Frequently Asked Questions - China Internship

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the Frequently Asked Questions for our China Internship Program. If you are interested in our other programs please visit the Our Programs page.

The information below is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for the questions most commonly received by our Global Offices. The questions are separated into different categories. If you cannot find the answer to your question then please feel free to contact one of our Global Offices for more information.

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Application Process & Program Details

Is this program open to applicants of all nationalities?

  • This program is open to applicants of all nationalities. However, visa application requirements may vary for applicants from some countries.

What is the application process?

When is the deadline for an application?

  • We normally like to allow at least six weeks prior to your program start date to organize your internship placement. In addition, places in some sectors can be limited, therefore we recommend that you apply as early as possible to allow us to find the most suitable company for you.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • All applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a degree program. We are also looking for you to exhibit a strong academic record, and an interest in foreign travel and culture. Fluent English is essential; if you speak some Chinese and would like to practice your language skills we can find you a company where this is possible.

Do I need to speak Chinese?

  • Chinese language skills are not required. Some of your Chinese colleagues will be able to speak English. We ensure that you have an English-speaking supervisor who can act as your mentor and provide structure and support throughout your work experience.

    As part of our China Travel Guide which is compiled by CRCC Asia and previous program participants, we have created a Language page which provides further information about the Mandarin Chinese language to help prepare you for life in China.

Why should I arrange an internship through CRCC Asia?

  • It would be possible to arrive in China and search for your own internship, but it can be extremely difficult without a good business network. By applying to CRCC Asia you are ensuring that you get a high quality internship, good quality accommodation, and that all the pre-departure preparations are taken care of by a team of experts.

    We organize the paperwork for your Business Visa, which needs to be obtained from China with co-operation from the relevant authorities. This is something that other companies may bypass by providing a Tourist Visa, which is not legitimate for an internship in China. We arrange your safe arrival into the city by meeting you and your fellow interns at the airport, after which you will all be taken to your accommodation. The next day you will be given a full day of comprehensive training on Chinese culture and business etiquette.

    You’ll be living and socializing alongside your fellow interns, who will offer significant camaraderie and companionship throughout the program. You will take part in the weekly social and professional activities that CRCC Asia organizes on your behalf including karaoke, a Chinese banquet and business networking events.

    Our program takes away any hassle and allows you to focus on your ambitions for your time in China.

I’m a Chinese national, can I still apply?

  • Our program is primarily designed for passionate individuals with suitable education and work experience; we do not restrict applications based on the nationality or cultural background of an applicant.

    We welcome applications from Chinese nationals, those both living overseas and currently in China.

What does “CRCC” stand for?

  • Our Directors founded the companies China Recruitment Ltd and China Consulting Ltd in London, UK in 2006. The companies provided internship opportunities and intensive Mandarin Chinese courses for students looking to gain experience in China, and offered strategic assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises looking to enter the Chinese market.

    China Recruitment Ltd (CR) and China Consulting Ltd (CC) merged in December 2008, leading to the formation of CRCC Asia.

Can current university students apply?

  • We welcome applicants from graduates and talented current university students who are able to display the ambition and drive necessary to work abroad in China.

    Students on their gap-year and pre-university students are also encouraged to apply, depending on their past experience and overall suitability for the program.

Pre-Departure Support

How do I obtain a visa for China?

  • For all visa related questions, please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see our Visa FAQ section.

Do I need to get vaccinations before I go to China?

  • We cannot offer advice on vaccinations for China because we are not medical professionals. We strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before travel so that you are fully informed on what vaccinations or medication you may need.

What clothes and other things should I take to China?

  • Please ensure you have business attire for your internship: suit, shirt, tie etc. You will also need to bring a laptop. Make sure you have some casual clothes, warmer clothes from October to March and lighter clothes from April to September.

    As part of our China Travel Guide which is compiled by CRCC Asia and previous program participants, we have created a Climate & Weather page which provides further information about different climates of each of our program locations.

    Your Regional Office will be able to advise you on what to bring at the time of year that you depart, and you will receive a pre-departure list that provides more detail about what to pack.

How do I book my flights to China?

  • Please note that the cost of your flight ticket, and travel insurance, is not included in our program prices. You will need to purchase your return flight ticket ensuring that your flight arrives in one of the following airports, depending on which location you choose to apply to:

    • Beijing: Beijing Capital Airport (PEK)
    • Hong Kong: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
    • Shanghai: Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)
    • Shenzhen: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

    For interns arriving in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai please make sure your flight arrives between the hours of 9am and 9pm in order for us to guarantee airport arrival services. For interns arriving in Shenzhen please make sure you flight arrives between the hours of 9am and 6pm in order to guarantee airport arrival services.

