Building your global vision

Location

If you would like additional information or have any further inquiries regarding our services, please contact:


Timeson Tower 509, B12 Chaoyangmen North Ave., Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, P.R. China.


E-mail: topview@sino-market.com.cn

Tel: +86 10 6551 9637 / 38 / 39 / 40

Fax: +86 10 6551 2011

Contact

Top Intern is a spin-off of Topview Consulting & Trading Ltd., which is a professional knowledge service company whose primary focus for the past 15 years has been to help foreign companies enter and grow in the Chinese market.

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FAQ’s

Getting started

Why should I intern in China?


It’s often said that if you want to do the unimaginable, come to China. China is pushing forward at an exponential pace and according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), by 2016 it’s estimated to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy. That explosion of growth offers a plethora of opportunities.


If that’s not enough to convince you, the life and business experience you will gain should be. Whether your internship is one month or six, you will be immersed in a vibrant culture that’s mixed with thousands of years of prominent history and a strong mentality to push forward towards future greatness. It’s an interesting mix, one that’s full of life, adventure and potential gains.

Do I qualify?


Anyone over the age of 19 years qualifies to apply for an internship with Top Intern. You do not need to know Mandarin, however, you must have a strong level of oral and writing English abilities; advanced or native fluency is often preferred. Our partner companies have English speakers, but some companies do still require Mandarin skills.

Am I guaranteed an internship placement?


Simply put, no. Top Intern caters to high caliber interns and placements. We will screen each application to determine who is accepted for an interview. If you pass the interview phase, then we will move forward with scouting out placement options. Once in this phase, we will do our upmost to find you a well-matched internship.

Where in China can I intern?


We offer competitive internships in leading companies based in Beijing.

Is it possible to learn Chinese during my internship with Top Intern?


Of course, we’ll even set up the lessons for you! We work with an esteemed language institute in Beijing, which offers small classes and personalized attention, giving you the most for your money.

What are the internship durations?


Internships range from one to six months, depending on both you and the company. Companies typically are flexible with your schedule if you show the right credentials.

All about the Internship

Do I need to know Mandarin?


You sure don’t. While knowledge Mandarin will be an asset and a huge help for you in China, it’s not essential for your internship because you will be working in a company that has English speakers.

What kind of company will I work for?


Your placement company depends a lot on you. Most of our company partners are either multinational or work with international clients. Depending on your field of expertise, you could find yourself working for companies like Lenovo.

Will I be paid?


We favor partnering with companies that provide a regular allowance and most of our partner companies do this. However, we cannot guarantee this allowance. We can guarantee that you will be informed before accepting a position whether or not you will be paid.

Pre-departure

What should I pack?


For some this can be the most difficult part of prepping to live in a foreign county…how can you possibly fit everything you need into one bag (two if you’re willing to pay more). This is especially a challenging yet essential question for those 3-6 monthers.


We can’t tell you exactly what you personally will need, but we can offer some pointers:

Dos

Medicine: Chinese medication is different than what many of us are used to. We advise bringing a variety just in case. This includes inhalers, prescription, etc…if you can’t live without it, bring it with you.


Electronics (Computer, iPod, tablet, etc.): While everything else in China is cheaper, high-quality electronics are not, so it’s best to bring what you need beforehand.


Extra credit/debit cards: Keep at least one spare card in a safe place, just in case.


Layered clothing: It’s best to bring layers and clothes that can mix and match well – see the don’t section


Professional attire: Each company is different, but it’s best to bring business clothing with you as it may be expected


Universal adapter: China uses electrical sockets similar to Australian plugs. It’s quite common for American plugs to fit in the socket without a problem.


Wattage converter: If you are from a country that uses 110-120 voltages, then you’ll need an energy converter for you basic small appliances. Most specialty electronics (computers, phones, tablets, etc…) have a built in converter. To make sure, check the information on the adapter cable.


Floss: It can be difficult to find in China Not sure if this is still the case…


Deodorant: You will regret leaving it once you see the quality or the price of good deodorant in China.


