Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for our programs

How do I apply?

Firstly, please make sure that you read through the information on our website carefully to find out more about our internship programs, Intensive Chinese Program and the cities where we offer programs. There is also a program comparison chart and price overview for all of our programs. To apply, please click on our apply now page and submit all of the relevant information. After receiving your application, an Internship Consultant will get in touch with you. If you have any questions about the application process after reading these FAQs, please visit our contact page and get in touch with a member of our team.

Do I qualify?

Applicants must be 16 or over. Most of our program participants are university/college students and graduates, but you don't have to be a student to qualify. We have arranged internships in the past for many non-students, including professionals who are looking for a career change.

Is Chinese mandatory to join the internship program?

Program participants do not need to speak Mandarin to qualify for an internship; during their program, interns are given an English-speaking Internships China Program Consultant and will have an English-speaking supervisor at their host company. However, a solid Chinese language foundation may increase your internship placement options and be a plus for some positions. Survival Chinese classes twice per week are included as part of the program, and are designed to give interns basic Chinese skills for living and working in China. Participants may also opt for the Chinese & Internship Program, which includes 1 month of intensive Chinese lessons before starting the internship.

What should my CV include and who shall I address my cover letter to?

Internships China handles your application and mediates between you and our internship host companies, to make sure the right person goes to the best fitting company, so feel free to first address the application documents to Internships China. Your CV should include details of your education, skills, previous work experience and personal statement. Reference letters can be optionally uploaded with your application, your reference letter should be from a previous employer, university representative or extra-curricular activity leader.

What is the procedure after I've applied?

After applying through our website, your application will be assessed and if you meet our requirements, our staff will get in touch with you and conduct a personal interview via Skype to assess your skills and get to know your goals and personal expectations. This stage is completely free of charge. If you fulfill all necessary criteria, we will initialize the enrollment process and ask for a program deposit to secure your place in the program. Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

What happens after I have paid the deposit?

We will send you your Program Handbook with more details about your specific program. One month before your arrival you will receive confirmation of your internship position and/or language classes, depending on your choice of program. We will then confirm your position with the host company and send you your Visa Invitation Letter and instructions for the visa application process and full program payment. When you arrive in China a member of our team will welcome you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. You will receive a proper introduction at our Orientation Day and learn everything about the practical aspects of living in China as well as receiving Internship and Chinese Cultural training. On the first day of your internship a member of our team will accompany you to your internship host company (For Internship in China and Chinese & Internship combined Programs).

Pricing of our Programs

What's included in the programs?

Our programs include everything that you need for living and interning in China. Fees cover internship placement, serviced accommodation, Survival Chinese lessons twice a week, weekly cultural events, visa assistance, CV and interview tips, airport pickup, orientation and welcome banquet, 24/7 support, and more.

Why is there a fee involved in the internship program at all?

Our Internship in China programs are fully-serviced, going beyond just an internship placement. The program fee is used to handle all the complicated logistical work that goes into securing an internship in China, getting the required visa documents for China, and living in China. Internships China also provides activities to help interns better understand Chinese culture and the business environment. The program fee covers your serviced accommodation, 2 hour Survival Chinese lessons twice a week, cultural activities, 24/7 support system and more.

When do I have to pay for my program?

After successfully passing the Skype interview, you will be sent an enrollment form and be asked to pay a deposit so that we may begin the internship placement process and your place in the program can be secured. The deposit is due 1 week after receiving the enrollment form. The full program fee is due 8 weeks before your program start date or 3 days after your placement has been confirmed, whichever comes sooner. Your Program Consultant will let you know your specific due dates.

How does the placement process work exactly?

On the application form on our website, we ask each candidate to list their top three preferences for industry sector placement. With that information and the information we have from the personal Skype interview with you we start to identify suitable host companies according to your preferences and skills. If a company wants to interview you by phone or Skype before making a decision, we will put you in touch with them directly to arrange this. This is also a good way for you to learn more about the company before making a decision whether to take up any offer made by the company.

About the Internship

How fast can you find me an internship?

All programs must be booked at least 30 days in advance before your intended start date to give our program coordinators ample time to find a suitable internship position and secure your accommodation.

Will I be compensated for my work?

Although unpaid Internships are very common in China, at Internships China we believe that interns should be rewarded for their contributions and the work that they do; hence we only offer paid internship positions in China. The internship stipend is paid monthly and depends on many factors (i.e. professional background and qualification of the intern, internship position, etc.). In most cases our partner companies will offer a monthly stipend covering daily work expenses, such as lunch and public transportation.The individual’s specific stipend can only be determined after the placement process is completed.

What industries do you offer internships in?

We offer internships in almost all industries and sectors. Candidates let us know what kind of industry they are interested in with a top three list, and we will provide them with a fitting internship according to their preference and their qualifications which will be discussed in further detail during the interview. For more information about the types of Industries we offer internships in, see our website.

Obtaining a visa for China

Is it easy to obtain a visa for China? What are the requirements?

We receive daily inquiries regarding the visa application for China. First of all, don’t worry; we will assist at every step of the visa application process. Internships China will provide all the necessary documents and information for your visa. Most importantly, please ensure that your passport: Does not expire within 6 months before your arrival date in China and that it still has blank pages available.

When do I need to apply for a visa?

At least one month before your program start date, Internships China will send you all the necessary documents for your visa application. In most cases you will need to take these documents to the nearest Chinese Embassy, visa applications can be processed within a few working days and generally do not take longer than 3 weeks.