    CRCC Asia partners with a number of travel agents in the UK, USA and Australia to help provide interns with flight recommendations, details of which can be provided upon request.

I would like to learn more information about China

  • As a first point of reference we would recommend reviewing our China Travel Guide which is compiled by CRCC Asia staff members with contributions from previous program participants. The Travel Guide covers all the essential information you may wish to be familiar with about China before your departure.

    If you do have any questions about life in China that you would like answering before your departure you can always contact your Regional Office who will be able to answer any questions you may have. Once in China with CRCC Asia our Program Managers will be able to provide you with on-the-ground support as part of our 24/7 Support Network.

Do you have any information about health and safety while in China?

  • CRCC Asia makes the safety and security of our interns a top priority for all our programs. We have a number of policies and procedures in place which ultimately serve to ensure that you experience China in a safe, structured way through our Internship Programs.

    CRCC Asia has a comprehensive Health and Safety information section underneath our Resources menu which we recommend all potential applicants read carefully.

In China

How much money will I need to cover living costs while I’m in China?

  • The cost of living in China varies depending on how you choose to spend your money – residents earn very diverse levels of income and as a result the city offers a huge amount of choice in everything from restaurants to transport.

    It is possible to live comfortably on a budget of as little as 30RMB (/£3/€3) per day by eating at snack stalls, taking the bus and limiting your time in bars, but if you eat at Western style restaurants, take many taxis and spend more time out and about, you could spend up to 300RMB (/£30/€34) per day. As a rule of thumb we recommend a budget of 50RMB (/£5/€6) per day during the week and 150RMB (/£15/€12) per day for weekends.

    As part of our China Travel Guide which is compiled by CRCC Asia and previous program participants, we have created a Currency page which provides further information about the cost of living in China.

What happens when I land at the airport?

  • All participants are instructed to arrive between 9am – 9pm on your program start date and members of staff from CRCC Asia will be waiting for you at the arrival gate.

    If you cannot see them, turn on your mobile so that they can contact you. Your pre-departure list will have the numbers of those staff members who are due to meet you.

Where will I live?

  • Your accommodation is included within the program fee. We place everyone in modern, comfortable, serviced apartments in the centre of Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. We ensure that all the apartments are clean, pleasant spaces to live in with TV, internet access, a lounge, a kitchen and air conditioning.

    You will have your own private bedroom and share living facilities with one or two other interns of the same gender.

    For most of the year we accommodate all of our participants in the same building, but over peak season (programs in July and August) we may use more than one provider. Most program participants will be in the same accommodation as the other participants in their particular program. This allows everyone to have the same standard of accommodation and to socialize with each other more easily.

What if I have my own accommodation?

  • In cases where you already have accommodation in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai or Shenzhen and would like to take a program with CRCC Asia, please speak to your Regional Manager.

How do I prepare myself to visit China and work in a Chinese workplace?

  • CRCC Asia will give you comprehensive training on working in China once you arrive. This includes an introduction to Chinese business etiquette and culture, which will help you feel more comfortable working in a foreign environment.

    In addition, once you join the program and before you travel to China, we will send you a pre-departure pack with advice on how to prepare yourself for your time in China.

What happens if I have any problems once I’m in China?

  • In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem while on your program, your first point of contact will be the CRCC Asia office in that city.

    Our multi-national team is made up of bilingual professionals who will be able to help you solve any issues that you might have. Program participants are always welcome to visit on-the-ground offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

What are the other interns like? How many will there be?

  • It is likely that you will share your accommodation with at least one other intern whilst staying in China and almost all will stay in the same apartment building. The majority of interns are ambitious, high-calibre students, graduates and young professionals from across the world. One great thing about this program is the chance to meet similarly minded people who have come to China to learn more about the country, gain work experience and have fun.

    Intern groups usually consist of around 40-50 people, with up to 150 interns during peak months.

    Our interns are from the UK, US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. You will get to know them very well over the course of your internship through living together and various social events.

Is there an opportunity to learn Chinese while in China?

  • Yes. CRCC Asia provides Chinese lessons up to twice a week for beginners. This will give you a great opportunity to learn new language skills while in China and will help you get around the city and communicate with locals.

    If you can already speak Chinese and would like to brush up on your skills, CRCC Asia can help you organize your own lessons.

Are meals included in the program fee?

  • No, apart from the Welcome Banquet and during the Induction day, meals are not provided as part of the program. However, in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen there are many cheaper places to eat if you are on a budget.

What if I already have competency in Mandarin Chinese?

  • If you already have competency in Mandarin Chinese then we shall provide you with a CV Workshop during your Orientation Day on our programs, to ensure that your CV is formatted and structured correctly.

