First off, lets take a look what an internship means for those who are not familiar with this expression.
According to wikipedia.org, ”An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to potential employees, called interns, to work at a firm for a fixed, limited period of time. Interns are usually undergraduates or students, and most internships last for any length of time between one week and 12 months.”
So in other words, the internship is great opportunity for everyone, who wants to improve language skills, gain useful experience, and for those, who want to work in a foreign company.
But the question is – ”How can I find an internship in China?”
Casey was so kind to answer this question, and he wrote a detailed article about options how to find a killer internship in China.
The Power of Google
Google is the biggest and simplest starting point for any motivated intern seeker. Google is by far the most powerful search tool for just about anything, including internships in China. Spending as little as 15 minutes searching for terms such as “China internships” or “fun internships in Beijing” and you will have a nice long list of potential places all looking for you to join an internship in China.
Do not Underestimate LindkedIn
LinkedIn might be a little bit challenging at first but it is a great site for finding the perfect match for your China internship needs. For those not super familiar with LinkedIn, I have provided a step by step process for beginning your internship search.
- Go to Linkedin.com and make sure you are signed in
- At the top of the LinkedIn page next to the search box click on Advanced
- On the next page you can choose what you want to search for, make sure you have Jobs selected
- Once you selected Jobs, fill in the boxes on the left of the screen with answers to the questions you see in the picture I have provided below
- In the Experience Level section make sure you check the box for internships
- Once everything is filled in, click Search and check out what LinkedIn brings back
If you don’t find anything you like, try playing around with different cities in China or different companies you might be interested in interning with. You can also leave all the boxes empty except for China and see any and all internship opportunities in China.
Useful Groups on Facebook
Facebook might be a less obvious place for internship searching in China, but is actually very useful. Once you are on Facebook, you will want to search for groups that have information on foreigners seeking internship opportunities in Asia.
A good group to start with would be Young Expats in Beijing. This group has tons of young professionals who know about different opportunities in China. Often you can find some postings about jobs and internships here, you can also reach out to some members and ask questions about where they might look for internship opportunities in China.
Another fantastic group is China Jobs and Internships. As you might be able to guess from the name of this group, it is mainly focused on job and internship opportunities in Asia.
Already in China?
Job Fairs is great source for those internship seekers who are already based in China, job fairs are a great place to find possible internship opportunities in China. If you are interested in checking out a job fair, you should check out this Job fairs in China website, they list all upcoming events throughout China!
Search through Online Communities
Final place for finding internships in China is in online communities. These sites are great because many local businesses will post ads for available internship positions. My all time two favorite sites would have to be TheBeijinger and SmartShangai. These sites are top notch for finding internships in Beijing and Shanghai. They also provide great articles and information on great new places to eat or fun events that are happening around the city.
Casey is an avid blogger and learner of Chinese who lives in Beijing, China. He has a keen interest in helping spread knowledge on best practices for living, learning and exploring Asia. Follow him to learn more about interning in China and also make sure to check out the free E-Guidebook on learning Chinese.