British Council China Internship Programme

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and build trust between them worldwide. 

The first office in China was opened in Chongqing in 1943 by Joseph Needham. British Council now works in four cities in mainland China. We also have a presence in Wuhan. The British Council operates 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.

What is the Internship Programme in China?

The British Council internship programme aims to create opportunities for young talent in UK, to create a mutually beneficial relationship between our interns and the British Council as an employer. Students enrolled in our internship programme benefit by gaining hands on experience and practical skills needed in the workplace, developing their employability and team working abilities, and working in a culturally diverse organisation. 

The internship programme allows us to gain by bringing in young people with fresh ideas and a unique take on our work.

What would I be doing?

As part of the programme you will join a specific department and work with a dedicated line manager. You may also be rotated between different departments in order for you to get a well-rounded understanding of our operations. 

Our work is divided into the following business units: English & Exams, Education & Society and Arts and our business support teams. You are encouraged to read on these areas of work before completing your application forms

Am I eligible?

We are looking for dynamic, 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 2015 onwards). This includes Master’s degree 

•You must be British passport holder

When and where is the internship?

Our current internship placement is offered for 12 months and is based in Beijing.

What will I gain?

British Council China is committed to providing undergraduates and graduates with the skills necessary in a crowded and competitive jobs market. As one of our interns you will learn new skills whilst exercising your own initiative and creativity. As part of the programme you will join a specific department(s), completing meaningful projects that really 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. Please note that the internship will not automatically lead to a job with us. 

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

How much will I be paid?

Interns placed in the Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou offices will receive a monthly payment of CNY 6560 (around £680 at the time of writing) whereas interns in the Chongqing office will receive CNY 6366 (est. £660).

How do I apply?

Applications are closed for this opportunity. 

Past intern stories

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.”