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Applications are currently closed.

The British Council China internship programme aims to create opportunities for people in the UK, as well as a mutually beneficial relationship between our interns and the British Council as an employer.

Interns enrolled in our programme gain hands-on experience and practical skills for the workplace, developing their employability and team working abilities, and working in a culturally diverse organisation.

What would I be doing?

As part of the full British Council China internship programme, you will join a specific department and work with a dedicated line manager. You may also be rotated between different departments to gain a well-rounded understanding of our operations.

Our work is divided into the following business units: English and Exams, Education and Society, Arts, and our business support teams. We encourage you to read up on these areas before completing your application form.

Am I eligible?

For the British Council China internships, we are looking for globally curious individuals with an interest in the work we do, and excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.

  • You must be above 18 years of age
  • You must currently be a student at least in your penultimate or final year in any degree discipline. Alternatively, you may be a recent graduate (from 2017 onwards). This includes master’s degrees.
  • You must be British passport holder

When and where are the internships?

The Education Mobility Officer internship and the Education Marketing Officer and Research Assistant internship are offered for six months and are based in Beijing.

What will I gain?

British Council China is committed to giving undergraduates and graduates the skills to stand out in a competitive job market.

As one of our interns, you will learn new skills while exercising your initiative and creativity. You will be completing meaningful projects that add value to our organisation. We can offer you a unique opportunity to gain insight into a global organisation. We have a range of projects that we need your input for and should help you see where your current talents lie, providing perspective for your future career decisions.

At the end of their internship period, interns will receive an experience letter on behalf of the British Council.

Please note that the internship will not automatically lead to a job with us.

How much will I be paid?

The successful candidates will receive a salary of RMB 9,000 per month (RMB 7,506 after deductions).

How do I apply?

For further information, role profiles, British Council behaviours and to complete an application form, please visit our jobs portal.

Applications closed on Wednesday 4 July 2018 (23.59 UK time).  

Past intern stories

Danielle Newey

‘This internship provided me with a fantastic base of knowledge and skills to pursue an international career. From marketing, event management and programme delivery to procurement, contracts and partnerships, I’ve been exposed to a wide range of new skills that I will undoubtedly take forward in my career. Supporting on the UK Prime Minister’s visit to China was an unexpected highlight of my role, as was the opportunity to lead on the organisation of a reception event to celebrate the British Council’s flagship outward mobility programme, Generation UK. Throughout this opportunity, I felt real ownership over many of my projects whilst being supported by a team that is committed to the development of its interns.’

Nathan Hubbard-Miles

‘This internship was extremely valuable as it provided me with great experience of working on important cultural relations projects in an international organisation, an environment in which I could use and develop my Chinese language skills and an opportunity to meet a lot of friendly, likeminded people that both helped and inspired me in many different ways.’

Stephanie Jackson

‘The highlight of my experience so far has been the Global Alumni Awards in Shanghai, which were attended by Prince William. Another great perk is that, for the Smart Talk series, I get to travel a lot and see many different cities in China. Overall it’s been an incredibly valuable experience, confirming for me that this is the career path I want to take and giving me useful skills to do so. The British Council really invests in their interns, providing as much support as you need and great opportunities for further development.’

About the British Council in China

The first British Council office in China was opened in Chongqing in 1943 by biochemist, historian and sinologist Joseph Needham. We now work in four cities in mainland China, and also have a presence in Wuhan.

We operate under two legal entities in China. In Beijing, we operate as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy. In Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan, we operate as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulates-General. Our exams work across China operates as a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise – BC Education Consulting (Beijing) Company Ltd.

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