China is a huge country with the world's largest population. It is a land rich in culture, traditions, and technological advances dating back more than 40 centuries. An early producer of paper, gunpowder and silk, China has brought its modern economy forward in leaps and bounds and has now the world's fastest-growing economy.
The internships in China are targeted towards students or graduates interested in gaining knowledge and hands on experience in areas related to architecture, graphic design and hospitality. Placements can be customized by individual preference or academic requirement.
- 8 weeks minimum length of stay
- 5 days orientation including Mandarin lessons
- Ongoing support by intern coordinator.
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Interns are placed in a design company based in the heart of Shanghai. The company is very successful worldwide, and already take many interns from all over the world.
Architecture and interior design
Interns are placed in a very successful and well stablished company based in Shanghai.
Marketing, Sales and and PR
Interns can be placed in well established chinese and international companies
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Interns can work in a 4/5 stars Hostel in Shanghai, the minimum length is 2 months.
Other internships available: Logistics etc.
General Programme Structure
- Week 1: Arrival and orientation
- Week 2: Work introduction and commencement
- Week 3 onwards: Continuation of work, with regular supervision
- Last week: Report writing, summarising and getting the work experience certificate.
Example: Graphic design and Architecture programme
Interns are expected to work Monday to Friday, 8 hours per day. Interns will be expected to work hard as an active member of the team. They will be supervised throughout their programme, and will work as part of a small team rather than independently. The company has a workforce of around 70-80 people, most of whom speak some English, however, the company believes it would be helpful for volunteers to learn some basic Mandarin to make their stay more of a success. The kind of work interns can expect will vary according to their abilities. The Human Resource Manager supervises the company's interns, and his spoken English is very good.
The company can take interns for any length of time between 2-12 months, all year round.
The company prefers to take on interns with at least some experience with computer design, using programmes like CAD and similar applications. The company will take interns on Gap years, or those with a Bachelor degree. Interns should be at least 19 years of age.
Cost & Details
What is included in the cost
- Pre-departure information and support
- Airport pickup.
- 5-day orientation (Includes 6 hours Mandarin lessons, introduction to Chinese culture, sightseeing, hotel. Meals not included).
- Regular assessment meetings
- 24-hour support
- Debrief workshop on return to Ireland
- Invitation to join the EIL Development Education Network
Some companies pay their interns on a sliding scale according to their qualifications, though this is the exception and not the norm. Those with a degree can receive up to 3000 RMB (about 340 Euros) per month for living expenses. For those without a degree, the company may negotiate a level appropriate to the skills they can offer to the company.
Hospitality programme - Please contact us for more info.
What is not included in the cost
- Daily transportation to and from the work placement
- Cost of flights
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses
Longer programmes are available upon request.
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