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High School Programs in China
High School Study Abroad, ChinaThis program admist High School Students to Study Abroad and Internship Programs in China. One factor that attracts college admission officers is when they realize that applicants have something extra that others do not have. Get More on the CIP Platform
Study Mandarin, Get Prepared for the World
CIP provides immersive High School Abroad Programs exposing High School students to global and critical thinking. The program prepares them for college and also to understand the essence of cultural empathy. Participants are made to learn with their colleagues in High Schools and also Chinese Languages. Our High School program has been adequately researched to give participants the head start and exposure to global thinking as well as preparing them to accept challenges which are vital for their future. High School abroad programs score highest with the potential of global convergence and cultural integration in our recent research. In this program, young people are exposed to different cultures and values at an early stage rather than waiting till they are old. Studying abroad isn’t just for college students! Come, learn, discover and understand the world for yourself with China Internship Placements’ High School Abroad Programs in China!
READY FOR COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE
One factor that attracts college admission officers is when they realize that applicants have something extra that others do not have. When college admissions staff notice study-abroad experience on applicant profiles, they’ know what it means as it is an opportunity to learn about the world and not just confined to the classroom. They will be happy to have such applicants in their college. It is an indication of curiosity, proactiveness, and awareness about other cultures relevant for proactive thinking. Study-abroad experiences also indicate confidence and ingenuity to succeed. It lays a solid foundation for future employers to desire and hire. In addition to our High School Study Abroad programs, China Internship Placements offers more options to set yours experience on the right ladder:
Summer High School Abroad (China) – A rather shorter term High School Program power packed with contents that has the potential of boosting global awareness and cultural immersion at an intensive rate.
Gap Year Abroad in China – A program for participants between high school and college which brings on opportunities to study Chinese language, Gain some working experience and develop the habit of giving back to society and service to mankind as it is essential for self-satisfaction.
Landing into college, we will continue to consolidate your experience through our CIP Opportunity Network which makes available very resourceful materials to guide you till you grow. There exist opportunities to also Intern in future for free. China Internship Placements also recruit applicants in the future to work with us because we know your history of experience better than any other institution.
In a Special report carried by B.B.C on the current nature of High School System quoted Andreas Schleicher, an expert adviser on education at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), saying that the current structure of High School Programs poses a danger where the younger generation is not going to be better educated than the older. And the center of the debate was much about curriculum structure and its ability to challenge thinking. Parents must, therefore, take personal initiative to give their wards that solid background hence a recommendation of our High School Program in China.
Due to the volume of applications received on a daily basis, we have built a standard application procedure that all applications should go through. Due to the structured nature of this Program, we require that all applicants adhere to dates
Step 1: Submit Application and Book Appointment
After submitting your application, you will be allocated to a personal program consultant who will help you book an appointment to speak with the team. Your expectations will be collected and the program processed detailed out.
Step 3: Approval and Admission
You have to approve the content, price and all details. Then CIP will create a profile for you and submit your application to our partner universities. At this point, applicants have to Pay Program Processing fee and then we proceed with submitting all details to the university. Admission letters will be issued thereafter
High School Program Components
Learn Mandarin with a university curriculum! Our University intensive Mandarin Program presents the best combination of components that maximize your resources and experience while on a Study abroad project in China. Speed up your mandarin skills with intensive Chinese language arrangements, and stay safe with our Insurance worth $100,000 health expenditure and emergency evacuation.
High School Program Content
All programs belonging to China Internship Placements’ bouquet of services is power-packed to contain fun, talent discovery, and above all, transformation. Experience our reliable curriculum, conducive academic environment and Chinese cultural immersion activities that bring your experience alive. Each day presents a new experience altogether with exciting activities to make participants forget they are even in a whole new environment.
Our program Module allows an effective selection of diverse courses. These are chosen after consultation with parents and High School teachers, so as to make sure that combinations are relevant for the participants knowledge base. The subjects include: Communication Arts, Environmental Science, Global Entrepreneurship, Marine Science, Community Service, Geography, Mathematics, Cultural Exchange, and the Chinese Political System.
