Frequently Asked Questions

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


Application Process

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?
Apply using our application form. Early applications are encouraged, so we can start the host company matching process for the most competitive roles.

One of our Global Admissions Advisers will get in touch to arrange an interview time. This is our chance to get to know you, understand your motivations for doing an international internship, and also learn about your studies and/or recent projects.

We will let you know within 48 hours whether you have been successful with your application.

If successful, we will ask you to place a deposit to secure your place on the program- this guarantees your internship placement!

Final payment is due at least 6 weeks before the start date of your chosen program. For some off-peak programs we can accept slightly later payments, however, this will be at our discretion.

Our teams will then begin the placement process during which you might be asked to speak with potential host companies to ensure the best fit for your interests and career.

Where applicable, our team will also process your visa through one of our regional offices in the US, UK, or Australia.
When is the deadline for an application?
China Programs
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.

Non-China Programs
Due to extended visa processing times, we normally like to allow at least ten weeks prior to your program start date to organize your internship placement. However, if you would like to apply within this timeframe, please do get in touch so we can discuss your application on an individual basis.
What qualifications do I need to apply?
All applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed a degree program.

We can also accept applicants who are in between High School (6th Form) and College (University) – for instance, individuals on gap years.

We are also looking for you to exhibit an interest in foreign travel and culture and be fluent in English.

If you speak some Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese and would like to practice your language skills whilst abroad, we can find you a company where this is possible.
Do I need to speak the local language?
Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese language skills are not required.

We ensure that all of our host companies have an English-speaking supervisor who can act as your mentor and provide structure and support throughout your work experience.

Some of your colleagues will also be able to speak English.
Why should I arrange an internship through CRCC Asia?
It would be possible to arrive in one of program locations 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.

For all program locations, we organize or advise on the paperwork for the most appropriate visa to conduct an international internship. For example, in China, you are required to have a Business Visa or Cultural Exchange visa, which needs to be obtained from China with cooperation from the relevant authorities. Other companies may bypass this by providing a Tourist Visa, which is not legitimate for an internship in China.

Whether you are interning in China, Japan, Vietnam, or the UK- 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 local 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 CRCC Asia organize weekly events including social, cultural and business networking activities.

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

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 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?
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?
Please ensure you have business attire for your internship: suit, shirt, tie etc. You will also need to bring a laptop. You will receive dress code guidelines for your specific host company in your Company Information Sheet that will be sent before arrival on the program.

As part of our Travel Guide is compiled by CRCC Asia and previous program participants. We have created a Climate & Weather page which provides further information about different climates for our 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?
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)
  • Shanghai: Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)
  • Shenzhen: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
  • Tokyo: Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)
  • Manchester: Manchester: Manchester Airport (MAN)

Please make sure your flight arrives between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm in order for us to guarantee airport arrival services. For interns arriving in Shenzhen please make sure your flight arrives between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm 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 CRCC Asia’s programs
As a first point of reference, we would recommend reviewing our Programs page, which will provide detailed information on each of our programs.

If you do have any questions about life abroad 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.

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?
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 your location in a safe, structured way through our Internship Programs.

CRCC Asia has a comprehensive Health and Safety information section underneath which you can find here. We recommend all potential applicants read these carefully.

During the Program

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 in the program fee. We place everyone in modern, comfortable, serviced apartments in the city center. 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 the program location, please speak with one of our Global Admission Advisers, who can outline your options.
How do I prepare myself to visit China/Japan/Vietnam/UK and work in the local workplace?
CRCC Asia will give you comprehensive training on working in your program location once you arrive. This includes an introduction to local 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 your program location, we will send you a pre-departure pack with advice on how best to prepare.
What happens if I have any problems once I’m on the program?
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 our on-the-ground offices
Study Abroad Semester Housing (Shanghai Only)
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.
Are meals included in the Study Abroad Semester (Shanghai Only)?
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?
China Programs 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.

Non-China Programs The cost of living varies depending on how you choose to spend your money however as guideline, please visit Numbeo.com and enter your program location.
What happens if I have any problems once I’m on the program?
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 our on-the-ground offices
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 and almost all will stay in the same apartment building. The majority of interns are ambitious, high-caliber students, graduates and young professionals from across the world. One great thing about this program is the chance to meet similarly minded people who want 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 the local language whilst on the Program?
Yes. For China Programs, CRCC Asia provides weekly Chinese lessons 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.

For Non-China Programs, CRCC Asia can help arrange lessons with our approved language providers.
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, our team on the ground will be able to recommend 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 with host companies across many industry sectors.

Participants have been placed at a range of companies from multinational corporations to innovative start-ups.

You will be matched to a company relevant to interest and profile.

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.

For the China programs, approximately 20-30% often receive an offer of future employment.
I am already living in China/Japan/Vietnam/UK and looking for an internship. Could you arrange this?
We are able to arrange internships for individuals who are already currently living in one of our program locations – please contact internships@crccasia.com for more information on your options.
When will I find out where I will be working?
We will 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).
Will I be paid during my internship?
Due to the visa requirements for the majority of our programs, the internships must be unpaid to meet the relevant local regulations.
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 and have a British or EU passport, 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 you are located in the UK and have a non-EU passport, the CRCC Asia UK office can usually process your visa if you have a valid study/work visa for the UK.

If you are located in an EU country, the CRCC Asia UK office will assist your visa processing by providing all necessary documents and guidance on the requirements.

For Italian and Spanish citizens, we are partnered with agencies in Italy and Spain that can process your visa.
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 Brisbane 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 Brisbane 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 Brisbane 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.

In addition, you may also be eligible for one of the following:

U.S. If you are a college student receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.

U.K. If you are enrolled after September 2016 and receive a maintenance loan (of over £7,612), you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are enrolled before September 2016 and receive a maintenance grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.

Australia If you are a college or university student receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.

Italy If you are a university student receiving a Borsa di Studio, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.

Refer a Friend Nominate a friend for any CRCC Asia program, and you will each receive a 100 USD discount.

Alumni Rate 10% discount off any of our programs – if you are an alumni and you refer a friend, they will receive a 0 discount off any of our programs.
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.
Can my university help with funding?
Absolutely. Many universities have funding and resources available to its students to undertake international internships. You should speak to your faculty, careers office, study abroad, or international office for more information. As we are partnered with universities in the US, UK, Australia, Italy, and Spain we advise you mention CRCC Asia when discussing funding options.

For UK students, we are partnered with several universities that have approved CRCC Asia as a provider of international internships. Some universities also offer funding that can be used for international work experience, these include:

De Montfort University – #DMU Global

Swansea University – Global Opportunities Bursary

Richmond American University – Careers & Internships

Aberdeen University – International Work Experience

Birmingham University – International Work Experience scheme

Essex University – International Experience Bursary

Lancaster University – Financial support and awards

Manchester University – Work Experience Bursary

Newcastle University – Career Insights Bursary

Nottingham University – International Work Experience Grant

York University – Work Experience Support fund

UCLAN – International Travel Bursary

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