Specialty hygiene/make-up products


Good lotion/moisturizer: Beijing is very dry, especially in the winter, and quality moisturizing lotion can be rare


Chapstick/lip balm: Again, Beijing can be very dry


Eye drops: Dryness and pollution can irritate your eyes, so some good eye drops can go a long ways


Ladies: Bring tampons if you use them! They’re very hard to find in China and when you do find them, they’re pricey


Gifts: Some local souvenirs come in handy when wanting to establish good and lasting relationships. Chocolate will be always welcomed by your new coworkers, especially because western chocolate can be very expensive in China. Don’t forget that sharing has a strong social element in the eyes of Chinese people.

Don’ts

Too much clothing: You’ll want to fit in with the local styles and what better way than to shop locally? Plus, clothing in China is very cheap. However, some sizes can be difficult to find. If you need larger clothing, it may be better to bring it with you.


Illegal drugs: China has a strict policy against drugs, including marijuana. Punishments can be as severe as the death penalty.

Do I need any vaccinations?


China has different vaccination rules depending on your country of origin. No matter where you are coming from, make certain that you are up-to-date on your routine vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that most people traveling to China be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.


Consult with your doctor at least one month before leaving for China to determine if there are any further vaccinations/medications you personally may need.

Can I arrive earlier or later than my scheduled date?


Yes, you may. However, if you wish to arrive to China or leave the country outside of our time schedule, then we can still provide airport pick-up and/or drop-off, but it will cost an extra €50.

What service can I expect once arriving?


This is completely up to you. We offer three packages, along with a customization approach to our services. Every intern receives our basic services of an internship placement with a top company, along with an array of complimentary services. For a detailed list, please view our (Internship Packages) page.


We vow that no matter the size of your chosen package, we will provide optimum service to ensure the success of your internship.

You’re in China

Where will I live?


If you select our gold or platinum packages, then you’ll be staying in our comfortable apartments.

Will I have time to travel?


Most definitely! You could easily spend every weekend for six months just exploring Beijing and its surrounding sites, but if you want to see other parts of China, then go for it!

China has several long national holidays, but we offer a fair warning that tourist areas in China will be brimming with Chinese tourists.

Major Chinese holidays:


- New Year’s Festival Public Holiday: Jan. 1-3

- Spring Festival (Chinese New Year): Jan. 30-Feb. 5

- Qing Ming Jie (Memorial holiday): April 4-6

- Labour Day Holiday: May 1-3

- Mid-Autumn Festival: Sept. 6-8

- National Day Golden Week Holiday: Oct. 1-7

What if I become sick?


As mentioned in our recommended packing list, you should bring medication from your home country. Beijing has plenty of pharmacies, but Chinese medication typically is not as strong as western medicine.

If you become seriously ill while in China, Beijing has several western-style hospitals. We will help you in every way we can in this circumstance.

FAQ

In which currency do I need to make my payment?


We accept payments in both U.S. Dollars ($) and Euro (€).

Visa breakdown

What are the passport and visa requirements?


The Chinese government is regularly changing its visa regulations for foreigners, so we need to remain flexible. We will determine the visa you need to apply for based on your needs and the length of your internship. In general, we recommend that interns apply for an M (business) visa.


Depending on your country of origin, you may not be able to get a visa that lasts the full duration of your internship; however once you have your visa, it is easy to extend it one time for the full duration of your original visa. For example, if you have a 3-month visa (90 days) you can easily get another 90-day extension.

Is it difficult to get a Chinese visa?


Obtaining a Chinese visa is not as hard as you think it is. Plus, we’ll help you every step of the way. We will provide all of the necessary documents (namely your official invitation letter) and will guide you through the application process.

How do I apply for a visa?


This depends on your country of origin, however it’s a fairly common requirement that you will need to either apply in person at your nearest embassy or consulate, or that you will have to apply through an official visa service agency located within your country. We can provide support in this regard, as well.

Will my visa allow me to travel outside of China?


Simply put, yes it will. You can apply for a multiple entry visa, which allows you to leave and return to China as many times as you want as long as your visa is still valid.

How much does daily life cost?


Life in Beijing can very extremely cheap, as well as extremely pricey. If you go to the right places, you can get a full meal for 15-30 RMB ($1-5 USD / €2-4). Even in nice dining restaurants, your bill likely won’t exceed 100 RMB ($17 USD / €13). Also, you can get a bottle of Chinese beer for a couple of U.S. dollars; the price goes up for imports.


Transportation is equally cheap with a subway ride costing just 2 RMB ($0.33 USD / €0.25).

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