Participants have a compulsory language study program scheduled into a timetable as per the electives selected above. There is usually a 20-hour Chinese language class every week. Lessons are combined with videos, audios, field trips and many state-of-the-art Chinese learning methods.
Fees and Locations
Our program fees reflect all components and we allow customization
Cultural Immersion forms part of the program content. From interaction with host families or dormitory mates to exposure during class lessons, deep immersion is taking place. Also, there are activities such as Chinese Cuisine lessons (eg. cooking dumplings), Calligraphy, Karaoke Visits, Kungfu, Martial Arts, Yoga, & Piano Lessons (to mention just a few).
We organize trips to very historic sites that participants have read about. This is the perfect opportunity to make it real. Check our Cultural trip page for a vivid description.
ACCOMMODATION AND CARE
Our standard is that all Homestays are located within 45 minutes or less from campus by public transportation and have two or three bedrooms. Participants are allocated private bedrooms but may share some other facilities like kitchen, living room (some host families arranges separate bathrooms for our participants). We have standards that these homes must meet before we consider them and full standards are found on our Accommodation page. Participants are usually invited to family meals during the week. Nevertheless, participants should prepare an extra budget for other meals and dine out. This accommodation option is highly recommended by our Accommodation department for participants who want to establish dependable networks for future purposes. Our participants in this option will enhance speedy immersion and mastering of Chinese language.
China Internship Placements’ (CIP) study abroad students are assigned to an apartment, which includes a living room, bed and bathrooms, kitchen area, washing machines, and quality Internet access. The cities that host our High School programs in China are very vibrant and culturally dosed to keep participants wanting more.
Our University Mandarin Programs are strategically hosted by famous and best Chinese language Universities located in cities with solid immersion capabilities and opportunities. These programs are located in Beijing, known for the best language-learning environment, Shanghai with solid institutions teaching Chinese language to foreigners, Nanjing with historical sites, and more. The settings for our programs gives participants the opportunity to practice Mandarin skills every day.
Our Safety and Support Commitment
First and foremost, China Internship Placements is committed to the safety of all participants right from application till the end of the program in China and beyond. We keep to our support pledge with the intention of making sure that all stakeholders are given the needed guidance to realize the best out of the program. This commitment has been scribbled and inscribed into standards that guide all facets of our operations. We make sure that no individual incurs physical, mental, psychological injury or stress in the process of taking part of in our China Programs. Our services are induced to guarantee satisfaction. All our products are therefore safe for participants including our Top Quality Gap Year Program.
Our approach to safety is as follows . First, CIP does regular through auditing of all safety processes incorporated in all programs. Also, we make available all information to help participants make good decisions of whether to participate or not. This information are released during the first contact with the client and also updated to our Health and Safety Standards page. We also conduct pre departure briefing segments. CIP conduct through orientation for participants within 24 hours of arrival to reduce possible risks. Our Gap Year Staff are kept on the field most of the times to make sure participants are safe and follow our safety plans. They keep a close eye on them and report to our Programs Manager who holds executive position ate BOD of directors’ level. They also keep 24/7 contact with all participants to provide emergency support.
SUPPORT HEALTH AND INSURANCE
We value the safety and security of our participants while they are on our program. We therefore have properly laid standards and practices that have been tried and tested over time. Parents and Guardians feel free to trust us on this because we are very transparent and professional when it comes to handling stakeholder expectations. Change in weather and environment could have some ramifications on individuals and this vary from one individual to the other that’s why we do not joke with the health our participants especially in the first few weeks of their arrival. We have had several consultations with superior and governing organizations to audit and re-audit our processes till they are proven to be consistent with Industrial expectations. Our health standards are no exception to this. They have been tried and tested over the years and found to be robust. Our program components included Health Insurance and are to handle and take care of all costs associated with the health care of our participants while they are on the program. Once a participant confirms a placement and makes a deposit, China Internship Placement purchases insurance to that effect. Parents and families of our participants can now relax and be assured their Children are safe.
