Internship in China

An internship in Shanghai, China's largest metropolis and the economic center of Asia, promises the ultimate adventure in which everyone is guaranteed to be thrown out of their comfort zone. No culture could possibly be more different to ours, no city could have more in contrast than the mega-city of the new millennium Shanghai. It is high-tech and backward, classy and trashy, newly renovated and very old, with exciting traditions and sparkling modernity. During an internship your everyday will surely be saturated by the Chinese lifestyle.

Intern in Shanghai

Internship programs in China

The cosmopolitan city of Shanghai offers interesting areas for an internship. After work, the very well-developed infrastructure network also allows flexible leisure time.

 

Internship programs in China

Tradition & Modernity in Shanghai

At the expense of tradition, Shanghai has developed into an ultra-modern city, in just a few decades, and did not leave much room for its old Chinese tradition. Do not expect to find ancient Chinese architecture here. Skyscrapers, clubs, restaurants and department stores, in their usual form, describe the cityscape. English signs and menus are plentiful. This of course is all to your benefit as an intern in Shanghai! You'll not feel as lost as you might have expected. Our former interns in China describe the city as very tourist friendly.

“I have fallen in love with Shanghai. The city is multfacetted and you can discover something new every day. Its atmosphere is just in Neues erleben, ihre Atmosphäre ist unbeschreiblich.” Mailin, Volunteer in Shanghai

Of course, Shanghai also has a cultural district with museums and temples that are definitely worth a visit. The Yu garden, Jing An Temple and Jade Buddha Temple are not to be missed while on an internship in China. Particular lessons of ancient Chinese culture are found in the surrounding cities like Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing, which can be easily hit by train in 2 hours.

The City that Never Sleeps

Day or night, Shanghai offers a full range of entertainment for all the senses. During a stay in China you should take advantage of this. Take up invitations to business meals or head to the spectacular clubs where free entry is often granted to Westerners. Generally you are as a Westerner simply a welcomed guest; although sometimes it’s actually less about you yourself and more about attracting an upscale local clientele who are attracted to your presence.

Top 5 Culture Trips Shanghai

  • Yu Garden
  • Jing’an temple
  • Jadebuddha temple
  • Water city Qibao
  • "Bund"

The Big Question: Can I survive without Chinese during an internship in China?

"Bùyào jia Lajiao"  What sounds to our ears like a sneeze, incidentally translates as "please, no hot sauce" and you ought to remember this phrase, if you have a sensitive stomach! If, however, you just can’t say it, that is by no means a reason to shift to another city or another country! It is entirely possible to do without much knowledge of the Chinese language during an internship in China, especially in Shanghai. On the one hand, the city is now populated by relatively many emigrants, so there will always be someone who can answer your questions in English. Secondly, you will be invited by companies because of your English language skills.

Shall you learn to speak or write Mandarin during your stay in China?

Well, that depends on how realistic you'll find it to install 3000 characters and syllables within 2 to 6 months into your vocabulary :) These investments are necessary in order to qualify as "the Chinese proficient", being able to form meaningful words and phrases. If you prefer to explore country and culture in the classroom setting after working hours, sign up for a Chinese language course, no harm can be done. Either way, don’t miss out on learning a few words or phrases in Mandarin. As a visitor to any country, you should be open to experiencing the new culture and new language. After all, you didn't come all the way to China to not be able to artfully scribble your name in Mandarin onto a sheet of paper in front of your friends at home, right?

Smacking and Kung Fu

From what you may have heard, the Chinese courtesy and etiquette may sound a bit primitive. Is it polite to smack your lips and burp while eating? And spitting on the ground as often as you want, wherever you want? Many habits of Chinese contradict our western habits completely and visitors are often surprised. We'll give you a little tour of what you can expect during your internship in China and clear up some of these preconceptions.

Living in Shanghai

Those who want to avoid the expensive apartment search in a metropolis of 13 million, may like to rely on the recommendations of the partner program in China. For good reason, most interns and volunteers in Shanghai opt for this apartment seeking service. These apartments are not only centrally located, but also very close to the partner agency, whose doors are always open for any concerns. Your project coordinators in China know that switching to the Chinese culture during the internship in China is not done without some assistance, and not just because of the foreign language and writing.

The intern apartments in Shanghai are actually living communities that you share with other travelers. Especially if you are traveling alone, this has enormous advantages. When we are in company we are just much more open and daring. Together you can rummage through the colorful culinary garden of meals and snacks that are offered on the road or in the restaurants, plan excursions for the weekends and make new friends!

Shanghai skyline

Volunteer in Shanghai as English teacher

Why does China need volunteers? Well, those who have been to China have probably guessed why. The majority of people in China speak their national language in everyday life and profession. Sure, there’s nothing special about that. However, it gives them little opportunity to learn and practice a foreign language like English. Even though the government has recognized the importance of the English language, for the future of children in particular, they have invested only in the training of local English teachers. The English courses are taught in their national language and place greater emphasis on grammar and vocabulary, overlooking pronunciation and practical experiences to apply what is learned. This is precisely where the volunteer programs in China are needed. English-speaking volunteers assist in kindergartens, nursery schools or primary schools in English classes, establishing an English-language environment, encouraging the children to speak English.