Intern in China and Hong Kong
Experience the benefits of accelerating your international professional skills while working and living in the vibrant cities of Shanghai or Hong Kong. Placements available in a wide range of disciplines from one month to one year.
An internship in China or Hong Kong will help grow your career and open doors. Your internship will be customised in length and matched to your interests. You can expect to gain practical skills in your area of study and really boost your CV with international work experience. Our Intern in China and Hong Kong placements are offered in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Placements in Beijing may be possible by special request, but cannot be guaranteed. Internship placements are in English, however, placements in Mandarin (in mainland China) and Cantonese (in Hong Kong) may also be available.
Some feature of your internship program will include:
Customised placement – An internship is an opportunity to work on your career goals as well as specific interests, and those personal skills are just waiting to be explored. We take that all into account with a customised internship that will maximise every moment of your placement.
Soft skills development – Gain useful work-related knowledge as you will be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone. Interns will naturally acquire soft skills – such as communication, problem solving, adaptability, planning and initiative – that you will keep for life and be able to use across any industry.
Boost your future earning potential – Yes, you’ll pick up a bit of Mandarin or Cantonese during your internship, but it’s the references and certificates that you’ll take home that will really boost your career prospects. How’s this to make your resume standout: professional references, an Employer Reference Letter and an Intern Certificate of Completion. Oh, and there’s also that priceless international work experience.
Develop a solid professional network – As an intern in China or Hong Kong, you will start establishing a professional network, as working relationships are essential to conduct business in Asia. You will naturally be exposed to social and professional networking. Learning how to build and maintain relationships will be an enriching experience.
Develop entrepreneurial skills – Gaining entrepreneurial experience during your internship is paramount to a successful job application. Most importantly, you will learn what striving in a competitive environment means.
Learn Mandarin or Cantonese – You do not need to speak Mandarin or Cantonese to participate in this program, but what an opportunity to learn some of the language during your internship. Included in the comprehensive program are group language lessons. A great way to also enjoy a cultural experience.
Support all the way – We are with you before, during and after your internship. Our CISaustralia team in Australia will work with you before you leave, and we’ll be there for you when you arrive in China or HK.
Explore China and HK – China and HK are places of immense diversity, both culturally and geographically. Your internship will give you plenty of time to explore and experience what these places and its people have to offer.
Here are some highlights of what an internship in China or Hong Kong will give you:
- An awesome resume – hands-on international work experience
- Placement in a wide variety of careers and industries in Shanghai or Hong Kong
- Choose a program duration that suits you – stay from one month to one year on a program of your choice
- You will work with people from China and HK, as well as others from around the world
- We provide great on-site support during your internship in China or HK, plus a comprehensive orientation before you get there
- Explore China / HK and experience the true wonders of these fascinating places and its people
- Return home with a new language – or at least some new words in Mandarin or Cantonese
CISaustralia has a comprehensive range of internships available in Shanghai and Hong Kong, all designed to meet the needs of your academic career.
The duration of your internship is up to you. Choose from one month to one year with flexible start dates available. The longer you stay, the more you will get from your internship and cultural experience.
Choose from the following industries:
Arts and Design
- Event Planning/Management
- Human Resources Management
- International Business
- Real Estate
- Sports Management
- Entertainment & Film
- Public Relations
- Nutrition/Food Studies
- Social Work
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
- Environmental Science
- Information Technology & Services
Social Science and Humanities
- Human Relations
Note: For 12-week minimum placements:
- Speech Therapy
Please note: Due to changing business conditions and needs of local businesses, we cannot guarantee that all these internships will be available all year round. We do, however, try to find the best match for your career needs.
Immersing yourself in the culture and traditions of China and Hong Kong during your internship will enrich your experience with CISaustralia.
We recommend and can assist with optional activities, including:
China is the traditional home of many of the world’s leading martial arts. Why not try the relaxation of Tai Qi or the challenging self-defense discipline of Kung Fu. There is a course for you, no matter what your level of experience.
There is the Chinese meal we have at the local RSL, and then there is traditional Chinese cooking. Your teacher will not only cook in the century-old traditions of China, but will also join you for dinner.
If cooking and martial arts are not your thing, why not try calligraphy, traditional music or handicrafts.
Health and Well-Being
The Chinese practice an ancient form of health and traditional medicine. At the Temple of Earth you can explore Taoist concepts, take a guided tour and even start your day with a session of qi gong – a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation. You can even take an introductory course in traditional Chinese nutrition and medicine.
An internship in Shanghai wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the water village of Zhu Jia Jiao. This 400 year old village on the Cao Gang River is an absolute must. Its man-made canals used to be a thriving hub of trade. Now you can stroll through the maze of pathways and bridges, or take in the view from the water. You can even learn about the silk trade, and of course take in a bit of shopping.