All China Internship Placements’ High School Abroad, China participants take part in an orientation and briefing segments before starting departing. We provide very important information to all participants to prevent out of the blue expectations. We arrange this session and allow that parents are able to attend together with their children. While this is mandatory, we allow that participants and their parents decide which time is appropriate.
Another set of orientation is conducted while the participants arrive in China. This is the most important aspect of the process it is actually an orientation segment organized for all participants. They are debriefed about how to handle transportation and what hazards are in the city. They also educated about how to comport themselves and rules and regulations governing High Schools in China. Few cultural insights are also explained to participants so that they could make the best out of their acquaintances. All our participants will be picked from the airport upon arrival by China Internship Placement Study Center staff who will also assist in dropping them at the appropriate accommodation. Usually, these same staffs are responsible for coordination all issues relating to the participant to ensure continuity.
Our participants are taken to very prominent companies related to their career choice. The purpose of this is to whip up their interests and get them acquainted with the way these industries are run. They also spend time understanding work ethics and company operations.
Giving back to society is one message we preach so as to awaken the societal love for our community. We believe that one’s effort is useless if his toil does not benefit society. We arrange very meaningful and fulfilling volunteer opportunities in China for our participants. Some of these projects include: Teaching English in Migrant Schools, Sharing time with Disabled kids like them and other community-related tasks.
CIP’s Chinese Language Partner Program is a unique feature of our Study and Internship programs, professionally crafted to speed and consolidate listening, speaking and writing skills of our participants. It is so unique that our competitors do not have it. Participants get paired with Chinese University graduates trained in teaching Chinese as a second International language for one-on-one Mandarin language lessons. Tutorials are held at the convenience of our language tutors with more hours available upon request. These segments provide participants with additional Chinese language practice in Mandarin.
Discover Yourself, Learn Mandarin and get Immersed
This program comes with extra features of enhancement, hosted in china. Spend your leisure chatting with native Chinese dorm mates or interacting with your host family, gaining knowledge about their lives as Chinese, and practicing the Chinese language as studied in class. The program challenges participants in the class by allowing them to study familiar subjects in a whole new language. Participants are guided to know their communities, as well as visit places like the Hypermarket, hospital, post office, restaurants, etc.While in China, cultural immersion activities will be organized to deeply engage participants in the way Chinese live and why they do what they do. Unravel the way the Chinese mind works through a common learning experience. Gain survival skills while living far away from home under the secure watch of our staff, all while participating in a High School Program in China!
Meet The WorldMain details of our programs
Pursuing cultural immersion programs in China does not only speed your Chinese language proficiency skills, but also grants an opportunity to Know China better. China Internship Placements (CIP) organizes excursions and trips to very insightful places like the Great Wall of China, The summer palace (read more about our Excursions and Trips), and more.
Using CIP’s platform for your Chinese language study in China, grants you extra support than you will ever get else where. You will gain access to complete 24/7 support, and we will design it to your expectation
- Our programs are unique with personalized contents. You will get more on the CIP platform
- Free Internship arrangements. Internship could be added at no extra cost
- You will be paired with a language partner in order to accelerate your speaking skills
- Participants are given the opportunity to exploit identified opportunities with our given network base
- Professionally developed combining classroom lessons and cultural trips and immersion
- Very flexible with add-on options like Internships, Volunteering, Travel, and Teaching
- Intensify the course with additional study hours to accelerate proficiency
Learn the language with accredited courses designed to fit. Don’t get left behind: full immersion study for best results!
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TRANSFORMATIVE & CUSTOMIZED
Our Internship in China allocates you a seasoned career coach whose responsibility is to help brand your skills, refine them and equip you with techniques that 95% of your peers are yet to discover. Join our Guaranteed Internship handled by professional staff.
SAFE & IMMERSIVE
All 20 of our Program Modules including Summer Internship Programs are designed to be safe, immersive and supportive. This reflects in our ability to gain trust and endorsement in the career industry.
