Shanghai, you stole my heart!
Submitted by Elena Ripamonti - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore | January 02, 2017
It was the best experience of my life! I stayed in Shanghai only for two months but I feel like I have been there for ages.
I did an internship in a branding company and professionally speaking, I think I have gained experiences that I would not have been able to gain anywhere else.
My boss was not only my tutor but he was also my “teacher” as well, in fact I have learned a lot from him. Moreover, during my internship I have had good relationships with my lovely colleagues: they basically welcomed me into “China world” and above all they let me taste all the local Chinese food! (I’ve become a fan of Chinese food in fact I missed it a lot!)
In addition, even if I stayed there only for two months, I have improved my language skills, both English and Chinese. (especially my mandarin understanding has extremely improved). In fact, I'm feeling a lot better about my language skills right now.
I would like to thank the Immerqi Staff for helping me in this amazing experience, and above all I would like to say thank you to Rice (Immerqi Staff) for having supported me in this unforgettable internship.
Thank you China, thank you Shanghai. See you soon.
An experience in Shanghai
Submitted by Elisabetta - Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia | January 01, 2017
My experience in Shanghai was very challenging, from a professional and personal point of view. It gave me the possibility to learn a lot and to open my mind to a new and completely different country.
special months in Shanghai
Submitted by Veronica Tramelli - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore- Milan | November 23, 2016
it is a very usefull and fun experience. Shanghai is a very cool and vibrant city. I like it! I really like my work place, it's very friendly and the collegues are very nice. In addition I live in a very beautiful area where there are many clubs, bars, and I usually meet other friends. The apartment in which I live is nice even if sometimes is a little bit dirty. My room mates are very fun we sometimes go out together. In addition during this experience I had the opportunity to take part in some events with my host company. The last one was in a very cool and rich hotel here in Shanghai. Shanghai is a very nice city even if there are many differences in culture compared to Italy.
Social media intern at the world of Chinese magazine
Submitted by Xiao Mei - SUNY New Paltz | September 15, 2016
ImmerQi gave me a great placement that suited my major--Digital Media Management and Programming. Being a social media intern at a magazine, I really got a chance to see the work I could be doing with my degree after graduating from university. It was a great experience that not only immersed me in the culture of China, but specifically the work culture. It was interesting to see how work culture differed in China, compared to the United States and it definitely is useful experience for the future--if I decide to work abroad. Also, the ImmerQi team was always helpful and friendly.
The real China in Beijing
Submitted by 沙飞 - - | September 12, 2016
As soon as I made my decision to come to China, I had become increasingly anxious about the 6 months I would spend there. My colleagues asked me questions like where I would stay, what I would do, how would I be able to communicate with my limited knowledge of Mandarin. Unable to answer all those questions, I started to worry a bit myself. I decided it would be best to play it by the ear and see where it would take me.
Luckily, I didn't have to worry for too long. The program provider I decided to make this journey with, Immerqi, realized my anxiousness and guided me step by step till my arrival to Beijing. From applying for my visa to answering general questions about life aspects in China, I felt ready as I crossed through immigrations and met my intern manager, Asiya, who then accompanied me to my accommodation.
By the time I had to go to work the next week, I felt prepared after the presentations and different cultural/social tips given by Immerqi. Throughout my time here, I was always assisted by Immerqi when I came across situations beyond my Mandarin skills, starting from operating the washing machine properly (all the labels were in Chinese characters) to yelling at Uber drivers when one of my friends forget his phone in the car and the driver decided to keep it for himself (we got the phone back in 3 days!!!).
Professionally, I believe I have gained experiences that I would not have been able to gain anywhere else. I worked for the Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector and during my first three months, my manager promoted me to project manager for two of our international projects. Through my work here, I have had the opportunities to meet mayors of multiple cities in China (Nanjing, Panjin, Shenyang, etc.), Senators and Ministers from different European countries and also entrepreneurs in different fields. My network has grown multiple folds in the last few months and I believe they would be invaluable connections later in life.
One incident in particular that has to be mentioned would be the time our apartment complex was having problems with water connectivity. We were given notice that there would be no hot water for an entire month. I bought this development to Immerqi's attention and they booked me a hotel room very close to my apartment so that I could shower there. The priority on my well-being that Immerqi had displayed had truly made me happy and I had the comfort of knowing that they had my back in China.
Overall, at the end of the six months, I am happy I made this decision to come to China and my life has forever changed due to experiences I have gained and the friends I have made. My opinion of China has changed completely in these few months and I'm certain that I will be back here for more.