Shanghai Future Leader Internship Program

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About

Shanghai is one of the largest cities by population in the People's Republic of China, and the world. The city is located in eastern China, at the middle portion of the Chinese coast, and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Due to its rapid growth over the last two decades it has again become a global city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, technology and culture. It is often described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of Mainland China.

Highlights
  • Custom made Internships! The most important element of our program is the internship experience itself. We operate a formal internship placement process for each of our student.
  • NSC: A true family with experienced and dedicated staff members! Our team is composed of individuals from France, China, United States, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand.
  • Meet the world! A key aspect of our program is the diversity of our participants. Each year, we receive students from over 30-35 countries, so each apartment is composed of students from different nationalities, cultures, customs.
  • Build soft skills and Increase personal development to reach full potential! All of our interns have grown personally and professionally through our program by interning and living in an international city.
  • In-Country Support! Health and safety in-country is one of our top priority. We are available during office hours for any non-life threatening issues and 24/7 for any life-threatening issues. This includes crisis management plan

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Reviews

86%
based on 44 reviews
  • Growth 8.2
  • Support 8.8
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8.4
  • Safety 9.3
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Sara
9/10

Life experience

I spent 2 months and a half in this shocking, amazing and sometimes difficult city. It is huge, full of contrasts and apparently, completely different from the western standards I am used to. When I arrived I was scared because I didn't know anything about the culture and the language, so everyday I kept asking myself "How can I survive here?" In the end I survived. Chinese people are the kindest people I've ever met, always trying to help you, just give them time to know you. I was working in a small company of 25 Chinese people, just three of them could speak English, and I can't speak a word of Chinese, so at the beginning it was kind of difficult but in the end I felt so sad leaving. I was doing marketing, so for all the period I was there, I had to do marketing analysis of clients, sometimes it was very boring, but I really can't complain, I learn how to segment the market and to create a marketing plan. When I needed Next Step Connections, Next Step was always there, fixing Internet when it was not working, helping me getting Internet on my mobile phone (not so easy if you really can't speak ONE word of chinese) and creating occasions to meet the other interns. The flat also was really nice. I have really appreciated their effort.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I can think of is the possibility to have Chinese classes, made by a teacher that is in contact with the organization. The thing that I've found more difficult was to communicate in the everyday life, understanding what I was eating, asking the taxi driver where he had go, and all these kind of things. Maybe classes with all the interns could be an idea, and also an opportunity to socialize!
For the rest I really can't complain!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Brenda
9/10

My time in Shanghai

For the most part, being in the city center was pretty good. One of the things I found to be hard was the hotel location being 1.2 kilometers away from the nearest subway station (it would have been nicer to be 500 meters or less). Also, it would have been easier if there was a supermarket within walking distance of the hotel. As for the hotel, the best part was the big living space with living room area. Otherwise the plumbing needed to be dealt with three times and the wifi reception was terrible. The hotel staff seemed to respond better to Chinese-speakers than those who couldn't speak Chinese. It was nice having a Family Mart downstairs though. Otherwise going to work was easy with options of taxi, subway, or bus. The food was absolutely amazing, the supermarkets were huge, and the malls were even bigger.

How can this program be improved?
Hotel location closer to subway station.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Max
9/10

Integrating into Chinese Culture

After taking four months of Mandarin at University of Melbourne, I felt very little cultural shock as I was able to at least communicate to people at a basic level. My day experiences at work were wonderful as I was put in an office with primarily Chinese staff which is what I wanted. I learned each day some new things about chinese business culture whether at the office or during lunch breaks. For instance, Chinese love to order multiple dishes and then share all those dishes, something I didn't do in other parts of the world. There were certainly some difficulties I encountered especially the weather since China was quite hot, humid, and rainy often. The commute to work was fairy easy but the amount of people on the metro was a challenge as you had to really push yourself to get in. That was something I wasn't used to.

