China Internship Program

Questions and answers about internships in China

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about internships in China below. We are ready to answer your questions and help you find your internship in a company or an organisation in China.

Where can I do an internship in China?

You can do an internship in China in the following cities:

Shanghai is often seen as one of the biggest business destinations while Beijing is home to some of the most interesting start-up businesses. If you dream of an internship in Chengdu you will intern in a city that is famous for being the financial centre in Western China and home to many multinational companies such as IT and electronics companies.

We always recommend that you are open-minded and positive regarding the location of your internship in China. Sometimes the least wished for, will be the biggest experience.

When should I apply for my internship in China? 
As soon as you know you want to do an internship in China, you should contact us. We recommend that you apply at least 3 months or more before you plan to commence your internship in China so that we have a lot of time to plan all the details for you. 

How we will help you become an intern in China 

We make it easy for you to become an intern in China. Because of the language barrier and the distance to China it can be hard to handle the application process yourself. We ensure that you land in an internship where your role as an intern is appreciated and valued. We only cooperate with companies and organisations in China that actively engage interns in their projects. With us you will not clean tables and make coffee during your internship. Also, we help you with all of the boring paperwork and writing the application. Moreover, you will get: 

  • Housing: You share an apartment with other interns and expats in China
  • Visa assistance: We provide you with all of the information you need to apply for a visa for an internship in China
  • Arrival package: The arrival package consist of a Chinese sim-card, local maps, a mobile phone and a Mandarin dictionary. The content of the arrival package may be subject to change. 
  • Introduction days about China: Shortly after your arrival you will be invited to some interesting intro days where you learn about Chinese culture and traditions. You will also be invited to a welcome dinner with other interns.
  • Mandarin courses: You will be taught Mandarin three times a week
  • Social & cultural activities: Frequently, you will be invited to fun events and activities so that you can meet other interns, share experiences and challenges.
  • Business networking: Networking "guanxi" is an important part of working life in China. You will be invited to business events that are relevant for you. 
  • Newsletters: You will receive a monthly newsletter with information about all of the forthcoming activites and important information for interns in China.
  • Certificate: At the end of your internship, you will receive a certificate and a personal statement from your employer.
  • Access to a global alumni network: Get access and talk to current and former interns
  • 24/7 support: Our experienced international and local team in China make sure that you have support throughout your internship. All of the staff members have been interns and are bilingual. You will always an English-speaking intern throughout your internship in China.

How much does an internship in China cost?

For the prices below, you will get an internship where you plan the content of your internship together with the company or organisation, you get accommodation in China, courses in Mandarin, support 24/7 and more.

  • 4 weeks - From €2.991 
  • 6 weeks - From €3.606 
  • 8 weeks - From €4.165
  • 10 weeks - From €4.794 
  • 12 weeks - From €5.255 
  • 16 weeks - From €6.185 
  • 20 weeks - From €7.263 
  • 24 weeks - From €8.331 

The prices listed are subject to change and we recommend that you contact us to receive the latest prices. If you are fluent in Mandarin it may cost less than listed here as you will not have to follow a course in Mandarin. Please contact us to receive the prices for internships without Mandarin courses.

What other expenses can I expect during my internship in China?

For an internship in China you need to save up for a visa, flight tickets (we will help you find the cheapest ones), and a travel insurance. We will guide you through it all. Also, you will need savings for food and experiences, which in generally is way cheaper than in Europe. A meal in a restaurant can cost between €2-3 and a ticket with the tube around €0,50. 

What types of internships in China can I get?

We can help you find an internship in China within almost all areas and fields. Some of the most popular internships in China are: 

  • Architecture
  • Bio Science
  • Business Consulting
  • International Business
  • Engineering
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Healthcare & Pharmacology
  • Hotel & Tourism
  • HR & Administration
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Law
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Media and Creative Industries
  • NGO's, Green Energy & Aid Organisations
  • PR & Event Management
  • Service Learning
  • Start-ups & Entrepreneurships
  • & lots more. Contact us and tell us about your dreams and we will help you tailor your internship abroad. 

What are the working hours?

A typical Chinese working week is 38-40 hours per week, typically from 9.30-17.30 and an hour lunch break in between, but of course this varies depending on the company.

What I expect from an internship in China? 

Each internship is different and tailored to your needs and requests. You will participate in everyday worklife and be involved in projects and meetings with other employees. As an intern through us, you can expect to have a learning experience.

What are the requirements for an internship in China? 

To become an intern in China you need to:

  • Be at least 18-years-old.
  • English skills above average both written and oral. You do not need to speak any Mandarin in order to do an internship in China.
  • Internships in China is for those who have finished an upper secondary education or the like. It is an advantage if you are enrolled in university or have completed a degree e.g. a Bachelor's Degree or higher and this makes it easier to land in an internship in the industry that you wish for as you will have theoretical knowledge to share.

Interns in China need to be proactive, show flexibility, be engaged and positive. You will be challenged and have responsibility just like any other employee in the company. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your competencies and work individually as well as in teams.

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