CHOICE OF LOCATIONS
China Internship Placements offers Paid Internships Program in China as well as Intensive Chinese Language programs in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Nanjing.
Regardless of program, all accommodations adhere to our standards and regulations guaranteeing safety, security and peace of mind. Let CIP handle arranging your accommodation before you arrive, ensuring on arrival your new place is ready for you to make it home.
Choose an accommodation option that suits you. Three main options are available, with special requests handled on a case-by-case basis. For more on CIP accommodations and for more photos, visit our Accommodation Page.
Live with local resident Chinese families under the same roof. Get culturally immersed into the Chinese culture, while networking with Chinese families that are eager to welcome you to China.
Shared apartments are a great opportunity to get get immersed into the local culture. Share accommodation with a young Chinese counterpart, while having a level of privacy.
Dormitory / Campus Provisions
Want complete privacy? Need more space? Everything from retrofitted studio apartments to spacious apartments are available – according to your budget and needs.
Don’t take our word for it. Hear it directly from past program participants across a range f fields. Have questions? Read more review on the popular sites linked below.
Program Participants Love CIP
China Internship Placement was at the center of getting me a consultancy internship when I was looking for one. They proved to be worth my money. I am coming from a part of the world that paying to placed into an internship was unheard of. But ...Read More
China Internship Placement was at the center of getting me a consultancy internship when I was looking for one. They proved to be worth my money. I am coming from a part of the world that paying to placed into an internship was unheard of. But when I was walked though the components, I felt it was worth it.
I joined a consultancy internship assisting one of the lead Associates with preparing analysis, writing final reports and presentation. I experienced work and life in a multinational organizational setting and deep insight about China from regulation and policy framework and brand survival. I gained a valuable insight into the art and business of consulting including corporate culture. I was added to Management Consulting Team and attended corporate meetings and Training Need Assessment (TNA) segments.
These exposures mean a lot to me because I learnt about project management which is essential to managing a consultancy. I got knowledgeable about how to run a consultancy and prospect for clients. My Experience Chinese approach to management always proved to be different from the west because there are cultural and societal characteristic pervasiveness. It is seen in their everyday life. When I was briefed about the bureaucracies of work and respect for the hierarchy, I though change is going to be different in Chinese companies but hey! there is always a way of going about it. Few rules, Never regard an employees, ideas and superior to his supervisor, never contact a subordinate before a superior, always keep an eye on the rank, do not request to meet bosses together with their subordinates. Interesting huh! When you observe these rules to the letter, and assure subordinates of complete cover, you will get all information needed for a training need assessment. The Essence and Value The job descriptions were very necessary to my future career and the 12 months that I stayed in Beijing was just like living the future in the present. CIP’s Entrepreneurial training was just superb!!! We joined China Accelerators, an organization that nurtures entrepreneurial ideas and are Venture Capitalists. In my opinion, Beijing is the best city to launch careers related to business related soft skills like consultancy, research, marketing etc because here is a heavy presence of Fortune 500 companies. I understand Beijing has the highest fortune 500 Company presence than any other city in the world because most of them interested in doing business in China, would like to be very close to the Government to get first had information about policy Changes. Networking was a very important program component I miss while at home now. On a typical networking evening, all CIP interns gather at an agreed venue conveyed to very executive programs to network with Business people. It is fun and was worth ht time too. The growth Process Performance appraisal was a very vital aspect of the internship and I loved it except the realities. In the first 2 months, my performance was not as pleasant as I thought. I was encouraged to work hard and read more and I was at my best thereafter. CIP together with my host company conducts performance appraisal on my achievements and very frank recommendations are made to keep me in check. I love it though it was very corrective. I will add my voice to the rest of previous reviewers that CIP is to be trusted and their programs are solid and the experiences are real. Professionalism and good work ethics as well as fast follow ups outclass any shortfalls. We have also vowed to be ambassadors for CIP.Read Less
Just as the famous Saint Augustine said, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”. I found this to be true on my Internship Project with CIP. It is an account I would like to give and could never finish. I tried some o...Read More
Just as the famous Saint Augustine said, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”. I found this to be true on my Internship Project with CIP. It is an account I would like to give and could never finish. I tried some of these into articles on some travel blogs, I wished my visa never expired and my family never keep asking me to come back home J after extending it for a month of jolly cruising ride and Tour.