How can this program be improved?
I think one thing the program should change is the housing location. Although the apartment itself was great, it was very close to a highway where there can be quite a bit of noise coming from below.
Yes, I recommend this program
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NaiCha
10/10

Best Support for Overseas Students

The language barrier that comes with being abroad is scary enough without having to worry about safety and understanding cultural faux pas. NSC was incredibly accommodating and kind through out my entire experience. Since I didn't speak Chinese, they helped me with everything from translating with the cleaning people to buying train tickets and booking plane trips. They ensured I was safe and quickly handled all challenges. Highly recommended.

How can this program be improved?
To spend more time there!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Brandon
9/10

Amazing support and comfort for first time studying/working abroad

NextStepConnection's support team was literally there for me every step of the way - from arrival to departure - during my stay in Shanghai. As a matter of fact, my plane was delayed 8 hours in San Francisco, causing me to arrive in Shanghai in the middle of the night. It was 2am and I was worried that I would be stranded; yet, two employees - Virginia and Sabrina - left their beds to come rescue me during these late night hours.

The remainder of the trip went very smoothly, helping with translation, logistics, securing and introducing me to the firm for which I would intern, and arranging cultural events and dinners to experience.

We then all got to meet many other NSC students who were coming from various countries. This allowed me to meet new friends and have people with whom I could enjoy these experiences, not to mention it expanded my network.

I came in as a pre-MBA candidate looking to gain a new global, professional experience. This was the perfect medium through which to do so. I am confident that this experience, when woven into my graduate school essays, truly helped me get into both UPenn's Wharton School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School for a dual MBA/MPA degree.

How can this program be improved?
I had actually gone through a third party, which represented and referred me to NSC. The only problem came about with a lack of planning and communication, because I did not have direct access to NSC before the trip. I wish I had had that.

I would recommend that you look into NSC and talk with them well ahead of the trip and keep in touch all the way up to your arrival, so that every detail is planned out and so that you have communicated whatever it is that you want to experience. They will work to accommodate most situations.
Yes, I recommend this program
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aimecon
10/10

Great Internship !

The internship is great! Did an internship with an equity research firm then with a private equity fund. Gained a tonne of exposure to the China market, and start to really understand how things work at the local level. It is something you cannot learn from sitting in a classroom (even at an Ivy League institution).

The best thing is that management team is excellent. They are expatriates themselves who understand how things work in the local Chinese market. They are very friendly, approachable and helpful, with great work ethic (something scarce in a Chinese context), and willing to go well beyond what is needed to help their clients and students. A place where you will find Western standards in the (promising yet chaotic) China workplace. Would highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting some China experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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TMT41
3/10

Waste of money and time!

Overpriced for what you are getting. I was so excited before getting to SH. I thought that paying over $5000 to them would guarantee a phenomenon experience. Guess what? Everything sucked besides the fact that I met some real cool friends (but seriously I didn't need to pay 5 grants to do that). first of the internship sucked. We were 4 interns and 3 of us hated it. We felt like useless the whole time. I am not sure about the 4th one since he joined 1 week before all 3 of us finished our internship. We were over it and didn't try to know the kid. I had the chance to talk to a bunch of other NSC interns and most of them (I would say 95+% of them, no joke) complained about their internships. Only 2-3 liked theirs out of over 50 people. The companies that we were placed in were small and sketchy ones. Trust me you will most likely do crappy jobs and feel useless the whole time. Some of the interns were so upset and fed up that they quit and found their own internships by themselves. Not to mention that housing also sucked. I don't know how NSC thinks. If your internship were in Puxi they would put you in Pudong for housing and vice versa. Had a pretty bad experience and felt cheated at the end of it. Glad I made some real friends out of this experience. But definitely not worth the 5K you paid them. Would not recommend to anyone.

Response from Next Step Connections

We are very sorry that your experience didn't meet your expectations.

We always do everything we can to ensure you a suitable internship. However if an issue arises at work, the issue should be effectively communicated to our team, so that we are able to help you solve the situation as soon as possible. If the issue can't be resolved, NSC will immediately change your host company to ensure you still make the most of your experience.

We do understand that it is sometimes difficult to adjust to a new working environment, especially in a developing country like China, this is why our team is available anytime to offer assistance.

Again, we apologize that your internship didn't meet your expectations and we wish you the best of luck in the future.

No, I don't recommend this program
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aggie91
8/10

A Program Worth Checking Out!

