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.
I had a lovely time in HCMC. The staff were really friendly, caring and supportive. Gave me a chance to visit parts of the world I’ve never been to!
Before my internship with CRCC Asia, I had already been to Beijing twice in my life. Upon returning to China I was under the impression that I knew exactly what I was getting into. BOY WAS I EVER WRONG. My internship was an experience completely out of my wildest expectations!
Challenge. A major part of the fun, growth and learning comes from the challenge. Every day is a new adventure when you are living in Beijing. The hustle and bustle of the metropolis keeps you on your toes and a surprise awaits at every corner. There is nothing better than wandering around and getting lost in new areas and discovering the hidden gems of the city. I love trying new foods, meeting new people and doing random things spontaneously. KTV, street food, night clubs, social nights, movies – you name it, I’ve done it. The initial culture shock and language barrier is quickly overcome by the ease and convenience of their mobile applications, metro system and technology. You quickly learn to adapt and familiarize yourself to the heat and fast-paced lifestyle.
Work. This was my first time working in an office at a large company and not to mention in a completely different country. Initially, I was intimated by the corporate environment. My company’s office was in a gorgeous high rise right in the centre of the city. The office was a trendy open collaboration space and everyone was always hard at work on interesting projects. Once I got to know everyone at the office, I not only became very comfortable, but also more confident in my own roles and abilities. I began looking forward to coming to work every day despite the packed 50 minute subway ride every morning. After working in a professional business environment with coworkers from different parts of China, I realized I still have a lot to learn. It made me even more determined to master Mandarin, my minor in University, so I can understand and communicate more effectively.
Family. The beauty of interning through CRCC is the fact that you are never alone. Despite being far from home, you have the comfort and support of the program managers and other like-minded interns. Personally, the best part was meeting students or newly graduates from all across the globe that I can now call my family. Whether it be personal or professional, I’ve formed an invaluable international network.
The Future. Without expectations, I got on the plane with a packed suitcase but more importantly, an open mind. My one month internship came to and end before I knew it. Time flies when you’re having fun – this statement has never been more true. There is so much more I want to see and do. I’d love to come back to China after graduation for work or higher education. This is where my internship journey comes to a close. Everyone’s experience is different. So don’t take my word for it. Go and create your own story!
My experience with CRCC Asia has been really great! They have paved the path for me in getting an internship at an international law firm in Vietnam, which happened to be one of the top law firms! My internship consisted of a an intense workload – from drafting legal documents to searching laws regarding the clients’ situation. The most excited part was being a part of the legal team who was advising a Government-owned company! I get to explore first-hand how a commercial law firm operates and what is involved in their day-to-day operations. Despite the fact that the area of practice was new to me, my colleagues were very helpful in guiding me to get a grasps of everything.
I am hoping that by the time I finish my LLB course, I would step my foot directly into the job market.
Shenzhen is an amazing city, but when you first arrive it can be incredibly overwhelming, the culture shock was made easier due to CRCC perfectly matching me with my internship placement, being able to work in a sector that I love allowed me to feel more comfortable in a culturally unfamiliar setting and the company I was matched with, were a perfect fit for me. I was a production intern in a Chinese Film company, my daily tasks included working on sets, location scouts and pre production paperwork – which is exactly what I was looking for when I applied.
The internship also allowed me to meet other students from different universities all over the world that I ended up becoming great friends with.
Unfortunately, during my internship I fell really unwell due to a pre-existing medical condition and ended up in hospital. My CRCC Asia program manager ensured that I received the right medical help and accompanied me to hospital. One of my main fears about interning abroad was not being able to communicate due to the language barrier in a medical emergency, however CRCC supported me every step of the way and put my mind at ease. I can not thank the Shenzhen team enough for allowing me to feel secure, safe and supported.
Hello everyone, my name is Matias and i had my intership in Shanghai. I thought it was a very good experience to feel the sensation of working in an area outside the ‘comfort zone’.
You can learn many things in your field of work, as well as feel new emotions and mature as a person.
I really enjoy it a lot 🙂