As the world’s fastest-growing major economy, China is the place to be for interns seeking opportunities in business, technology, education, development, and many more. However, China’s booming job market is not its only draw; the fascinating mixture of ancient and modern paired with its art, food, and incredible regional differences have drawn visitors for centuries. The natural beauty of the Chinese landscape is as diverse as the people who call this vast country home, and it offers adventurous travelers the opportunity to explore to their hearts’ content. Internship placements in China’s two largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, allow interns to experience both the traditional and the cosmopolitan side of modern day Chinese life.
China’s expanding and prominent economy make this country one of the best locations to complete an internship. Those looking to gain exceptional work experience while living in a thriving cultural center need look no further than this program.
As the capital of China and one of the country’s largest metropolitan cities, Beijing attracts people from all over China and all over the world. Bicycles and luxury cars share the city’s broad avenues, tourists mingle with locals in the city’s many parks, and international restaurant chains sit next to centuries-old noodle shops in this city of contrasts. Home to close to 22 million people, the city is full of life and activity at every turn. After hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing underwent a vast and expensive overhaul, which included the installation of several new parks, community centers, and landmarks that have helped beautify this already historical and fascinating city.
Shanghai is China’s largest city and a global powerhouse in industries ranging from art to business. This youthful, outward-looking city is, by some accounts, home to almost one-quarter of the world’s construction cranes. Shanghai is truly where China meets the rest of the world for trade, politics, entertainment, and tourism. The city’s towering architecture and its ever-expanding skyline reflect that it is the jewel in China’s crown and one of the fastest-growing major economies in the world.
- World Endeavors interns should be 18 years or older and should have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
- Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
- It is recommended to have a background in your desired internship field, but not absolutely required. Internship placement opportunities increase with experience or relevant coursework.
"China is such an interesting culture to witness first hand. We hear about China all the time in the news – about its growing economy, aging population and impact on the environment – but it’s important to experience the culture first hand and develop our own opinions about this fascinating culture. I was constantly inspired by China’s bustling cities, enticing history, and of course generous and curious people."
- Kate, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
World Endeavors offers internships in a wide range of professional fields in China, and our advisors are proud of their ability to find great opportunities in unique and highly specialized fields.
World Endeavors offers internships in China in the following fields:
Advertising interns work with creative teams in agencies as well as company advertising departments, learning about local and global markets as well as business strategy.
Architecture and Landscape Architecture interns work in architectural firms and assist professionals with a wide range of projects at various stages of design and construction.
Communications interns design websites, plan marketing campaigns, organize publicity events, write press releases, or develop and implement communications strategies.
Education interns assist local educators in primary and secondary schools and other institutions to promote learning in the classroom and in the local community.
Event Management interns work with professional coordinators to plan and manage events ranging from weddings and celebrations to festivals, conferences, concerts, and exhibitions.
Fashion interns work in companies and design houses assisting with design, styling, production, marketing, merchandising, and business.
Hospitality Management and Tourism interns assist management and work in reception, marketing, and communications in internationally-recognized hotels and resorts.
Human Resources interns assist professionals in human resources departments with reporting and evaluations, interviewing, orientations, record-keeping, and other administrative tasks.
Information Technology interns work in technology companies and in the IT departments of corporations on various projects and initiatives such as network management, hardware and software support, systems management, and new technology implementations.
International Business interns are placed in a range of businesses spanning a wide array of industries with both local and global markets.
International Relations interns work for organizations engaged with issues of global importance, such as human rights, globalization, humanitarian action, and international economic development; they gain experience with research, grants, reporting, and policy.
Journalism interns work with journalists to liaise with the public and research stories, write articles, and/or report on local events for magazines, newspapers, or other print or digital media companies.
Law interns work in law firms and corporations, researching and preparing briefs, summarizing court documents, organizing files, and reviewing client documents.
Marketing interns work in advertising agencies or in the marketing departments of a wide variety of companies, planning and managing campaigns, analyzing market information, assisting with websites and social media, and interfacing with clients.
Media Studies interns work at radio and television stations, film production companies, newspapers, magazines, advertising or public relations agencies, and other print or digital media companies gaining professional experience in a wide range of job duties and picking up a host of valuable practical skills.
Museum and Cultural Management interns work with professionals in museums and at historical sites, gaining hands-on experience in a variety of activities, such as research, curation, archiving, analysis, restoration, and administration.
Nonprofit Management interns may prepare and write grants, research and report on issues, engage with supporters, or assist with promotions for fundraising or community outreach events.
Nutrition interns assist health and nutrition professionals with activities that may include campaigns to promote proper diets, food preparation, market research, and food safety.
Occupational Therapy interns work in clinics and hospitals working with occupational therapists to learn about patient care, as well as other aspects of their field.
Public Health interns work with public health officials in government agencies and nonprofit organizations on projects focused on disease and injury prevention, assessment of community health requirements, addressing environmental challenges, and creating public policy.
Public Relations interns work in PR agencies or in company PR departments learning about strategic communication, brand management, and market perceptions.
Social Work interns work with nonprofit or government organizations, aiding individual clients and assisting with community outreach initiatives and public health and safety programs.
Visual Arts interns work in galleries and museums planning and maintaining exhibits, creating and distributing publicity materials, coordinating special events, communicating with artists, and organizing art auctions.
Web and Graphic Design interns work with creative professionals in design firms, marketing agencies, or the design departments of larger companies to create marketing materials, web pages, logos, and other visuals for corporate clients.
Do you want to earn academic credit for your international internship? Nearly half of World Endeavors participants earn credit while interning abroad. Many students are required to participate in an internship to fulfill a requirement for their degree program. World Endeavors works closely with students and their academic advisors to ensure that our program meets those requirements. If you don’t fall into that category there is another exciting option for you. Through our collaboration with University of California Berkeley, students can earn UC Berkeley credit by taking one of two online courses while interning abroad.
World Endeavors interns in China normally live in single or shared apartments near their internship sites. Apartments are fully furnished and have basic domestic appliances. Interns will provide their own bedding, which can be purchased quite affordably in China. If apartments are not available, interns will live in budget hotels or with local host families.
Internships are available year-round, and each placement is customized for the participant. This means World Endeavors interns can choose when they would like to start their program, the duration of their internship and their desired field. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to intern in a specific location or in a specific field.
When you are ready to start planning your internship, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing consideration unique to this internship destination or your internship field.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
Please note: generally, the minimum program duration for interning in China is 2 months. Contact World Endeavors if you would like to go for a shorter duration.
|Program Name||First Month||Each Additional Month|
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- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Internship placement: coordinated with special attention to your goals and experience
- Flexible durations from 2 to 6 months with year round start dates
- Academic credit facilitation
- Professional counseling: to consult on application materials, job readiness, and interviewing skills, etc. before, during, and after your program
- Local On-site Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing coaching
- Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and travel opportunities
- Mandarin language instruction upon request (at an additional cost)
- Airport reception and welcome
- Flexible housing accommodations
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel visa guidance and support
- Advice on how to get a local phone number
- 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Travel protection
- Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university!
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to China
- Fully-refundable housing security deposit
- Utility costs such as water and electricity
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on this one-of-a-kind, life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. We recommend that applications be submitted at least 16 weeks in advance of the intended program start date. If your intended start date is less than 16 weeks away, please contact World Endeavors for more information.