From March to June 2015, I interned at TRB (Temple Restaurant Beijing), a popular European fine-dining restaurant located in Beijing that also leads TRB Catering, TRB Wine, and Copper (a newly opened event space). As a Marketing Intern, I was responsible for writing advertisements such as flyers and press releases for promotions and special events distributed by social media, email, and mail. I also coordinated our sponsorship for school fairs and chambers of commerce, serving as a contact between host organizations to handle information regarding registration and day of event details and regulations. I also conducted competitive research.
How did you find this opportunity?
I studied abroad for Spring 2015 at Capital Normal University in Beijing with the CAPA Beijing Internship Program. After arriving in China in February, the program matched us with potential companies. After submitting my resume and cover letter to TRB, I went in for an interview and began working in March.
What has your experience been like and what have you learned?
Being able to intern in Beijing was extremely rewarding. I really enjoyed experiencing the friendly but quick-paced Chinese work environment and learning about Chinese business etiquette and marketing strategies. I was able to work independently while meeting daily deadlines and attending company meetings. I practiced my listening comprehension and fluency while constantly being pushed out of my comfort zone by speaking to colleagues or making calls in Mandarin Chinese.
What advice do you have for other students?
I strongly advise students planning to go abroad to intern abroad. Studying abroad typically offers a lot more free time and using some of it constructively, apart from travelling, offers a whole new perspective on business. Though resources may be limited at another school, it’s important not to be discouraged and to do your research, be patient, and demonstrate your interest. I now consider working in China or elsewhere in Asia after graduation. Keep your doors open and don’t be afraid to try something new!