Shanghai Management Consulting Internships


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For those students looking to gain a better sense of the many intricacies of the Chinese market, an internship with a management consulting firm is a great option. We partner with both global management consulting firms as well as smaller, China-focused organizations.

Industry Overview

The concept of management consulting was introduced to China in the 1980s and has been developing ever since. After China became a member of the World Trade Organization, the demand for management consulting has surged. Lead international consulting firms such as The Boston Consulting Groups and McKinsey & Company have set local headquarters in China’s commercial hubs such as Shanghai to serve their multinational clients. Domestic consulting companies have also emerged to serve Chinese companies doing business with foreign firms or having plans to expand to the global market. Because of China’s relationship-dominated business culture (guanxi), Chinese consulting companies have a huge advantage over global consulting groups. The result leaves us with a wide array of possibilities, both foreign and local. You can choose established top international brands, rising domestic companies, and a large number of boutique firms which may serve niche markets. 

Fast Facts

  • As foreign companies enter China’s vast market with low barriers and high profit, the revenue for management consulting industry has been climbed at an estimated rate of ten percent annually from 2008 to 2012.
  • The total revenue of the management consulting industry reached to more than $14 billion in 2012.
  • China’s consulting industry remains young despite its rapid development in recent years. It still holds tremendous growth potential.
  • China has invested heavily in educating its younger generation to become management consulting professionals. Many of them graduated with well-rounded knowledge of finance, marketing, international trade and management. This means the competition for full-time management consulting positions will become increasingly competitive.
  • Shanghai is home to nearly every major consulting company (both international and domestic company) and will be an excellent location for you to launch your career.


Current Management Consulting Openings

Please keep in mind that the below openings represent only a portion of our total openings; to learn more about management consulting internships in Shanghai, apply below or contact us for more details.

Current Openings (March 2015):

Position: Please Apply below or contact us directly for more information about our current Management Consulting openings! If there are no opportunities listed, it doesn't mean we don't have a position to offer; to learn more about our Consulting internships in Shanghai, contact us.



Learn More About Management Consulting in Shanghai

In the years since reform & opening up to foreign investment, China has risen to become the world's second-largest economy, and Asia's largest. Such a large market means that not only are there a constant stream of foreign companies, but also a growing number of Chinese companies that seek outside help from consultants.

Management consulting in Shanghai is booming! With a higher number of startups, and an endless line of foreign companies looking to break into the market, consultants are in high demand. Join one of our partner companies to gain substantial knowledge in helping companies from a wide range of industries navigate the Chinese business landscape. Consulting firms don't stop there; other aspects displayed by various agencies include developing strategies, coaching skills, and improving operations. Outside help is continually needed for companies inside and outside China, meaning this industry will to continue to grow- between the red tape, cultural & business differences between East and West, management consulting in Shanghai is a hot place to be. 

Imagine the knowledge of the China market you'll develop during your time in a management consulting internship in Shanghai. Nowhere else can you gain such a wide range of international business experience and wisdom than here. If consulting is an interest of yours, apply to SmartIntern and start your career adventure!

A great upside to management consulting is that the industry crosses over with many other industries and specialties- marketing, finance, design, law, sales, HR, IT, sustainability and more. It becomes an area where the intern can get a picture or idea of the entire market landscape for an entire industry. Common tasks faced by our interns include market analysis (for the firm's specialization), business development and marketing. Interns will learn best practices, ideal strategies, performance optimization and market penetration techniques. This means management consulting could be one of the most beneficial internship sectors for someone who wants to learn on the ground and leave with applicable knowledge about one of the world's largest markets.

Some of the most popular consulting sectors in Shanghai are currently law, finance, marketing, digital and e-commerce. These are growing sectors in China and have seen massive growth in consumers in the past few years. These are areas where foreign companies don't have the expertise necessary to perform to the best of their abilities, and in some ways are unable to compete with local companies and firms. For example, China's social media landscape is relatively closed off from western minds- it isn't just the language barrier, but knowing how Chinese consumers adopt ideas, products and can change allegiances on a whim. Currently knowledge can only come from inside China, and Shanghai. Research and local consulting companies are key.

An internship in management consulting is not the easiest job: you'll be working at least 8 hours each day and 5 days a week. There may be a great deal of responsibility passed onto an intern and deadlines must be met! The management consulting companies SmartIntern works with in Shanghai are both regional (Asia) companies, worldwide, or China-based. Companies both large and small have offices in wonderful districts of Shanghai. All of the firms strive for a positive work-life balance, meaning life outside of work is respected. Beyond that, all of the management consulting companies in Shanghai that SmartIntern works with provide constructive work environments.


Looking for more? Get our Guide to Management Consulting in Shanghai!

Do you..

...have more than 2 years of work experience and want a full-time job (not an internship) in Shanghai?

..want to find an internship on your own rather than through an agency?

..want to start your own consulting business in China?

If the above describes you, and you are left wanting more information about management consulting in China, our Guide to Shanghai's Management Consulting Industry will help.

Our Guide has been developed after speaking with and researching close to a thousand of Shanghai's top companies. It includes:

  • An overview of working in management consulting in Shanghai. 
  • A look at where the opportunities are, and where they aren't
  • How to go direct to management consulting firms and pitch yourself for their summer internship program
  • How you can find work in management consulting even if you don't speak Chinese
  • Interviews with key entrepreneurs and executives in management consulting and market research in China
  • How to prep for interviews with multi-national consulting firms

We know where the opportunities for working in consulting are, and just as importantly, where they aren't.

If you would prefer an accurate overview of working in management consulting and market research in Shanghai to wading through webpages, check out our guide.

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