Like many others over the last few years, I was not able to find a graduate job upon leaving university. Not wanting to take the first stop-gap soul crushing job I could grab and also not having the money or planning abilities for a gap year, a CV boosting internship seemed the ideal compromise.
While there are a several different places to get internships, both in the UK and abroad, looking ahead (for once!) it was clear that China was where the future lay. Finding CRCC Asia was easy and within days it was all set, I was going to China!
I opted for the joint language and internship 2 month program, figuring that it would give me twice the potential rewards with both a basic grasp of Mandarin and some time working inside an engineering company; and if my internship in Beijing turned out to be a dud I thought I could handle a month of it easier than two but would still get the full China experience.
This turned out to be a brilliant decision, not because my internship was poor, far from it, but because the language classes taught by ‘That’s Mandarin’, were just fantastic. These classes are held in small groups and depending on your own level so they are tailored to you. The teachers are of comparable age to most interns and it doesn’t take long for them to become more than just instructors, but friends too. I never found myself drifting off or spacing out, but constantly laughing and learning. They make it so easy that you’ll be chatting to your waiter before you know it!
As for the internship itself, I was working for an international fine chemicals company based in China but with offices in the States and Germany. My first day I turned up and the manager was off sick! However, I was quickly initiated and introduced by the rest of the staff and by the end of the day knew more about shipping than I thought possible!
I was then given a big project to help the company decide which direction to expand their research efforts based on what was in demand now and what looked to be so in the near to mid future. This allowed me to both work individually when I had a lead but also communicate with all the other staff members to ask for help whenever I needed and to benefit from their own individual takes on the industry.
And if you’re worried about not fitting in or getting to grips with the mysterious Orient, then the CRCC Asia staff are there. They are willing and able to help with any problem, big or small and always with big smiles. CRCC Asia lays on events from renowned guest speakers to eardrum melting KTV (that’s karaoke) sessions with your fellow interns. One activity I’d recommend 110% is the Migrants Children Foundation day where you go to help the charity and rediscover your inner child along the way.
I could go on and on about my experiences, but really you should go and have your own experiences.
I promise you, they’ll be fantastic and you’ll never regret it!
Being involved in the CRCC Internship Program in Shanghai was a truly engaging and invaluable experience, something that has enriched my professional and social life.
On a professional level I was placed as an Associate in an Investment Bank where I generated a detailed valuation database for Chinese companies with which the firm would construct MBO/LBO term-sheets. In this role I was given responsibility that would otherwise be unattainable and learnt from top tier professionals who had a sincere interest in my progression. I feel that I am more valuable to potential employers because of my experiences with the CRCC Asia program.
On a social level Shanghai is a mecca of activity. There are so many things to do and so many people to enjoy it with (especially if you are a CRCC intern). The nightclubs and shopping centers are second to none and the lifestyle is fast paced and full of action. Best of all I have forged everlasting friendships with new people and had a lot of fun in the process.
I wouldn’t trade my experiences with the CRCC Asia program for anything and I would highly encourage people to apply for the program. I hope that it will enrich your life as much as it has enriched mine!
Arriving at the conclusion of my undergraduate degree it was clear that I needed to expand my horizons and explore alternative experiences in order to separate myself from fellow graduates in the ever increasing competitive job market. In todays job environment the calibre of applicants is remarkably high and outstanding academic results are not sufficient to secure sought after positions. I required something that future employers would be seemingly impressed and intrigued by.
Following the completion of my internship in Shanghai a week ago I can guarantee you the CRCC Asia program will deliver this in spades and more, much much more.
Based in Shanghai I underwent my internship at an Investment and Advisory company headed by two Australian entrepreneurs with a particular focus on Agricultural investment opportunities. The company specialized in connecting markets and pools of capital within China, Mongolia and broader Asia with projects in the Western World. The company was terrific as they provided a unique insight into their organisation, the Chinese business environment and the vast array of projects they were undergoing.
The internship itself was above and beyond what I expected and a small spiel on my resume fails to do justice to the experience I have undergone and the knowledge and skills I have obtained.
The work was incredibly enjoyable and rewarding however represented merely a part of my Shanghai experience. Unwittingly I fell head over heels for the city with its picturesque nightline, constant hustle and sleepless streets. The unbroken tune of car horns venting their frustration became a soothing sensation and a constant reminder of the magnitude of the city I had come to love. Shanghai is the mecca for a vigorous fast paced lifestyle and captivates all those that enter.
