Paid Internships Abroad Customized to Your Expectations
60% of Internships Abroad happen in China simply because the opportunities are too enticing to resist. You get more value interning in China than any other destination. Our Paid internships Abroad program hosted in China admits students and Young Graduates from United States, United Kingdom, other parts of Europe, Australia, Canada, Chinese who studied abroad and from the rest of the world. We offer guaranteed internships! All roads lead to China for an internship this summer, spring or even Gap Year
INTERNSHIPS ABROAD IN CHINA’S
Most Vibrant Industries
ith affiliation to 500 multinational organizations, 2000 medium-sized companies, and over 1000 startups, CIP is able to place interns into any sector at all. Our Internships Abroad are designed to bring out the best in you, as it is a perfect combination with Mentoring and coaching, exposure to China and cultural immersion. While on our International Internship, you also learn Mandarin
Trade, Logistics & Finance
International Trade Internship Abroad
China Internship Placements arrange International Trade Internships in China for participants looking to understand how trade is carried out between Chinese companies and their counterparts abroad.
Logistics Internships Abroad
A transport and logistics internship in China will land interns in multinational organizations with the opportunity to gain hands- on experience about the Chinese logistics industry. Tons of opportunities await.
Finance & Accounting
The Finance Internship in China Program places University, College Students as well as graduates into Wealth Management, Financial Analysis, Investment Banking and Accounting roles in their preferred city, and often, with preferred firms.
Legal, Med. & Insurance
Legal & Paralegal Internship
A legal internship Program in china through China Internship Placements will enhance your legal professional skills. Join our China Internship program for a professional placement into a law internship.
Medical & Pharmaceutical Internships
et the opportunity to prove you’ve got it takes by joining our Healthcare and allied health internships in China where it matters most. Our program places interns into Hospitals for job shadowing.
Insurance & Risk Mgt Internship
CIP provides Insurance and Risk internships in China in our internship program. The program is based in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Students from Economics, mathematics..
IT, Consultancy & PR
IT & Telecommunication Internship
CIP’s IT internship in China program presents a golden opportunity for young graduates to gain experiences in China’s most important sector. China Internship also places participants into telecommunication.
Join our consultancy Internship in China Program and get mentored!! Our china internship program presents a good platform got young graduates to get hands on experience being mentored.
Marketing, PR & Media Internship
Our China Internship Program offers International Internship opportunities for graduates into numerous sectors including Marketing. CIP’s Marketing Internships in China is a great way to launch your career.
Architecture & Engineering
Architecture & Real Estate Internships
Real Estate and Architecture Internship Programs in China with our China Internship Program will equip you with the best practices of the industry. From consulting to Financing and Investments.
Engineering Internships Abroad
Our Engineering Internship Program in China presents a platform for young graduates to consolidate and add to knowledge gained during study. It presents very updated technology exposure with huge multinational…
Hotel & Charity
Hospitality & Hotel Internship
hina Internship Placements (CIP) has arranged numerous Internships into Five Star hotels and other companies in the travel and tourism industry. Our Paid Hospitality Internships in China is a solid program that universities recommend to their students.
NGO, Charities & CBO Internships
If you have been keenly following the development of social issues in China, you will have noticed that the Government’s priority is shifting towards equity and rights. Read more about these opportunities.
China Internship Cities: Top Destinations
Our China Internships come in different types but are designed to reflect your expectations and career goals. No Matter the city you are hosted, CIP Interns are guaranteed Deep cultural Immersion, Profile building, Experience enhancement, an opportunity to discover China from a special perspective.
Important Pages to Visit
The pages below contain more information about our program descriptions, prices, testimonials and so much more. Have fun exploring them :). In order to get detailed procedures and processes, visit the Get Started Page
Your international internship this summer with CIP is an opportunity to gain professional experience, network, have fun and discover China like a local, while abroad
Paid Internships Abroad in China during winter season presents a wonderful time to discover China like never before. Experience warm and cold china and gain experience
Spring Internships in China offers numerous opportunities for an internship in China. It is the season with the highest vacancies and varieties. Intern Abroad in Spring!
China Internship Placements
Internship In china program is branded to reflect internships all year round without recourse to seasons or deadlines. You are allowed to join at any time of the year
Gap Year internship allows you the opportunity to combine an International internship with language study while preparing for college. Discover yourself
Enhance your Business skills with internships in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Law, Marketing, International Trade, in either Beijing, shanghai, Shenzhen etc
Paid Internships Abroad Components
Get the best combination of components that maximize your resources and experience while on an internship in China. Its Internship and Career strategy on the same platform. Get ahead of your peers with our Mentoring and Coaching, and stay safe with our Insurance worth $100,000 in health expenditure and emergency evacuation
Paid Spring Internships in China
Whether you call it International Spring Internships, Spring Internships Abroad or Business Internships, your expectation will be met under this program. As a participant, you will study in the largest economy in the world with booming industrial sectors.
