Sichuan Immersion Programs & Internships (SII)

Sichuan Immersion Programs & Internships (SII)

About

SII consistently goes ABOVE and BEYOND the standards of a typical internship in China -- at the most cost-effective price. Over 70% of our internship positions are paid. We invest as much time as it takes to match you with the best-suited host company. You will be introduced to the company and then have the time to make an informed decision before you accept any offer. The SII team is available 24/7 to provide you with optimal service and guidance. We are looking forward to introducing you to the first-class business world of China! Whether you are interested in hospitality or business internship -- you have come to the right place!

Founded
2011
Headquarters

610400
Chengdu Shi
Sichuan Sheng, 610400
China

Reviews

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Dorota
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have to admit that my internship in China was great! The whole process before my arrival was very clear and fast. Whenever I needed some additional information or documents, the SII agency provided. At first, I was sceptical, as there is a lot of information about internship scams going on in China, but the agency stuff reassured me and answered all of my questions.
Upon my arrival in China, I was greeted and taken care of. I wasn't left alone in a country where I didn't speak the language. My accommodation was however a big shock at the beginning. The condition of the apartment, and especially the bathroom, was not what I was expecting. But this was only one negative aspect of the whole experience. My host company, IObit, gave me a lot of memorable moments. I've learned a lot and I could put into practice my uni knowledge. Though, there was a lot more translation than I expected! The company culture was great, everyone was extremely nice and understanding. Every two months we would have a company dinner or some other activity like one day trip or a music contest. Lots of fun for sure!
Moreover, the girls from SII became more than just someone who helped me get my internship in Chengdu. They became friends with whom we would go for drinks on Friday evenings or go on a trip during national holiday! Always eager to help and give advice.
I truly believe this experience has helped me to open up towards new cultures, not only Chinese. Of course, I came here to gain experience at work, but what I've got is so much more than that!
Chengdu as a city is great. So many cool places to eat, drink, dance, chill and in general spend your free time. I fell in love with the regional dish called Hot Pot which is gonna be the thing I will miss most going back home!
I recommend SII agency for everyone who's looking for an amazing experience in China, both for career and cultural development. My stay in Chengdu was definitely one of the greatest life experiences so far!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking thing here was not one moment, but a daily reality. Spitting is definitely the one thing that shocked me the most and even after 5 months spent here, I couldn't possibly get used to it! People spit on the street, in the office, in restaurants... basically everywhere. They spit and they make an awful noise while doing so!
Every time I heard someone spit, my whole body shivers. Unfortunately, there is no way of overcoming this.
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Alexandre
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

At the begin of my internship, it was very hard to be comfortable with the chinese culture. Chengdu is a new city for foreigners, and Chinese people are not accustomed to see us. For example, many times people take me in picture without asked me. An onther things is the bareer’s language (most of chinese people don’t speak english), but there is a big foreigner’s community in Chengdu. If you practice a sport, you can find a team in Chengdu (football, basketball, handball, rugby, etc….)

After the culture shock (average 1 month), I had a great time in Chengdu during 5 months, chinese people are very kind and helpful if you take the time to understand them. SII’s staff help me for the VISA, which is the major problem for an internship in China.

My internship was good. The company and my co-worker was nice, even if we had not the same way to work. My internship tought me many thing, and I’m sure to work in a different culture will be a plus for me in the further.

Like I said, after the fist month, my time in China was good. I’ve met a lot of people who are now my friend. I recomand at everybody this kind of experience.

What would you improve about this program?
More activities with all SII's interns
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Delano
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My China experience was great, i didnt know what to expect since it was my first time. But SII internship provided me with the neccesary information as well as housing. The appartment was one that you share with multiple interns but it was a good chance to meet new people. The fact that is was located near work as well as the party area made it a ideal place to live.

The company which they arranged for me was good as well. It gave me the chance to work in international atmosphere and gain pratical knowlodege on how it goes in international firm based in china. I learned a lot during my internship period and have greet contacts all over the world thanks to my stay in china.

In conclusion i can say that my first time in China was a great experience, and i would like to Thank SII for everything they provided and helped me with during my stay.

What would you improve about this program?
More activities with the SII Group and Better information and transparancy regarding visa
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Margarita
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I started my Chinese journey in Emei City which is on 150km from Chengdu. I had a Food and Beverage Management internship as Assistant F&B Outlet Manager at Anantara Resort. I was lucky that SII pick me up from the airport and escort me to the E mei mountain. If you don’t speak Chinese you will be lost :D During my internship I had great support from SII if were some problems they will assist you with everything. But most of the time I just had tones of fun. I was traveling around Sichuan province picking up my own tea, taking picture of Panda, tasting new and delicious food.
Now let’s talk a little bit about the program. My main responsibilities were to train the waiting staff how to serve in western way, English classes, how to handle with guest complains. Also, I had the chance to be fully in charge of the pre-opening of the Wine Cellar which teach me a lot about F&B operation. The biggest benefit of the internship is the knowledge which I gain from the Chines culture and from the people who I met. This experience is going to help me to manage multicultural teams in future in my career in hospitality.
Don’t think just go …… China is waiting for you :)
Margarita Baykova

What would you improve about this program?
I suggest to insist the host companies to provide internship schedule of the trainee. I mean to have strict information by weeks in which department you are going to work, what kind of projects the inter will have .
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John
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied Chinese in university and had always planned to move to China for work. When the time came to look for opportunities, I was particularly interested in finding something in Chengdu (a city I had visited in 2010 and enjoyed very much). I was excited to find SII, a service that operates largely in Sichuan. There is not much more that I can say about my experience with SII other than how simple it was. I connected with one of their staff, discussed my background and what kinds of opportunities I was looking for, and within a couple weeks was contacted about a position with a Global Fortune 500 company. The process was all so seamless. After a couple rounds of interviews, organized by SII staff, I was offered the position. I was really eager to move, and with SII's services I was in Chengdu for my first day of work in no time. Also to note - traveling to/living in China can be logistically daunting for foreigners: visas, permits, renting apartments, etc. SII is equipped to make your transition living in China as smooth as possible. China is a fascinating country, and Sichuan in particular is a part of the country rich in history and unique culture (and spicy food!). If you have ANY interest in having an immersive experience in China, I encourage you to contact SII.

