Are you ready for an invigorating adventure and the chance to learn a new business culture with an Internship in China?
Do you speak fluent English and are at least 18 years old?
Then you can fit right into the LTL internship program. The Internship duration can be anywhere from 1 to 6 months and while Mandarin skills are beneficial, it is not required.
Having your internship organized by LTL will mean that you can put your mind to rest.
LTL offer you support, not only during the sign up process, as our student advisor can be contacted 24/7 during your time in China to help you with your needs.
We are confident we will find the right internship for you and can also offer you comfortable accommodation in great locations and a jam packed social calendar.
Everything you need to make the most of your time in China. LTL offers an Internship in China Program in both Beijing and Shanghai, let us organize the right internship for your future.
Internship in Beijing
China’s capital city and the home of Chinese culture
Being an intern in Beijing and working abroad is not only an incredible opportunity to give your CV an extra boost that will make you stand out, but also a lot of fun.
In addition to gaining great work experience you will discover the capital of China, 5,000 years of history and its fascinating culture.
You will make friends from all over the world, explore Beijing’s incredible night life and dive into what is one of the world’s fastest growing and changing countries.
Internship in Shanghai
China’s biggest city, bustling Shanghai!
Interning in Shanghai is also a great chance to not only learn about Chinese work culture but also gain some work experience in a field of your choice while discovering an exciting metropolis.
Shanghai’s history doesn’t quite go back as far as Beijing’s, but it does have an extremely unique background and some incredible sites to explore.
You’ll get to experience this one of a kind city all whilst feeling like a local Shanghai resident.
Internship in China – What Our Students Said
Forefront – At the heart of the growing global economy Mix – Ancient culture and modern architecture in China Stand Out – China looks impressive on anyone’s CV, stand out! Discover – Incredible world heritage sites to explore, 55 in total Study – Opportunity to learn Mandarin in China like never before
Placements – Internships are offered in both small and large companies Industries – Choose from marketing to medical, sports & media Fast growing – Beijing’s economy is developing very fast
Variety – We offer a wide range of internships in many industries Rest at ease – Accommodation and airport pickup are included Support – Great customer service both in and out of China LTL Family – Our own thriving international social community Days Out – Many (mostly free!) trips and excursions for you to join
Friends for Life
Friends – Easy to meet other interns in the LTL Beijing community Fun – Friday night drinks, weekend trips and sight-seeing together Intern Community – All are young, new to China and in this together
10 Reasons to Intern in China
Makes Your CV Standout
Lack of experience can be a huge obstacle in landing that first job, an internship in China will help boost your CV. Not only will your CV look good, talking about your experiences from your internship in China will make you look like a superstar during your next interview.
You’ll learn some valuable lessons and enjoy a quite incredible city that has so much to offer on a work basis, and socially.
Not many people are brave enough to make the leap and come to China, by doing this, it’ll paint an immediately positive impression before you’ve even stepped foot into the interview!
Build Your Network
The best part of traveling is all the interesting people you get to meet.
An internship in China gives you amazing opportunities to network and meet career changing contacts. The connections made in China will be among the most useful you make in your career lifetime.
Gain an Understanding of Chinese Culture
It’s difficult to do business if you don’t understand who you are working with.
Along with learning the language, it’s important to understand the culture. Living and interning in China is the best way to pick up on those tricky do’s and don’ts when it comes to doing business in China.
There is no better time for personal growth than when you are traveling the world. Our greatest experiences and friends are met when we are outside our comfort zones.
Work in a Global Environment
The people you work with during you China internship will come from all over the world, and each will have their own perspective. Working side-by-side with these kinds of people will expand how you view the world.
The ability to see life from many different perspectives is a desired trait by companies.
Learn a Top Global Language
Chinese is one of the top 10 languages in the world to learn, and according to many, is even considered the number 1 language you should know.
Being fluent in multiple languages, especially Chinese, makes you a desirable candidate. An internship in China will help you gain the language skills you need to be successful!
During your internship in China, you will have many opportunities to experience the interesting, and at times, crazy food culture of China.
Internship in China with LTL – The Process
Interning in China is a once in a lifetime adventure. You get impressive international work experience to add to your CV, the chance to explore an incredible ancient culture and you get to make a new international group of friends.
Step 1 – Apply
Email us the position, industry, location and dates you are looking for, ask any questions you might have and once you are ready, decide on the program you want.
Step 2 – Organize
LTL organizes Skype interviews with suitable companies until you agree to an internship. Receive the signed contract, visa documents and pre-arrival information.
