Summer Internships 2020: The most strategic destinations for an internship abroad

There is no question that internship experience has become a landmark requirement for most – if not all – entry-level jobs. The skills, experience, and connections made through internships often provide the platform of a successful career. An internship abroad, like those provided by CRCC Asia, combine all the typical benefits of an internship experience, with an internationally-focused work experience in a unique country of your choosing. Although we are still in 2019, it is already time to start thinking about summer internships 2020 and the experience and benefits that a CRCC Asia program can provide to you.

What Makes an International Internship so unique?

An internship abroad is a unique experience that only a select few people experience in a lifetime. Many people have job experience, but far less people will actually travel abroad at some point in their life, and far less than that will do some type of work experience abroad. It is not only about gaining the applicable skills and knowledge in your field, it is also about standing out and shaping your own unique experiences. Employers want to see international internship experience on a resume, as the skills of flexibility, adaptability, & problem-solving are in high demand across all career fields.

Where should I intern?

All of the 9 global cities that CRCC Asia operates in offers their own unique benefits, culture, and strategic career field strengths. Of course, the destination decision is entirely up to you but rest assured, we will provide you with the tools to live in your selected city for 1, 2, or 3 months and experience all the sights, food, culture, and travel you want!

Each location would provide an excellent experience for a summer internship in 2020, and more information can be found about each location below:

Beijing Internship Program

As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is home to some of the oldest history and culture in the modern world. Popular sites such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City are estimated to span back hundreds or even thousands of years, showcasing a rich history and providing a first-hand view into these times. As the center of government and politics, Beijing is home to the various embassies and chambers of commerce, which provide very strong NGO/Non-Profit and Legal placements. There are lucrative Business and Marketing opportunities in companies of all sizes. If you are interested in anything NGO/Non-Profit or Legal, Beijing is an excellent choice for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Beijing

  • Chinese New Year will celebrate the Year of the Rat in 2020 (January 24– 30).
  • Beijing has already begun a large-scale development project surrounding the city’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Beijing SKyline at dusk - summer internships 2020


Shanghai Internship Program

If Beijing is the capital for government and culture of China, Shanghai is the capital of all things money. As a city of 24 million people, there is absolutely no shortage of consumers or people looking to invest their money into the booming finance network of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. If you have an interest in anything Finance, Shanghai is the place for you. There is also a rapidly-growing Media/Creative market in the city; allowing for a diverse array of opportunities in film, TV, and the creative industries. With such a large consumer and business base, it is not a surprise that Shanghai hosts incredibly-strong placements in the Business and Marketing Career Fields. If you are interested in anything Business, Media, or Finance, Shanghai is an excellent choice for your summer internship 2020.

Check out how Working, Living and Interning in Shanghai worked out for our Marketing Manager, Matt Carter!

What to look out for in 2020 in Shanghai

  • Chinese New Year will celebrate the Year of the Rat in 2020 (January 24– 30).
  • Shanghai will be home to the Mobile World Congress Shanghai event in 2020, the largest mobile event in Asia.

Shanghai at dusk - summer internships 2020

Shenzhen Internship Program

Not many cities today could produce the technology and infrastructure that Shenzhen has, and in such a short period of time.  Not even 40 years ago, Shenzhen was nothing more than a small fishing village in southern China. Once it was established as the first Chinese special economic zone, investment into Shenzhen skyrocketed. Today, Shenzhen is known as the “Silicon Valley of China” and hosts some of the best Technology and Engineering placements in the world. It is a city that thrives on Engineering of many kinds, allowing for a diverse array of niche interests in various sub sectors of Engineering. If you are interested in anything Tech or Engineering, Shenzhen is an incredible choice for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Shenzhen

  • Chinese New Year will celebrate the Year of the Rat in 2020 (January 24– 30)
  • Shenzhen will host several international conferences in 2020, including events focused on machine learning and computing, big data management, LED, and manufacturing

Shenzhen at day overlooking city -summer internships 2020


Tokyo Internship Program

As the capital of the world’s third largest economy, Tokyo has a reputation for being the largest metropolitan area in the world, with around 38 million inhabitants. If you are seeking a rewarding internship experience, while also wanting to connect with the deep history of Japan and Japanese culture, Tokyo is the perfect place for you. A diverse array of Business and Marketing placements allow interns a view at industries that sit halfway in the present, and halfway into the future. Innovation is a term that most of, if not all Japanese companies speak about on a daily basis. Japan is also home to some of the most advanced Technology companies in the world. If you are interested in anything Tech, Business, or Marketing – Tokyo is an incredible choice for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Tokyo

  • Tokyo will be the host of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in July-September
  • Tokyo is host to numerous festivals all throughout the year, most of which are free to attend!

