Shanghai Future Leader Internship Program

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Next Step Connections Shanghai staff for interns during their internship program
Next Step Connections Shanghai staff for interns during their internship program
University of Texas at Austin Shanghai Internship City Tour
University of Texas at Austin Shanghai Internship City Tour
Next Step Connections interns on a trip during the internship program, 2011
Next Step Connections interns on a trip during the internship program, 2011
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Discover internships abroad with Next Step Connections at GO! Overseas
Discover internships abroad with Next Step Connections at GO! Overseas
Students of the University of Texas at Austin Shanghai Summer Internship Program
Students of the University of Texas at Austin Shanghai Summer Internship Program
Discover internships abroad with Next Step Connections at GO! Overseas
Discover internships abroad with Next Step Connections at GO! Overseas
Explore Shanghai
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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.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

89%
based on 64 reviews
  • Growth 8.5
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.5
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Chang
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experienced the busy and Prosperous journey of Shanghai

My name is Liu Chang. I am working in SMH International as a intern.The company's address is located on South Shaanxi Road, only four metro stations away from our hotel. I mainly responsible for the department of new media, the main task of this deparment is writing newsleter.For example, one of the wechat public account essay written by me is"California Strawberry Opens the Cool Summer" .From this kind of task I have learned how to write eassy in “Wechat language”.

Translating dish recipes is also an important task which I have ever done. From these recipes I learned some foreign spices which I had never heard before,such as sweet basil,Jiliet,etc.The fantastic ideas of foreigh chefs also opened my eyes.

Also, I did some simple and boring work,such as translate addredd list, scan newspaper and so on. But there’s always someone to do that.

Most noteworthy of all is that,I made hundreds of customer service calls,which greatly improved my psychological quality and ability to communicate with strangers.

As for the Accommodation arrangements,Thank NSC for choosing the Rujia Selected Hotel in Xujiahui , a busy downtown area. The hotel is located in a convenient geographical place. It is very close to Xujiahui Metro Station and Shanghai Stadium Metro Station. It is surrounded by shops and supermarkets, with a wide range of restaurants and coffee shops. The hotel's facilities are also very good, the rooms are very large, and we can have a good-taste breakfast every day.

Finally, thanks to the CBS and NSC's arrangement of internship in SH,I am very satisfied with everything about this project.
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What would you improve about this program?
I think this project has been arranged very well. To be honest, this internship is the most fullfilling internship which I have experienced. I believe that both work and life have made each students grow up to different extent.
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JY
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intern

The supervisor is very kind and is willing to share updated information on taxation and online accounting with me. I learnt a lot from this internship. My main responsibility is to do market survey on SaaS and online accounting. It is amazing that I was exposed to a new area. The task is both challenging and interesting for me. Besides, my supervisor told me something on taxation policies and the differences between China and overseas.

The program lasts for six weeks, which is enough for me to learn about the process of accounting and auditing of a company. I am very glad that there is no OT in this company.

The accomodation condition is ok and the housing is not very far from my company. Overall, it is a meaningful and pleasant experience for me.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Chat with your colleagues during lunchtime, which helps you learn a lot.
Organize everything well, and you will have fun in it.
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Mengyao
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

intern

I am so happy to participate in this program and learned a lot. through this experience, I realized my strengh and weakness in the workplace, which are much different from my student experience. I appreciated this experience to make myself suitable for future career and survive in a fierce job market. It gave me an opportunity to go out of campus and find a institution to apply what I learned. I had a great honer to be a member of SMH. In this process, I adopted the method of seeing, asking and learning to understand the specific business knowleadge about our company's daily work and expand my professional knowleadge, which laid a solid foundation for my future career. From the view of individual development, the greatest impact on me should be the personal working style.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate should be Bao Master.
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zichun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

intern

This internship experience is very interesting and instructive. From my internship in Shanghai, I used a lot of knowledge learned from the course in this academic year, and used it in my internship.

For example, in a weekly Chinese market insights, I use the understanding and understanding of the society, plus the guidance and help of leader, to write reports more and more handy. Before social practice and entering the workplace, it gave me a great opportunity to improve and practice.

This internship is not only helpful in social practice, but also helpful in entertainment and understanding of local fengturen in Shanghai.

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Yuet
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship

I was interested in the working in advertising company because I would like to know how TVCs and advertisment work for companies in China. The company I worked at was a leading company in the advertisment field.

This is a Nice program. I recived good support from the agency and had a fun experience in shanghai.

The whole process was smooth, the accommodation facility was very nice. It’s sort of sad that the internship work was unpaid. Of course I understand that the accommodation cost was already more than the amount that internship shall be paid to.

The work environment was friendly and sharp. I am very happy with the whole arrangement. From the enrolments at uni and to actually working in the company in shanghai.

Generally I strongly recommend others to join the programme.

What was your funniest moment?
The moment where I first met my advisor at work and they were surprised with my previous work experience.
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Corey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shanghai

As the financial hub of China, Shanghai is a great place to do a business internship. There are many things to do during the day and the nightlife is buzzing. Make sure you try out the local cuisine, the food there is superb as well.

