Published on June 30, 2015

Reasons why Asia Pacific is calling your name

1) China is an economic superpower

Nobody can deny that the Chinese economy is of global importance. The rapidly expanding Chinese economy overtook the United States economy in 2014, according to IMF estimates. The Chinese GDP at purchasing power parity was US$17.6 trillion at end 2014 while the U.S. GDP finished at US$17.4 trillion. An internship in China or elsewhere in the Asia Pacific will help young professionals understand China's growing economic influence and significance in the region and around the world.




2) Untapped Asian markets

Companies around the world are keeping their eye on opportunities in Asian markets, particularly in China due to its economic increase. Having worked in either Kong Kong or Melbourne will give an up-and-coming professional valuable insight into Asian markets that will likely be of interest to a potential employer. Having an insider's understanding of regional markets in Asia Pacific will also make a young professional an asset to a company that is looking for business growth opportunities in the region and could lead to a promotion or salary increase.


3) Learn Mandarin

Mandarin is a beautiful, complex language to learn. Being able to speak Mandarin will give a young person unique communication skills will be increasingly useful in the global economy. Learning Chinese also allows a young person better access to Chinese culture, which is some 5,000 years old.


4) Job opportunities

Chinese growth translates into job opportunities both within the region and outside China. Many companies are looking to expand into China or increase business with the country. By interning abroad in Melbourne or Hong Kong, an intern will have greater exposure to Chinese markets and improve their career opportunities by having unique insight into China and the Asia-Pacific region.





5) Delicious, diverse cuisine

There are multitudes of delicious gastronomic traditions across all of Asia. Chinese food is particularly well-known, as it is actually composed of 8 different types of cuisine. These cuisines are Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang. Rice and noodle dishes are staples in many types of Chinese cuisine, along with certain spices and seasonings including scallions, ginger root, sesame oil and garlic.




6) The culture

Among one of the oldest cultures in the world, Chinese culture encompasses many diverse sub-cultures across eastern Asia. Though there are thousands of examples of elements of Chinese culture, one important cultural detail that sets apart China's different regions is their three ancestral treasures. Each region has three special items that define the area. In Guangdong, for example, the three ancestral treasures are chenpi, aged ginger and hay.


Sources:, OUP Blog, News AT0086, Wikipedia,



Photo 1. based on Hong Kong Sunset, by Mike Behnken, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on Wuxi, Jiangsu - China, by Thomas Depenbusch, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on China - Fenghuang, by melenama, CC-by-2.0

The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her third year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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