A traditional Chinese farmers market is truly a walk back in time. Not much has changed for centuries at Shanghai’s largest farmers market. As you walk through the narrow lanes, vendors spruik their produce – everything from live animals to fresh veggies and spices.
There is so much to see in Shanghai from the old back streets to the wonderful parks, tea markets and art.
Hong Kong Excursions
HK is known for its lively food scene and broad culinary repertoire – from Cantonese and Sichuanese to Japanese and French, as well as its shopping (no sales tax), with options spanning Temple Street Night Market to the city’s countless bespoke shops.
Go to the top of Victoria Peak for it’s famous skyline and waterfront views, take a Victoria Habour cruise on the Star Ferry, shop in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, visit the giant Tian Tan Buddha atop 260 steps, or escape in the magical world of Hong Kong Disneyland.
While HK has a multitude of high-rise buildings and beautiful skyscrapers, it is also home to beautiful hidden islands and national parks not be missed.
Shanghai is a modern, vibrant city mixed with history and culture. With a population of more than 23 million people (that’s the population of Australia and 4 times the population of New Zealand!), it is now one of the world’s largest economic and international trading hubs and students love the blend of modern and traditional China, from its food to its people and its positioning as a world business powerhouse.
The city, whose name literally means “on the sea”, is located on the east coast of China just to the south of the mouth of the Yangtze River. Shanghai, Hu for short, also known as Shen, is a multicultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, one of the most important seaports and China’s largest commercial and financial centre, Shanghai draws the attention of the whole world.
Shanghai is the largest city in China, and plays a vital economic, commercial and financial role in the country’s future. The main language spoken in Shanghai is Shanghainese and is its own unique language, but this is only one of the 248 Chinese dialects. The people of Shanghai love their sweets and you can find more sugar in Chinese dishes than any other part of China. Shanghai is an international city that melts various cultures, religions and languages from around the world. In the last two decades, Shanghai has been one of the fastest developing cities in the world – with a recorded double-digit growth almost every year – and is popularly seen as the birthplace of everything considered modern in China.
A former British Colony and once occupied by Japan, Hong Kong is a city known for its skyline and deep natural harbour. Literally translating to “Fragrant Harbour” or “Incense Harbour”, Hong Kong is the world’s most visited city and fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory.
Known as the World’s Most Vertical City or Asia’s World City, HK has a population of over 7 million. It boasts a competitive global work environment and is ranked one of the most developed economies in the world. The city has the greatest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacfic region. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is also the largest centre of IPOs in the world, making it an exciting destination for any intern looking for a challenging and hands-on internship experience.
Its economy is dominated by its service sector and is characterised by free trade and low taxation. It has been regarded as one of the world’s most laissez-faire economic policies and the territory has consistently been listed as the freest market economy in the world. However, it also suffers from the most severe income inequality amongst developed economies, and has the world’s most unaffordable housing.
About 97% of the population is Chinese and speak Cantonese and English. The most common religions are Buddhism and Christianity. Hong Kong people also enjoy one of the longest life expectancies and highest national IQ estimate in the world. It is also one of the safest cities in the world, so there truly isn’t a better place to build your knowledge and practice ‘intentional experimentation’ during your internship in Hong Kong.
The fantastic reputation of the city will benefit your experience and future international career, as not only will you be able to enrich yourself personally and professionally, but your future employers will also recognise the excellence of your profile through this Hong Kong internship experience.
As an intern, you will be housed in a studio apartment on your own. Note that students may be placed into shared apartment-style accommodation depending on placement location, duration and time of year.
All accommodation is inspected by on-site staff to ensure quality standards are met. By Western standards, the accommodation may be considered basic but by Chinese standards the accommodation provided is of a comparatively high standard. Apartments are usually small with narrow kitchens (if included) and very limited outdoor space.
Accommodation in Shanghai will be provided a maximum of 60-90 minutes away from your host company by a combination of walking and public transport. HK has excellent public transport and it is likely that your placement will be a maximum of 30-60 minutes away from your accommodation. These details will be confirmed in your interview process and before the placement is accepted.
All accommodation includes Wi-Fi (and wireless connections can also commonly be found in cafes and select restaurants), TV, furniture and basic essentials: a bed with linens and a pillow, private bedroom, ensuite bathroom. A reasonable means for doing laundry will be provided. Accommodation will either have self-catering facilities (i.e. small kitchenette including microwave, electric stove, cooking/eating utensils) or affordable eating options nearby – no meals are included in your CISaustralia program fee. Gas, water and utilities are provided, however if bills are in excess of approx. A$80 due to excessive consumption, participants will be required to bear the costs for the extra charges. Charges will be payable to the on-site team in the local currency.
Towels are not included, therefore it is highly recommended that you bring your own towel(s) or arrange to purchase on arrival. Reasonably priced personal items and living utensils are readily available for purchase in China and HK.
