CRCC Asia

CRCC Asia

About

CRCC Asia’s award-winning Internship Program has provided over 8,500 students and graduates, like you, the opportunity to boost their employment prospects through work experience placements across 14 sectors.

We are the leading provider of internships and partner with over 600 companies in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City & Manchester. We empower you to develop personal and professional skills in dynamic international settings. 89% of our interns are offered graduate-level jobs within 3 months of program completion and 30% are offered positions in their Host Company post internship.

Our structured employability programmes empower you by providing a platform for internationalizing your work experience and developing key employability skills in dynamic international settings.

Founded
2006
Headquarters

11 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

New programs, new cities!

Now announcing global internships in China!

Reviews

Nathan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Two months have passed and I still feel like I haven't covered the whole of Vietnam. Hanoi, HCMC, Dalat, Mekong, Halong, Ha Giang... it's a long list but only the cusp of what Vietnam has to offer. Places like Hoi An, Da Nang and Siem Reap still spring to mind.

Having done something every weekend, I already am getting re shock culture shock being back in New Zealand. The lack of bikes, people, street food and tall buildings will be a thing of the past. The thing I would miss the most would be the cheap, tasty vietnamese food. It's really become a part of my life during my stay here. As I write this, I want to say how grateful I am to be here and enjoy the fruits of this country.

During my two month finance internship, I have acquired skills of cultural agility and adaptability coming into a new country with new cultures and expectations. These skills I believe cannot be learned from staying in New Zealand all my life, so to be given the opportunity to work in Vietnam is something special.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide Taxi numbers of the drivers and information on places for SIM card reloads to the interns.
Have all cultural and networking nights planned on the weekday so it gives an opportunity for interns to travel during the weekend.
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Joana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It is not unusual for students to graduate University feeling ‘lost’ and overwhelmed. I was no different. I wanted to obtain more legal work experience and I saw this opportunity at my University's career fairs and I decided to apply for the Beijing programme. It was the best decision of my life, as now I am sure of what I want to do.

In October 2018, I started my programme. I was mesmerised by the county. China is an amazing country, with such a developed economy and vibrant culture! There is something for everyone in Beijing, from clubs, opera, fine dining and historical places!

The CRCC Asia programme was fantastic and I recommend it to everyone. The accommodation provided was at a very high standard, in a nice area, close to transportation, supermarkets and even provided a gym and swimming pool.

The CRCC Asia team did a great job matching me to the right company! I was able to work for a corporate law firm in a securities department! It was a new area of law and I was very exited! I was able to learn from the most aspirational female leaders in the legal industry!

Once a week, we had Mandarin classes, where we had the opportunity to develop our Mandarin language skills. In addition, we also had many cultural events, community events and business seminars organised by CRCC Asia.

I loved this experience so much, that I began looking for another internship in Beijing and I was able to obtain an internship at the Embassy! Moreover, after adding this experience to my LinkedIn profile, I already had many job offers from all over the world!

I strongly recommend this China internship programme as it has allowed me to gain international work experience, build up an international network of contacts, and even learn a new language in the process, which will support my goal of becoming a successful international female lawyer.

What would you improve about this program?
I believe that some of the students should have the opportunity to have more Mandarin classes per week.
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India
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In October 2018 I began a 2-month internship programme in Shanghai with CRCC Asia. Having just returned from China, I am now looking forward to beginning an internship in January 2019 with a London-based organisation.

My host company in Shanghai was a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which specialises in providing legal advice and expertise to other NGOs, both domestic and international. During the internship, my primary role was conducting research across several different topic areas, including foreign NGO law, social enterprise regulations, disability rights and animal welfare protections. In particular, I carried out research on laws in the UK and US in order to inform comparative legal studies between China and other countries. The internship significantly developed my legal research skills, and also provided me with experience of conducting research in a professional environment. As a result of this experience, I have decided that legal research is an area that I want to work in in the future.