Study Abroad Semester Housing

  • Students will live in shared accommodation on ECNU’s beautiful campus in Shanghai. Private accommodation is possible upon request at an extra cost. ECNU’s campus is located in a very convenient area next to Jin Sha Jiang Lu metro station, giving students easy access to the city and to their internship sites.

Study Abroad Semester – Are meals included?

  • Meals are not included. However, students will be staying on campus with easy access to dining halls. The campus is also centrally located in Shanghai, so students will have plenty of dining options.

How much money will I need to cover living costs while I’m in China?

  • The cost of living in China varies depending on how you choose to spend your money – residents earn very diverse levels of income and as a result the city offers a huge amount of choice in everything from restaurants to transport.

    It is possible to live comfortably on a budget of as little as 30RMB (/£3/€3) per day by eating at snack stalls, taking the bus and limiting your time in bars, but if you eat at Western style restaurants, take many taxis and spend more time out and about, you could easily spend over 300RMB (/£30/€34) per day. As a rule of thumb we recommend a budget of 50RMB (/£5/€6) per day during the week and 150RMB (/£15/€12) per day for weekends.

    As part of our China Travel Guide which is compiled by CRCC Asia and previous program participants, we have created a Currency page which provides further information about the cost of living in China.

What happens if I have any problems once I’m in China?

  • In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem while on your program, your first point of contact will be the CRCC Asia office in that city.

    Our multinational team is made up of bilingual professionals who will be able to help you solve any issues that you might have. Program participants are always welcome to visit on-the-ground offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

What are the other interns like? How many will there be?

  • It is likely that you will share your accommodation with at least one other intern whilst staying in China and almost all will stay in the same apartment building. The majority of interns are ambitious, high-calibre students, graduates and young professionals from across the world. One great thing about this program is the chance to meet similarly minded people who have come to China to learn more about the country, gain work experience and have fun.

    Intern groups usually consist of around 30-40 people, with up to 150 interns during peak months.
    Our interns are from the UK, US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. You will get to know them very well over the course of your internship through living together and various social events.

Is there an opportunity to learn Chinese while in China?

  • Yes. CRCC Asia provides Chinese lessons once a week for beginners. This will give you a great opportunity to learn new language skills while in China and will help you get around the city and communicate with locals.

    If you can already speak Chinese and would like to brush up on your skills, CRCC Asia can help you organize your own lessons.

Are meals included in the program fee?

  • No, apart from the Welcome Banquet and during the Induction day, meals are not provided as part of the program. However, in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen there are many cheaper places to eat if you are on a budget.

Internship Position

When do the placements usually start?

  • CRCC Asia offers its programs on a rolling monthly basis, please visit the Prices & Dates page for the program you are interested in for the exact program start dates.

Which company will I work for?

  • CRCC Asia arranges internships for both multi-national firms and Chinese companies in many industry sectors. We match you with a company relevant to your study or previous professional experience. All applicants should discuss their areas of interest or expertise with the CRCC Asia team, which will help with the matching process.

    We continually work to assess the suitability of our partner companies to ensure that they provide meaningful and valuable internships for you.

How will I get to my company on the first day of work?

  • A member of staff from CRCC Asia will take you to your company on the first day of your internship where you will be introduced to your supervisor.

How long will my internship last?

  • Internships are either one, two or three months in duration.

    With the Chinese Language + Internship Program, you will spend the first month studying Mandarin Chinese on an intensive basis, and the second month as an intern in a company in which you can practice the language skills you have gained as well as gain hands-on experience in your field in China.

Will it be possible for my internship to lead to permanent employment?

  • In the past, some interns have gone on to secure permanent employment in the company at which they interned, but this cannot be guaranteed.

I am already living in China & looking for an internship. Could you arrange this?

  • We are able to arrange internships for individuals who are already currently living in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen, and who already have a Business Visa at a reduced cost. Otherwise, we do not normally tailor-make programs for individuals who do not need the full program.

When will I find out where I will be working?

  • We can only inform you of the company at which you will intern once you have paid your full program fee. . This is for a number of reasons:

    CRCC Asia has worked hard to build up business relationships with our partner companies over many years. This relationship is built on the trust that we will efficiently and reliably provide interns on a regular basis. If we assign you to a company and then you do not join the program by paying the full fee, this damages our business relations.

    Many companies do not want to advertise for interns publicly, and prefer to rely on us to provide interns. If we make public which companies are looking for interns, they may receive unwanted applications.

    If we inform people of the companies before they have paid, they may approach that company directly and damage our business relationship.

