At a glance
Join a Business Internship in China and set yourself on the path to a successful business career. You’ll learn more about business on an international level, and work with experienced professionals. You’ll also get to add ‘work experience in one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the world’ to your CV!
You can choose to work in one of the many business industries available in China. These include consulting, finance, technology, and more. Your supervisor will be there to guide you throughout this journey.
You’ll be based in the bustling city of Shanghai and live with other interns and volunteers in your shared apartment. You'll spend your free time exploring the iconic cities and historic temples.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
You should have completed at least one year of professional studies
Is a Business internship in China right for me?
The Business internship in China is for you if you are interested in getting practical work experience at an international company abroad. It will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and applications. You’ll also learn valuable skills that you can apply to any future career, like planning and adaptability.
You don’t need previous experience to join. You just need to be a minimum of 18 years old, have intermediate English skills, and have your own laptop.
This internship runs throughout the year. You can join for a minimum of four weeks at any time. The longer you intern for, the more you’ll learn, and the more business work experience you’ll gain while in China.
What will I do at my Business placement in China?
As a Business intern in China, you will work at a local company and:
- Shadow and learn from business professionals to expand your knowledge
- Assist the company with market and competitor research to ensure targeted business efforts
- Get involved in group meetings with clients and staff to share knowledge and ideas
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Shadow and learn from business professionals
As an intern, you’ll begin by observing. You’ll work alongside the local staff and we encourage you to ask questions and learn the ins and outs of the company. The staff will be more inclined to teach you if you show an interest and enthusiasm for the work they do. You’ll be trusted with more work as you prove yourself.
Assist the company with market and competitor research
Knowing your audience is the key to a successful business. By delving into the depths of marketing research, you’ll learn more about the company and its consumers’ needs and preferences. By analysing this, you can implement the best business practices for targeting their audience. You’ll spend time analysing the strengths and weaknesses of competitors. You’ll learn where marketing strategies can be improved, which opportunities make for good business decisions and how to run a business.
Get involved in group meetings with clients and staff
You’ll often get to sit in on meetings, either with staff or clients. You’ll get involved in these meetings and help brainstorm with the local staff. Don’t be shy to give your opinion regarding the topic at hand and exchange ideas or solutions where appropriate. It will help you build confidence as a professional.
Where in China will I work?
As the largest and most developed metropolis in mainland China, it comes as no surprise that Shanghai is a hub for international business. There’s always something going in Shanghai, both day and night. You can meet other locals and expats working in the business world. You may even socialise with them during your free time and build your network of international contacts. As an intern, you can work in the following areas:
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A typical day on a Business Internship in China
Start your day early as you wake up with the other interns and volunteers in your shared apartment. Make breakfast together and dress up smart. Although you won’t have to wear a suit or heels, you’ll need to bring a business casual outfit that can be worn for important meetings. Take the train to your internship and get ready to conquer the day. On your first day, our staff will accompany you to show you the way.
A typical day starts at 9am and ends at 6pm, Monday to Friday.
No work day is ever the same. The type of work you do will differ depending on the business sector you choose, your experience, and interests. Remember to prioritise your work to ensure you meet deadlines in this fast paced industry. Responding to emails, attending staff and client meetings, and assisting with market research are a few of the tasks that might be assigned to you. You’ll also be asked to participate in brainstorm sessions and group discussions to share your thoughts on a specific subject.
At 12pm, you’ll have an hour-long lunch break to relax and eat. You can either bring your own lunch from home, order in, or join the other staff.
If you feel comfortable, accept dinner invitations from fellow staff members. This is a great way to learn more about the company, network, and experience Chinese culture. You can explore the rest of the city. We recommend making a beeline to the many markets, trying traditional Chinese food, and walking through the many temples.
What are the aims and impact of this internship?
The main aim of this Business internship is to expose you to the business sector in one of the most rapidly developing economies in the world.
With the influx of foreign investments and overseas companies interacting with the country in some way, China’s business sector is booming. You'll get involved in the company's day-to-day work and learn directly from industry professionals. This is a great way to add valuable work experience to your CV. You'll also learn to adapt to working in different cultural environments.
You also offer a valuable contribution to the team in terms of cultural exchange and knowledge sharing. If you have already studied business or worked in the industry, you’ll also be able to take what you've studied and apply it to real-world business situations.
By joining our Business Internship in China, you’ll gain work experience that will give your CV a competitive edge in the job market.
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.
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