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What do our customers say about our China Internships?

 

 

"I wasn’t putting a lot of hope into finding an internship that is related to psychology, as it is not a popular field in China. However, it took less than one month before SmartIntern found me a good fit- thank you so much!" - Huijin, 2014

"Mike and Brandon are two classy guys who went above and beyond the services I signed up for. I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with SmartIntern. They were able to find the ideal internship I was looking for within 3 weeks." - Hunter, 2014

"Internships are a great way to get your foot through the door, connect with the business community & learn the skills you'll need to set yourself apart from the rest of the growing, skilled job pool for locals and expats in China." - Kash, 2014

SmartIntern: China Internships for the Ambitious

Guarantee an internship in China for yourself today through one of our two programs.

To begin, ask yourself, "Do I need housing and ongoing events along with an internship, or do I just need an internship?"

If you want housing + ongoing events + a guaranteed internship in Shanghai, consider our Supported Shanghai package, which includes:

  • Your guaranteed internship in Shanghai + visa assistance
  • An entire year of access to over 2,000 Chinese language podcasts
  • Career training in our trademark Work Smarter seminar (no other company does this!)
  • Airport pickup, a welcome banquet, ongoing events, 24/7 support, and a whole host of other add-ons

Learn about the Supported Shanghai Package.

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If you don't need housing, ongoing events, or 24/7 support, consider the Solo Shanghai Package.

The Solo Shanghai includes:

  • Your guaranteed internship in Shanghai + visa assistance
  • An entire year of access to over 2,000 Chinese language podcasts

Learn about the Solo Shanghai Package.

Meet Brandon and Mike, the Founders.

We are passionate about making a good career in China easier for you. Click our photos to find out why.

March 2014 Openings

Financial Analyst Intern: Finance intern needed at boutique wealth management firm located in central Shanghai. You will be working closely with a supervisor to record and analyze financial data for several major client accounts.  

Digital Marketing, SEO & SEM Intern: A leading online retailer is offering a marketing internship. The office is a multicultural, multilingual environment with colleagues from across the globe. Gain immediate responsibility and develop skills in content writing, social media, SEO, CRO, website localization, affiliate marketing, CPC & Google Adwords. You will be learning from mentors and colleagues who understand digital marketing from an international perspective. For those applicable, there is a possibility of full-time work after the internship. 

Marketing Intern: One of the largest travel companies in Asia is offering a marketing internship. You’ll develop skills in digital marketing, content writing, blogging and website localization. Work alongside a multicultural team, with colleagues from Europe, Asia and North America. For those applicable, there is a possibility of full-time work after the internship. 

More internship openings here.

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Why consider interning in China? Why not? For one, your time in China is guaranteed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And the really cool part? It can do great things for your career, too! You'll find adventure + travel + some of the world's best food + career acceleration. To us, it's a no-brainer, but here are some more reasons for you. For one, China is the world's most dynamic economy and has been growing at a rate of almost 10% per year for the past 3 decades. Now, as China's central government attempts to "put the brakes" on economic growth, it is likely to slow down to an annual growth rate of 8%. Think about that for a moment- "slow" for China is still more than 4 times the growth rate predicted by the most optimistic economists in almost every western economy.

SmartIntern believes that internships in China are the best way for students to learn how to thrive in this flattened, global economy. Classroom experience and theory are important, yes, but traditional forms of education are not nearly as cost-effective as they once were. For proof, just consider this frightening statistic: By 2023, student loan debt in the US will exceed median annual income for college grads. Millenials are more educated and more indebted (quite literally) than any generation in the history of the world, and are quite rightfully turning to the cost of their college education with increasingly critical eyes.

So how does China fit into all of this? It's simple really- SmartIntern believes that, in order to thrive in this new economy, students and young professionals must be able to distinguish themselves from the pack and build a set of transferable skills that they use to create results in the workplace. China, more than any other country in the world right now, affords tremendous opportunities to do just this.

Working in China allows you to work above your level. While getting a job or an internship in China isn't easy (that's what we're here for!), there is a huge demand for western-educated students and young professionals in cities in China. Once you demonstrate your value to a company, there is a very strong chance that you will be working in a capacity far above what you would be in your home country. China's major cities are populated with 20-something general managers and managing directors who would likely be several rungs down the proverbial corporate ladder back home. Whether at a Fortune 500 company or a small to medium-size enterprise (SME), working in China offers opportunities that, at the very least, are guaranteed to be interesting.

This is not to say this is easy, or that moving to China is all it takes to become GM of a company or to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently. What we firmly believe is that, if you want to position yourself to maximize opportunities and career success, China in 2014 is the place to do so. That said, we at SmartIntern strive to represent working in this country in the most accurate light possible, and part of that means telling it like it is.

Part of telling it like it is means that we have a duty to inform you that, while working in China is a fascinating experience, it isn't always easy. And it can be seriously stressful. If you haven't lived in a city of 20 million before, well, get ready! Truly, Shanghai and Beijing never sleep, and while this is mostly a very good thing (street noodles at 3AM? Don't mind if I do!) it brings with it challenges as well. You will learn how to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and how to manage the inevitable stress that comes from living in a big city. You may be offered an allowance during your internship, but it will likely not be enough to cover all your expenses. It will help though, as a few RMB can go a long way, and your experience interning in China will pay dividends later in your career

The truth is that experience in China can accelerate your acquisition of skills (which we believe is of the utmost importance) and build your resume, but China experience alone is not going to convince a potential employer to hire you. It is equally important that you explain the skills you gained during your China internship, and demonstrate very clearly how they add value to your potential employer's company. In order to help our job-seeking participants understand how to pitch their China experience to potential employers when they return home, and to help our entrepreneurial participants understand how they can use their China experience to build a company of great value, we developed our Build Your Brand seminar. Every Smart Intern goes through this seminar, where we teach them the tricks, tips, and hacks that we have spent more than 12 years acquiring as we have navigated China's job market. Upon leaving our seminar, students are better prepared to create opportunities in our global economy, articulate and sell their experience in China, and find meaningful work, whether in their home countries or in China.

Those who succeed working overseas  tend to be sociable, communicative, and flexible. If you are a self-starter who likes to take on new tasks and responsibilities, and who enjoys exploring new professional and cultural settings, we want you! We update our internship offerings on a regular basis and can help you find an internship in nearly 20 different industries.

Commit to your future success by Applying Now. If we can't place you in an internship, we will refund your payment in full, so what is there to lose?