Projects Abroad intern conducts an interview in China on Journalism Internship

Journalism Internship in China

Live and work in Shanghai and get practical journalism experience at an English-language magazine

At a glance

  • Live in Shanghai and work with qualified journalists to cover topics like entertainment, lifestyle, or business.
  • Get professional guidance on your writing and see your articles published in magazines.
  • Stay in a shared apartment with other Project Abroad interns and volunteers and experience Chinese food and culture firsthand.

Start Dates: 


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Minimum Duration: 

Four Weeks


18 or over
You need to speak advanced English.

Is the Journalism internship in China right for me?

If you’re looking to build a portfolio of your journalistic work in one of the largest media markets in the world, then our Journalism internship in China is for you. Sign up and add relevant work experience to your CV, or simply develop your passion for writing on an international level.

You can do a Journalism placement in China if you’re over the age of 18 and you have advanced spoken and written English skills. You don’t need previous journalism experience, as you’ll work with and learn from experienced journalists. It is important to be independent, but you can reach out to Projects Abroad staff at any time for help and guidance.

This internship runs all year round so you can choose when you’d like to join, from a minimum of eight weeks.

A journalism intern in China holds up a magazine at her placement

What will I do on the Journalism internship?

In Shanghai, you’ll work at an entertainment, lifestyle, or business magazine. You’ll either contribute to the print magazine, the website, or both. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:

  • Brainstorm potential stories and explore the city while researching your article
  • Compile a well written article that will captivate your audience
  • Take numerous photographs that will accompany your story
  • Edit and proofread news stories before sending the final draft to publication

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Brainstorm potential stories and explore the city while researching your article

If you have great ideas that can be turned into enticing articles, then pitch these to the publication staff. Once approved, you’ll set out to gather research depending on the topic of your article. Not only will you attend events and conduct interviews to make your story come to life, but you’ll also get to explore the city while doing so.

As a practising journalist, you’ll cover a host of topics. Your stories may include:

  • Lifestyle pieces
  • Event, museum, theatre, and restaurant reviews
  • Sports coverage
  • Social news
  • Opinion pieces

If you’d prefer to work at a business magazine, you’ll keep the public informed about:

  • The latest industrial trends
  • Market demands and needs
  • Rules and regulations
  • Investment opportunities
  • Business case studies

Use your initiative and do your own research before arriving in China. Come ready with a list of topics you’d be interested in writing about. The local staff will appreciate your enthusiasm. However, there is always time to come up with new and creative topics during your Journalism internship.

Compile a well written article that will captivate your audience

You’ll assemble the research you have collected and the interview information you have acquired into a well-balanced article. You need to ensure there is a unique angle to the story and that it's relevant and interesting for your target audience.

Take numerous photographs that will accompany your story

Depending on your skills and how comfortable you are behind the camera, you’ll be asked to capture images for the story you are covering. This can include taking photos of the events you attend, the people you interview, and general shots that will strengthen your written story.

Edit and proofread news stories before sending the final draft to publication

Step away from your article and re-read it with fresh eyes after a few hours. Make edits to spelling, grammar, and sentence structure to ensure the smooth flow of your story. You may even decide to shorten paragraphs to ensure the information is direct, and void of irrelevant information that lengthens your article unnecessarily.

Where in China will I work?


On a Journalism placement in China, you’ll work in one of the busiest cities in the world, Shanghai.

Known for its iconic city skyline, Shanghai is a sea of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. This is an exciting city to work in and there is a constant hive of activity, both in the day and at night. You’ll work in a modern office environment at one of the many well-resourced business or entertainment magazines we partner with.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our China Arrival Procedures page.

A typical day on the Journalism internship in China

Your day usually starts between 9-10am and ends between 5-6pm, with a one-hour lunch break, Monday to Friday. News never sleeps so you may be required to work after hours depending on the stories or events you are covering.

Wake up in your apartment with the other interns and volunteers as you work around each other to make breakfast and pack your lunches for the day. Thanks to the Chinese efficient transport system, you’ll be at the magazine before you know it. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will accompany you to show you the way.

In journalism, there is no “typical day”. Some days you’ll be fact checking, proofreading, and editing stories of Chinese journalists. Other days you’ll be out in the field covering events, conducting interviews, and compiling your own articles.

During your free time, organise outings with the other volunteers. Make a beeline for the many markets, sip on Chinese tea at a local tea room, or organise a trip to the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. There is plenty to see and do!

A journalism intern in China and her supervisor discuss their work

What are the aims and impact of this internship?

The main aim of this Journalism internship is to give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge about journalism and gain practical experience abroad. By doing this, you’ll get a deeper insight into the media industry in a rapidly developing country. 

China is moving quickly into the information age. There are a variety of media channels available, including the biggest online population in the world. Traditional media such as newspapers and magazines are mainly government owned, and are restricted with regards to their content.

However, with more independent companies starting their own magazine and newspaper publications, there has been leeway with regards to editorial content. This is granted as long as there is no perceived threat to social stability or the government.

Gain journalism work experience in China and boost your CV when you sign up for our internship.

An intern in China takes a picture with a magazine at her placement

Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Shanghai. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your program fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Leisure activities and free time

China is a vast country so it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of different tourist activities. While you’re volunteering, there will be plenty for you to do in the evenings and over the weekends.

What’s extraordinary about China is the contrasts of ancient and modern, rural and urban. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, only a short distance from the tranquil Yuyuan Garden.

There’s plenty to explore in the city, but it’s also worth taking a trip to the countryside. There you can trek along the breathtaking silk route or visit a Buddhist monastery.

A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without touring the country’s many natural wonders and World Heritage Sites. This includes the Great Wall of China, the Yangtze River, and the Terracotta Army.

With plenty of other volunteers in China, you’ll have the opportunity to travel with others and explore as a group. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to do your sightseeing independently. 

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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