The moment of truth is here, do we have an internship in the sector that works for you? Look for yourself. China is home to one of the most dynamic markets in the world, giving you access to leading companies in an array of industries. If you don’t see a sector that fits your needs, please let us know and we can use our resources to try to accommodate you personally with a fitting match.
At HongFeiEdu, you will receive a quality internship experience rather than a stereotypical one. You will be entrusted with challenging tasks that adequately match your skill set and potential. Warning: there won’t be much photocopying or paper-shoving if you intern with one of our partner companies.
|Architecture||Business / Management|
|Human Resources||Property Development|
With China’s booming economy, new buildings are sprouting up everywhere and with them, the latest and wildest architectural designs. According to a September 2013 IBIS World market research report, from 2008 to 2013, the building construction industry has been growing at an average annual rate of 22% to what is now a $1.54 trillion industry.
Cities across China are littered with architectural wonders that, in some cases seem to defy the rules of physics and boggle the imagination. Architectural firms are given the leeway to truly think outside of the box to design eye-catching buildings, districts and sometimes entire cities. When it comes to architecture in China, the sky is no longer the limit.
Internship placements can find you assessing projects with urban designers, performing administrative tasks, tagging along for on-site visits, writing research summaries, or even working in a design studio.
China’s powerful growth and large business market has laid the groundwork for a strong marketing and market research industry. According to a September 2013 IBIS World market research report, since 2008, the industry has experienced an annual growth rate of 14.4% to reach a revenue of $3.5 billion in 2013. More than 50,000 people in China are employed in the market research fields, and there are roughly 4,000 designated businesses that offer the service.
Internship placements in this field are quite wide and depend upon your preferences. You could be working alongside team members or individually on projects in areas, such as brand development and management, market research, promotional campaigns and event management.
IT is a fully loaded sector, containing ample career opportunities and specialties. If you want to gain a foothold in this constantly evolving industry, China is the place to do it. China’s IT services industry alone has a massive $100 billion revenue, and that only accounts for 20% of the total IT sector, according to IBIS World’s 2013 report. While IT firms are scattered throughout China, its two hearts are Beijing and Shanghai.
ICT is one of the driving factors of the IT industry’s success. According to a European Commission report, from 2005 to 2011 China’s ICT industry grew at an annual rate of 12.5%, from €168.5 billion to €337.3 billion. Cloud computing is also taking China by storm – pun intended. International internet-based service providers, such as Microsoft and IBM are moving into the Chinese market by the truck loads.
As an intern in the IT industry, you could find yourself neck-deep in the creation of the latest software and gadgets, working with a team of IT researchers about expanding cloud capacities, or having a hand in developing new websites. The list goes on and on.
China takes “going digital” to the extreme. The Chinese can’t get enough of online shopping and buy nearly everything online, in some cases even including fresh produce and meats. China is reaching new heights with us almost unheard of cheap next-day deliveries off of popular online shopping sites like taobao.com and alibaba.com. China’s online consumer market is projected to top $650 billion by 2020, according to a recent study by McKinsey Co. Popular western names like Amazon have also leapt into the Chinese market and are starting to take a strong foothold.
As an intern, you will be able to witness, first-hand this booming industry. You may find yourself creating marketing reports, analyzing customer service issues, working alongside team members to perform market research and brainstorm ways to optimize services, and more.
Human Resources (HR) nearly always thrives when an economy is in the upswing, and China is no different. HR in China is particularly interesting for people accustomed to western mindsets as it offers different employee relations perspectives and the best practices for managing cross-cultural employees and different issues that may arise.
A sample of job duties as an HR intern include: assisting with new hire packets, managing recruitment filing systems, facilitating recruitment campaigns, updating relevant HR protocol creating and maintaining social media pages, and more.
China has the world’s largest population, making it a huge market for advertising, branding and graphic design. The world of advertising as a whole in China is quite large, with a $68 billion revenue, according to the 2013 IBIS World Market Research report. From 2008, it has had an average annual growth rate of 15.6% and employs roughly 1.8 million people.
This sector offers ample opportunities for both Chinese labels and international products that seek to tap into China’s ever growing consumer power. Furthermore, as local industry expertise increases, Chinese companies are starting to work with local advertising agencies rather than go abroad for these services. Many of these companies are quickly becoming well-known on the international front, as well.
