China SIP internships

British Council is offering an exciting opportunity for highly motivated students to work as interns within Suzhou Industrial Park in China for up to 1 year starting September 2014.

We are seeking full time students for a challenging work opportunity abroad. If you want to experience Chinese culture first hand then this is the programme for you!

Enhance your employability with this unique opportunity to do an internship in China that could last from 6 to 12 months, starting this coming September.

In the past, there have been a range of available positions such as: teaching English at international primary schools and kindergartens, Marketing Coordinator, Management Trainee and hotel service.


What are the internships?

The jobs available are as follows:

Please click through to see the job descriptions. You will be notified of the final decision by British Council UK before the official paper document such as offer is sent to you.

How will the British Council support me?

The British Council will support you throughout your placement and find an English-speaking mentor from your host company. There will be pre-departure and in-country briefings wherever possible.

What is the application deadline?

Applications close on the 31 July, 2014. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for other upcoming opportunities.

What does it cost?

You will receive:

  • monthly stipend of RMB2500 to RMB6000 (£250 to £600 approximately)
  • accommodation during internship
  • free mandatory weekly Mandarin language classes.

You will be expected to meet the costs of:

  • return flight to China
  • private insurance
  • pocket money on arrival.

Up to £200 of the following costs will be reimbursed to you on production of receipts:

  • UK and secondary (in-China) medical examinations
  • Police check (for those teaching and working with children).

Am I eligible?

You need to currently be a full time** student at an English, or Northern Irish University or Higher/Further Education college completing any of the following:

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Master’s
  • PGCE
  • PhD
  • Nursing Diploma
  • Foundation Degree.

You must be 18 years of age or over on commencement of the programme and a holder of a valid EU/EEA passport.

CAFRE students from Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply.

NB: Due to the nature of funding for this initiative, the following overarching principles will apply according to the location of the applicant’s place of study:

Northern Ireland:

Applicants must be undergraduates or postgraduates. Undergraduate students must be either taking a placement year, or at least will need to return to NI next year to finish their current course.  Postgraduate students must also be returning to complete their current course.  **Also open to part time students studying for qualifications listed above.  Please note that this excludes students who have graduated or who are due to graduate before the scheme commences.


Applicants can be undergraduates taking a placement year, or an undergraduate or postgraduate if theyare graduating this summer only.


What will I gain from this?

Boost your career prospects

The prime aim is to provide students with an opportunity to live and work in China for an extended period of time. Whilst there you will be developing an awareness of the culture and language and gaining invaluable professional skills, knowledge and experience. This will enhance your employability within a global and mobile workforce.

Such initiatives are welcomed by employers in the UK. Employers look for well-rounded trainees with life experience and an awareness of the world around them; this experience will help you stand out from the crowd. 

An international experience in China

A change of scene once in a while is a good thing. Working in a new, exciting place like China, and being surrounded by professionals is a very productive thing to do with your holidays!


Additional information

This opportunity has been made possible with funding from BIS and DELNI with kind support from Suzhou Industrial Park in China.