I found out about the CRCC Asia Internship Program through an email I received via my university’s careers department. Usually I’d scroll through or delete these emails, however upon further reading I realised that this was an opportunity not to be missed – working and living in China! Understanding that in an increasingly competitive graduate job market it is important to stand out from the crowd I knew that this would provide me with the chance to do just that.
The CRCC Asia internship in Shenzhen has definitely been the most valued thing I have taken part in. One of the main advantages of the internship is that it makes me stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs – for most employers it is the most intriguing part of my CV. It has provided me with a great professional and social experience unrivalled by any other programme and I would recommend it to anyone.
I work for a financial services company in Shenzhen. We help foreign investors set up businesses in the city. The main services offered are incorporation and set up, government registrations and tax compliance, banking and cashier services, accounting and administration services.
The food! It’s so cheap and yummy. Highly recommend the bao zi (stuffed steamed buns). Also, the people I have met I am sure will be lifelong friends. The other interns are so friendly and it’s nice to have someone to go out for dinner with in the evenings (more food) and sightseeing at the weekends. I will definitely be coming back to China!
The time that I spent in China has provided me invaluable experiences on a personal and professional level. I came across the CRCC programme when a university lecturer of mine encouraged me to apply for one of the scholarships on offer. I was immediately attracted to the prospect of working and learning in China. I was extremely lucky to win a partial scholarship for this chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to live and work in China has many benefits, specifically gaining work experience that will benefit me in future job prospects.
It is important to come with an open mind and with the right attitude, you will most definitely enjoy your time in China. With its rich culture, fascinating history and very hospitable locals, it is hard not to fall in love with this beautiful country.
Completing an internship in Shenzhen, China on the CRCC Asia program has been the best summer I have ever spent. On my final day of the program I reflected back on my 2 months working for Omate; a wearable technology start-up company, (which previously raised $1m on Kickstarter) and revisited in my mind with a smile, the countless new skills gained coupled with the amazing CRCC Asia interns and Chinese co-workers I can now call close friends.
I promise you will never forget your experience when reflecting back on it at home as I am now; simply because from time to time you will be reminded of it, as the person on the opposite side of the table leans their body inwards with great interest whilst scanning your CV/resume during job interviews.
Living in Shenzhen was the most enjoyable, challenging and fun two months I could possibly have asked for. It was a unique experience, from the workplace to becoming immersed into Chinese culture, and I have definitely gained valuable legal skills from working abroad in a Chinese and International firm. I worked at Dacheng Law Offices, a firm which has recently merged with Dentons, and not only gained an insight into the Chinese legal sphere but also became part of its community.
My internship in Shenzhen, China has given me a new perspective on working and living abroad, and has enabled me to become more acquainted with Chinese business culture.
I truly enjoyed my time living in Shenzhen and would encourage anyone who wants an adventure, and who wants to embrace a culture different from their own, to rise to the challenge and intern abroad.
Il periodo di stage in Cina è stato per me una bellissima esperienza specialmente dal punto di vista lavorativo dato che io non avevo mai fatto uno stage prima e sono capitato in un’azienda dove ho svolto le mansioni che avrei proprio voluto fare. L’azienda era abbastanza piccola ma molto buona e così ho avuto modo di vedere tutti i passaggi ed esplorare tutti i settori. Il mio capo era americano e da quel punto di vista ho perso un tratto peculiare dell’esperienza in Cina ma è stato un ottimo capo che mi ha spiegato e aiutato molto. Fuori dall’azienda inizialmente non è stato il massimo ma un po’ uno shock.
Adesso devo finire l’ultimo anno di triennale, laurearmi e poi pensavo di fare la magistrale nel Regno Unito e rifare un altra esperienza di stage all’estero per poi tornare in Italia. Mi farebbe piacere tornare in Cina ma solo per un’altra esperienza lavorativa per un periodo limitato.
La mia partecipazione al programma di CRCC Asia si è dimostrata essere una bellissima esperienza dove ho potuto avere l’opportunità di conoscere moltissimi ragazzi da tutte le parti del mondo e vivere un’esperienza lavorativa che non avrei potuto trovare qui in Italia. In azienda mi son trovato molto bene, la mia supervisor era molto gentile, mi dava dei consigli, cercava di darmi la sua opinione per migliorare il mio lavoro e mi coinvolgeva molto nei progetti che sono stati portati avanti.
Secondo me è un’esperienza che risulterà molto rilevante nel mio cv in futuro, e mi è piaciuta tantissimo. Adesso sto ancora studiando e per il momento non so ancora cosa farò in futuro.
Mi nombre es Enric Flor y he estudiado ingeniería mecánica en la Universitat de Girona, gracias a la cual me enteré de los programas de CRCC Asia. En mi caso estoy haciendo el de tres meses de prácticas en una empresa en Shenzhen.
Pero lo que más me gusta es ver a la gente cómo vive, y las costumbres que tienen aquí. Después de dos meses viviendo en China aún estoy viendo cosas que me sorprenden y estoy seguro que el mes que me queda seguiré igual. Personalmente, creo que esto es lo mejor que te puedes llevar de este país, tratar con una cultura y unas tradiciones tan distintas que te hacen ver el mundo con otros ojos y crecer como persona. Es una experiencia que recomiendo a todo el mundo y que dudo que alguien se arrepienta de haber vivido.
After studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing last summer, I was eager to return to China and applied to CRCC online. It’s now been two weeks since I left my internship in Shanghai and I’m still missing it so much. It really was one of those unforgettable summers – I gained valuable work experience, life skills, funny anecdotes and new friends across the world.
I’m now entering my third year at University and I’d love to return to work in Shanghai or study for a masters in Chinese. My CRCC internship really whet my appetite for working abroad, and I can’t wait to graduate and start my next adventure! Thanks to the CRCC Team!
Going to Shanghai for an internship through CRCC Asia was one of the best experiences ever. I enjoyed a balanced work and social life and was able to build good networks, both of friends and professionals.
All of this would have been impossible for me to do without the CRCC Asia team and everything they organised, from the airport pick up to the weekly events. It was well worth the investment and I highly recommend the CRCC Asia Internship in Shanghai Programme. Thank you CRCC Asia!