I had a really great time working at my internship, and I know that without the help of CRCC I would have had a very hard time getting an internship in a similar position on my own. Living and working at my internship in Tokyo gave me a great understanding of working abroad, and the work/leisure dynamic helped keep me creative and productive at my job. The various events CRCC put on such as dinners and community service events gave my local experience a lot of texture, and helped me better connect with my host country’s culture.
Overall, I had a really good experience! From the accommodations, cultural/career events to the travel and people – the whole program was amazing. Vietnam is on the rise and it was awesome to get to come just as it’s about to explode.
I completed an internship in Beijing through the CRCC Asia programme. I had an incredible experience; I worked with brilliant staff at the law firm, learning a lot about IP law which I had not studied before. I also travelled to China for the first time, discovering Beijing culture and work environment. On top of this, I made friends with amazing people also on the CRCC Asia programme. Growing both personally and professionally, I can’t recommend this programme more!
Working in Tokyo was the experience of a lifetime, one that I will never forget. I met so many incredible people that were eager to help me develop both professionally and personally. I am leaving Tokyo with a newfound confidence moving forward with my career.
My internship in Shenzhen was my first glimpse of international exposure and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision to follow through with such an exceptional program. I was placed with a traditionally Chinese investment firm where only one associate could speak English confidently. I was able to learn so much about independent productivity and agricultural markets during my time with the firm and those lessons translated well into my professional experience in the United States. The challenges I faced, the friends I still stay in contact with, and the journey as a whole made this experience one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I can’t thank CRCC Asia enough for selecting me to participate in such a unique program and for offering me growth opportunities that have sculpted my character and professional development.
I interned at a co-working and co-living space. The company provides a space for freelancers and digital nomads to work and live. They also host workshops and courses to support freelancers and entrepreneurs with their development in business and marketing.
Part of my role was outlining the course content, especially when it came to marketing psychology. Within the workplace, I learnt things like how to communicate with my co-workers and supervisor, things to note down during meetings and the steps in which to start and carry out a task with a group. I think such skills may seem insignificant but will be essential in my future workplaces and hence, were great things to learn. In the second month, I got to have my own little project where I researched, conducted a few interviews, wrote a blog and moderated a panel discussion around the topic: loneliness experienced by digital nomads. It was amazing to individually run a project of my interests.
The internship has shed light on something other than what I’ve been focusing on in my studies. I shifted my attention from clinical to organisational psychology. My introduction to business and marketing psychology revealed how little I initially knew and allowed me to expand my psychology horizons.
I learnt a lot about business – everything from how to start up a business, how to create long-lasting partnership with businesses or customers to global freelance trends, what financial planning looks like for them and everything in between. I came out of it knowing I’m capable of adapting into a new environment/sector when introduced.
Previously, the thought of working overseas never crossed my mind and now that I think about it, it’s quite a daunting prospect. Even though I am aware that we were supported in a way, I would not be if I were to do this solo, it has opened up the thought that I could work overseas.
For the time being, I have one semester of undergraduate studies left and intend to apply for postgraduate studies in clinical psychology. If things fall through, I have many back-up plans, thanks to the perspective on applicable psychology that this internship has broadened.
I think a key thing I’m taking away from this is to keep my mind open to new things and be flexible. Whether that be the food I’m trying, the language I’m learning, adapting to a new lifestyle or way of transport- it helps you to be flexible and adapt. It applies to work as well. To have an open mind about what psychology is and how it can be applied. Once I stopped restricting myself, I was able to see how psychology can be used anywhere. Lastly, I think I needed an open mind going into a sector which I was completely unfamiliar with – it was the only way I could learn and become comfortable with the lingo. It was a good experience to help me open up my mind and be flexible.To conclude, I really enjoyed my time in Vietnam albeit some challenges. It was a great opportunity to experience the transition between university and the workplace.
Best decision of my life! An unforgettable experience coming into Vietnam, where not only did I get to work in a country where the finance industry is booming but also a country full of culture and history behind it.
During the day, I worked at a big corporate finance firm and by night I would try the delicacies of Vietnamese cuisine and explore Saigon city. During the weekend, the intern group went to Mekong, Dalat, Cu Chi Tunnels and the War Museum which goes to show how valuable an overseas internship is.
This program has taught me many skills which include cultural agility and interpersonal having worked in an international company. I believe these skills you can only obtain by working overseas and not by staying in NZ. CRCC Asia will always be there every step of the way to ensure your smooth transition before and after the program to help you succeed in your career.
Having been picked by my university to go abroad and work in Tokyo from which I was partnered with CRCC Asia, I loved the experience I was obtained straight away working in another culture with new connections. I was able to live and work in a country I had always wanted to visit and CRCC Asia allowed me to do this along with enjoyable weekend events with a great bunch of staff who care about their interns, supporting with any issues. I developed long lasting friendships from across the world and I haven’t looked back at making the decision to intern on the other-side of the world. I would love to do this again.
Nearing the end of my degree and feeling I haven’t had much international experience nor work experience, I decided to spend a month interning in Shanghai to learn what opportunities lie for me after graduating.
During my month here I was surrounded by the most lovely group of interns with a great sense of adventure, curiosity and fun. Our journey, learning and exploring China, has been one of the most challenging yet exciting experiences I have ever done.
Interning in Shanghai is a great way to learn more about your field and the memories you’ll make here will instill you with a sense of accomplishment and intercultural learning you won’t experience elsewhere.
If I could encourage only one of you to pursue this opportunity, I’d be happy. The internship placement programme in Beijing with CRCC Asia was an excellent stepping stone for me in realising the benefit of international internships.
I worked in a law firm by day, and at night I learnt Mandarin, tried new foods and saw more of the beautiful city of Beijing. I had never thought of China in my future career but having been there for a number of weeks, I could already foresee my return. Yes, it is different there and yes you may feel different to those around you, but one thing is for sure, the on the ground CRCC Asia team are incredible. I quickly felt comfortable with the other interns, where I lived and I looked forward to dinners and the weekend.
My favourite memories included visiting the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven Park (my favourite afternoon) and roaming the hutongs and 798 Art Zone. To those who will soon embark on this experience, carpe every diem and don’t be afraid to try something new.