If you have any special accommodation requests, you MUST present these in your initial application to CISaustralia. We cannot guarantee any special requests will be met.
Participants are liable to the accommodation provider directly for any damage caused to the property and/or household items caused by your negligence and/or actions during your internship. Participants will be required to pay for any damage to property and/or household items.
An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.
CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.
Program Fee & Dates
|Shanghai: Customised Internship - Year Round|
|Application deadline is 120 days prior to commencement. Arrive on the Thursday before your internship begins the following Monday. Program orientation is held Friday. Shanghai internships conclude on a Friday.|
|Program Fee||A$ 5,899 - 9,799|
|Hong Kong: Customised Internship - Year Round|
|Application deadline is 120 days prior to commencement. Arrive on the Thursday before your internship begins the following Monday. Program orientation is held Friday. Hong Kong internships conclude on a Saturday.|
|Program Fee||A$ 8,999 - 11,599|
Program fees include the following:
- Internship placement and supervision
- CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
- Financial advice
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Immigration visa assistance (assistance with M or F visa obtention – visa cost not included)
- Accident and medical insurance (unless provided by your home university)
- Public Liability Insurance
- Pre-departure guide and session
- Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
- Accommodation – studio apartment-style accommodation on your own*
- Welcome and Farewell meals
- SIM card / Transportation Pass
- Orientation program (held on the first Friday)
- Welcome pack
- Work induction
- Networking/business events and/or cultural activities (one per month)
- Resume & personal branding review
- Professional interview preparation
- Student community access
- Learning outcomes review
- Career empowerment program
- Dedicated Intern Manager in Shanghai / Hong Kong
- If selected, the Mandarin language option includes: 2 sessions per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8pm for approximately 1.5 hours each session. Sessions can change depending on the class schedule. We try to keep students in the same class as much as possible, however students may be streamed into different classes based on their Mandarin proficiency.
- CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
- Reference letter from host company if required
- CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
*Students may be placed into shared apartment-style accommodation depending on placement location, duration and time of year.
What is not included:
- Visa application costs
- Optional excursions or free-time activities
- Departure airport transfer
- Personal travel expenses
Please note that you also need to budget for flights, visa, meals and personal travel expenses. We can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.
Please note that no internship placement is ever guaranteed, even after acceptance into the program. CISaustralia is in constant communication with each candidate providing ongoing updates on final placement confirmation and associated organisational opportunities.
Please do not book flights until you have received the dates in your acceptance paperwork and your are confirmed on the program.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.
1. Is a passport or visa required? How and when do I apply for my passport and visa?
It is a requirement of entry to any international destination to have a valid passport. It is important to remember that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months PAST your return date. To apply for a passport visit Australia Post to collect an application or learn more at: www.passports.gov.au
Passport application forms can be filled in and printed online, but not lodged. You will need to sign the completed application form in black ink and lodge it at the time of your personal interview, together with all of the supporting documentation listed on the application form. In Australia most forms are lodged at Australia Post outlets.
Visas are specific to the destination, please check with trained counselling staff at CISaustralia for further information.
2. Where will I be staying during my internship?
Accommodation is provided as part of your internship. This is often shared accommodation or a single room in a shared apartment. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab of the internship you are interested in to learn more.
3. Will there be other students with me in the program, and if so, how many?
CISaustralia programs are a great way to not only meet local and international students but also others from Australia on a similar intern journey as you. We often have U.S. students on intern placements through our partners in the United States. Depending on the year, intern program sizes will vary. Often flexibility is the key! If you need more information on specific program sizes, please contact us.
4. Will I be paid during my internship?
You won’t get paid but the experience is priceless. Your resume will look outstanding and you will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Professional internships are invaluable experiences, and educational and resume-building programs that will greatly enhance your employment prospects when you return home. Some universities will also offer academic credit for your internship. Check with your home university in Australia.
5. How do you match me with businesses and organisations?
Matching you to the best available internship is crucial to the success of the program. We take a detailed look at your interests, goals and skills and match you accordingly with businesses and organisations that fit your needs. This is why the application process is so crucial. Here you will nominate your top two areas of interest and we will also conduct an interview with you through our Program Coordinator or on-site team to help us achieve the best placement. Once you have paid the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) internship deposit, our team will move ahead with placing you with the best match in one of your two chosen fields of interest.
6. I am thinking of an internship in my major – is this possible?
It is possible and wherever possible, we go even further to individualise your placement to truly match your major. For sample placements take a look at the ‘Placements’ tab.
7. Is the internship matching deposit necessary?
It is necessary for one very important reason. It shows your commitment to the program, not just to us but also potential businesses and organisations that we are approaching on your behalf. When you’ve paid the deposit we can confidently approach these businesses on your behalf to find the best possible match. It is not an extra fee – the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) deposit is part of your overall program payment.