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Intern in Business in China

Overview
  • Placement location: Shanghai and Chengdu
  • Role: To assist a local business in a rapidly developing economy
  • Requirements: Interns should be at least 18 years old
  • Business Sectors: Marketing, PR, Accountancy, Finance, IT, Real Estate, Architecture, Interior Design, HR, Consulting, Trade, Fashion, Art, Sport
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

An international business internship in China will give you a unique insight into the fusion of Western-style Capitalism and Eastern-style Communism.

As one of the world's most rapidly growing economies combined with increasing foreign investments, China has an ever-expanding portfolio when it comes to world trade. Its massive revenue is generated from core industries and exports that include machinery, plastics, iron, a vast array of consumer products, shipping and even commercial space launch vehicles!

The Chinese language is also gaining prominence around the world as more and more people recognize it as an important language of commerce. China is a major force to be reckoned with -- thus having valuable insight into the business culture will give you a competitive edge.

There are many opportunities for those who wish to intern within one of the key sectors that China currently trades in. For interns who are on a gap-year and looking to be accepted into a business course at university or those looking for employment in a particular sector of the business world, a business internship in China offers access to the work experience that will make you stand out from the crowd.

All Business interns live and work in the vibrant, modern cities of Chengdu and Shanghai.

You will need to be at least 18 years old to join this project.

Internships in Business in China

Volunteer working on the computer of an office overseas on the Business project

The city of Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province in south western China. Home to over 14 million people, Chengdu is one of China’s most important economic and communication centers. The city is home to many new investors and up-and-coming businesses, and offers a wide variety of opportunities to intern with businesses developing at a rapid pace. 

Shanghai is one of the world's fastest growing city-based economies; it is a 21st-century metropolis where all the world's major businesses can be found. Shanghai's new finance and enterprise zone, Pudong, has expanded massively in the last five years. A huge amount of foreign investment has changed this area to a packed skyline containing some of the world's tallest buildings and biggest companies.

We organize work experience programs in a number of business sectors. These include marketing, PR, accounting, finance, fashion, hospitality management, IT, real estate, environmental energy, architecture, and consulting. Developing internships in other business areas is always possible - just ask!

Business Interns in China

As an intern in Chengdu or Shanghai, you can provide effective and constructive help working on a variety of projects. Offices are often located in glamorous locations in high-rise office buildings.

During your internship, interns are expected to be punctual, professional and hard-working. You will be required to work an average of 35 hours per week, usually Monday-Friday. When you arrive on your first day, you will be assigned a supervisor who will be able to advise and support you during your internship and of course our Projects Abroad staff are always available to support you while interning abroad.

The work you do will depend on the internship, but prepare for a challenge! You will get involved with the day-to-day activities of the office whether it is contacting different clients, working with business support teams, researching for current or future projects, putting together portfolios, attending meetings or working on set briefs.

The working day is split in two by a lunch break during which time everyone in the office will usually head out to eat together. It is at these times when you can really get to know your colleagues and gain an insight into their culture. In turn, your colleagues will be interested to learn about you and your culture. They will also be eager to practice their spoken English on you, so you might find yourself teaching a few informal English lessons at times.

No matter where you intern in the Chinese business world, your input will be greatly encouraged and appreciated, especially if you prove to be adaptable and willing.

Volunteer Profile Volunteer Dom Elliot talks about his experience as an intern on t he Business project in China
Dom Elliot
I had plenty of time to get to know my colleagues and even learn some Chinese while also getting some interesting projects to run. Probably the most rewarding of these was raising awareness for a fund-raising project for Shanghai's largest temple, the Jing'an Temple. I was given a free rein in this and had to take the initiative. I spent time out of the office rushing around to embassies and other places trying to get support and arranging a few meetings. Read more...

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