The site Get Into China, or Gi2C for short, is a site that offers a wealth of information about how you can go about getting an internship in China via their Gi2C internship programs.
The site itself is really easy to navigate, so helped with my wanderlust (no plans to be heading off to China in the near future, but a girl can daydream, right?). It all aims to create a community feel where people share their own experiences and can give advice to any potential newbie Gi2C intern … which I really like. I am all for creating a place online where people can gather and support one another, much like the ideals behind this blog, because going to live or work abroad can be a huge, daunting step so it is good to have a resource you can turn to.
The Gi2C group site has a great section on the internships offered in Beijing and Shanghai and has useful information like Shanghai being the home of China’s largest expat community and that it is a great place for couples to work as it is considered one of China’s most romantic cities – who knew? Well, now you do!
If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of Gi2C internship, the connectivity throughout the site is spot on – for example, just as I was perusing the amazing photographs of Shanghai (I have included some of them in this post because they are so enticing) a pop-up chat box floated on the page and asked me if I needed any help (I get really impressed by those because, frankly, I like the ease of finding the information I need instead of having to trawl for it). The site is also connected to their Facebook page so you can leave any comments or questions and someone from the Gi2C Internship Experts team will get back to you.
There is also a good breakdown of the costs involved for the Gi2C premium and standard internship programs, which incidentally, do not include airplane tickets, insurance, visa fees etc, so you get a heads up on the extra bits you have to cover alongside the program fee.
Having all the information available regarding finances is something I am really big on, as during my move to America, I got caught out more than once with unexpected fees for my visa, so I would always advocate knowing the real cost of everything before starting this kind of process.
Generally I think the Gi2C group intern program site has the knowledge you need easily at your fingertips for this kind of endeavour – what else would you have to know before you did a move abroad or an internship somewhere?
Let me know your thoughts and do not forget to head on over to gi2c.org to check it out!