I’m not going to lie to you, has my internship sparked an interest in marketing? No. has it been close to what it was advertised ? No. Would I do this internship again? Probably – but not for the work experience but for the life experience ( so cheeesey).
However, despite the lack of work , I guess my typing speed and researching interesting topics on Buzzfeed have improved, I can’t blame the company (I can blame CRCC). On my last day of work I was taken out to a southern Chinese restaurant with the whole office, they chose this restaurant because I couldn’t have meat and most the dishes were fish. (Thank You office). It was fun, they often made the effort to speak English and I attempted a bit of poor Chinese. There was all types of fish and vegetables on the table, at points too spicy for me but I powered through, there was one food I didn’t know and after being told it was Frog and asked to try some I couldn’t lose face ( as they say) so I took a chunk of fish and tried to eat it – most of it was bone but it basically tasted like fish. when I got back to the office I felt violated by eating frog – never can I look a frog in the eyes again.
I did my final presentation on social media marketing and took some photos with co-workers and that was it- I also got gifts for the office, it seemed polite to give them gifts considering how nice everyone had been with such a huge language barrier. The end of my internship.- I had 4 days of relaxation. ( CRCC doesn’t actually schedule you any time off between the end of your internship and leaving Beijing but I would recommend you try to take it off – because unless you as an intern are holding the company with all the stapling and awkwardly trying to hide the fact you have no idea what you’re doing, you might as well enjoy Beijing).