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General Information

Important information for your internship in China in a nutshell!

On this page, you will find relevant information about the internships in China, be it in Shanghai or Beijing or one of China’s other major cities such as Hangzhou, Chengdu, Guangzhou or Shenzhen. Read through what is essential for an internship in China, which requirements are in place and what you learn during your time there.

China today
China is one of the major global players and has made a name for itself worldwide in the past decades. With over 1.35 billion people, the country has transformed itself into one of the largest economies. The country’s  global importance, growth and economic output is continuously increasing, and you can benefit from it today! It will be an exciting entry in your CV, coupled with many valuable experiences and insights. All these are great reasons for choosing an internship in China.

Professional and personal development
As a young professional, you can improve both professionally and privately during your internship in China significantly. You will learn about a new culture, and ways of working that will help you in your future career. Working in a foreign country is always a very valuable and enriching experience. If you want to score extra points and are looking for a career in an international company, you may be better rewarded with an internship in China than with an internship in the USA or a European country; your resume will stand out from the crowd! Most of the international companies are represented in China, thus a candidate with experience and insight regarding the country would please every HR or line manager.

General information about an internship abroad
Internships abroad in China are still relatively new for many local companies. Managers or HR often do not know exactly how to organize a practicum, as we do it in the West. In a Chinese company, you need to learn to structure your working day yourself and to define the right goals.

Processes in China are often handled somewhat differently than we know it from the West, therefore they may seem a bit unusual for us. However, anyone involved with a Chinese company will learn a lot about how to solve tasks unconventionally and effectively or how the process of decision-making works, among with many other valuable skills – that’s precisely what makes an internship in China exciting and interesting.

If you prefer to do an internship in the usual and familiar structures, we recommend looking for a practicum in an international company. Many international companies have a branch in China and are always looking for interesting candidates for an internship.

It is advisable to bring your own laptop as the operation of a Chinese keyboard with Chinese inputs may not be so simple in the begining.

Another interesting occurrence is that it is common for Chinese employees to have a midday nap at lunchtime by placing their heads over their folded arms on their desks.

An internship abroad in China is undoubtedly the best way to get to know more about the culture, people and everyday working life.

Let us advise you in finding a suitable internship in Shanghai, Beijing or another fascinating Chinese city.

Requirements for an internship in China
For an internship in China, you need motivation, enthusiasm, flexibility and a university degree (Bachelor or Master). You should also be open to a different culture and interested in new ways of working.

Professional and effective consultation
The right choice of a suitable internship is crucial and lays the foundation for your professional career. You should work with the right partner which will provide you with a helpful, an effective and a professional consultancy. Our personal and long-standing experience of living and working in China will allow us to offer you all this and more. We will make sure that you receive an adequate and an efficient consultancy for your needs!

Finding an internship in China
It is never easy to find a good job abroad however, a suitable practicum in China with us can get you there quicker and easier. We have many years of experience in the field and know-how on what to look out for during your stay, which will allow us to guide you in the choice of internship and what to expect in China.

Our partners in China
All our partners are based in China and have excellent connections with well-known companies in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities. The list also includes the Fortune Global 500 Companies. Today, we are proud to have a great network of companies and internship opportunities with our partners.

Where are our internship programs based in China?
We have internships all over China! You can find a program in Shanghai or Beijing or we can provide you with options in the cities of Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen or Hong Kong. Each city is unique to its own. The experience of living in China for a period will broaden your horizons. Write to us or call us; we are happy to advise you in an individually tailored way that meets your needs and it is free of charge!

Paid or unpaid internship
Many internships are unpaid in China, but not all. Companies also offer small compensations in the form of paid language courses, accommodation or leisure activities.

The time frame for an internship
The shortest duration of a practicum is four weeks. However, we recommend an internship of 3 to 6 months, so that you get the most out of your stay in China. Many companies also require extended stays, as the training period takes time.

The right application
There are no general CV-templates in China. The correct way of applying depends heavily on the company. It is, however, mostly true that you cannot go wrong with a more detailed resume with attached certificates. We are happy to advise you on how to make an application correctly in China.

Visas for the internship
It is not easy to get a visa for an internship in China. Our internship programs include a letter of invitation that you can use to apply for a visa at the Chinese Embassy. For the correct procedure, you will be informed and learn everything necessary to obtain your visa for your internship successfully by our team. A permit for an internship in China is valid for a maximum of 6 months.

Where to live during the internship?
In our program, the accommodation is included. There are several other ways to find suitable accommodation if desired. There is the choice of a shared flat or to be accommodated by a Chinese host family, or you can stay in a serviced apartment or a hotel, but it is a bit more expensive. Hostels or Airbnbs can also be considered as useful and cheap alternatives.

Costs for an internship
The cost of an internship depends on your budget. The most significant costs are flights, accommodation and food. We offer you the best and most cost-effective solutions for your practicum in China.

Living expenses in China
Living expenses heavily depend on your living style. It is possible to keep your costs very low in China. As a guideline, between 300 and 500 euros per month for food and transport is to be expected.

24/7 service and personal attention
Our programs are more than a simple internship. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, you will receive 24/7 on-site support.

Language barriers
An internship does not require knowledge of Chinese as nowadays many of the Chinese speak adequate English. English is also used in many Chinese and international companies, even as the main working language.

Chinese language courses
Some of our internships also include Chinese language courses. This will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating languages in the world. A language course can also help you to get used to the everyday life and break the ice with the Chinese.

Cultural events
Our local partners organize cultural events that you can attend, so that you can learn more about China’s culture.

Overseas insurance
During an internship abroad in China, it is always advisable to have an international health insurance. If possible, take out an insurance covering the costs of a foreign hospital in China.

Open a bank account and how to pay
With your passport and a valid visa, you can open a bank account at any bank. For longer stays in China, having a bank account in China is recommended. You can also set up a Alipay and a WeChat Wallet. China has mastered the art of cashless payment. You can almost always use your credit card, Alipay or WeChat Wallet.

Important note: When opening the account, make sure that your name is recorded at the bank, as you can only use Alipay or WeChat Wallet with the correct registered name.

With your bank account, you can also transfer money to China. Please note, however, that it is not possible to transfer RMB from abroad into the country. We further inform you about the details during consultation.

WeChat and Alipay have become important methods of payment in China. You can conveniently use your mobile phone everywhere for payments. They require a Chinese bank account to be used.

Communication in China
WeChat is the communication platform par excellence in China. Nearly 900,000 million Chinese use WeChat. Download WeChat and Alipay on your mobile before you come to China.

VPN and Internet
Unfortunately, the internet is heavily censored in China. To gain access to the blocked sites like Google, Facebook and Co, you should install a suitable and a working VPN on your mobile, laptop or computer. There are a lot of good options and we can advise you for free.

Make friends and networking
During your internship, you can make exciting new friendships and build up your network – be it with the Chinese or people from other nations. This gives you the opportunity to later use your contacts for furthering career.

Conclusion
With a network of several hundred companies, we can offer you an internship tailored to your profile in China. Whether you choose a practicum in Shanghai or an internship in Beijing or even one in Hangzhou or Chengdu, we have the right contacts.