Step 3 – Arrive
Get picked up from the airport and come to the LTL welcome breakfast. Join the LTL intern community for events, drinks and activities, and use the LTL support whenever needed.
Internship Options and Prices
LTL offers internships in two separate programs.
NUMBER 1 – Our Internship and Accommodation program is available from four weeks or more and includes accommodation as well as inclusive support.
NUMBER 2 – Our Internship Semester program lasts for a minimum of 16 weeks and up to a maximum of 22 weeks and includes four weeks of accommodation and a four-week intensive language course. For more details and prices, see below.
Option 1 – Internship & Accommodation Program
This option allows for flexibility and ease. We will help find you an internship for as little as four weeks, up to a full year. The program includes:
Organization of an internship within a company in Beijing or Shanghai
Accommodation throughout your stay in a shared apartment small room
Pickup at Beijing/Shanghai airport upon your arrival
A weekly trip, organized by LTL free of charge (expenses to be paid on the day)
Your included accommodation is in a shared apartment small room. Our shared apartments in Beijing are based next to the Communications University, just a few stops on the subway from the Central Business District and allow for more freedom during your stay. Our Shanghai location is equally as central.
Internship & Apartment
PLEASE NOTE – All prices are listed in Chinese Yuan (CNY).
The bathroom is shared and bedding and towels are provided. Apartments are shared with Chinese students and possibly a foreign student or intern. There is limited use of kitchen facilities (fridge and microwave only) but there are many very cheap local restaurants located within a few minutes’ walk. WiFi and bills are included.
With the Internship + Accommodation Program, it’s possible to make upgrades on your accommodation and by adding Chinese classes to your internship.
Room Upgrade Live in larger room with private bathroom + 1,800 CNY / month
Learn Chinese while working 4 hours per week of group classes
2 hours per week of 1-on-1 classes at your office + 1,440 CNY / month
We will help you to find your internship within less than two weeks after you booked the program. Recommended only if you are very late with your booking and we always recommend to organize this all much earlier. However if you are really late, we’ve got your back + 3,000CNY
Option 2 – Internship Semester Program
The internship semester program lasts for a minimum of 16 weeks.
Start your adventure in China by taking 4 weeks of Intensive Chinese classes at our language school in Beijing or Shanghai.
Accommodation is included for these four weeks in either a local Chinese Homestay (great for those wanting to experience local Chinese culture and improve their language skills quickly) or in our Shared Apartments (a budget option that’s perfect for those wanting more freedom).
These Chinese classes are taken in small groups (maximum of six students), last for four hours a day from Monday to Friday and are organized for your Chinese level. They are a great way of meeting new friends in the city, getting involved with the LTL social calendar and most importantly, will give you some needed Mandarin language survival skills.
At the end of your four weeks you will be able to navigate the subway, ask for directions and order your dinner in restaurants.
PART TWO – After four weeks LTL will assist you in finding your own further accommodation free of charge. If you wish to stay in your current homestay/apartment, this can be arranged for a fee if the school is told in advance. Your internship now begins.
You will get six hours of Chinese group classes (two hours, three times a week) included during the duration of your internship, taken outside working hours. These will help you to keep up your Mandarin level.
NOTE – If no group class are suitable for your schedule/level, LTL will offer you two hours of 1-on-1 class a week at your school, office or home.
Small Room Shared Bathroom
Large Room en suite bathroom
Homestay incl. breakfast dinner
Included in the price are the following:
Airport pickup on arrival in China
A four week Chinese Language Preparation Month at our school in Beijing or Shanghai with accommodation for these four week
An internship in a company agreed upon by you in Beijing or Shanghai
Part-time Chinese classes throughout your internship
Assistance with finding accommodation for the duration of your internship
24hr support in China
The LTL social life – become part of the family
Weekly event or trip, organized by the school
This is the perfect internship program for those wanting to incorporate work experience with a new language skill and are looking to make a lot of friends both locally and internationally.
PRICE INCLUDES: Internship Finders Fee + Four Weeks of Chinese Class pre-Internship + Four Weeks Accommodation (three variants) + Part Time Chinese Classes to take during your Internship
Each program includes 1 month full time Chinese course, followed by internship & part time Chinese classes.
If you sign up for 4 months this includes : 4 weeks at LTL studying Chinese then a 12 week Internship
If you sign up for 7 months this includes : 4 weeks at LTL studying Chinese then a 24 week Internship
Please note: One month = Four weeks. Other durations available
I chose LTL Mandarin School knowing that it could offer me the program that best suited my needs and my Chinese knowledge. Working for LTL gave me the opportunity to learn a lot of new things, all very useful for my career.
