Startup China

Startup China

About

Startup China offers full service internships and Mandarin language programs in Beijing and Shanghai. We offer three options to meet your individual needs: Internship, Intensive Chinese, and combination Chinese and Internship. Our interns are each given an Internship Coordinator who will work one-on-one with you to find an internship that fits your interests, and guide you through the process with resume and interviewing assistance. We also procide a welcome package, orientation, modern western-style apartment, survival Chinese classes, weekly cultural events, business seminars, as well as 24/7 support. With our extensive business network of top companies, you are sure to find the internship in China you are looking for!

Reviews

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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I interned with Startup China for 3 months!

I am from Los Angeles, California and had not ever considered interning outside the U.S., but as options were closing down for me, I started searching for internships abroad. That's how I came across Startup China! I started contacting them; they were very helpful and friendly. They helped me arrange my stay in China and gave me one of the best experiences I have ever had!

I ended up choosing China because I find the culture very interesting. Living China you get exposure to a completely different culture and that in itself was very enriching for me. It was even more interesting because I interned in Shanghai, which has people from all over the world, the cultural experience was perfect!

As for the internship itself, I was placed in a Chinese school(That's Mandarin) to do their E-marketing, the staff were very friendly and hard-working and everyone cooperates with each other. I could see teamwork on a daily basis, the working environment was so relaxed and friendly that I didn't even notice the amount of work(and it was a lot of work!) I had done nor the time. But the way they work there is completely different from the American working environment and I loved it! I'm considering moving to China for at least two years for work experience!

If you are looking for an internship in China, do it through Startup China. They really help you out and are there for you through the whole process, before and upon arrival to China. They pick you up at the airport, they help you out with the accommodation, they give you an orientation about the basics of living in China and explain to you how to get around.

I really recommend this program, it is very professional and people are very nice, and you get to make friends from different parts of the world!

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Jordan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did an internship for 2 months in Shanghai. The company that I interned for was an online e-commerce consultancy firm that specializes in finding American and Western companies from their native countries and bringing them to the Chinese online market.

During my internship I had my own project, along with a colleague, where we created an entire sideline business within the already established company where we tried to connect United States real estate agencies with Chinese investors and high-net worth individuals.

Working with a Chinese team was great. As someone who studies Chinese for a couple years, it was a great experience for me to learn the specific business practices that differ from those in America and it allowed me to broaden my horizons.

I chose an internship with Startup China because, through the research I did before coming to China and setting the entire process up, everything that I read about Startup China and the testimonials that I saw on Startup site made it the clear choice of any of the other potential ways of getting an internship in China.

I think the highlight of my time in China was the facet of my internship of working with my boss because he was so hands-on and I learned so much from him. How comprehensive the entire program was also a huge highlight for me.

I would recommend Startup China to anybody who is trying to get an internship in China because it takes all the hassle out of getting a visa, finding a place to live, and a lot of things that can really deter someone from trying to get an internship in another country.

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Lily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Coming from a Chinese background(my mother is originally from Sichuan Province) I thought it would be a great idea to go back to my roots and learn about the culture, while at the same time getting a great professional experience. Startup China did a terrific job in pretty much doing everything that was needed to be done for me to have a safe, fun, and rewarding experience during my time in Shanghai.

I ended up applying for and thankfully getting a spot in Startup China's three-month Internship and Intensive Chinese Language Program in Shanghai. Not only was I given the opportunity to intern for a company that I thought was a strong-fit for me, but I also got to develop my limited Chinese speaking and writing skills.

I started with the Intensive Chinese lessons. These were Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day. At first I was really nervous because my Chinese was limited to basic conversation that my mom taught me when I was growing up. Eventually, I became more and more comfortable with the Chinese classes and really improved my the end of the program.

The internship position that the rep from Startup China set me up with was with an UK-based Advertising firm located in Shanghai's Jing'an District. I had such a great work experience because not only were there a lot of hands-on tasks that I never expected an intern would have to do, but I also got any idea of how business is done in Chinese society.

For activities outside the office and the classroom, Startup China organized a whole schedule of fun events that I could experience with my fellow interns. From KTV and traditional calligraphy to countless dinner banquets where we all stuffed our faces, Startup did everything they could to make sure we were having a great time while away from home.

I remember the night I arrived in Shanghai, still a little jet-lagged, I really was questioning my decision in joining this program. I was really nervous about being in a completely foreign place to me, and I was also really worried about my internship because I never had real work experience before. In the end, I am so glad that I joined the program. It truly was an eye-opening experience that I will never forget!

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Davy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After reading countless newspaper articles about China's transformation into the world's powerhouse country, I knew that it was about time to actually make the trip and experience this incredible change firsthand. The only barrier that came between me and fulfilling this wish was having an organized plan of travel, accommodations, an internship position, and of course the language barrier. Luckily, I was able to find Startup China's website to answer all of these concerns. Within a couple months, I was on a plane descending into Shanghai's Pudong airport getting ready to start a life experience that I would never forget.

As I mentioned, I was looking for an internship during my stay in China because I wanted to have a firsthand encounter with China's emerging markets. Startup found a marketing and PR company for me- exactly what I was looking for.

Without getting in too much detail, the three-months I interned with this company were some of the most stressful and nerve-racking; yet gratifying and thought-provoking months of my life. I will never forget the experiences I had and the skills that I required just from the internship opportunity Startup China was able to find for me.

