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Internship in Shanghai with Asia Internship Program
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Internship in Shanghai with Asia Internship Program

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Social Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Internship Placement

    8

Get to know China at its finest

Staying in China for 3 months was such an impressive experience. I’m glad I got the chance from my university to travel to another place and get to know the culture while you’re there. I’m currently studying Chinastudies at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) so what’s better than going there by yourself and living there for a couple of months? Correct, nothing.

I decided to get help from AIP since I know it’s hard to find an internship as well as accommodation in this big country. AIP successfully helped me with arranging an internship position which fits to my studies, obtaining accommodation and getting my visa. I guess I couldn’t have done this alone, so I’m glad I’ve found this amazing internship placement mediator and that they accepted me to follow an internship program with them.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Language learning in China

I must have had a very warped view of China because Shanghai was not at all what I expected. It was very modern and structured. As a Singaporean with broken Chinese I felt like I owed it to my Grandmother to be able to have a proper conversation with her in her native tongue rather than in English the whole time. Going to China seemed like a good idea, it is comfortable enough because I am familiar with the culture and the food and to a lesser extent the language but different enough that it would still be an exciting experience. I am a marketing major so I thought that I ought to get experience while I was at it because I didn't want to purely do a language course. While it wasn't the main reason I wanted to go I still feel like I learned a lot and my LinkedIn looks better for it. While my Chinese is still a little shaky, it has much improved which makes my Grandma really happy. I would definitely recommend AIP for those looking to gain experience in their field especially if they also want to learn a language by immersion too!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Shanghai business internship

When the end of my Master's studies started ebbing nearer the worry of going out into the real world began looming. 26 years on the planet and I had no relevant experience in business, I was a little bit embarrassed as most of the people in my course had at least some experience. I had actually been recommended this program by my brother’s girlfriend who went to Thailand to work in marketing. I was torn between Singapore and China but AIP advised that the visa for Singapore would not be as easy to obtain so I opted for China.
Six crazy months in Shanghai, it’s a good thing I’m not a picky eater because the food was unlike anything I’ve eaten in a Chinese restaurant back home, not necessarily a bad thing either. The accommodation provided by AIP was simple enough but the wifi was really fast which was great for Skyping my very worried mother and it was only a ten minute drive from work but most days I opted to walk. Work itself was hard but I learned a lot and it was good to see some use for the things I learned in Uni and apply them. My supervisor and co-workers were really friendly, the team was only about 50% Chinese, I was a tad worried before arriving that I might have some problems communicating but I never had a single issue (in work anyway). Overall I am glad to work here for a while and to be able to work in a structured but interdependent environment. While I loved my time in China I’m not sure I would like to stay here forever, I missed my family more than I expected to! In saying that, I really enjoyed experiencing the Chinese way of approaching business, I can’t wait to line it up against the Canadian why and see how the two compare.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Street food adventure

Though I had little knowledge about China, I opted to do an internship in Shanghai because, based on my initial thoughts and conceptions about China (admittedly quite limited), I had gotten the impression that China was the place to be with regards to development. I did a good bit of research about Shanghai and was really excited to visit the tourist destinations I found, like the Yu Garden and Disneyland for my inner child. I think it was the interview with AIP that swayed me because they were able to answer all my questions about the program.

My accommodation was reasonable, it was furnished, had an ok view but most importantly it was situated close to my internship. Just a 20-minute walk and I was in the door. The staff were very nice and tried their best to communicate with me but of course it’s not their fault I can’t speak Chinese, my point of contact, Vince, in AIP suggested using google translate on my phone whenever I needed to tell the staff anything.. I have no clue why that slipped my mind, it’s the obvious solution. My accommodation was private with private bathroom too which I was appreciative of. It was a bit of a hassle to do laundry because it wasn’t on the same floor but that’s just me nit picking.

It has to be said that AIP’s support was really good throughout my time with them. They fed me with all the information I needed to prepare for my time there. I am the type of person who reads every online article and review when investing in something and AIP refereed me to their blog where I found a lot of information about living abroad in Asia. Probably the most invaluable service is the visa assistance, not a hope in hell would I have been able to manage that myself, I’m not detail oriented enough. When I arrived in China, I was shaking like a leaf and I didn’t sleep at all the night before from nerves so I’m ashamed to say the first thing I did when arriving in my adopted home was go to sleep, sad I know. I was issued a transport card and a sim card to put into my phone so I at least had data to use Google maps when exploring the city!

An average day for me was to wake up and walk to work. I had standard working hours, Monday-Friday from 9-5. My tasks while varied anywhere from working with Google Analytics to logo design, I really enjoyed my work and I felt valued as an intern. I am still in China but I am due to return home soon for Christmas! I’m going to miss the food like you wouldn’t believe!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

The linguistic road

As soon as I graduated I moved to Prague to teach English in a language center over there. In my second year teaching there I got some foreign students in my class, they were from China and were in Prague to set up a supply chain business. These two told me all about China through fractured English and it didn’t take me long to get intrigued enough to want to go. I decided to go to China for my internship with AIP rather than teaching because teaching for me was always just a means to travel, I wanted to get experience in journalism and I wanted to learn Chinese by immersion, an independent journalism company became interested in my profile and after and interview with them I was placed. My experience with learning Chinese in Shanghai was pretty positive! I can’t say I’m fluent now but it had defiantly come a long way, I can finally hold a basic conversation! Overall I had a great time in Shanghai but it’s time to move on to a new country but not back to teaching!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

Stepping out of my comfort zone

I decided to go for the AIP China internship program for 4-5 months earlier this year, I picked China because I actually have a friend who teaches English over there and I thought that it would be nice to get out of my comfort zone while still having some sort of a safety net. I have to admit, when I first got to Shanghai I felt like I made a massive mistake.. I was like all my senses were being assaulted at once with the street food. My first few days there were pretty intense, I’m really glad AIP put all of us interns in contact with each other because I felt quite alone when I got there first. I arrived about one week before my internship was due to start because I wanted to settle in which maybe wasn’t necessary, I was relieved to start working when the day eventually rolled around. The company I was placed in had a really chill vibe as the staff were all quite young. This suited me just fine and I made great friends with my colleagues. My time in Shanghai was the fastest 18 weeks of my life, I was starting to yearn for those home comforts too. I wasn’t back a week before I the travel bug was telling me to back or to go somewhere new! It’s almost like reverse culture shock. I got to hand it to AIP, I had a really great time in China and the internship placement was exactly what I was expecting. Defiantly has my stamp of approval.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Internship Placement

    9

Overall a good experience

I decided to go to China for my internship with AIP as I wanted to learn Chinese by immersion, I was placed in an NGO that was related to my degree, two birds one stone! My experience with learning Chinese in Shanghai was pretty positive! The classes provided by AIP were for basic Chinese which I already had a firm grasp of so I didn't find them particularity useful. Actually talking to Chinese people in their native tongue was a really intense experience but it really helped to improve my language skills, I can finally hold a basic conversation! Overall I had a great time in Shanghai but it’s time to move on to a new country!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    10

Awesome experience

When I first arrived to China I was so excited, but I also had so many fears. This was my first time out of the country. AIP really cared about my well being and answered any questions I had. Thanks to AIP I was able to meet new people and work at an amazing job. I never knew I was capable of functioning in another country outside of my own. I've learned so many things about myself just by being here. If it wasn't for AIP connecting me to everything else & letting me know when things were happening in the city, I don't think my time here would have been as amazing. The only thing I can say I don't like is that my accommodation initially was not so clean but AIP hired a maid to clean it the next day.