During the internship, I also liaised between my host company and their partner organisations in the UK. I became particularly interested in the work of one London-based partner, A4ID, and have since secured an internship position with this organisation as a result of my experience working with them through my host company. The internship in China has therefore directly helped me reach the next step in my career by providing me with invaluable networking opportunities. My next internship will also involve legal research and I am looking forward to bringing the research skills I learnt during my internship in Shanghai to my new position, and developing these even further.

One particularly memorable part of my internship was a community law event which I attended with a colleague. The purpose of the event was to inform members of the community about the work of the local people’s court. I was interviewed by a local news channel about my thoughts on the event. The interview was broadcast as part of the event’s coverage on the local news channel and their website. Appearing on a Chinese news channel was certainly something I didn’t expect during my internship, but it was an interesting and memorable experience!

I would certainly recommend the CRCC Asia internship programme in Shanghai to graduates looking to broaden their international experience. I have found the internship to be a huge talking point in interviews, and potential employers have been genuinely interested to hear about my experience of working in China. For me, it has been critical in progressing my career and ensuring I reach the next step in pursuit of my professional goals.

What would you improve about this program?
The programme could be improved with more pre-departure support.
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Nyasha
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The program helped me with employment because it added to why I stood out as an application written terms, then later a candidate in subsequent stages too with increased confidence. I got offered another job towards the end of my internship.

During the interview, I was able to talk about transferable skills I gained such as Facebook Advertising, which I currently apply now in the role. It was

CRCC Asia have great team members within their Shanghai staff who are kind, engaging, and funny. Also, I liked the sector-specific knowledge imparted through 5 key learning objectives.

Shanghai is an awesome city with loads to do and they actually arranged a variety of events for us to attend and take part in at regular intervals. The Chinese language teacher was one of the best I have ever had.

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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CRCC Asia helped provide me the necessary support and connections to work within Tokyo during my 2 month duration.

The housing was spectacular, clean, and the staff was happy to assist with questions or complaints.
There was more than enough information for someone to comfortably navigate the cultural differences. CRCC provides seminars and books on this topic.
24/7 help line as well as check in messages from CRCC. They would be around housing often to check in and meet with you in person as well. They always seemed to genuinely care about and act on any concerns and often went out of their way for us. I.E. bringing medicine to those who are sick, taking time out of their personal lives to meet with you, introducing you to contacts that may benefit your future.
From interview to post departure, the CRCC staff have been incredibly friendly, helpful, and honest. They really do love their jobs and this greatly benefits the program. The Tokyo Team is absolutely fantastic!

Overall my experience was fantastic and I made many long lasting friendships and gained a lot of new insight into myself and what I want from my career.

What would you improve about this program?
I was part of the first group to come to Tokyo; and at times it felt like it.

Some students had issues with companies. CRCC would make necessary changes; even moving students from companies to new ones. But the whole process could be stressful and frustrating for everyone involved.

The weekend events were very hit and miss. The cultural ones were a blast however those directed at improving career or providing service back to the community seemed less than stellar. I think this will be greatly improved after CRCC is more established in Tokyo. They have already mentioned hearing feedback about the events and will be discussing how to better improve them.

The program had way more students than I was expecting. This was both a good and a bad thing. Cultural differences and the large number of students resulted in an often dirty kitchen and drama that typically comes with having a large group of college students in a small area. Generally everyone seemed to get along really well and I think everyone had at least one group of friends they could connect with. I think the interview process given by CRCC resulted in a fantastic group of individuals and I would happily take a dirty kitchen in exchange for the fantastic friends I got out of the program.

Cost was high. Luckily there are many scholarships (at least in the US) that help balance this out, but a break down of where my money went might have been helpful. But anyone signing up should know the cost prior to even applying so it isn't that large of a concern. Look for discounts (talk to people who have previously gone abroad with CRCC as well) and apply for scholarships.

Programs

Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014 and headed straight to China with CRCC Asia.

group photo in Shanghai

Why did you choose this program?

It was actually very serendipitous! I was really disappointed to be rejected from a job in the UK due to not having enough experience. That same day I stumbled into a talk run by CRCC Asia about internships in China. I was inspired and applied to the program.

