Experiencing the Chinese Work Culture Through My Internship at SparkPad

Aug 28, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Trisha Sanchez

Trisha Sanchez

Trisha is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Business major at Champlain College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Trisha explains what the Chinese work culture is like and shares 5 important observations from her tech internship at SparkPad in Shanghai.

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During my time in Shanghai this past summer, my fellow intern Billy Hughes and I had the chance to experience the Chinese work culture as Software Development interns at the tech corporation SparkPad. SparkPad designs touchscreen interfaces that allow consumers to place orders with restaurant vendors without having to directly interact with wait staff or cashiers. Being a Computer Science minor myself, along with Billy having limited programming experience, we were hopeful to learn a lot more about working in the tech industry from interning with the company. Here are 5 observations and experiences that I encountered during my time in Shanghai.

1. Working and Socializing

At the Entrance with Fellow Intern Billy Hughes and SparkPad Co-Founder HeikwanAt the entrance of SparkPad, a tech company in China, with fellow intern Billy Hughes and co-founder Heikwan.

One of the first stark contrasts we found between the American and Chinese work cultures was the blend present between working and socializing. Back home, it’s a commonly accepted idea that one’s work life and personal life should be kept separate, whereas in China we found that not only is the reverse more common, but that retaining the opposite western ideal was actually frowned upon.

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How My Time and Internship in Shanghai Changed My Career Outlook

Aug 20, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Zachery Burnham

Zachery Burnham

Zachery Burnham is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at  Champlain College, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In his last post, Zachery reflects on his experience in Shanghai and what he learned about blockchain and cryptocurrency through his internship with Libra Credit.

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Thanks, Zachery!

See more of Zachery's journey in Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Reflection, Internships in Shanghai

My Abroad Experience: What It's Like to Intern and Learn in Shanghai

Jul 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Zachery Burnham

Zachery Burnham

Zachery Burnham is an official CAPA vlogger for summer 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at  Champlain College, he is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Zachery shares his experience so far on what it's like to intern in Shanghai, understand the work culture, and adapt to the people and environment around you.

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Thanks, Zachery!

Zachery's journey continues so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Internships in Shanghai, Internships Abroad

Influencer Marketing, Social Media, and Work Culture in China

Nov 30, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

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Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Sarah gives us more details about her internship in Shanghai and the noteworthy project she's been working on.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Prepping to Study Abroad in Shanghai

Aug 31, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Sarah is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Fashion Retail and Merchandising major at Lasell College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In her first post, Sarah shares some of her thoughts about what to expect as she prepares to study abroad in Shanghai.

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Thanks Sarah!

Sarah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Internships in Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Want to Buy This? Interning in Sales in Shanghai

May 23, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_DanielleThai_Blogger_Shanghai.pngDanielle Thai is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A resource economics major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.

In this week's post, Danielle takes us through a typical day at her internship and what she's learned because of it.

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Ever since I learned about the CAPA program, I knew it was the program for me. I love having an internship while abroad because along with my classes, an internship gives me a chance to have hands-on training in my field in a different country. This internship allows me to learn and develop skills that I can use in the future.

This semester I had the opportunity to intern at Vandergeeten. Vandergeeten is a distributor for food and beverage products from Belgium and Western Europe in China. The main products they distribute are bottle and draught beer and chocolates. Through specialized networks, employers are able to circulate and deliver these products all over mainland China.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Internships in Shanghai

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