Tips for China Interns from China Interns
Starting an internship in China is nearly impossible without the help of someone already in the country. Whether it’s friends, relatives or an internship provider, having that person on the ground in China to help you with any problem you may encounter not only reduces stress but also saves you tons of time.
Another way to save time is to learn from those who have gone before you, previous China interns. The following interns all used the China internship provider, Gi2C Group. To read about their full internship experience, click on their hyperlinked name, which will take you over to the Gi2C blog site.
If you’re considering going to China for an internship, here’s some personal advice from previous China interns just for you:
Anna: For anyone going to China for an internship, you get what you put into the experience. By going to China through an agency, you are provided with a set of tools that allow you to explore and settle into the country. But, this experience and internship is your own, so go beyond the required and be open minded towards everything, and you will get the best the country has to offer. Try everything, see everything, and be tolerant to everything.
Christian: To new interns my advice would be, whichever profession you are in, if you are inspired by culture or filling your mind with new and exciting things and want to learn to be more disciplined and powerful in your work, then I highly suggest coming to China for an internship. When beautiful minds come together, they create brilliant ideas and innovations. You could be next. Do your research. I saw that Getin2China was a good company with many good testimonies from past interns.
Hary: New interns need to prepare for the culture shock. They need to understand that China is another world and is completely different from other Asian countries they might have already visited in the past.
Anton: After several weeks of learning the language I learned studying Mandarin is all about memorization. If you put in enough time, it is not an extremely difficult language to learn sufficiently. Try and learn some basic Chinese, as it will help you a lot.
Alena: Guys, find a large foreign company that has an office in China and is looking for interns to transfer to the China office. Don’t do an internship in a Chinese company unless you have a really high level of Chinese. And don't trust everything people say. Sign contracts wherever you are and even then, there is no guarantee your rights will be protected.
Nick: For anyone considering a possible internship in China, go for it. I certainly found it really rewarding. Personally, I would say stick to Shanghai, as it seems the most exciting place to be, and be ready to explore the Chinese culture as much as possible. I learned all sorts of things during my internship, both technically about the finance sector and consulting, and more practical advice about business in general. Probably the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of networking, and building networks of people who could help you in the future, as I saw first hand the benefits of many different contacts at my company.
Alex: I found Beijing to be very safe for foreigners. You might feel a little awkward the first couple of weeks but people here are very friendly and welcoming. In fact, over time, you will feel like you are home. (You) need to at least speak and understand simple Chinese because most of the people can’t communicate in English. Get your accommodations settled way before you arrive since many hotels can legally only accept Chinese citizens.
Lionel: Enjoy your internship!
Christopher: Make the most of the time you have in China. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity – you may never get to do something this fantastic again. Go see all the awesome attractions, make new friends, do many social activities, and work hard at your job. My time in China has gone around so quickly, I cannot believe (it’s over) and feel very sad to go. Make the most of your time, you will appreciate it in the future.
Aideen: My advice for new arrivals includes getting to know other Getin2China interns, learning how to use chopsticks and bringing over some comfort foods you may not find in the Middle Kingdom. But most of all, enjoy China.