I was an intern almost for 6 months. All my supervisors were professionals and the knowledge I got in marketing will definitely help me with the job search. Thank you LTL for this experience and to my team, love you guys!
I really enjoyed both my internship and China. I learned a lot during my time in Beijing, both about architecture and how an office works in general but also, what it means to work in a Chinese team and company in China.
The best advice for anyone planning a trip to China is to be open-minded and to be willing to try new things. Progressing with Chinese is possible while interning! Even small Mandarin skills really helped me.
I chose LTL Mandarin School knowing that it could offer me the program that best suited my needs and my Chinese knowledge.
In addition to wanting to improve my Chinese, my main goal was certainly to embark on a career in China. My student advisor was able to satisfy all my requests and in this way I became part of the LTL community. My program lasted 4 months in total.
During my first month in Beijing I was an LTL student attending the individual program in which I had 4 hours of Chinese class every day. During this time I had the opportunity to study Chinese with 3 different teachers. All of them were very well prepared. Studying with three different teachers gave me the opportunity to listen and understand different points of view and, at the same time, to learn Chinese through three different teaching methods, which allowed my Chinese to improve rapidly.
After the first month of study, I started my internship for LTL. In this way I was able to observe LTL school from both perspectives, as a student and as a worker. Working for LTL gave me the opportunity to learn a lot of new things, all very useful for my career.
I joined as part of the marketing staff where I had a great opportunity to start and complete the entire translation of the LTL site in Italian. I was given great responsibility to manage a number of tasks and I greatly improved my knowledge in a number of fields including email marketing, SEO, designing graphics ad so forth. Being given the chance to manage a large project such as the Italian site was a great challenge and I am really proud with the end result the team produced.
Daniela with LTL Students and Staff before Christmas
My manager was impeccable, every day he taught me something new, making sure I was able to get by myself at the end of every single day. He was able to teach me things that I did not think were possible for me, making it all very fun and relaxing.
It was really a pleasure, and a unique experience for me to work and be able to learn from such a qualified and professional person.
During my 4 months in China I chose to live with a Chinese family, and, now my experience has concluded, I can say that it was the best choice I could make.
Although my “host family” was made up of only one person, I really felt at home.
Not only did I have the opportunity to speak and improve my Chinese, but also to create a beautiful relationship with my “roommate”, whom I thank again for the delicious food that has prepared me in everyday.
I believe that the ties created during this period at LTL will last a long time and that this experience will be impossible to forget.
My name is Kevin Riehl, I am 22 years old and from Germany. Between my bachelor and master studies I performed a gap year in order to collect enriching experiences. During my self organized gap year I spent six months in China, with the support of LTL. I studied Chinese in Shanghai for two months at LTL and then attended an internship in Beijing. During the whole time I was living in a Chinese homestay, which I can definitely recommend.
The support of LTL’s services was always excellent.
The survival kit at the beginning was very helpful, as well as the support with opening a bank account and getting a Chinese Simcard. Furthermore LTL supported me to find a great internship that exactly fits into my field of studies and let me grow a lot personally.
The support for finding clean, safe and friendly homestays was outrageous; for me it was more than a homestay, it was like a real, warm family.
The lessons at LTL have been very good and the teachers support was very helpful. During my six months I managed to improve my Chinese skills a lot and I passed two HSK examen (level three and four). Furthermore the time at the school and the social activities have been very enriching, because you can meet a lot of very interesting people from all around the world with totally different backgrounds, from pupils, university students and hobbyists to seniors and business men.
Learning Chinese at LTL enabled me to use the Chinese language independently and to travel all by myself through China, create a professional network in China and make a lot of very good friends. I thank you very much LTL, I riehly :-p lived the language and enjoyed my time in China 😉 and I will never forget it.
My name is Alina, I’m 24 years old and I’m from Russia. I’m a Master’s student in Beijing. In my last year, we are recommended to take an internship. I was lucky to be part of LTL Mandarin School as an Online Marketing Intern. I was an intern almost for 6 months, originally I decided to take it for 3 months but I really liked my job and team so I stayed longer.
Alina, staff and friends winding down at the weekend
All my supervisors were professionals and the knowledge I got in marketing will definitely help me with the job search. The office looks pretty and perfect for work, people are very friendly and you can meet people from all over the world.
When you are in LTL you fell yourself part of a big family and this is awesome because most of stuff and students are far from their families.
The company is well known in Beijing and developing fast. During my internship, we were working on the Russian website, but at the same time, our team was working on 3 other websites for different countries.
The main feature of this company policy – thinking outside of the box and creating something new. New ways of teaching and immersion in the language. Our team was always generating tons of new cool ideas and it’s the best feeling when you see progress and you know you are part of it. Thank you LTL for this experience and to my team, love you guys!
