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 41 reviews
  • Growth 8.1
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8.4
  • Safety 9.3
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Heiva
9/10

Great Experience

It was the best experience I have ever had. I met different people from China but also from others countries. Furthermore, during my internship, I have developped new skills.

Yes, I recommend
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George
8/10

Senior summer

Essentially, it's as good as you make it. If your in the position I was in (summer before college) if your looking for meaningful job experience it's very hard to find - especially in a local company.
It worked for me because I was interested in a language experience which I definitely managed to get at the local company but i didn't get too much useful job experience from my job.
The social scene is fun, I mean, your in one of the biggest international cities in the world - but don't go looking for an authentic Chinese experience. It's different than what you might be used to but shanghai is not representative of china as a whole.

If your looking for a meaningful experience that might set you apart from other people this is definitely a good place to start. Perhaps on one recomendation would be to consider looking for your own housing. The provided for housing is great and convenient but it's outrageously expensive (it's an extended stay hotel after all). There are options that are essentially as good for 1/4 of the cost.

Yes, I recommend
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shanghai
10/10

Greatest experience in my life and has really opened my eyes

The organisation of next step and the service they provided enabled me to experience the most interesting and exciting several months of my life.
From day one i felt straight at home in a foreign atmosphere. most people would find it a very nervous first few days in China, but they flew by fantastically. I was taken to my accommodation, which was very spacious and comfortable along with two room mates, whom are close friends of mine and stay in contact with after my time in China. We all enjoyed the nightlife, which in my opinion is the greatest in the world, whilst being the most fun and crazy lifestyle, it feels very safe in Shanghai. I have many stories from my times there and my friends are all very keen to go to Shanghai as a result.
The next few months flew by. the lifestyle suited me perfectly, always a place to eat and things to do whilst in Shanghai.
Living amongst the locals was also a great experience for me and next step have done a great job in setting up internships for me and accommodation but most importantly helping me to settle in. My work was in the financial sector, and being only eighteen i may have felt slightly intimidated working in such a country in such a workplace, but it was honestly the most comfortable workplace i have worked in my whole life.
As for the local commuting you get used to the occasional rudeness, however i began to really enjoy commuting with the locals, i love to feel like a foreigner and to experience there lifestyle and i really enjoyed living in China.
I thoroughly recommend this experience and next step connections. I intend to apply again in the summer, I have also visited every holiday i have had as my girlfriend lives in shanghai and will spend a lot of time in the future in Shanghai all as a result of my choice to go with next step connections :)

Yes, I recommend
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Joannach123
8/10

Shanghai Internship

My internship was a fantastic experience in the fields of both research, and clinical medicine. I had a lovely time enjoying the exciting city I had a chance to live in, and I had a great time visiting the Great Wall of China.

Yes, I recommend
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Carol
9/10

Next Step in Shanghai!

NSC definitely facilitated my internship in Shanghai. To explore a city as diverse as Shanghai, you need a counseling company like NSC to make things easy and smooth. The staff there are really genial and patient.The program provided service from trivial arrangements, such as buying train tickets, to finding housing. Through NSC, I got the chance to meet interns from all over the world. The program ties us all together and absolutely gave us an unforgettable experience!

Yes, I recommend
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Rayyan
10/10

My Experience with Next Step Connections

Doing an internship with NSC was a great learning experience. I have to say I got more than I bargained for in so many ways!

From the minute I landed in Shanghai I had a ready made network of friends-the very friendly NSC staff and other amazing interns from all over the world.

I was also provided me with an excellent internship in one of the best Events management companies in Shanghai.
NSC also organised networking and social events on a weekly basis, that gave me the opportunity to fully experience Shanghai and make the most of my stay there.
My experience in Shanghai gave me an edge over other graduates and helped my career tremendously. I left China not only with a great internship experience to talk about all year, but also with a great network of contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Yes, I recommend
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Cyndrea
8/10

Great Experience in Shanghai

NSC Shanghai Internship was an absolutely wonderful experience. The NSC staff was extremely helpful and really made the transition to Shanghai a smooth one. They made sure that we were taken care of and had the necessary resources to have a successful experience. My internship was also a great experience. The language barrier did create some small limitations however, I loved the company I interned for and was able to gain some very valuable experience that will be beneficial for me as I begin my career.

Yes, I recommend
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Ibrahim
10/10

A lifetime experience

The next step connection internship program is unique in the sense it offers complete support from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave China. Not was I only able to gain exposure to a growing industry in China but also enjoy the various cultures, tours organized by Next Step and meet people with so many different diverse backgrounds. I enjoyed every bit of my time in Shanghai and came back with great lasting friendship with my fellow interns and chinese locals.

Yes, I recommend
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Lauren
10/10

Thanks for an awesome summer!

As soon as I arrived, there was someone from Next Step waiting to pick me up. I felt welcome right away, and they already had everything set up for me. The next day someone from Next Step gave me a tour and showed me where the office was if I ever needed to stop in. I never had to, but I would have just to hang with the staff. They are young, fun, and helpful. It was a good environment and I felt comfortable talking to them about my time in Shanghai.
I also liked that they sent weekly emails to the interns, highlighting different activities to check out in the city. Sometimes they even planned their own outings for all the interns. The staff was on top of everything. They definitely helped in making sure I had a good time.

Yes, I recommend
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AlumSummer11
8/10

Explore Shanghai!

Next Step Connections (NSC) starts your visit to China off right by picking you up at the airport, bringing you to the amazing hotel, and showing you around your new neighborhood. The accommodations were amazing, but unfortunately an hour commute (4 different subway lines) from my office. After your program coordinator brings you to your office on your first day of work, they are not involved in the day to day aspects of your life until they check you out and take you to the airport at the end of your trip, but they are always available if you need them.

Yes, I recommend
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Brian
9/10

Shanghai PR/Events Internship

Although I had two separate interests in internship opportunities. The NSC was able to provide me with 2 well planned and worthwhile internship in which I was not just assting but taking on reponsibilities and events in the company. Although I ended up taking the events internship, their hospitality internship was with a well-known hotel that if chosen could have benefitted me greatly in my future endeavors.

Yes, I recommend

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