In terms of the language-barrier that existed, I cannot say that I am a master now or that I have a vocabulary rich enough to read a China newspaper, however, I can confidently say that my Chinese speaking and writing skills improved exponentially. Taking 4 hours of Chinese classes 5 days a week, was a great opportunity to really embrace the culture as I had no real prior knowledge or experience with the language. Being able to tell taxi drivers where to go and waitresses what I wanted to eat during my three-months in Shanghai really made things a lot easier and more convenient.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for the opportunity to live and work in China and I learned a lot about myself professionally as well as the Chinese culture. I will definitely be back in the near-future!

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George
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been to China a few times and I really liked it. And I would like to stay in China so I thought I would do an internship to see how Business is done in China and get a real feel of what it would be like to live and work here.

I have been doing a three month marketing and business development internship with Startup China, interning at a renewable energy company where they make products which monitor and improve the performance of solar panels.

My duties included market research for the company/s competitors and their future business partners. I also had to develop the market strategy for a new product to be released into overseas markets and presented the company at the Shanghai New Exhibition Center at the PV Solar Show, which is the largest solar power trade show in the world.

The highlight of my time in China was definitely the Solar Trade Expo where I represented my company. I had to meet foreign businessmen, potential business partners; some of whom were CEOs and Company Managers, and I had to explain the company and what we did. I exchanged lots of business cards, made a lot of contacts, and it was very enjoyable.

For anybody coming to China, particularly an intern, I would say come with an open mind. Forget all the preconceived ideas you might have about China, immerse yourself in the culture, try new things, try the food, meet the locals, and just really let yourself get absorbed by it really and that way you will get the best out of your time in China.

I would definitely recommend Startup China because I've had a fantastic internship and I think I've learned a lot. I've had great experience, not only that, but the Startup China team really helped me out. Since the day I got here they were always willing the help. They even helped me set up a bank account in China, helped me with interview preparation for a job I applied for, and they are always there if you need them.

For anybody else thinking of coming to China, I would say to come with an open mind. Forget all the preconceived ideas you might have about China and immerse yourself in the culture, try new things, try the food, meet the locals, and really let yourself get absorbed by it. That way you will get the best out of your time in China.

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Staff Interviews

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

What position do you hold at Startup China What has your career path been?

Michaela Williams

Michaela: I work with Startup China where I hold a Marketing Manager position, Startup China is an Internship and Study Abroad provider. I've had some great opportunities during my career so far; I have worked with an Organic PR agency and a multi-national NGO in New Zealand, I then went on to work in a busy newsroom with an Australian media company. Finally I decided that I wanted to take my career a step further and took off for the vibrant, economic hub that is China where I commenced working with Startup China! Experiencing Chinese business culture and working in the economic centre of the world is definitely the highlight of my career so far, the experience is incomparable.

Did YOU study abroad? If so, where did you go and what inspired you to go?

Michaela: Travelling and seeing the world has always been a goal for me, anyone who knows me knows that I love travelling and my list of places to go is endless! I grew up in South Africa and moved to New Zealand where I completed my degree at AUT University. Studying and working abroad is a fantastic experience that I highly recommend! Leaving my comfort zone and learning about a new culture and different ways of thinking helped me to grow tremendously as a person and definitely changed my outlook on life. When I decided to move to China I really wanted the 'culture shock' experience of living in a country with an extreme cultural and language difference to what I was used to and it has been genuinely rewarding so far.

What does the future hold for Startup China - any new programs to share?

Michaela: With exclusively paid Internships and Chinese Language programs available in breathtaking Beijing and vibrant Shanghai, every program through Startup China is exciting! Program participants enjoy weekly social and cultural events in two of the biggest cities in China so there is never an opportunity to be bored. Providing high quality services and truly valuable experiences is our focus here at Startup China. There are too many young people coming out of internships without gaining any real business skills, and it is our goal to make sure that every one of our program participants gains valuable skills that they can later carry through to their professional careers. We believe that interns should be rewarded for their efforts and thus we offer exclusively paid Internships where every intern receives a small salary to cover daily expenses such as travel and lunch. Startup China have proudly partnered up with an industry leading Mandarin school, That's Mandarin, to offer all of our program participants the best possible opportunity to learn Mandarin in Beijing and Shanghai.

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

Michaela: With the pool of university graduates growing around the world and the job market becoming more competitive, it is imperative that graduates, students and young professionals do everything they can to put themselves ahead. Studying abroad and especially interning abroad is becoming the number one way to do this. Many graduates with little work experience find it hard to break into the job market and an internship placement will give them the added skills they need, especially if they gain knowledge of Chinese business culture and Chinese language in the process. With the globalization of the job market, people no longer feel bound by geographical barriers when looking for a job and an overseas internship placement greatly increases the likelihood of finding a full time job abroad. Globalization also means that language skills are in greater demand and in my opinion over the next 10 years, being multi lingual will be essential.

Which study abroad destination is most underrated?

Michaela: Although it is very popular, people still underestimate the value of studying and interning in China. China is a powerhouse country with the fastest growing economy and is showing no sign of slowing down. Corporations from every country are vying to do business with China and the value of knowledge about Chinese business culture and Chinese language is extremely high. Chinese business culture can be studied from abroad but you will never have a true understanding of how it works until you have experienced it for yourself. In my opinion an overrated study abroad destination is any country that isn't showing substantial growth and international influence. Studying abroad should be a great personal experience but also a strategic move for your future career and therefore aiming for a country like China that is on the rise is a wise decision.