I decided to go to China right after graduating from High School: a new country, new language, new culture, new people, first time living alone, basically everything new. Before the internship with the Chinese architecture firm I spent a week studying Mandarin in Beijing to improve my extremely basic language skills.
Once I got to Beijing my first adventure was when my landlady showed me around my apartment in Mandarin which was quite a challenge. However, somehow it did work in the end; with a lot of sign language, a bit of English and my few Chinese words, we managed to communicate. After a week of Chinese at the school and later with the help of my colleagues I could order food in restaurants that did not have menus with pictures and get the basics of daily life done.
China itself was fascinating. There are people everywhere, in every street and every park. While where I come from, old people often sit at home in front of the TV, in China they seem to be all outside, playing Mahjong, cards, table tennis badminton or even singing and dancing in a public square. It was actually surprisingly easy to get used to living in China and whenever I was lost there was always some Chinese person who came to me trying to help or show me the way.
Lisa with her colleagues
After my – unfortunately a bit short – one week Chinese course, I started my seven week internship. Like the school, our office was situated right in the middle of Beijing’s Central Business District.
On my first day, the manager picked me up from the lobby, showed me the office and introduced me to the rest of the team. I worked together with five colleagues in the same office, several of whom could not speak English, however I very quickly became friends with one lady in the office who did and she quickly became my go to person whenever I had a problem.
She and everyone else in the office tried to help me to learn more Chinese which was very nice. In general the atmosphere was very friendly and supportive and we went for dinner after work together several times as well.
Considering I was only working there for seven weeks, I did a lot of things. I went to client meetings with colleagues, all in Chinese of course, but at the end they summarized for me what they had talked about. We also had several meetings about working style, discussing what was going well in the office and where improvement was still needed. This was all very relaxed and whenever the team manager finished, he asked everyone for their opinions – even me!
It was also very interesting to see how the business culture in China is quite different. After meeting a client usually we would go for lunch together, something I would not have expected to be so important. On the one occasion when a client did not want to join for lunch, my colleagues told me that this was a very bad sign that he was not happy with the meeting, something I would have never thought of myself.
As I started my internship in Beiijng right after High School, I didn’t have any previous work or internship experience. However, my manager gave me my first task right on the first day of work. At the beginning I should edit pictures for their website. He first showed me how to do it with an example and then I continued myself. Afterwards, I also helped with some English editing and did a lot of research for the company. My biggest project was writing a research report about different architectural styles in shopping malls, which was very interesting.
I was also asked to use the computer programs used in the office. First SketchUp, a program for creating 3D architectural plans and then AutoCAD, which is used for creating 2D construction plans. I started first by watching a few learning videos and then asked my colleagues whenever something was not clear. I started using AutoCAD quite soon, for example transferring traditional Chinese designs patterns into AutoCAD and creating details for houses my colleagues had designed in SketchUp.
I really enjoyed both my internship and China. I learned a lot during my time in Beijing, both about architecture and how an office works in general but also, what it means to work in a Chinese team and company in China. I think I also understand a lot more about Chinese culture, Chinese people and a little bit more about the language now, even though I think there is still a lot left to learn.
Experiencing Chinese culture had always been a dream of mine. To make this dream come true, I decided to do a three month internship in Beijing from January 2015 until April 2015. Due to the fact that I couldn’t speak a word of Mandarin when I planned my internship, I came to the decision that it would be very helpful to learn the language as well and so I signed myself up for a language course – ten hours a week – at the LTL Mandarin School in addition to my internship.
Although I have been very busy during my stay – the usual working time in my company was from 8.30am to 5.30pm – I never regretted my decision. My private teacher always considered my wishes and made it possible to study late in the evening or at the weekend. Everything was very flexible. If an important appointment came up at work, it was never a problem to postpone a language class and to catch it up later.
Fred interning in Beijing
In addition to classes, LTL helped me to find a homestay apartment in Beijing and supported me in applying for the visa. Especially within the first weeks after my arrival in Beijing, I was very glad to have contacts in the language school who were always willing to aid me with any occurring difficulties. Contrary to my expectations, it is very difficult to find one’s way in Beijing if you don’t understand Mandarin at least a little bit because the average taxi driver and shop assistant doesn’t speak English. Fortunately, my progress in learning Mandarin has been faster than originally expected, thanks to my excellent teacher and the homestay family I lived with. For this reason, I was able to manage the daily life in Beijing after a few weeks of learning Mandarin on my own. Especially the oral Chinese basics are not as difficult as I feared.