I decided to do some internship in China after graduating from the university of Newcastle in Civil Engineering. Haven searching around for local jobs and getting frustrated, I decided to trip China to gain the experience that all employers keep asking during interviews. I am grateful my family did support this idea.
I chose CIP as an agent upon recommendation from a friend who once participated in this program. This experience probably had the biggest impact on my personal side. I′ve experienced coming to a city, I′ve never been, alone and being in a culture I haven’t met before. All this I think made my independent skills even stronger. Getting through the first week wasn’t very easy for me because of the unfamiliar. I don’t wish to portray here that it is the food I love, but my Welcome dinner with CIP staff was really an ice-breaking session.
I came for engineering internship in a well established Chinese company in Beijing for 6 months. I was arranged for 6 months internship, Language study and some business classes to know about Chinese business model since I was and is still interested in doing business in China. This company adopted very contemporarily and state of the art approaches to managing their company. They hired some foreign expats as staff and work culture was just like the west. It is amazing to see Chinese companies practice western approach to organizing while life after work is all about Chinese culture. The company sources contracts within and outside China and their reputation are solid internationally.
I was given a One-week orientation and training to fit into the department in Charge of Designing Intelligent Transportation Systems for countries and cities. They provide services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management. The department uses Information and communication Technology to plan transport networking. During my internship, I worked under a Supervisor who was ready to make me a real engineer. This was his promise to me on the first day I met him in the Coffee Yard.
I was happy for this opportunity because China despite its huge population has a well designed efficient transportation system which is worth studying about. The placement practically got me to know more.
I was involved in preparing bids for tenders and some project supervision tasks. I learnt and mastered How to prepare good bids to win international contracts. This makes me feel like a giant because I was never taught how to deal with this while in School.
I got to know how to use Emergency vehicle Notification procedures, How to development Automatic Road enforcements, CCTV systems and to use other Intelligent transport Technologies. I also learnt the basics of safety issues used to design the Chinese subway system.
Every engineer could judge how valuable this experience is going to be for me. CIP gave me a very wonderful supervisor who was doing a fantastic supervision.
No program is perfect and as such I don’t expect this to be very perfect. It took me a while to agree to the offer. My internship placement was changed twice before I finally settle for this one. I got frustrated in the process as I lost trust for the agency, but I got to realise that it is rather a stronger feature of their service because, the client have a say in deciding what eventually they settle for.
It is not easy getting paid placements for students in China when there are numerous young graduates willing to render such services for free. But to whoever is coming to China, I will recommend CIP as a sure way. Don’t miss it !!
There is this quote that my language tutor taught me which is “wherever you go, go with your heart” this is a quote from Confucius a very important figure in Chinese history. It is only when we do this that we will realise the full benefits of the purpose. Cultural shock is real!! Let’s get prepared as we go abroad for those expensive experiences that our own local companies are not prepared to give us.Read Less
Just as the famous Saint Augustine said, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”. I found this to be true on my Internship Project with CIP. It is an account I would like to give and could never finish. I tried some o...
Initially, I did fear that I would not meet expectations given the high caliber of the people and projects I worked on. However, everyone was more than happy to help me get up to speed and more. The challenge is there, but I don’t feel entirely...Read More
Initially, I did fear that I would not meet expectations given the high caliber of the people and projects I worked on. However, everyone was more than happy to help me get up to speed and more. The challenge is there, but I don’t feel entirely on my own. This is my definition of a good internship". --Ann Leonard (Ohio University) I studied Environmental Science and Policy Management in Ohio University. Haven completed my First degree, I decided to gain a much intense skill dealing with serious projects. In the first place, no continent in the world is battling environmental degradation in the world than Asia. Asia is facing serious environmental challenges posed by aggressive economic growth. China’s most important city is no exception and for the past decades, Beijing has been suffering from massive environmental degradation including massive pollution. This sets the tone for my decision to intern in China.
