Young woman in Shanghai
'Give yourself the edge through a two-month internship placement in China.'

What's the internship programme about?

Give yourself the edge when applying for jobs, through a two-month Generation UK – China internship.

You can select which industry sector you’d like to gain experience in, which of six booming cities you want to work in, as well as a start date that suits you.

Why should I go?

Companies across the world are looking to engage with China and value employees with experience in China immensely. New industries and work opportunities in China are rising faster than the skyscrapers that accommodate them, and China may soon overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.

  • Work experience in China will give you an inside view into Chinese culture and business practice, making you aware of cultural differences and similarities between China and the UK.
  • Developing a connection with China could be the smartest choice you can make right now and help you stand out from the crowd in future job applications.

Where can I go?

The placements are set up through our partnerships with CRCC Asia and InternChina, who cover a wide variety of industry sectors, including IT, legal, marketing, design, engineering, and hospitality etc. 

Which provider you choose to go with depends largely on which city you want to work in and which region is strongest for your industry sector. 

Our placements with CRCC Asia are based in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, whereas InternChina placements are based in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai.

While you might not be familiar with some of these places, we recommend doing a bit of research on all of them, and speaking to advisors to decide which location would be most suitable for you.

What is Generation UK – China?

The Generation UK – China campaign was launched by the British Council in 2013. By 2020, it aims to help 80,000 students from the UK boost their employability and long-term job prospects, and develop a global mind-set through study and work experience opportunities in China.

The Generation UK – China campaign is supported by all four government administrations in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Am I eligible?

Applicants must:

  • be aged 18 years and above
  • be currently enrolled full-time at a UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year
  • be a UK or EU passport holder
  • have achieved or be on track to achieve a 2:1
  • meet our student finance eligibility criteria – see download document for more information.
  • not be in receipt of any other Generation UK – China funding.

Do I need to speak Mandarin?

You don’t need to have any prior Chinese language skills to take part in this programme, but we would advise doing your best to learn a few of the basics before you go. During your internship, all your assignments will be in English and you’ll also be given an English-speaking supervisor to support and manage you on your placement.

How much funding will I receive?

Generation UK – China funding will cover all placement fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance, as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement. 

As part of the programme, you will also receive weekly Chinese language classes and take part in business/cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China.

You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which largely depend on where you’re living and your own lifestyle. Previous interns have been able to get by perfectly happily on the equivalent of about £50 a week, but it’s entirely up to you.

You’ll also need to pay for your flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Generation UK – China internship programme are now open. The deadline to send in your complete application is on 14 January 2018 at 23:59 (UK time).

You can only apply to one supplier. If you apply to both, your application will not be considered.

Applicants will be subject to our competitive assessment process, and funding will be awarded to those students who display an excellent academic record and strong interest in China. There will be three stages of assessment:

  • written application
  • phone interview
  • final British Council assessment

For the interviews, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • academic achievement
  • interest in chosen industry
  • motivations for gaining work experience in China

Make sure you have the following documentation ready, which you will need to submit during the application process:

  • scanned copy of passport
  • proof of maintenance grant receipt / other student finance documents as required
  • most recent grade transcript
  • academic reference (needs to be on university letterhead paper and signed by the author)
  • curriculum vitae

Apply for internships in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Apply for internships in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai.

Who do I contact, if I have questions?

For further enquiries, please visit the British Council China site or contact the Generation UK team.