Your internship placement will allow you to learn about advertising and/or design strategy, branding techniques and account coordination. As part of the creative process, you may create story boards, develop media kits, and conduct research. Design interns also may receive hands-on experience with various design software programs.
The Chinese pride themselves on being good hosts and with tourism trends increasing throughout China, the hospitality industry is in a full upswing. China has a $44 billion hotel industry revenue that has seen an annual growth rate of nearly 7% for the past five years running. Most of China’s tourism, and in turn its hospitality hubs, are based in Eastern China (Beijing and Shanghai), but more western cities are starting to become more popular destinations, as well.
Working in hospitality, you could take on customer service and guest relations operatives, be designing promotion and outreach campaigns, directly assisting the manager head, helping to supervise hotel or other high-end restaurants, and more.
Finance is one of the most important businesses for folks living in Beijing and Shanghai so the opportunities are seemingly limitless for an internship in the financial sector. Shanghai is on track to becoming one of the world’s leading financial centers, which Chinese officials hope will transpire by 2020. Already China’s financial hub, in large part thanks to its free-trade zone, Shanghai boasted 1,049 financial institutions by the end of late 2010. Not to be left behind, Beijing also has an impressive financial track record and is currently home to 70 global Fortune 500 corporations.
The opportunities for financial and accounting placements are exponential. Your internship placement could range from crunching numbers in a large multinational corporation, assisting financial officers in a bank, or helping to manage a firm’s finances to selling securities, conducting financial research or building financial portfolios.
NGOs and non-profits hold an important place in Chinese society. They range from large international organizations to small, grass-roots groups. Either way, they all serve the larger purpose of improving the general quality of life in China. Although China has hundreds of recognized NGOs (and many more non-official), the NGO/non-profit culture is rather new and is evolving to take on the hefty challenges that often occur in a rapidly growing economy.
This sector offers many rewarding opportunities that can lead to both career and personal achievements. Whether you choose to help young mothers find work, feed hunger-stricken children, be an advocate for the environment or numerous other options, you’ll be sure to find a complimentary fit with one of our partners.
Media & Entertainment
China’s entertainment industry is booming. According to Ernst & Young – a prominent market research firm – China’s media and entertainment (M&E) industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 17% from 2010 to 2015. This is not surprising, given China’s massive population which is heavily reliant upon new media, particularly online media and cinema.
As an intern in the M&E industry, you could be find yourself working with internet and new media sources, newspapers, magazines, television, radio and cinema, along with less common opportunities, such as theatre.
International corporations have been working in China since the country opened its doors to the world in the 1980s. That trend ballooned once China officially became a member of the WTO in 2001. Thousands of multinational companies have established offices and regional headquarters in China. On the flip side, Chinese companies are starting to push outward, with more and more expanding abroad. The level of opportunities in the business and management sectors within China are particularly high, especially for foreigners and offer the invaluable experience of understanding the make-up of the next global superpower.
We can offer placements with a company doing business in China or within the international market, giving you a plethora of opportunities to see the internal operations of businesses in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. As an intern in business or management, you could be working with teams on group projects, writing research reports, attending important meetings, witnessing new mergers, developing new businesses models, and more.
China trades more goods internationally than any other country in the world, with US$4.16 trillion worth of goods traded in 2013, according to a January article of the Financial Times. 2013 was the first time since the end of World War II that another country has surpassed the United States as the leading international trader. What’s more, this trend will most likely continue as the Chinese government is placing considerable attention toward enhancing its international trading presence.
Interns in trade will experience a truly global world. You may have the opportunity to research country import/export regulations, maintain databases, analyze trade markets, investigate new market opportunities, visit on-site factories, communicate with clients, and more.
Property Development/Real Estate
In a country that has been stricken with rapid industrialization and urbanization for more than a decade, the property development industry is indeed a force to be reckoned with. According to the IBIS World’s 2013 report, China’s commercial real estate market has garnered a revenue of $169 billion, with an annual growth rate of 18% from 2007-2012. China currently is home to more than 72,000 firms associated with commercial real estate.
As an intern in this sector, you could be analyzing data and market trends, generating reports and financial impact studies, working closely with possible clients and property buyers, and providing general support for your team and management.