I finally selected CIP to help with the placement and I was allocated to an organization with a mission to promote sustainable development and green growth. Headquartered in Beijing, they are the gateway for foreign cleantech companies to China’s green business and environmental market. They organize international conferences and outreach events, receiving and sending trade missions between countries, commercializing Chinese and foreign cleantech in China, and conducting research in sustainable development and green growth models. They also contribute to the discourse of influencing Chinese Green Economy Policies through a variety of lobby activities.
This is exactly what I was interested in so I did not waste much time before accepting the offer. My duty for the first 3 months was to conduct research and interpret results and prepare presentations for international conferences. Organize logistics for international conferences and during my internship, so many conferences were organized between Israel, Singapore, Spanish and UK governments and China. As the official organization in charge of green environment in China, we played a vital role in the delivery of these conferences. Out of these researchers and policy analysts, I was supposed to spot opportunities worth exploiting and write a proposal that is actionable. These are some of my personal contributions to the company.
Over the other half of the Internship, I plan travel logistics and schedule for business delegations to International governments and companies, Support visiting partners and on-site visits to clients; and also engage in some lobby meetings.
Why I am so poised about this internship is that I worked on famous international projects such as those funded by UNIDO, UNEP, China Green Carbon foundation and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. These experiences will live with me forever and I think my International environmental agenda will happen live!
For China Internship Placements, I entertained some doubts from the beginning. I was hesitant in paying so much to them, but this was later solved. I was not sure whether I was doing the right thing. I think that they should be able to offer a proper guarantee for such huge sums of money to be wired to them. This creates so much anxiety in the entire process and makes the preparation stage very disintegrated. At a point in time, I was made to talk with my supervisor and I tried so much due diligence but was not enough to satisfy my curiosity. I had to gamble, but I got it right if I had it wrong, I should be screwed for life! as my parents will not forgive me. I was also scared by the horrible stories that I read online about some other internship providers and this scared me about scam. I don’t know what CIP could do about it, but I think they must find a way of getting ahead of other providers so more students will know about their programs.
Aside that, CIP is a sweet family to join.Read Less
Initially, I did fear that I would not meet expectations given the high caliber of the people and projects I worked on. However, everyone was more than happy to help me get up to speed and more. The challenge is there, but I don’t feel entirely...
China has been a life-changing experience and CIP could not be more helpful in the process. They are genuinely interested in helping out students achieve their goals. From the moment I step foot in Beijing, a member of the CIP team was already ...Read More
China has been a life-changing experience and CIP could not be more helpful in the process. They are genuinely interested in helping out students achieve their goals. From the moment I step foot in Beijing, a member of the CIP team was already eagerly waiting for my arrival. The team had already planned out detailed itineraries on the first day such as: checking in to my accommodation, opening up a bank account and obtaining a Chinese mobile number.
Beijing was such a culturally rich experience. The juxtaposition between the modern towering skyscraper and the ancient Beijing hutong only a few blocks apart are a sight to behold. My first choice of city was actually Shanghai; however, I am glad that I made the switch to Beijing instead. China’s capital is full of surprises and there are plenty of hidden gems within the city’s small alleyways waiting to be discovered. While it may seem that Beijing is not as international as Shanghai, the expatriates and international students community are tightly knit thus it felt to the contrary.
Studying and interning at a startup firm in China was challenging yet rewarding. I was involved in the making of an international advertisement as a project manager and therefore had to use both the Mandarin language and the English language when facing with local or international clients. The most crucial aspect of my job was to understand both the western culture and the eastern culture; by acknowledging how they differ and by making sure that there is no cultural misunderstanding between the local and the international parties.