    Once you have paid in full, we are happy to give you all the information you will need about your company around six to four weeks before your departure (please note this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons)We can only inform you of the company at which you will intern once you have paid your full program fee. . Additionally, we work closely with the companies and interns during the internships to make sure that you get the most out of your time in China.

Will I be paid during my internship?

  • The internships that we provide are unpaid. Paid internship placements in China are very rare, typically work experience placements there provide no stipend.

Which sector will my Internship be in?

  • During the application process CRCC Asia will assess your suitability for the program and determine your most appropriate placement based on your skills, ambitions and interview performance.

    We work hard to place interns in their first or second industry sector preference. Please look through our Internship Sectors page for more information about the types of placements we can arrange for you.

I would like an internship in a sector which is not listed, is this possible?

  • We are always developing relationships with new companies. Please let us know your preferred sector and we will endeavor to facilitate a placement in your area of interest.

Can I gain academic credit for my internship program?

  • Yes. CRCC Asia works closely with a large number of universities internationally to assist students who wish to accredit our internship program with their university degree.

    We recommend contacting your university academic department to discuss the procedure your university will follow in order to accredit your internship. CRCC Asia will be able to provide all necessary documentation to support this application.

    If you would like to gain academic credit through your internship program then it is essential that you inform CRCC Asia about this intention as far in advance of your intended program start date in order to guarantee that CRCC Asia can provide the necessary documentation in time.

    Please visit our Accreditation page for more information about obtaining academic credit for your internship.

Visa Processing

What is the visa application process?

  • Your application to our program will automatically be processed through the correct CRCC Asia Regional Office, depending on your current location.

    After you have been accepted onto the program, you will receive full details of the visa application process.

Visa information for UK / EU applicants

  • If you are located in the UK or the EU, the CRCC Asia UK office will process your visa for you. After you apply to the program, you will receive more information about this process.

    If your program application is processed through the UK office and you have a non-EU passport then we can usually process your visa if you are currently in the UK and you have a valid visa for the UK.

    If your program application is processed through the UK office but you are located outside of the EU then you will have to apply for your visa yourself. This will involve visiting your nearest China Visa Application Service Center, or applying by post.

Visa information for Asia-Pacific applicants

  • CRCC Asia will fill out the visa application form for you and provide you with an invitation letter, which you will need to get your visa. We will send these documents to you via email in pdf format. All you need to do is check the details, print out the form and sign it at the bottom.

    If you live near a China Visa Application Service Center, you should take these documents and apply for your visa in person. If you do not live near a China Visa Application Service Center, you can do a postal application, which should be sent to the Chinese embassy. We advise you to get exact details from your nearest Chinese embassy or visa centre. It normally takes 4 working days to process a visa and there are express options that you can use. If you have applied for your program before the recommended deadline, there should be no problem.

    We recommend that you make an appointment at the visa center to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. If you do not make an appointment, you can queue at the center, however this may take more time.

Visa information for applicants in the North American Region

  • If you are located in the US, Canada or Mexico the CRCC Asia US office will process your visa for you. After you apply to the program, you will receive more information about this process.

    If your program application is processed through the US office and you have a non-US, CAN, MEX, passport then we can usually process your visa if you are currently in the US/Canada and you have a valid visa for the US/Canada.

    If your program application is processed through the US office but you are located outside of North America then you will have to apply for your visa yourself. This will involve visiting your nearest China Visa Application Service Center, or applying by post.

    Please note that certain non-US/Can/Mex passport holders currently in North America may need to appear in person to apply for their visa, the US office will be able to give further advice on this after you apply to the program.

Visa information for applicants in Australia & New Zealand

  • If you are located in Australia or New Zealand, the CRCC Asia Sydney office will process your visa for you. After you apply to the program, you will receive more information about this process.

    If your program application is processed through the Sydney office and you have a non-Australian passport then we can usually process your visa if you are currently in Australia and you have a valid visa for Australia (or if you hold a passport from New Zealand)

    If your program application is processed through the Sydney office but you are located outside of the Australia or New Zealand then you will have to apply for your visa yourself. This will involve visiting your nearest China Visa Application Service Center, or applying by post.

Study Abroad Semester – Visas

  • CRCC Asia and ECNU will oversee the arrangement of the required X2 visa for all students.  In addition to the visa, students will need to obtain residency permits upon arrival, which CRCC Asia will assist with.

Payment

Are there scholarships available to help fund my trip?

  • We understand that covering the cost of these programs can sometimes be difficult. To help you with this, we’ve done some research into possible sources of funding assistance.

    We have created see a list of available resources that you could use to help fund your trip.

Are your programs free?

  • There is a fee for our programs. You can open the programs Price and Dates page on our website for more information. Visit our What’s Included page for more information about what would be included in the program price.

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