Green Energy and Technology
Energy is an interesting sector because it is so paramount to the existence of the modern world. China’s massive population makes it the largest energy consumer and producer in the world. While the country has gained considerable critiques over the years for its high levels of CO2 emissions, it also is making great strides toward becoming a leading provider of renewable energy. This is an interesting time to experience China’s energy industry as it tries to quickly move away from its current coal crutch to a more modern and sustainable approach.
International energy giants, such as General Electric (GE), Siemens, and Schneider Electric have joined Chinese mega energy corporations on the Chinese playing field. These corporations, among others, have made significant investments within China and will likely continue to do so for many years to come. As an intern, you may work with experts on research and development (R&D) projects, environmental impact reports, on-site environmental reviews, and more.
According to the Global Energy Statistical 2013 Yearbook:
• 1st in energy consumption: 2,713 Mtoe (Million tonnes of oil equivalent)
• 1st in energy production: 2,459 Mtoe
• 2nd in energy trading: 440 Mtoe
• 1st in coal and lignite production: 3,543 Mtoe
• 1st in coal and lignite consumption: 3,371 Mtoe
• 1st in CO2 emissions: 7,673 Mtoe
• 1st in renewable energy investment: US$52 billion (Source: The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012 report)
Travel & Tourism
Tourism in China is huge, both in-bound and out-bound. It currently holds the top rank amongst the emerging BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) for global travel and tourism, according to the World Travel Market 2013 Industry Report. China’s population is estimated at 1.3 billion, and the booming economy is putting money into more and more of those pockets for traveling throughout China and internationally. Many Chinese tend to travel with pre-arranged tour groups. What’s more, China is also the most popular tourist destination and has the greatest tourism potential amongst the BRIC countries.
As a travel and tourism intern, you could find yourself developing travel itineraries, attending tourism conferences, promoting your agency’s services, meeting with clients and much more.
China’s manufacturing industry evolution is its backbone and its history is one for the record books. It’s the world’s fourth largest producer of manufactured goods, behind the United States, Japan and Germany. With the powerhouse of the manufacturing industry, China doubled its GDP per capita in just a decade and pushed itself to becoming one of the largest economies in the world, second only to the U.S.
Interestingly enough, in 2008 China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest carmaker – producing 18.3 million vehicles in 2010. In 2012, the industry was worth about $15.8 million. The consultancy firm McKinsey & Company estimates that China’s car market will grow tenfold between 2005 and 2030.
With China becoming increasingly prominent in the international corporate and business scenes, its legal industry has been growing, as well. In addition to its own locally-grown law firms, China is also home to thousands of international legal firms that stay busy brokering mergers, facilitating business expansions, researching trade negotiations, and everything else tied to legal frameworks. Even if you don’t plan to practice law in China, understanding how to maneuver within the Chinese law will become increasingly important for law firms all over in the years to come. Your legal internship could include a wide range of duties, such as assisting firm partners, researching Chinese and international legal frameworks, establishing new client bases, and more.
Stepping onto the streets of any major city in China can be attributed to walking into a notable department store and seeing the latest styles. As China’s consumer wealth continues to grow, so do people’s fashion sense and priority level. While many Chinese still cling to popular western brands, Chinese labels are starting to gain momentum, both nationally and internationally.
Shanghai, in particular, holds a prominent role in the international fashion circle, with a Fashion Week that has gained global recognition. Furthermore, popular designers are cropping up from all over China from cities like Beijing and Shenzhen. In short, China has started to turn the heads of international fashion giants. As an intern, you could be a part of this dynamic transition as China emerges into the spotlight.
Engineering is a diverse industry that holds a lot of prominence in China. Whether your internship is in chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering, our program promises you a one-of-a-kind experience. Opportunities range anywhere from forming new chemical bonds for upcoming products, continuing the trend of environmentally-friendly cars, or setting the trend on sustainable energy.
China’s engineering services industry in 2013 had a revenue of $25 billion, with an annual growth rate from 2008 of 5.8%, according to the IBIS World September 2013 report. With China’s continual rise, engineering services will continue to become more and more necessary. Furthermore, China plans to continue developing its inner western regions, spurring the need for engineering services.
As an intern, you could be working with a team or individually to develop models, assist with current projects, design independent projects, perform relative research, create project prototypes, etc. The depth of your daily duties will depend largely on your experience and specialty.