Generation UK-China Internship Funding

What's it about?

Whether you’re looking to pick up an internship in accounting, architecture, engineering or just about any other industry, Generation UK-China can help provide funding for your trip and make sure you make the most of your time in China.

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 up faster than the skyscrapers that accommodate them. Developing a connection with China could be the smartest choice you can make right now.

What's on offer?

These two-month internships are set up through our partnerships with CRCC Asia and InternChina, who cover a wide variety of sectors, including IT, legal, marketing, accounting, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and tourism. There are too many to list individually, but since 2007 they’ve placed over 5,000 internships between them, so there’s plenty to choose from.

Which company you choose to go with depends largely on what city you want to work in. CRCC Asia have internships in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen; InternChina have openings 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, rather than basing your decision on places you’ve heard of from the 2008 Olympic games. They are all unique and beautiful cities.

How much funding will I receive?

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

You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which obviously depends massively on where you’re living and how you like to live. 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.

Why should I apply?

  • Experience in China is increasingly valued by employers. 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.
  • China may soon overtake the USA as the world’s largest economy. Knowledge of Mandarin and a connection with China will enhance your employability.
  • Globalisation causes the job market-place to become more and more competitive. Your experience and understanding of China will make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Do I need to speak Mandarin?

In a word, no, but we would advise doing your best to learn a few of the basics. All of the internships will have some English-speaking employees there, and you’ll also be provided with an English-speaking support mentor. 

Am I eligible?

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18 years and above
  • Currently enrolled full-time at a UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year
  • A UK citizen (must hold a British passport, or Irish passport for Northern Irish domiciled only)
  • In receipt of or have received a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance during their university career. 

If you are not eligible to participate in one of the Generation UK – China internships, then please email us at gen.uk@britishcouncil.org.cn to discuss your options to come to China outside of the programme.

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

  • Academic achievement
  • Interest in chosen industry
  • Motivations for gaining work experience in China
  • Knowledge of Mandarin is not a pre-requisite for Generation UK internships.

How do I apply?

We offer placements all year round, and you can choose a start date that best suits you. We do advise you to apply at least two months in advance of your desired start date, so that our partners CRCC Asia and Intern China have enough time to arrange the internship. Places are limited, meaning the sooner you can get your application in, the better. 

Please note you can only apply to one supplier – it makes things easier for everyone further down the line. If you apply to both, your application will not be considered.

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

  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Proof of Maintenance Grant receipt
  • Most recent grade transcript
  • Academic Reference (needs to be on university letterhead paper and signed by the author)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Apply here for internships in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Apply here for internships in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai.

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

 

What do others say about all this?

Don’t take it from us; listen to these guys:

“I've always wanted to see the world, and China is a country I've always had a fascination with. This seemed like an amazing opportunity to productively spend my time in China, and it was fully funded! I personally worked in a startup technology firm within Chengdu developing mobile applications as well as web apps. This internship was a great chance to apply what I had learned on my Computer Science course in a real life situation!

The programme was a thoroughly amazing experience, and Generation UK was very helpful in getting everything set up. I have ticked one thing off my bucket list, and also have some great experience at a real company I can put on my CV, giving me a leg up over others.”

Kevin Norman - Chengdu, 2 Month Internship, June 2015 (Swansea University)

“My two months in China were the best two months of my life. The pharmaceutical company I worked for was fantastic - my colleagues were very kind and the work we were doing was cutting-edge and exciting. I had frequent one-to-one meetings with the CEO, which made me feel truly valued. It was an honour to contribute to work which could one day make a real difference to millions of people’s lives.

The Generation UK programme helped me to improve my knowledge of China, Chinese language and my scientific knowledge. It enabled me to have experiences I never could have had on my own, which helped me to grow as a person, become more confident and decide the direction I wanted my life to follow. The work I did there looks great on my CV and it gives me something I'm truly passionate about to discuss with companies during interviews.”

Max Fielden - Shenzhen, 2 Month Internship, June 2014 (Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

Questions?

Let us know in touch at gen.uk@britishcouncil.org.cn