One thing that stuck out the most was how technologically advanced China has become. From renting a bike that's readily available literally on every street with the use of the bike-sharing app to paying a street food vendor using a QR code.
I had learnt more about myself than I did in my own country within a short space of 5 months. The journey I had in Beijing was invaluable and I encourage anyone who is considering studying, teaching or interning abroad in China to go for it and have a life-changing experience through the CIP Internship Platform. I am sure you will love it.Read Less
China has been a life-changing experience and CIP could not be more helpful in the process. They are genuinely interested in helping out students achieve their goals. From the moment I step foot in Beijing, a member of the CIP team was already ...
Michelle's China Internship Review
A properly researched and designed marketing strategy is the best requirement for any multinational organization looking to break boundaries to increase global market presence and revenue. Let any orga...Read More
Michelle's China Internship Review
A properly researched and designed marketing strategy is the best requirement for any multinational organization looking to break boundaries to increase global market presence and revenue. Let any organization entering its multinational stage doubt this and they are reassured to fail 100%. I am confident about this because I had the opportunity to try and test this fact through CIP’s China Internship.
Let's assume that China is not an economic superpower but has just a mere 1.4 billion people and I will have still chosen it as a place of doing my Marketing Internship to gain international experience.
Going international to gain experiences is never cheap and will never be cheap. I decided to intern abroad but the reality dawn on me when it was time to pay for the entire project which cost me a 4 digit figure. I did what I could do just to remain safe, but my parents still doubt my choice but eventually, I took the risk.
The placement process was rigorous as I had to go through a 3 stage Interview one with CIP Placement department and two others with my host Company. It was a learning process which I never had in University. It was strange to me because I thought CIP had to do all those cover-ups. I have never heard that internships in China got that competitive and selective. In entirety, the process reassured me that this was a professional program and not another Chinese mass production factory.
I was finally placed into a renowned Marketing Research company based in Shanghai, China tasked with the responsibility of assisting the Market Entry Department. This is a team of 18 people doing different things. I am supposed to be part of the research squad and my role formed the basis of my superior’s task. Anytime, I make mistakes, he was definitely going to do same. Although I passed the interview, I panicked at this new job because this was my first major experience at doing any serious research aside School projects and my Thesis.
I was tasked with the responsibility of collecting information identified outlets such as super and hypermarkets, consumer agencies and other governmental institutions like Ports and Harbor Authority. This information was dissected and manipulated to get signals of the seasonality of demands, recent trends in demand and competition statistics. I did this on 23 brands from countries such as Italy, UK, US and Saudi Arabia. So what do you expect? I can just see mastery.
One major project which I managed and drove my motivation high was when I was tasked to collect consumer perception index for a Jewel Brand which was looking to expand its market share in China. I was appointed the head of the team with other interns coming from CIP and other agencies we could not speak Chinese, but we sailed through with very minimal assistance from some Chinese native speaking colleagues. My Chinese speaking skills were enhanced after 3 months of study and this I will confess was essential to my success. This project went successfully as I was awarded separately for it.
My working morale was high likewise my other colleagues because there was always a weekly reward for hard work and deadline massacre. The term deadline massacre was coined from a team meeting we had was asked to try to meet deadlines. So any time an employee finishes tasks before the appointed time, the TIME MASSACRE AWARD was given. This included 1000 RMB and a treat to Spa and Dinner with the department head on next Sunday. Haven worn this once, I felt it was an opportunity to network with my BOSS which I nailed perfectly.
This internship was not relevant on any continent, country or city than Asia, China, Shanghai. I got deep cultural insights from studying Shanghainese (Shanghai Residents). Shanghai is more cosmopolitan than you could ever imagine. They are also getting rich day by day and enjoying shopping as their pastime. So consumer goods are heavily represented. Name any internationally recognized brand and they have it.
