Initially, I applied to CRCC as I wanted to improve my employability. Graduate jobs in the UK can be so competitive and so I was looking to gain a unique experience abroad that would help my CV stand out amongst the rest; as demonstrating global networks is particularly important in today’s globalised world. I thought that an internship would be a really good opportunity to get a flavour for the media industry, as well as gain valuable hands-on experience, better preparing me for what to expect for media-related roles back in London. I would say that the internship met and exceeded my expectations in this respect.
Whilst working for a Shanghai based magazine, I was kept extremely busy by my supervisor almost every day. My tasks involved editing content on Adobe InCopy to cut down on words and check that grammar, spelling and information was correct, as well as improving the articles for them to read well. I also wrote my own content for both the company’s WeChat subscription page and the cover story of the magazine. I found it super rewarding to see my name printed in a magazine as ‘Assistant Editor’! Of course, there were some challenges at times, such as juggling my own deadlines, being thrown numerous different tasks that were to be done quickly and efficiently, but I found that I thrived more from being busy at work than when work was a bit slow. I learnt to write to a standard I was proud of in much shorter time frames. I attended events, represented the magazine and mingled with the expat community in Shanghai.
Nonetheless, I found living in China to be an exciting challenge. The language was way more of an obstacle than I imagined it would be (which, in hindsight, was perhaps a bit naive of me), but luckily, my supervisor was native British and so the language barrier was not too apparent in the workplace, and more when it came to weekend trips away. Difficulties such as VPNs and menus entirely in Chinese were still apparent despite Shanghai being more cosmopolitan and ‘Western’ in comparison to the rest of China. I liked that traditional Chinese culture was easy to find, even just in the local park on my walk to work every morning.
I really gained a lot from the experience in China. I learnt that I am a pretty resilient person, and I proved to myself that I am capable of thriving, professionally and personally, whilst being completely out of my comfort zone. I was genuinely surprised at just how strong my support network was whilst I was in Shanghai. I feel as though made friends for life from the British Council scheme and I am extremely grateful for the experience.
China is an incredibly vast country, with such a distinct culture, I feel like I barely scratched the surface – 7 weeks is such a short amount of time! Although I have no immediate plans to return as of yet, I am sure that I will return to China in the future. Going forward, I feel more confident to seek work both abroad and within the media industry.
Such a great internship. Great host company, great accommodation and the CRCC team in Shanghai helped and supported me throughout my whole program whilst out in China. So grateful I was able to undertake such a life changing program. I will cherish the memories made, and experience gained for some time to come. Thank you CRCC.
The Generation UK CRCC scholarship program provided the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in Beijing for two months. I adored the company, the culture, my bright, determined colleagues on the course and the experience. Thank you to both bodies for assisting me throughout this period, I’ll remember Beijing fondly and am keen to return!
The Generation UK programme is an amazing opportunity to get a personal insight in China’s Culture. My time in Beijing is nearly over and I can honestly say that it has been an experience to remember, I have developed amazing friendships, and a unique collection of networks from a variety of industries – in China and internationally. It has enabled me to develop a keen interest in the country aswell as cultural awareness, I am planning pursue a masters in Shanghai which I intend to start next September.
My experience was beneficial in many ways. The best part was probably my internship placement. I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and was able to learn a lot more than if I had interned in my home country.
I also love the country I chose, so CRCC Asia was such a great help in giving me the chance to have a great experience in Japan.
I am currently on my last week of the CRCC Asia Internship program in Tokyo.
Being able to work here was such a great experience, I met fantastic coworkers, had the chance to improve my business knowledge and get in touch with Japanese culture. I now feel more confident with my skills and I’m sure employability will be boosted.
I truly recommend this life changing experience to everyone!
I interned in Beijing with a petrochemical consultancy company. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about my sector will gaining invaluable work experience abroad, which looks fantastic on CVs. The workload was fair and I learnt a lot about a few specific topics through conducting patent research for the company, ending in a report and presentation to colleagues. The social side of the internship was incredible and probably the best experience of my life! I can honestly say I have friends for life and have developed an extensive network whilst interning in China which could be very useful for the future. I would highly recommend this programme, it really is the opportunity of a lifetime and you will meet so many people and do so many amazing things and that alone makes it worth it!
The CRCC program was a fantastic experience! Working at a company that is invested in your growth as a person, and engaging with the local Beijing community was amazing. The accommodation was clean, safe, and in a great part of Beijing – the 798 Art District, which is a trendy, hip area filled with tons of art galleries and cool stores. Living with 40 other interns was also a very awesome experience because you immediately make new friends from around the world, to not only talk about your internship experience with but also explore Beijing and the other parts of China. One of my fondest moments from the trip was when about 30 other interns and I hiked up to a remote part of the Great Wall of China and actually camped on it for one night. I really understood and began to truly appreciate how special China was when I spent some alone time at one of the seven wonders of the world.
China has an incredible and vibrant social scene that CRCC did a great job introducing me and the other interns to. CRCC gave us loads of interesting opportunities while we were there including: weekly Mandarin classes, business seminars, and volunteering opportunities. My favorite was when they set up an authentic and delicious hot pot dinner followed by hours of karaoke in a huge room they rented out for us.
My work experience was also incredible because CRCC placed me with the exact type of company that I wanted. I worked for a small tech startup and had a great time helping my company create an investor pitch deck for their funding round as well helping out with other marketing and branding projects. I felt as though I was a vital part of the team and contributed their success while there. Other than assigning me work, my boss took me out to lunch regularly, a Beijing football match, and a documentary screening. Overall, my coworkers were great resources and we had a wonderful time spending time together.
The absolute highlight of my trip was when I hosted my own Shabbat dinner for 35 people. I was able to bring together all my fellow interns, people from the local Jewish community, a few friends that live in Beijing that I met going to school at the London School of Economics on my exchange program, my coworkers, and even some Chinese locals that I met playing basketball on the streets. Being able to fully cater a vegetarian dinner and bring together such a diverse group of people to teach them what the Jewish Sabbath is all about was an incredible experience and such a great way to end my trip.
At first, I was nervous coming to China because of the culture shock, but CRCC was so skilled at helping me settle in quickly and comfortably so I could begin to experience the treasures of China right away. After working and living in China for a month I know that I will be back as soon as I can. There is so much left to explore and I am just so thankful that CRCC was there to help me realize that.
I had an incredible experience with CRCC Asia! I knew I wanted to go to China over the summer because I wanted to work on improving my Mandarin. At the same time, I wanted to engage in some work experience. It was my first time travelling to Shanghai but I made some great friends and had the most amazing experience at my firm. I worked at a blockchain company where I was able to help out in their marketing and legal departments. I conducted market and competitor research while undertaking legal research on digital assets. I also had the opportunity to attend many blockchain events where I got to network with a lot of people in the industry. Asides from my work experience, I became friends with a lot of the interns from my cohort. I genuinely didn’t even consider the social aspect of this entire experience because I was so focused on just improving my Mandarin and gaining work experience. However, the people definitely made this trip amazing. It wouldn’t have been the same without them.
My time in Manchester, UK was a life changing experience. Interning in a different country taught me personal growth while teaching me about the field that I want to pursue in the future. My host company and CRCC Asia helped me understand the British culture and introduced me to many new foods and experiences. I could not be more thankful for this opportunity and for my time in Manchester. I am looking forward to going back and connecting with the friends that I have made.