thing I loved about my internship was that I was treated as a valued member of the team that contributed a high standard of work. My work colleagues were also very welcoming, inviting me out to lunch and helping me if I needed any translation.
When looking back at my two month internship, it is an experience I will value for the rest of my life. I had quite a heavy workload over the short space of time but it gave me the transferable skills and experience that I wanted to have on my CV. I would highly recommend anyone at university or who has graduated to apply. Experiences like these are valuable and hard to come by.