I noticed that Chinese have a unique taste for quality and price. The perception is that the higher the price, the higher the quality which I do not necessarily agree but that’s the reality in Shanghai. This is a relevant pricing strategy for most brands. So I just laid a free tip J. Cultural issues entangle the work of a marketer in China and you cannot override it. For example, when a brand is seen to be associated with the wrong colors, people, animals etc which culture does not favour, the brand suffers. These facts are very petty but vital for success.
Chinese social media tools as a marketing zone is a different atmosphere for marketing. I already knew about Twitter, facebook, Instagram etc but they all were blocked in China so I had to learn about WEIBO, WE CHAT and Renren. It was worth it too because I could confidently lead a campaign on these platforms in addition to what is in the west.
This is more than just a review it is actually a memo and I hope you enjoyed it. If you are looking to develop your skills and get relevant, I prescribe CIP 100% for anyone without any reservation. Their teams are solid from Program design, Placement to Customer service.
I have been transformed and I will launch my career in China because I am addicted to the experience and way of life now.Read Less
Michelle's China Internship Review
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I am yet to discover any program which is much customized and flexible than that of China Internship Placements. It is their hull mark and to me, they look different. I am a Bachelor student and graduated from Stanford University with Finance M...Read More
I am yet to discover any program which is much customized and flexible than that of China Internship Placements. It is their hull mark and to me, they look different. I am a Bachelor student and graduated from Stanford University with Finance Major and minored in Asian History. I joined this program to launch my career, add some professional touch to my CV before applying to further my education (MBA). I finally decided to go China for some specific experiences which are just unique to the way of doing business there. I am aware that my demands are too strange as I wanted to work as a Junior Trader /Analyst with the relevant job descriptions. I had just 4 weeks to have this planned. I wasted one week trying to figure this out which agency is right for me and in the process, I discovered CHINA INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS (CIP).
I ignored the so-called Big Internship providers in China because their contract terms were too strict especially where I had to pay fully for the program without knowing what to expect.
They finally arranged my desired program within 2 weeks and I had to process my visa with express service and got to China.
The company I interned with is a privately held integrated financial services company that enable clients to make effective financial decisions for today and for their retirement. Through direct offers of residential mortgages, investment advisory services, and real estate investment advice they clients' entire personal balance sheet to improve the outcomes of the financial choices of life. They are located in Shanghai with subsidiaries in Beijing, and six other provinces in China. It is a multinational company belonging to the EverGlory group of companies.
My job descriptions were solid and worth it. I handled Trade client positions using rebalancing software and excel models. Configure Rebalancer for optimum trading recommendations. Reconcile accounts and cost basis daily. Improve systems and processes through programming and innovative thinking throughout the division. Maintain client and prospect databases for request tracking, reporting, and mailings. Support the Director of Research and Portfolio Management. Support Investment management staff and clients, helping to produce a unique Wealth Management experience for clients.
The position gifted me with knowledge about the legal situation in China surrounding Real Estate and Mortgage. With the caliber of networks I have, I can confidently establish my own firm in China. My understanding was well grounded in the field as I served under a supervisor who knew much about the US, Europe, and Australian Market with over 30 years of experience.
It is envious and more than gold to me.
The package for language studies was awesome and worth it. I had a personal language tutor and we planned the lesson hours to not interfere with my internship. I am currently intermediate speaker of Mandarin.
Lessons learned is that nothing gets done properly in China without the necessary connection and Guanxi as referred in the local parlance. It is the oil that lubricates the engines of progress. That was the reason that the companies I contacted could not lead the way to get me what I wanted. China Internship Placements has what it takes. This company is well grounded. Through them, I also had a fair share of my connections.
I will disclose here that I am their campus Ambassador and I have recruited 3 of my school mates who are already in China now. This does not compromise the originality of my review because it is quality service that enticed me to be their brand ambassador.
The program has its own shortfalls just as no organization is perfect. I think they needed to open up more online contacts and visibility because I have no doubt that many young graduates are looking for such an opportunity.Read Less
I am yet to discover any program which is much customized and flexible than that of China Internship Placements. It is their hull mark and to me, they look different. I am a Bachelor student and graduated from Stanford University with Finance M...