InternChina

About

InternChina® is not like other internship agencies. With InternChina® you will be matched with and will be able to get to know your potential host company before deciding whether to sign up to our internship program!

This transparent application process, unbeatable value, genuine scholarship opportunities and absolutely no compromise on support in China means that we have been able to place over 3000 interns in China since 2007.

We arrange internships in a wide range of industries, which can be combined with Chinese classes and accommodation in an apartment or as part of our unrivaled homestay program. Throughout your time in China you’ll be part of the InternChina® family, with regular events & trips and 24 hour support!

InternChina® is also proud to announce that we work with the British Council China as part of the Generation UK campaign providing funding for 2 month placements.

Founded
2006
Headquarters

InternChina Ltd, Innospace, The Shed, Chester Street
Manchester
M1 5GD
United Kingdom

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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I signed up for a 12-week internship in Zhuhai, China through Internchina beginning in May, 2015. The interview process was great as I got to meet my future boss and learn about the company.

I paid my deposit, signed a contract and was placed all within 3 weeks in February, 2015. There was a bit of a delay with the invitation letter required for the travel visa, but I did receive it in time. There was enough communication throughout the whole process that I felt taken care of.

Upon arriving in China, I was introduced to the office manager Paul Bailey and his staff at the Zhuhai office. They were very friendly and accommodating and the social atmosphere was exactly what you would want in a completely foreign place with no English. There were a few issues with the apartment upon move-in, but they were corrected quickly without hassle.

The amount of flexibility and latitude I had at my placement company is what really set this internship apart. I was given the ability to make decisions, changes, and rearrange things to improve the operations of the business in a meaningful way. I got a wide breadth of hands-on experience and was able to travel with the company to other parts of China to inspect operations there. It was an incredible experience. Internchina constantly provided support and activities to make the experience enjoyable. My girlfriend stayed with me (not as an intern) and they were more than accommodating to her as well.

I had some pretty bad experiences with other internship companies in the past but Internchina was outstanding. I highly recommend an internship placement with them.

What would you improve about this program?
Invitation letter should be sent sooner, and the apartment should be inspected by foreign staff, not Chinese.
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Constantin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Having taken the full monty including an internship in a marketing segment as well as daily Chinese courses with fantastic teachers, and living with an incredibly nice local Chinese family, I had three of the greatest months of my life in Zhuhai!
The support is just as superb as IC claims, with an unbelievably nice and motivated team whom it was always a pleasure to visit and party with. But not only did I greatly benefit from the social life offered in Zhuhai, if you are a little dedicated to actually learn some serious Mandarin there, I can only tell you this: after less than three Months I was able to haggle any price like a local while being constantly asked, why I look so much like a foreigner ;)

What would you improve about this program?
This program gave me everything I could have wished for and more. The only thing I could have done to improve the experience would have been staying for a longer time.
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Alex
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed two engineering internships in Zhuhai, one in a German company and one in a Chinese company. It was a great expereience to see the difference between these two cultures doing business. Btw Zhuhai is a nice city with an awesome beach and islands around, also beautiful sceneries and big citys like Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau are not far away.

InternChina:
I heard many horrible things about internship agencies, but InternChina is not one of these. They offered the whole time - 24 hours a day a great service with many activieties like dinner or trips to nice sceneries on weekend. Also the apartments are nice and clean. I made great friends with people from all over the world.

It was actually the best experience in my life!

What would you improve about this program?
It is hard to find some points to improve, the service is perfect. But the price is a little too high for normal students. Maybe some more cultural activities.
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Tino
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had already found a company for my internship when I contacted Internchina. They helped me to get my visa and provided good advice for accommodation (I decided to find it by myself).

Their offer will suit anyone who wants to get some work experience in China without worrying too much about the paper work and apartment search.

Prices are quite high but I guess if you want to intern in China you don't really have the choice (you basically have to go through agencies like this). At least the team behind it is nice, serious and always available. They also organize all kind of events during the week (dinner, visits, activities...) which is a great.

I cannot give any feedback on the internships they offer since I found mine before I contacted them. The other interns I met never complained though.

What would you improve about this program?
As a student I would say they may want to lower their prices...
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Clare
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have interned both in Chengdu and in Qingdao, getting to know both cities and making friends from all over the world. Both of which are cities I would happily live in for longer if I could!