Toko backstreet - summer internships 2020

Osaka Internship Program

Once the ancient capital of Japan, Osaka has grown to take on the nickname “the kitchen of Japan”. Although not as large as Tokyo, the Osaka metropolitan area still comprises of more than 19 million people. In addition to hosting a large variety of foods, culture, and trade goods (as a historical merchant city), Osaka boasts an incredibly-strong internship selection in a few key fields. The Osaka Bay Area is a hotspot for Technology and Engineering firms, as many large companies like SHARP, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi have their research and development facilities in Osaka. Green Technology is also rapidly-developing sector in Osaka, with biomass and bioethanol being the subject of new innovation in the renewable energy fields. If you are interested in gaining experience in anything Green Technology, Engineering, or Computer Science & IT, Osaka is an incredible choice for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Osaka

  • Osaka is host to numerous festivals all throughout the year, most of which are free to attend!
  • The famous Sakura, or Cherry Blossom trees, only bloom for a few days in early spring. Usually in the first week of April, Osaka castle is a particularly beautiful sight with the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom!

Osaka temple by palm tree - summer internships 2020

Seoul Internship Program

Cultural exports such as K-Pop and E-Sports have made their way from South Korea to the West and have grown massively in popularity over the last few decades. But Seoul is so much more than pop culture – in fact, Seoul is one of the most technologically-advanced cities in the world. The city of Seoul recently introduced public 5G connectivity to its citizens, making the city a mecca for anyone interested in Technology. As a city built on consumerism (mainly fashion, food, and cosmetics), Seoul is home to an exponentially growing Marketing career field, with Business booming as a result as well. If you are interested in anything that focuses on Business, Marketing, or Technology, you would find great success and benefits from an internship in Seoul for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Seoul

  • For those interested in the science and healthcare fields, Seoul will host the 24th International Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine from May 24-28, 2020.
  • Seoul will host the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in May 2020. Dubbed the “Seoul E-Prix 2020”, the race will pit only electric-powered cars in a race on paved city roads.

International Internships - Seoul South Korea - CRCC Asia - Internships in Seoul

Manchester Internship Program

Many consider Manchester as offering the unique and authentic UK experience, without the hefty price tag of London. Home to sports giants like Manchester United and Manchester City, the pride exhibited by citizens of Manchester creates a very unique sense of community and culture. Home to Manchester Arndale, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, Manchester offers outstanding placements in the Marketing and Media/Creative sectors, while also being a hub for Finance in the UK. For those seeking a Western location where English is the primary language and the culture is rich and historic, Manchester in an excellent choice for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Manchester

  • The Manchester United and Manchester City football clubs have home games January-May of 2020, which represent a key aspect of the culture of Manchester. Tickets can be purchased online for both stadiums.
  • “Manchester Day” is a holiday to celebrate the city and all things related to Manchester culture, diversity, food, and more! The event is held in early June and is accompanied by widespread parades, festivals, concerts, and hundreds of street food stalls.

Manchester City Centre - Arndale - Internship Abroad Location


Ho Chi Minh City Internship Program

As a powerhouse in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam’s GDP growth rate is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing countries in the world today. Ho Chi Minh City, located in the south of Vietnam, exhibits a unique cultural mix of Eastern and Western influence and is known for its architecture, food, and beautiful landscapes. Due to the growing economy, Ho Chi Minh City exhibits excellent Business and Finance internships, while also boasting a strong Legal sector to boot. Ho Chi Minh City is also an incredibly-affordable location, where the USD, GBP, and Euro can be stretched quite far in the local currency. If you are seeking an experience in anything Business, Finance, or Legal, Ho Chi Minh City would be a tremendous choice for your summer internship 2020.

What to look out for in 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City

  • April 30th celebrates “Liberation Day” in Ho Chi Minh City, marking the end of the Vietnam War and reunification of the country. There are many local festivals and activities accompanied with this event!
  • The biggest festival in Vietnam is the Lunar New Year (locally called Tet) which begins on January 25th, 2020.

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Summer Internships 2020: The most strategic destinations for an internship written by Tyler Device

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