After spending time in various Chinese cities, I found Shanghai to be the most convenient and lively. I also felt very safe living in shanghai, you will have no dramas staying out late at night, you can always find a cab or a tuk-tuk. Just Just make sure you read a few tips online about how to avoid Chinese scams, a few mates of mine where careless and got stitched up (especially at dodgy establishments). Overall I'd compare my experience in shanghai to that of getting a new girlfriend, it's romantic and exciting but will, at the same time, leave a fair dent in your credit card.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing major I can think of. Perhaps a bit more assistance with the essentials of living in China (credit card and phone payment).
Walter
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intern Shanghai

Deciding to intern overseas was a great choice which allowed myself to gain valuable cultural insights and experience which I would have been able to find domestically. Shanghai is an amazing metropolis to explore and discover the infinite delights that it has to offer. Especially the extensive culinary options ranging with everything from Peking duck to Hot Pot as well as Yakitori and more.

Howa and Rodrick were excellent hosts during my stay in Shanghai and were helpful in assisting whenever necessary. They ensured I was comfortable and organised everything for the duration of the internship.

Overall a great experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to undertake an internship and a new and challenging environment.

What would you improve about this program?
Clear guidelines on what is expected of host companies offering internships which are aligned to the expectations of interns.
Warren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

6 week internship in Shanghai!

Shanghai is a very busy city with a huge population. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to live and work in such a big city while having the chance to meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds.

From my original interviews until the time came that I was due to leave China, my hosts Howa and Roderick from Next Step Connections, were always more than happy to help whenever I had any problem and even took the time to show me around the city to make sure I was comfortable in my new surroundings.

I encourage more people to try out these kinds of programs, step out of your comfort zone and see how people live in a developing country! Come here with an open mind and try to do as many different things that you can find. I found the cheapest and yummiest food was in the tiny restaurant in the suburbs, although the restaurants weren't to the standard of those in Western cities, the true tastes of Shanghai can be found if you just get out there and try new things.

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion, the number one priority when arriving in China is to set up a bank account so that you have access to WeChat, as using this mobile payments system relieves the stress of carrying around large amounts of cash every day.
Scottie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good Experience

The program was very well-organized! We are arranged to live in a nice and comfortable hotel and enjoyed the sightseeing of the city. Overall,it was a Good opportunity to improve ourselves in a multicultural working environment. We have met people from different countries and have fun with each other. Also, we have got in touch with different types of work, which are really practical for our future development.

Suri
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Totally is great

It’s great in Shanghai. All of us enjoy it! It’s happy to learn and enjoy new things with different people with different backgrounds. It is an precious enperience to make this decision. The program provided us a comfortable and ease environment. The company that matched for us is great and indeed learned a lot from them. The program staff are warm- hearted and passionate. I will highly recommend you guys to join this program. Don’t be hesitant! Just come!

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wenzhao
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

satisfied intership

overall, it is good experience. At the beginning, it would be better to provide us more time and information for selecting and interview. after arriving shanghai, staff's service was quite careful and took care of each student of our programs. The hotel was really well located, giving a comfortable and convenient living space. About the internship, though it is not related with my professional knowledge, it impressed me a lot with the team work, unforgettable trip of trade mission. It is equal to widen my choice of alternative workplace.such as public relation or marketing.

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Wenjie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My First Time to Work in a Big City

The internship in Shanghai is my first time to work in a big city. The work experience is amazing and finally I have established good relationships with all of my colleagues. The first week of internship you may feel tired but everything becomes better with time pass by. You can get involved into international work environment and get access to basic business culture.Try to be hard and active when you start you internship and always believe in yourself.

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Bobo
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Internship experience

This internship experience has been very valuable for me, not only does it equipped me with relevant professional knowledge that I would need for furture career, it also allowed me to network with professionals in the field. This internship had worked beyond my expectation. NSC 's staff had provided assistance throughout the internship and shown care for intern students, they gave timely advise and reply to any enquiry.

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Huang
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship in DLF Lawyer

I worked in DLF LAWYER for my internship. Working in a law firm, my favorite part of my job is attending various meeting with different client to record details of a case,not only it provided me with the chance to have a deeper understanding of how the case operates in China, it also allows me to meet people from different sectors (criminal or private sector). This internship experience is valuable for me in getting ready for my future career as it equipped me with relevant knowledge that I would need for my job in the future. Shanghai is a competitive and international place for we and it is one of the most economically developed cities that can provide students visions of the China market.
What's more, the internship in law firm let me know how a real lawyer work, which make me get ready for my future job.

What would you improve about this program?
I think after we had the final exam, we need more time to prepare for the intern.
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CHONG
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship experience

I enjoy the 6-week internship experience in Propertypassbook in Shanghai, I did the information collection and input of over 10 property projects around the world, and calculated the relevant financial index to analyze the favorable factors to investors. I learned a lot from it. In addition, I also improved my abilities in pracice, organization and interpersonal communication by this internship, I hope the project can be better and better in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
Improve the connection between agency and company