Hospitality and F&B


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Industry Overview

As Chinese become wealthier, particularly the growing middle class, they are spending more on traveling and dining out. China’s hospitality industry has experienced remarkable growth. China’s booming economy has created a middle class with disposable income to improve life quality through traveling. China’s urban annual income per household has risen from $320 in 1990 to more than $4,000 in 2012, a tremendous increase that allows Chinese consumers to take trips over holidays and purchase high-valued food either through shopping at supermarkets, import shops or dining at local restaurants. Meanwhile, China has replaced the U.S. as the world leading consumer market for food & beverage back in in 2011. The demand for a diversified restaurants and hotels continues to rise. All these factors have made the Chinese market look even more appetizing for foreign brands and industry professionals.

Fast Facts

  • Besides rising domestic traveling, China was also named the fourth most-popular international traveling destination with an estimated arrival of more than 130 million foreign tourists in 2010.
  • The Chinese F&B market grew at an averaged rate of 30 percent over the past five years. It was the world’s largest importer of F&B in 2012, reaching an estimated $98 billion.
  • Because of food safety concerns and rising household income, Chinese consumers have turned to trusted foreign branded products such as milk, baby powder, meat and more.
  • Farm produce and livestock wholesales increased by more than 60 percent from 2009 to 2011. The total sales value of food, beverage and tobacco rose by more than 50 percent.
  • Shanghai hosts an incredible diverse group of hotels and restaurants. There is no better place than Shanghai to start an internship in the hospitality and F&B industry.

Dive into an international career with a hospitality internship in Shanghai! Our internships come in many shapes and sizes: F&B internships, luxury serviced residences & hotel internships, restaurant internships, and luxury concierge and event management internships. Not sure of which direction to go? In many of these areas you'll dabble in all sides of hospitality. An internship with one of our partners will provide you with the necessary experience to set you in the right direction, with possibilities of job placement after the internship. 


Current Hospitality Openings

Please keep in mind that the below openings represent only a portion of our total current openings! Please apply below or contact us for more details

Current Openings (March 2015):

Position: Hospitality Business Development Intern

A collection of serviced residences in Shanghai is seeking a new Business Development intern. Get your foot into the door in the Hospitality/Real Estate/Property Management industries! Help expand the company’s reach both locally and overseas. Develop contacts and help close new business deals with the team. The ideal candidate should be outgoing and be able to build a rapport internally and externally.

Who We Are Looking For: A self-starter with some knowledge of the industries noted above. We seek a fast-learner, someone who is motivated to kick-start their career in these fields. The candidate must be willing to contribute immediately and gain tangible experience.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Real experience & firsthand knowledge in the hospitality industry
  • Applicable business development experience
  • Contract negotiation
  • On and Offline marketing


The hospitality industry is an ever-growing throughout China. In Shanghai you'll find a wide array of high-end international hotels, boutique hotels, serviced properties, and large apartment compounds. Second and third-tier cities continue to see expansion of western 4 and 5 start hotel brands. Shanghai has an incredible range of hotels, both international and boutique, large and small. A simple search on Trip Advisor yields 3,559 options - incredible. Of those 3,559 properties, 40 are 5-star status! Compared to Shanghai, NYC has 447, Tokyo 654, London 1071. However Shanghai fails to surpass Beijing, who can boast 4970. 

SmartIntern has partnered with both large and boutique hotels in Shanghai to provide our interns with top-notch hospitality internships. Here you'll be able to gain experience in international hotel management and guest services, laying the groundwork for a career while gaining experience working with international guests and colleagues. 

In F&B, we've partnered with some of the most creative minds in dining including new concepts and high-end hotel restaurants. From new startup restaurants to well-established restaurants in 5-star hotels, we can provide international hospitality internships unlike any other. Shanghai is becoming a food capital. Like any international city, talent has been seen the possibilities and poured investment into developing Shanghai's restaurant culture. Shanghai has internationally-recognized Michelin-starred restaurants, a world-famous nightlife, the classic Bund restaurants, and everyday noodle shops, Shanghai has it all, including 60,000 restaurants.

Of course, event management falls into place in this city more than most- SmartIntern has reputable partners seeking interns to assist in luxury events put on in hotels, galleries and more. Please contact us and Apply for more details!