When I got home from Shanghai I was employed within weeks. Employers were so interested to meet me and hear about my experiences.

I was really impressed by the professional service that CRCC Asia offered me. It is the contacts I made at their networking events, the excellent company that they placed me at, and the reference I received from them that secured me my job.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The information that CRCC Asia provided me about my host company was invaluable for getting through the interview stage. It was also really helpful that they made all the arrangements for my visa and accommodation, without which I'm sure would have been stressful!

It was nice to have the support of their staff and the other interns when I first arrived in China to help point me in the right direction and not feel quite so alone in a big new city.

I was ill for a few days whilst in China and that would have been very scary without the support of my CRCC Asia program manager.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Living overseas is an invaluable experience - you learn so much about the world and about yourself. It's so important to push your comfort zone and prove to yourself that you can survive. It's also great to have that experience on your CV to evidence your personality and soft skills to future employers.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Very similar to the average work day in any 9-5 job except in the evenings there are so many opportunities to explore your new city, bond with new friends and network with new contacts.

On the weekends, my friends and I tried to see as much of Shanghai and China as we could. It was such a privilege to have that time to really get to know a part of the World that many people never go to.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was concerned about how much my internship would cost - from the program fee to flights and spending money.

Three years later it is honestly the best investment in my future that I have ever made. I have certainly made that money back given that I found a permanent job almost immediately after the internship (the loss of earnings in that 3-6 months of job hunting had I not gone to Shanghai would have cost as much if not more).

I also think I earn more than I would have done without the experience as I was able to be hired at a slightly higher level than I would have done and I have been promoted more quickly since then.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Kevin Kikuchi

Job Title
General Manager Osaka
Kevin Kikuchi

Kevin grew up in London and, after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a Law degree, his passion for building new relationships and connecting people has led him to work in sales at Japanese trading companies and the recruitment industry.

With Japanese background on his father's side, he has always had a deep affinity with the country and his love for the culture, warm-hearted environment and great cuisine found in Osaka has led him to move there in 2017.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I've been living in the city all my life but I love to explore the country to take some time out. There is a small island called Awaji which connects the mainland (Honshu) to Shikoku island, not too far away from Osaka.

We drove around the whole island and we were marveled by the sights of the coast, temples and the countryside. It showed me another great side to Japan and I would highly recommend this to anyone who is travelling around west Japan!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I'm now conversing in a more diverse global environment and everyday is a new lesson on new cultures. It's provided me with new perspectives that have catalysed creativity, an attribute that is heavily required for my position. I find that I enjoy and appreciate the stories and backgrounds of each individual I meet in this job more than in my previous positions.

The position also allows me to meet and network with many people across west Japan as we not only meet with host companies but groups we can collaborate with for cultural events, so I feel my knowledge on this area of Japan has grown since I have joined CRCC Asia.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I've heard many success stories, but the best highlight would be the time when an ex-participant successfully pitched his project to his host company. Although the participant returned to his home country, they were able to collaborate remotely.

I love this success story since it shows that building relations with your host company can lead to new businesses and highlights how more companies are accepting cross-border collaboration.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go to Seoul, which is similar to Osaka.

I happen to be half South Korean and half Japanese (born in the UK), but surprisingly I have never visited the country, so there would be no better opportunity than participating in an internship program in Seoul to understand the work culture and its traditions. I'm also a foodie and Korean food is one of my favorite!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I knew from the moment I had attended the first interview that the staff at CRCC Asia are passionate to help people. This unanimous goal fosters an environment where we are motivated to provide the best programs to our participants.

I've also seen the effort and care put in to make these programs a success and this is also evident as we have extremely high satisfaction results from participants across all of our programs.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Having a group of people with a unanimous goal.

CRCC Asia was started by people who cared for the development and support for the younger generations and society, and this has been upheld by all member of the company. I believe this has helped the company to grow and provide great experiences to thousands of participants across the globe.

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