As an added bonus, without intention my fellow CRCC Asia interns became family as you live in each other’s pockets; dining, socialising and mingling together each day. The wide range of ‘cultural activities’ we underwent were a source of endless entertainment and the Chinese words ‘Gan bei’ (Cheers) seem to have been etched into my brain. Meeting an abundance of amazing people there never seemed a shortage of someone willing to venture out and explore what the amazing city had to offer on a nightly basis. I have made some truly astounding friends and contacts with whom I believe I will keep in contact with well into the future.
To submerge myself into the Chinese culture, which is so vastly different from what I have known in Australia, was an absolute pleasure. China, and Shanghai particularly continually impressed me with something new and exciting each and every day.
Overall my Shanghai experience was truly surreal and my only regret is that I was not able to extend my stay.
To develop myself further I needed to take myself out of my comfort zone, and CRCC gave me this opportunity by helping me immerse myself in an exciting new culture in a planned and safe environment. My time in Shanghai was well organised, with constant social activities and friendly check-ups to make sure I was getting on well. Yet I felt I still had full freedom and independence when I wanted it, sometimes taking time away on my own, or with the many other friendly interns to explore the city and have fun.
My time working in Shanghai made for many fond memories, I made many friends and learnt new cultural skills in anticipating how people from different cultures think and perceive my own actions. I also found that I was given some important responsibilities, and that my manager really wanted to give me tasks that would complement my career path and benefit my CV. Like any job, it was important that I discussed with my manager exactly what I wanted from the internship in Shanghai, and how he could help me, as well as how I could help him.
Shanghai itself was amazing; the business potential, nightlife, and day to day pace of living are why I will return next year.
I have always had an interest in Asia and the potential of China in particular, which has fuelled my desire for international work experience. Upon my search for such an experience, I stumbled upon CRCC Asia’s internship programs and proceeded to research the student testimonials. It was not until I took the plunge and experienced it myself did I realise how much the testimonials understated the potential for personal and professional growth through the program.
The opportunity for professional growth through my internship in Shanghai and networking events are endless and I have made invaluable contacts from around the world. My placement is great, the small workplace is a mix of cultures and everyone is working hard on the release of a new iPhone game (Panarchy Fling, download it, it’s free!).
The program also allows you the freedom to explore independently while also providing numerous social and charity events. Just last weekend I went on the ‘Dragon Trip’, which takes you west of Shanghai to see another magnificent side of China; Hangzhou and Moganshan. The weekend coming up is a charity event where I have elected to help out an orphanage where I can, which I am quite excited about.
Every night there is a drink or food special on, with so much to see and do there is never a dull moment in this vibrant city.
In addition the CRCC Asia staff made it easy to get acquainted with the most populous city in the world with a thorough induction and welcome pack. I would certainly recommend the program to any person wishing to step out of their comfort zone and be inspired by the magnitude of such a metropolis.
Having nearly completed my undergraduate degree in civil engineering, I wanted to make the most of my last university holiday break and try something different. I really wanted to get some practical work experience relevant to my degree, so I applied for an Internship in Shanghai through CRCC Asia, and one phone call later I was boarding a plane to China, not knowing what to expect.
For one month I worked in the heart of the CBD at a small electrical supply chain management company. The nerves and anticipation I had on my first day of work were quickly dissolved as I got to know my co-workers and learnt about the exciting opportunities that lay ahead. Initially I spent time researching electrical cables and specifications for various electrical products which was incredibly valuable work, having limited exposure to this technical field during my studies at university. Other tasks involved redeveloping a website used to facilitate the exchange of solar products, and to design a video that would be used to market the services offered by the company. What’s more, I got to meet the CEO of the firm and attend a business meeting with him at a large electrical manufacturing plant in Yangzhou. My experience gained during my internship was everything I had hoped for and more. I was even fortunate enough to have worked alongside two other interns during my placement, which was great when we needed to develop ideas and work in a team on a project. It was also a pleasure being able to explore the local restaurants and markets with my co-workers during our breaks.
During my weekends I often went to the local markets to find some hidden treasures and enjoyed bartering with the local salesman whilst practicing my Chinese language skills at the same time. Having experienced much of Shanghai already, a bunch of interns took a weekend trip with the Dragon Trip to visit some neighbouring cities and towns known for their majestic scenery and mountainous views. This was a relaxing couple of days spent getting to know your fellow interns a bit better and to escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, well worth the trip. Having not known a single person in China from when I got off the plane, I now have contacts from across the world. I hope to stay in contact with my network of business professionals in Shanghai in addition to the friends I have made amongst fellow interns.
The opportunities provided by CRCC Asia for the duration of my internship in Shanghai were exceptional. The Shanghai survival guide issued to each intern was definitely worth its weight in gold, having used it every day to locate restaurants, tourist attractions, markets and more. I hope to return to China in the near future, and experience the endless culture still waiting to be explored. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
CRCC Asia not only enhanced my business skills but also helped round me as a more adept and cultural individual. Spending my days in the office was a pleasure, as I was surrounded by professionals that welcomed me with open hands. The work was interesting and the environment as warm and friendly as could be.
