Intern In Beijing – Gi2C China Internships
Why intern in Beijing? Beijing is not only the political capital of China: it is the cultural heart and soul of this sprawling nation of 1.3 billion people. Beijing is home to some of China’s most historic and scenic sites, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Olympic village, as well as some of the most modern, award-winning architecture in the world.
Beijing is also home to 39% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and almost 800 MNCs. All of them are growing and need good employees.
If you intern in China you will have access to the biggest network of fortune 500 executives outside of New York. Expats in China have their own clubs and networking activities and help one another climb career ladders. Internships in Beijing have the highest conversion rate to full-time employment (76%) and provide interns with so much fun and adventure that many say their internship in China was almost a vacation holiday.
Those who intern in Beijing will find it to be a safe, comfortable, and convenient place to live and work. Life in Beijing is what all local Chinese dream of and what foreign expats appreciate the most. The climate of Beijing is most like that of Toronto, Chicago, or Cleveland.
Getting around is easy on the world’s fastest, biggest, and most modern subway system with 456 km (283mi) of tracks that take you anywhere fast. Track length is expected to surge to 660 km by 2015 and to 1000 km by 2020. Subways are clean, fast, efficient, and frequent and take your anywhere you need to bein this vast metropolis. Accustomed to subway delays, breakdowns and malfunctions in your hometown? Expect no such thing on the Beijing subway. Get to where you need to be on time and hassle free.
Beijing’s diversity is based on its residents, who relocate to Beijing from all parts of China, bringing their variety of foods with them. Did you know Beijing has over 3,000 restaurants? There’s no doubt the city is also China’s food capital. No other city will afford you the chance to experience the wide gamut of Chinese food, whether it’s spicy Sichuan hotpot, Xinjiang’s barbecue lamb skewers, over-the-bridge noodles from southwest Yunnan, the hearty grub of Manchuria and even the capital’s own Peking duck. Sweet, sour, salty, spicy all converge in cosmopolitan Beijing. Come hungry!
Beijing is also known for its famed hutongs, or lanes and alleyways that span the city’s center, or old city. Lose yourself in the hundreds – or thousands – of hutongs that still remain (many of them have been destroyed during Beijing’s rapid modernization). Most hutongs are residential, allowing you a peek into how some local Beijingers live. Others are more commercial and offer a wonderful array of boutique shopping and local and international restaurants. Beijing is full of old-world charm, and there’s no better way to experience the past than a hutong stroll (or bike ride!).
Beijing is also an opportunity to witness history in the making. The government has big plans to funnel hundreds of millions of folks from the countryside to the cities (some of which have yet tobe built!). Plenty will choose Beijing for its schools and higher salaries. Here’s your chance to meet people with big dreams who hail from across China’s vast lands.
While Beijing offers plenty of sites and sounds to keep even the most avid traveler busy for months, there’s plenty to explore nearby, including many overlooked villages in the city’s outskirts. Outside the city, day or weekend trips await in the glitzy and colonial city of Tianjin (25 minutes away by high-speed train), the hundreds-of-years-old summer resort in Chengde, and the beaches of Qinhuangdao. Read more about short-haul trips from Beijing here.
When you intern in China, prepare to submerse yourself into a new world and culture that only one of the oldest civilizations on earth can provide. Known as “The Middle Kingdom” China’s history goes back 5,000 years and when you visit Beijing’s incredible museums you will be awestruck and glad you decided to intern in the Chinese capital. Gi2C Group welcomes you to Beijing!