19 Aug Priceless Opportunities
The activities that were offered through the program by Absolute Internship were abundant but varied in form. From after-work happy hours to company field trips, from day trips to different cities in Shanghai to experiencing different Shanghai foods at restaurants, the activities that were offered gave me the opportunity to try new things I don’t think I otherwise would have been able to experience.
One of the most valuable things offered was the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the culture — interning abroad in a foreign country can be a bit intimidating, especially if it is your first time. However, Absolute Internship did a great job in offering things like local dinners with the team, experiences like Karaoke-TV, and day trips to different cities. In the Shanghai program, we were offered different day and overnight trips to places such as Suzhou and Nanjing. Such trips were already planned by the program, so you did not need to worry about planning anything to sightsee or where to stay.
Another valuable aspect of the program was the company field trips and presentations. We were exposed to large, full-scale companies such as Ikea, Volvo, and H&M, as well as smaller but also well-established brands such as Wagas. It was actually very cool to be exposed to Wagas; before, my friends and I had never heard of the American-style boutique restaurant and bakery, but after the presentation, we ate there as many times as we could.
Such exposure into the inside of these companies is not easily attained elsewhere. Not only, did we receive information from these companies, but also we were able to see more about the company culture and even sometimes see what the offices were like.
My favorite dinner offered by Absolute was at Din Tai Fung, one of the most famous soup dumpling places in all of China. Although, I was lucky enough to have had it before, it was still an amazing experience to share with friends.
Overall, the activities that were managed by Absolute Internship varied in style as well as type; the opportunities and exposure I received from it however, is priceless.