I couldn’t have enjoyed my leisure time more, hanging with other interns from across the globe. We kicked back together at night and went sight seeing to the most magnificent places during the day.
Internship in Beijing through CRCC Asia will with out a doubt be an experience you will never forget.
I came across an e-mail circulating in my University offering a summer internship program in China. As I was always curious about the Chinese work environment and culture, I sent in my resume without much hesitation, hoping to gain some invaluable experiences.
I arrived in July for a one month summer internship in Beijing organised by CRCC. I still remember the thoughts running through mind during my flight: ‘Is anyone picking me up from the airport?’; ‘How am I going to overcome the cultural differences?’; ‘Will I be able to make friends there?’ etc. Overwhelmed with curiosity, the warm welcome of CRCC’s staff at the arrival gate begins my delightful journey of experience.
Arriving 3 days before my internship, I was given ample time to settle down. CRCC’s staff swiftly settled me in by introducing me to the other interns and providing all of us with a welcome package which includes a detailed map of Beijing, a sim card with value, a Chinese translated pronunciation booklet, a detailed address of our service apartment and office, contacts of their staff and many more! Having settled in so quickly, the other interns and I decided to explore Tian’an Men and the Forbidden City. Our first attempt to take the subway was made easy and smooth with the help of the friendly Chinese people there.
On my first day of work, a CRCC staff took me to my office and introduced me to my supervising solicitor and buddy. My buddy spent an hour of her precious time to share with me their firm’s core values, needs and goals. Afterwhich she took me for a tour around the office and introduced me to the other lawyers. In no time, I felt like I was part of the firm and not merely just an intern. I was kept busy on most days; I assisted my buddy with research, translation and drafting. One of the main deal that I had assisted in was in relation to a mining investment in Zimbabwe. As most of the new rules and regulations set out by the governmental bodies in Zimbabwe were in English, I realised how incomprehensive those translated information were made available for the Chinese lawyers and investors.
Despite working full-time on weekdays, I still manage to make time to do some sightseeing. I managed to step foot on the Great Wall of China, explored the New Summer Palace, walked into the excavation site of Emperor Wanli’s tomb (Dingling) within the Ming Dynasty Tomb, visited The Temple of Heaven and even took a flight down to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors. Apart from sightseeing, I did not miss out on the opportunity to catch a Chinese Opera and visit some of the local markets where I got to do serious bargaining with the shop owners. Due to time constraint, I only managed to go to the ‘must-go’ places, tasted the ‘must-try’ dish.
All in all, it was a well spent internship in China. I would definitely recommend people to visit China and/or apply for a summer internship. What I took back from this internship experience was amazing. Thank you CRCC for giving me this opportunity!
I decided to invest into my future career by applying for the internship in Shanghai in order to expand on my knowledge and learn from the booming economy. I was very happy with the employer selection and its business scope.
I worked for a top leading executive search firm which offered me a position in Hong Kong. However, I decided to return to Europe and gain more working experience. Before my departure I teamed up with one of the Interns and helped one Shanghai based company to expand to Europe.
The events organised by the CRCC Asia team allowed me to meet many positive and ambitious people with who I stay in touch until today. Although staying in Shanghai 2 months I did not have time to travel around. For me it was not holiday but a working experience that would help me to understand the Chinese culture, meet new people, gain experience and develop my future career.
Since completing my university degree, majoring in Asia Pacific Community Development I have wanted to gain experience working in this region with a wide range of professionals. I was able to achieve this through my valuable internship in Beijing, China with CRCC Asia. My internship allowed me to develop essential experience and skills needed for my future goals and career path.
Not only was I able to develop experience professionally I also grew in self-confidence. I realised I was able to work internationally in a challenging environment where I was able to learn a lot about myself and my personal potential as an international employee.
My internship also enabled me to meet many people from all around the world where I was able to gain networks and create lasting friendships that made my time in Beijing very rewarding and special.
Through my internship I was able to learn new skills and work alongside inspirational people, which in my case was a new and upcoming social enterprise unique to China called We-Impact. I was grateful for such an opportunity as it is something that I would not have experienced in Australia.
Living as an everyday Beijinger also allowed me to experience Chinese culture and society. Exploring Beijing was eye opening, however a great opportunity to live in the exciting hustle and bustle of one of the world’s biggest cities.
Although working in China is a challenging experience the rewards from such a challenge are invaluable; a CRCC Asia internship is a unique stepping stone to any professional’s future career path.