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Staff Interviews

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

Lily Wu

Job Title
Operations Manager

What position do you hold at SII? What has been your career path so far?

A young woman posing for a photo.

Lily: I became part of SII several months ago. I started with secretarial tasks and then became the operations manager. I deal with customer application processes, sustaining good relationships with partner companies and doing online advertisements.

What does the future hold for SII - any exciting new programs to share?

Lily: As far as I am concerned, SII will be bigger and stronger in the future. It used to be a small startup without an office but now, there are far more customers and cooperating companies all over Asia coming to us. Our new hospitality program in Thailand is becoming better known by more people from all over the world which is very exciting for us.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think study or intern abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years.

Lily: I have never thought before that there is such a promising industry with exciting opportunity and not many competitors. The industry is just starting out and will only go up in the next 10 years.

During the last decades, the Chinese always went to other countries to study, but didn’t have the option to stay to further their internship or get a job. That is where our opportunities lay.

On the other hand, more and more people from Europe and the States have become interested in Chinese culture and business. It is time to tell the world that China is very worthwhile to experience both in the ways of study or internships.

Which study or intern abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

Lily: Asian countries are absolutely underrated for those who want to study or intern abroad because those countries are seen as developing countries.

However, there is a lot of opportunities and power in the process of development. Conversely, America is overrated by Chinese students. They spend millions studying there, but are still unable to speak English properly.

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

Lily: In my mind, the biggest factor in being a successful company is its’ strong belief with strong actions. That is to say, there must be a belief that we are doing something great.

It could be great for a group of people, like the students. It could also be great for an industry, making the whole thing more professional and better. Not only does it need strong beliefs though, it also needs confident action towards its goals.

What's your favorite ethnic dish? (needs to be ethnic, something that is NOT Chinese)

Lily: My favorite dish is in my hometown-China. It is known for the spicy food which is tasty and healthy for locals. As it is very humid in Sichuan, we need take in spicy food to get rid of humidity inside us.

On top of that, we cook different food with various flavors so that everyone could be cook here.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

A young girl posing for a picture.

Lily: Language is the tool to pull down the wall between people from different places. As long as we can understand what you are expressing, we know what you want and like.

We can only have understanding when we are able to speak and express our ideas and find understanding. Language is the bridge, allowing us to become closer.

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

Lily: A lot has changed within me since working for SII. I used to have a stable job and cozy life which is very slow.

Then I wanted change in my life in order to fulfill my ambition. I am always running around for SII and feeling that time is so limited.

I have even experienced the “ups and downs” of a business in just the first two months. Besides the quickened pace of life, I have become more professional towards work, striking the balance all the time.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Lily: My favorite traveling experience was when I was in university. My roommates and I went to another new city, Shenyang, to go on an adventure and check out a different world together.

I distinctly remember that we even defended our rights bravely against a bad store owner. After that, I realized a team makes everything easier.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why​?

Lily: Besides British English accent study, I have always wanted to learn French. France is always the first romantic option for Chinese girls.

If I can speak French, it is easier for me to watch French movies and understand the culture in a different way. Also, there are French workers in our company, which is a good excuse to pick it up.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Lily: The unique quality in our company is the cultural immersion. We are all from different countries that posses different cultures. It is not uncommon that we misunderstand each other or get confused with each other’s behavior.

However, we learn how to adjust to each other by communication again and again. That is the unique quality in an international and promising company.

What changes would you make to the study or intern abroad industry?

Lily: My goal is to make the study and intern abroad industry more professional and interesting. Instead of sending people to a foreign country only, we need to make sure everything goes well with him or her while they are there.

For example, we would give survival class to get rid of the language barrier or 24 hours support. The most important point is make sure they do benefit from this experience academically and practically and would like to tell more people.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the SII team.

Lily: There are many times when I felt proud to be part of SII. For example, one of our interns told us that she really appreciated that we brought her to China, because she got a very good opportunity for her career after her internship.

Another would be when an intern expressed strongly that she wanted to live in China forever. I can feel that all of them really enjoy what they are doing and how we are a help to them. That is the meaning of life and work. Help others, help yourself.

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

Lily: The best story is from one of our interns who did an internship in our cooperating hotel. Then she got the full time job from the hotel, and was highly spoken of by the hotel manager.

That is not only a pleasure to the intern, but also to SII – doing something different from other companies and something great to the industry.

What does your home country's culture​ value that is taught in your program?

Lily: “Help others, help yourself” is one of my home country’s value and it shows a lot in our program. Since there are many young adults from foreign countries, it is always difficult for them to communicate and live here.

However, we encourage them to believe locals and try to talk to them even with body language because people here are willing to help them. We believe that it will be reciprocated someday.