There is no question that internship experience has become a landmark requirement for most if not all entry-level jobs. While university degree and academics can prove vital as well, gaining skills, experience, and connections through an internship can prove to be the backbone of a successful career. An internship abroad, like those provided by CRCC Asia, combine all the typical benefits of an internship experience, plus 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 they experience and benefits that a CRCC Asia program can provide to you.
An internship abroad is an experience that only a select few amount of people will ever experience in their 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, etc. can translate very well into any job or position. These are only a few examples of the skills and traits one can gain by doing an internship program abroad.
Each of the 8 global cities that CRCC Asia operates in offers their own unique benefits, culture, and strategic sector strengths. Each location would provide an excellent experience for a summer internship in 2020, and more information can be found about each location below. Of course, the decision is entirely up to you and will allow you not only internship experience, but the chance to live in your selected city for 1, 2, or 3 months and experience all the sights, food, culture, and travel you want!
As the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing has some of the oldest history and culture in the modern world. Popular sites such as the Great Wall of China and Forbidden City are estimated to span back hundreds or even thousands of years, showcasing a rich history and allowing you a first-hand view at these cultural icons. As the center of government and politics, Beijing is also home to the various embassies and chambers of commerce, which provide very strong NGO/Non-Profit and Legal placements. There are also 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
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 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/PR/Advertising sectors as well. 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
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
As the capital of the world’s third largest economy, Tokyo also has the 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/PR/Advertising 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/PR/Advertising, Tokyo is an incredible choice for your summer internship 2020.
What to look out for in 2020 in Tokyo
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 Technology, Osaka is an incredible choice for your summer internship 2020.
What to look out for in 2020 in Osaka
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/PR/Advertising sector, with Business booming as a result as well. If you are interested in anything that focuses on Business, Marketing/PR/Advertising, 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
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/PR/Advertising 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
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 as well. 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 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
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Secure your place for your summer internship 2020, where-ever you are in the world.
Summer Internships 2020: The most strategic destinations for an internship written by Tyler Device