NSC gave me a safe and reliable way to both explore the culture of China and broaden my professional and academic horizons. While participating in this program, I was able to sample Shanghai's social scene, bargain at markets, try local delicacies, and of course, gain invaluable experience going to work events and meetings. The NSC staff was always available and willing to accomodate our needs, which was especially comforting considering I was 7000 miles from home and didn't speak much of the language at first. This is definitely a program I would recommend to anyone interested in spending time in China.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
8/10

Home away from home

Upon arrival getting picked up in a van by someone who spoke no English was an interesting experience but nerves were soon calmed after meeting the programs friendly staff and seeing the good housing.

NSC does a great job in finding you an internship and although there are times when you feel you want to be doing something else within your internship company it is hard to blame NSC for this.

Socialising with fellow interns and the free monthly meal and planned events are always fun.

Overall I've met some great friends, learnt a lot about myself and a new culture.

Thank you NSC!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Taylor
9/10

Inroads to working in Shanghai, China

I found my internship to be very helpful to me in my career. Through my internship, I was able to make the connections to land a full time job. I don't think that would have been possible without the networking events Next Step set up. Also through my internship, I was able to see what it was like to be an expat in Shanghai.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bavish
9/10

An Experience that will help...more than you can think

NSC is definitely one of the top in terms of internships abroad. They have a dedicated team, in which, top ranked employers will do anything to help you throughout your internship. If, you are not happy about anything during the internship, the team will be there to support you, every single day. I definitely think that they are amongst the elite in Shanghai. They provide excellent services, help you integrate the Chinese culture and moreover, the people you meet during your internship will be long-term friends/relationships. With their weekly events, most of you will meet other interns and sometimes even meet other employers in Shanghai.

Contrary to popular belief: THEY ARE LEGIT. IT IS NOT SCAM. THEY ARE FOR REAL.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Pan102
9/10

Experience you won't regret.

Next Step is a wonderful company that really was able to give me the hands on internship that I needed to experience. I didn't want to sit behind a desk staring at a computer screen for 8 hours of the day or run coffee errands as my daily tasks. Next Step's staff really took you personal needs into account and was able to find companies they believed most suited to you. You were then able to choose on you own which one you wanted to work for. My only negative comment was that it was a very pricey process. The quality of service was wonderful but the price was a little steep. I would love to do it again but I'm not able to afford it. Overall the experience was amazing, the living situation was ideal and there is nothing to complain about!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dani
10/10

Great times, lasting memories.

I enjoyed my internship in Shanghai. NSC program help me a lot through my growing progress. They are very helpful and made it easy for me to adjust to the customs and language barrier I experienced. I met many interns and developed new friendships. I learned valuable skills at my internship that can be used in my desired career. Shanghai and the NSC had left me with wonderful memories that I will always cherish.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Avni
9/10

Unforgettable experience

My experience in Shanghai would not have been the same without the support from Next Step Connections. They provided great housing, organised social events, provided a great internship and were friendly and approachable.

My experience was totally unforgettable and I never expected to fall in love with Shanghai as much as I did. It is an endless source of food, culture and entertainment and the diversity of people you meet is truly enriching. I felt inspired by China in general and I was truly sad to leave. I will definately return one day.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kevan
9/10

Internship in the city of tomorrow

Coming from Copenhagen makes Shanghai a huge fairytale land where everything is possible. The life, culture and work routines are so different and for some it might be too overwhelming, but not for me. I seek the adventure and my Next Step Connection internship was just that!
They helped me find a spot in a big construction firm, where i worked as a project manager and design intern for 3 months. Was amazing experience for my future career and Next Step had many happenings where I met a lot of other interns who I explored the city of Shanghai together with, night and day. I lived with two other interns in a nice big apartment in central Shanghai, very convenient with metro and shopping nearby.
Not being able to speak chinese trapped me in some funny situations, for example when buying new minutes for my phone the lady behind the desk once thought i asked for her number so she wrote it down for me, then i called my internship coordinator at Next Step who then helped me get my phone charged with more minutes :)I loved living and working in Shanghai, going back to Denmark was a sad day, but ill be back ;)

Yes, I recommend this program

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