The main motivation for wanting to work in China is because of the future potential of China. China is the world’s second largest economy and the scholarship gave me the opportunity to experience and understand in more depth Chinese business culture. This insider knowledge will make me stand out to future employers. Many companies look favourably on internships, and the fact that I undertook an internship in China shows that I have a global outlook.
This experience has been invaluable for the future. It has only made me more certain in my choice to work abroad once I graduate. An internship in China has also made me realise the opportunities that are present in China. Gaining exposure to the range of start-ups, and seeing first-hand the rapid development of many SMEs in Beijing has shown me the potential for entrepreneurs and careers in Beijing. This experience also showed me the necessity of independence and self-driven motivation.
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.
Beyond the internship, I made friends for life which span the globe and got to experience a culture that was completely new to me. I fell in love with China, and its wonderful quirks and contradictions over my two months in Beijing. I am convinced I will not only return to Beijing, but pave my career there having received a graduate job offer from my host company.
For anyone considering an internship with CRCC Asia, I cannot recommend the service enough. You will enhance your CV in ways unimaginable, whilst simultaneously embarking on one of the best experiences of your life.
Two months was not enough! I wanted to stay longer! I was left inspired by culture, motivated by work and addicted to travelling.
The CRCC Asia China programme has given me a positive impact on my professional and personal development. I have a positive view of China and an interest to return. I have made life- long friends and new connections. I have visited many places and learnt a new language. This was an experience that I cannot forget and would highly recommend to anyone.
I got more out of my Shanghai experience than I had imagined. I have realised how crucial culture exchange is in your own personal development as well as on an educational level. I now feel the desire to travel to areas I would never even have thought of going.