Entrepreneurship & Startup Internships

47%

of global VC funding was invested into Chinese start-ups


In 2018, China overtook the USA in attracting worldwide venture capital funding for the first time
$14.7bn

is the amount raised by Southeast Asian start-ups in 2018


Exciting start-ups to watch out for are Vietnam’s MOMO, VNPAY and India’s Sportido
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We offer entrepreneurship & startup internships across a number of successful startup ecosystems – including Ho Chi Minh City, Mumbai and Shanghai.

  • Since 2012, over $285bn has been invested across over 11,200+ equity deals to tech start-ups in Asia.
  • Chinese VCs are among the most active in the world. The two biggest firms, Qiming Ventures and GGV Capital, manage a combined total of $10.2bn.
  • Southeast Asia’s population of over 650 million is young and tech-savvy. Over 50% of the population is under the age of 30, and 90% of this subset has internet access.
  • Vietnam is fast becoming a tech startup hub in the ASEAN region. The country is now home to as many as 3,000 startups, making it the third largest startup ecosystem in Asia.

Entrepreneurship & Startup Internships: Host Companies & Example Projects

We take time to build our host company networks to ensure that we can connect interns with high-quality placements in the global marketing industry. For this reason, we don’t disclose host company names here on our website. Nevertheless, why not check out some of our example placements below?

Fintech company based in Seoul

This enterprising piece of software allows individuals and businesses to make international bank transfers in accordance with the mid-market exchange rate. Simply put, this piece of tech enables senders to transfer money across different currencies without being subjected to exorbitant fees. Originating in South Korea, this innovative startup has recently launched its service in select international territories.

Example intern tasks

If you’d like to experience first-hand what it’s like in the early days of a fintech business, this is the perfect opportunity for you. It’s a fabulous opportunity to learn about the obstacles and key decisions entrepreneurs must make to grow their business. Interns will play a key role in researching new market opportunities, building strategic partnerships and developing the company’s brand.

Gin Distillery in Shanghai

Gin has undergone a major rival in popularity in recent years; this host company aims to capitalize on this trend by exporting its craft gin internationally. Distilled within their facility in Shanghai, this startup has made a stir by winning first place at a recent international distillery competition. The company’s primary goal is to redefine what it means to be “made in china” through their high-quality product.

Example intern tasks

Having achieved success domestically, the intern within this company will be tasked with developing the brand presence in English speaking countries. In rapidly expanding companies, such as this one, interns have the chance to make an immediate impression and climb the corporate ladder. The key responsibilities of the role will be to coordinate international launch campaigns and develop partnerships with overseas retailers and bars.

Read up on our latest Entrepreneurship & Startup internships blogs


  • Natasha W

    "In a world that is becoming increasingly inter-dependent, it would be a crime to pass up an opportunity to experience diversity at its finest. I feel that this internship abroad has given me the competitive edge to thrive in a depressing economic society. I learned how working collectively is just as fundamentally important as working individually. I developed extensive market research techniques and methods that are dynamically feasible in any industry. I strengthened my sense of leadership by crafting the initial stages for a new organization within my company. Not to mention, I’ve developed long lasting friendships from across the world.

    Easily, the most enjoyable part of my experience was comparing life stories with colleagues while discovering many types of delicious Chinese food and exploring Beijing.

    No other internship experience that I’ve participated has left me with a great sense of inter-cultural awareness and that has prepared me for a graduate program and career in communications. My internship experience in China proves to be invaluable since the skills that I’ve acquired are intangible to my competitors and exclusive to my knowledge.

    The sagacious thing about CRCC internships abroad is that you’re surrounded by diverse students from all over the world in a beautiful city that welcomes visitors of all kinds. After completing my internship, I feel a greater connection to the world at large and equipped to enter a world of diverse magnitude."

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    Natasha W
    Marketing, PR & Advertising, Beijing, East-West University
  • Onyema U

    "Participating in the CRCC Asia China Finance Internship Abroad program was a highly fascinating, stimulating and rewarding experience! I really enjoyed every single bit of my first ever experience in Beijing! From exciting and memorable site-seeing adventures, to mouth-watering Chinese cuisines and jaw-dropping acrobatic shows. The programme was packed with lots of fun!

    Above all, I learnt so much about China’s financial and economic development, engaged in Chinese business skills workshop and networked with market-leading professionals from various financial sector. A particular highlight for me was going on a site visit to Taikang Life (one of China’s major insurance companies) and observing the daily operations of the company’s risk management team. What was truly remarkable about the China Finance Course was the fact that other participants came from diverse academic background with varying level of financial knowledge and different areas of interest within the financial sector; this created a wonderful platform for us to share valuable and interesting views about finance in general. In deed, this internship abroad has greatly strengthened my passion for international finance and corporate work!"

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    Onyema U
    Finance & Accounting, Beijing
  • Shaun Radgowski

    "My internship abroad with CRCC Asia was not only a valuable professional experience, but also an enlightening opportunity to see life in a different corner of the world. I was fortunate enough to work for a small environmental company in Shanghai, which finally enabled me to feel like I was making a difference in a field that I cared about. I conducted research, wrote reports, assisted with translations, prepared company contracts, and collaborated on a number of other company projects, all of which undoubtedly helped me prepare for a career in the 21st century. I would highly recommend this experience!"

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    Shaun Radgowski
    Green Technology, Shanghai, Yale University

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