Working here has not always been easy, but other the IC staff have been so kind in their support to me and it has given me a fantastic chance to grow professionally.

Not only have I learned a lot about many different aspects of conducting business in China but I have also managed to improve my spoken Chinese.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Katharina Kailin

Katharina Kailin is 25 years old and from Germany. She completed her Bachelors degree in Chinese studies and Ethnology at the University of Cologne. During her studies she spent one year in Yangzhou and after graduating she did an internship with InternChina in Chengdu, China.

Recall a time when your education and experience didn't prepare you for a situation abroad.

Basically all the time! Your education is mostly theoretical and especially in social sciences you won’t study how to do a certain job. Also when studying a language like me it’s essential to spend some time in the country not only to improve your language skills, but also to experience the culture.

The most common things that wouldn’t be a problem at home can become very complicated, e.g. going to the doctor, getting someone to repair stuff in your apartment etc. Even if you can prepare many things, and know the language, you will still need help from people.

What is one piece of advice you'd give future students traveling with your program?

I had the chance to do an internship with the agency and then at a translation company through them, which helped me get an inside into two different work fields. I believe doing an internship is about experiencing many different jobs and I recommend you to try as many as possible.

InternChina is based in three cities: Chengdu, Qingdao and Zhuhai, so it’s also possible to do part of your internship in one city and then one in another city. China is a big and diverse country and this is a great way to learn about the differences in culture and way of living.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

I met so many people from all over the world and we had dinners, went to KTV (Karaoke) and went on trips together. Back in Germany I have my close friends and I don’t get to meet a lot of people, usually they’re all German.

In China you can find interesting people from so many countries and you will find each other because you still stand out as a foreigner. The most fun part about the InternChina experience are the regular group activities and exploring the country together while making new friends.

Describe your favorite must-have food that you tried abroad.

I love Chinese food and the Sichuan cuisine is one of the best I ever had. For some reason I was eating more than back home but still lost weight, people say it’s all about the hot spice. :D I’m not sure of that but I wasn’t able to eat any spicy food before and well now I do love it! If you’re in Chengdu you should try Hui Guo Rou, Gong Bao Ji Ding, Dry Pot, Hot Pot and some of the many snacks you can find on the streets!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ali Hashemi

Job Title
Bookings Administrator
Ali Hashemi, Bookings Administrator based in Manchester UK. Ali Joined the InternChina team in October 2014 and has been a key member in getting the project off the ground.

What position do you hold at InternChina? What has been your career path so far?

I am the bookings administrator for InternChina.

My role consists of being the first contact for all our applicants, process applications to point of introduction to our Branch Managers out in China where the process of placing with the host company would begin and generally being the person all our clients go to for any queries about our programs.

I started in the role is the autumn of 2014, before this I worked as an information advisor for the government where I responsible for ensure the government enforce employment rights were being upheld by employers and previous to this I work for a global banking institute as part of a sales team.

What changes would you make to the intern abroad industry?

As InternChina is an approved supplier to the British Council for their Generation UK program, it enables UK students the opportunity they would not normally have to complete an internship in China.

This I feel is key to increase the international employability of UK students, will inevitably create fantastic memories for the selected few and is a great way for the UK to show how great their students are. If there could be one change to the intern abroad industry then it would be for the government to invest a much higher amount of money to increase the figures of outward mobility and allow greater opportunities for the young generation of the UK.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the InternChina team.

After weeks of research, preparation and many hours spent getting the project up to the required standard, I was immensely proud on the day of launching this new and exciting project – GoChina. Our core business is to provide internships and graduate positions for students over the age of 18 and we have been able to use our vast experience gained from this to create what I feel to be an exciting, life changing and incredibly beneficial program that we are very confident will be a huge success.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

My favorite experience of going abroad was always the different ski resorts I have been lucky enough to visit in the last few years around Europe. That was until I visited Asia in early 2014. With a friend I went from the south starting in Hong Kong, then across the sea to Macau. Next I went over into China and visited Zhuhai, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing.

The trip finished in Seoul, Korea and it was definitely the most eye opening, culturally diverse holiday I have been on to date. From the fantastic tourist destinations I visited, to the hugely welcoming Chinese and East Asian natives I couldn’t recommend China enough to anyone who hasn’t had chance to go.

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