Are you looking to get diverse and culturally aware? Are you adaptable, well-rounded and strategic problem solver? Are you looking to make the best out of the spring? If you are looking to achieve the following, then submit your Applications now and be considered into the Best spring internships in China
During this program, participants will learn about business Chinese financial system & corporate structure, fiscal policies and Chinese regulatory policies, workplace ethics, and know about the-Chinese-boss. Meet other like-minded interns from United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain and the rest of the world
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Find the position that's right for you -in one of 7citie's in China
Visa Process / CIP Provides Comprehensive Visa Support
China Internship Program Eligibility & Who Can Join
In order to Join this Program, you must meet the following criteria. When in doubt, contact our Program Consultants
- Be at least 18 years old (High School Internship Participants on enhancement Programs are exempted from this criteria)
- Speak English fluently
- Be either currently enrolled or have graduated from university
- Have an interest and passion for interning abroad and learning about new cultures
- Qualify for all applicable visa and embassy regulations for their desired location
We have been able to place more than 3000 participants into internship vacancies in china and we carry an extended network of alumni with amazing stories. Visit our alumni page for reviews, blogs, and videos
CIP’s Internships in China admits participants who meet any of the criteria below or under the eligibility critieria. Our intern community originates from allover the world including College Students and Graduates from United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and the rest of the world who are willing to commit to professional codes of ethics. We also Admit Chinese Who Studied Abroad (海归 – Hai gui) and looking to improve thier profile we have special programs in this regard
High School Students on Enhancement Programs
What Happens After the Internship
Our Career Team provides exit orientation and feedback so you can reflect on your experience as a whole and what it means for your future. We stand by even after the internship with Job opportunity updates and useful career tips
You become a qualified member of our alumni. We support our Alumni for jobs and return to China in the nearest future
Dates and Fees
China Internship Prices and Start Dates
We serve Applicants from all parts of the world with varying expectations and start dates, thats why our start dates are all year round. As an intern, you can start the internship at any time of the year. Graduates can decide their ideal start time and CIP will deliver accordingly. University Students can also schedule their internships to fit
|Start Months||Location / Dates||Duration|
|October 2018||All Locations / Starts Every Monday of the month||2-12 months|
|November 2018||All Locations / Starts Every Monday of the month||2-12 months|
|December 2018||All Locations / Starts Every Monday of the month||2-12 months|
|January 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|February 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|March 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|April 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|May 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|June 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|July 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|August 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|September 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|October 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|November 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|December 2019||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
|January 2020||All Locations / Starts Every Monday||2-12 months|
Why Participate in Internships Abroad Program?
Gain Global Experience
Internships abroad sharpen your professional skills and put you ahead of competition. An international internship enhances your global thinking skills which is a required by multinational companies. Internship in China offers more
Prepare for the Job Market
International Internships especially that hosted by CIP allocates you to a career mentor and coach. While on your internship abroad, they psyche you up and prepare you to face the Job. Every intern deserves to be coached
Learn Language & Cultural Immersion
While on your internship in China, you will learn Mandarin which is the most spoken language in the world. Internship Abroad prepares you to think like locales ie Business negotiation, contract etc
While interning abroad, you will work with Business professionals who are willing to assist your career development agenda. Get prepared to meet other young people on an International internships from all parts of the world
Courage and Independence
Participating in an internship Abroad drives you out of your comfort zone and tests you against the reality. You will discover yourself, master the art of decision making and learn to trust your instincts and gut feelings
Fun Fun Fun
Internship Abroad is always challenging but filled with so much fun and exposure to a lot you have never seen before. From cultural trips, to meeting new friends and partying, you can only get this through an international internship
Entrepreneur Internship with Top Start-ups
Entrepreneurial Internships have become the best ways to build your profile in the upcoming sectors. These experiences are more preferred by Huge Firms. You will intern with great start-ups with strong prospects, network with industry experts and get familiar with the Chinese market entry strategy.
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 immersed into the local culture. Share accommodation with a young Chinese counterpart, while having a level of privacy.
Want complete privacy? Need more space? Everything from retrofitted studio apartments to spacious apartments are available – according to your budget and needs.
Unique Internships in China with Mentoring
Our Internships are designed to enhance your experience and also give you a deep understanding of doing business in China as a Corporate Executive. We combine Trips, Networking events, and cultural immersion. This year, we pair you with career coaches from wall street and silicon valley. There are limited slots
CIP is Unique
Mentoring & coaching
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.
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.
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.
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
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
CIP’s program has been a great choice and an inspiration allowing me to explore my Finance Career. They are well organized and understand what is required to professionally support students while in China. Tried their Mentoring and Coaching and...Read More
CIP’s program has been a great choice and an inspiration allowing me to explore my Finance Career. They are well organized and understand what is required to professionally support students while in China. Tried their Mentoring and Coaching and it was the best I could ever get
Name: Bonnie Kaki Cheng
Course: Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and human resource management)
University: University of Western Australia
Program: Internship - Financial Analyst
I am Happy to review my numerous accomplishments as a Finance Intern on the CIP Program. I was placed in Shanghai with one of the elite firms into Investment Banking and Cross Boarder Investment. I was excited because there was so much going on within the company which allowed me to first hand explore the details most aspects of Finance.
I worked directly with the Associate in charge of preparing companies for IPOs, I had the distinct pleasure of working with and overseeing a variety of initiatives and projects.
Right from the program design stage to execution, CIP remained very cooperative, supportive and professional in communicating with me and my friends.
On arrival, I joined the Company as a Financial Analyst Intern, though I did not have any first-hand experience in such an area, I was given a detailed training and on-the-job support. I was able to complete new and challenging projects at a professional level. As a financial Analyst intern, I was responsible for the financial evaluation and pre-audit work for investment projects. I also took on Evaluation Projects for IPO and OTC/NASDAQ clients. I assisted in the management and organization of Financial projects to assist senior analyst with investment Projects.
Working in one of the fastest changing sectors and within a fast paced environment, my supervisors were at the task.
Overall, the program is great and stands out as one of the best. I sat to compare the experience with other interns who were not on the CIP Program and I am convinced CIP have the best program in China
Supervisor’s Remarks We are impressed with her performance and can boldly remark that Bonnie’s work left a lasting impact on the department and places her into our top five outstanding interns we have had in the past years. We were impressed with her enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor while on our internship program in ChinaRead 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 ...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
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