Progressing with Chinese – it is possible! Furthermore, my advances in learning Mandarin were quite useful during my working time in the company as well, although the main part of my colleagues was able to speak English fluently. Even small Mandarin skills really helped me on a day to day basis and allowed me to establish personal relationships with Chinese people who are incredibly hospitable, friendly and welcoming.
The Summer Palace – Fred’s Favourite Place in Beijing
Besides all the time spent on working and learning, I of course also had some free time and Beijing is a great place to enjoy it. There are a lot of famous places like: The Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and The Forbidden City, that are incredibly impressive and totally worth a visit but I especially recommend a visit to the Summer Palace with its gorgeous lake, the beautiful hills and impressive buildings. It is the perfect place to find some quiet and relaxation in a city that is always noisy and hectic.
I also found that it very easy to enjoy my hobbies in Beijing. I really like to do sports and especially love to play badminton. For this reason I looked for a badminton club shortly after my arrival and it was no problem finding one. The local people in this club were really friendly and open-minded and loved including me in their group. They invited me to participate in all of their exercises and I enjoyed it so much, I ended up playing with them three times a week.
I would recommend anybody who has a hobby, like doing sports or making music, to look for a club or a band in Beijing. Since it is such an enormous city, it is very easy to find one and the local people are really willing to get to know you. It is a great opportunity to enjoy your free time, make friends and at the same time learn more about the Chinese culture.
Finally, I hold the opinion that the best advice for anyone planning a trip to China is to be open-minded and to be willing to try new things. The Chinese people are very interested in every foreign person and it’s easy to get to know them and even to make friends with them. The Chinese food is very versatile, absolutely tasty and nothing to be afraid of, especially typical traditional Chinese food like jiaozi and baozi. I had never heard of these prior to my trip to China – they are incredibly yummy and totally worth a try!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the working hours?
Normal working times in China are 40 hours per week. When exactly you will start and finish your work every day will depend on your company. This is a good question to ask during the interview.
Am I allowed to take holiday?
It will depend entirely on how long you stay and your company’s polices. Sometimes you will and sometimes you will not. This is a question you should ask during your interview.
Are the Internships in China paid?
Once again, it depends on the company and the Internship you take on. Some will offer you a stipend or pay you a certain amount to cover food allowances for examples. Others will be unpaid. Ask during your interview so both parties are fully aware of the situation
Do I need to be able to speak Mandarin?
No, Mandarin is not required for doing an internship in Beijing. Fluent English language skills however are and all other languages are a bonus. However, some companies only consider applications from interns who do a Chinese course in Beijing before their internship. This is mainly to make sure that the intern had time to settle into China in a safe and supported environment and is ready to work when starting the internship instead of struggling to sort out daily life. This is quite important because during the first few weeks in Beijing a new arrival needs a lot of support in organizing life here, which is easily available at a Chinese school but not necessarily at a company. Many employers do not want their HR departments spending half their times helping newly arrived interns sort out daily life problems.
Do you recommend booking a Chinese course?
We do but this is entirely up to you. Learning Mandarin in China is a great way to boost your CV skill set and make you stand out from the crowd. It will also make your day to day life in China much more comfortable. You will not need Chinese skills for your Internship but it’ll make certain tasks such as asking for directions, topping up your phone or going shopping, that bit easier.
Will I definitely get an Internship?
Every applicant is different but we have over ten years of experience when dealing with Internships and we do not fail when it comes to placing people.
What industry could I work in?
China hosts a wealth of Internship options which range from sales, marketing, tech, law, medical, engineering, hospitality, medical, translation, education, IT, import/export, sports and many other areas. The country is incredibly dynamic with a host of opportunities to develop your career.
When should I book?
In general as early as possible, because the more time we have to organize the internship the more choices you will have. However, it is possible for us to organize an emergency internship within less than two weeks if you are really late. You will definitely have to be more flexible on your choices in that case though. Most people apply about half a year before coming to China.
What is important during the job interview?
As a participant of the LTL internship program you will skip the application queue and get an interview with the company straight away. However, during the interview the company will decide whether you are a good fit or not, so make sure you present yourself in a professional manner. Each company is different and if you have any specific questions regarding an upcoming interview with a company ask your internship advisor. Also make sure you ask a lot of questions during the interview. Only you can decide whether this internship is right for you or not, so get as much information as possible.
How can I apply?
Just send us a message through our contact form or an email to [email protected]. Let us know what you are looking for and we will have you signed up in no time. The more details regarding yourself and what you want you can give us the better. If you already have a CV, please email it to us too, however if you do not yet this is not a problem and we will help you with creating one.