Why Intern in Beijing?
- Experience both old and new China
- Wide range of internships
- China’s art capital
- Student friendly living costs
- Outstanding nightlife
- Great LTL intern community
With 22 million inhabitants, a booming economy and a glittering Central Business District skyline, Beijing is not only China’s political capital but also a commercial and economic powerhouse. With 56 universities and more than a million university students, it is also a very young city and the center of China’s art, music and literature scene. At the same time many of the world’s largest corporations like Microsoft, Siemens, L’Oreal or Royal Dutch Shell have their national headquarters in Beijing.
Working in Beijing
Today, Beijing is an international economic center, which means that pretty much every industry is represented here from baby food to automotive, many of which offer internships. The city is especially strong in healthcare, automotive, engineering, trade, architecture, renewable energies and tourism. We’ve found a lot of internships are offered in sales, marketing, architecture, business, HR and creative media. Beijing has a mix of both small and large international corporations that produce or sell in China and local Chinese companies, many of which already do or want to export to world markets and need talent with a cultural understanding of those markets.
What is required?
Internships are available from one to six months, with a required minimum age of 18. While some Chinese skills are an advantage, only English is required for your internship as our partner companies either have English as their company language or offer a work environment where you can communicate in English.
However, China’s business environment can be very different to most other countries and it is important that you have an open mind for a different culture and way of doing business. Your company will expect you to be able to work with both Chinese and international team members and/or clients, as well as accept and adapt to their respective working cultures. You will need to have an interest in different working environments to that of your home country.
Which internship is right for me?
Which internship in Beijing fits you best, depends mostly on you. How long do you want to come for, which industries are you interested in, is a living allowance important, what is the aim of your trip, are you willing to learn basic Chinese before you start etc. will determine which internship is most suitable for you.
How does it work?
Your China based LTL internship advisor will guide you through the whole process. The first step is to clarify together what exactly you are looking for, to check dates, accommodation options, optional language courses, review your CV and motivational letter and decide on industry preferences. You will then have a Skype interview with your advisor to help you to choose which program and internship you are interested in. Once you’ve decided on and booked a program, your advisor will arrange Skype interviews for you with suitable companies, until you’ve found an internship that you are happy with. You will then be guided through the contract signing, the visa application process and administrative process of moving to China. Once you are in China, your advisor will be your main point of contact for any help you might need, from advice regarding work culture to finding the best live music venues in the city. You will be part of the LTL intern and student community, a group of young international globetrotters with a very active social life and support network, where many people become friends for life.
Want to read more about our internship in China sign up process, see available internships and watch an intern video? Then visit our Internship in China Homepage.
If you’d like more specific information about our internships in Beijing and would like to speak to an advisor about prices and options, please Contact us
Options and Prices
Option 1: Internship with Accommodation
This consists of…
- An Internship in an English or Chinese language environment in Beijing.
Experience the best of China in Beijing and gain invaluable work experience. The companies in the LTL network offering internships range from international corporations to local family run businesses. The team at LTL will find the internship that best suits your aspirations and skill set. We will speak to you at length about your requirements, organize the interview process with the host company and once an internship has been agreed upon, assist you in your visa application. Internships can last from one month to six months.
- Accommodation in a small room in a Shared Apartment.
Our shared apartments are located near the China Media and & Communications University, close to Sìhuì metro station on Line 1. Travel into the center of Beijing area takes around 30 minutes by subway. Rooms are for single occupancy and have a shared bathroom. Many local, cheap restaurants surround the apartments so there are many food options. Facilities also include use of a fridge and microwave. The cost of bills is included although a small charge may be added in summer for air conditioning. There is also wifi available free of charge.
Upgrades (available at an extra cost)
– Shared Apartment Large Room: Located in the same complex as our ‘shared apartment – small room’, this upgrade will give you more space, a large bay window and a private bathroom. A great option for those not on a budget who like to spend time in their personal space. WiFi and bills included.
– Homestay Family: LTL will place you in a Chinese family home (suited to your needs and internship location) where you will be able to discover daily Chinese life and experience some amazing home cooked local food. Perfect for those wanting to practice their language skills and learn about the culture. Breakfast, dinner, WiFi and bills included.
|All Prices in Chinese Yuan (CNY)||Description||1||2||3||4||5||6||Extra|
|Intern & Small Room||Small room, shared bathroom, full services, internship and airport pickup.||13,660||17,020||20,380||23,740||27,100||30,460||3,360|
Want a larger room with a private bathroom? Like to experience living and eating with a Chinese family ?
|Prices in CNY||Accommodation Upgrade||Price per month|
|Large Room / Shared Apt||Large room with bay window, private bathroom.||+ 2,000|
|Homestay Family||Live with a Chinese family. Includes breakfast and dinner.||+ 4,000|
Want to learn Chinese while working? Upgrade your internship with a Chinese language course.
|Prices in CNY||Chinese Class Upgrade||Price per month|
|Chinese Course||6h of group or 2h of 1-on-1 class at your office/week.||+ 1,440|
*Please note: 1 month = 4 weeks and all of our prices are in CNY
Option 2: Internship Semester
This consists of…
- One month (4 weeks) of Intensive Chinese Language Study at our school.
You begin your experience in China with a short language course. Different levels are offered, both for complete beginners and students who’ve already studied Chinese previously. All classes are in small groups, with a maximum of six students per class, twenty hours per week (Monday to Friday). At the school you will not only meet other interns but also Chinese language students from all over the world. The Mandarin you will learn will not only assist you once you begin your internship but help immensely in your day to day life in Beijing.
- Continuation Chinese classes during your Internship.
Interns continue to study Chinese during the whole duration of their internship, either six hours per week in a small group class at the school or two hours of one-on-one classes, taught at your home/office.
- An Internship in an English or Chinese language environment in Beijing.
This begins the week after your Chinese language course ends. Organised before your arrival in Beijing, your internship will have been chosen based on your specific requirements and agreed upon by you before the interview process with your host company. Internships as part of the Intern Semester Program can last either four, five or six months.
- 4 weeks of Accommodation in a Homestay or Shared Apartment
This is provided for all interns in the semester program during the first four week language course. To truly experience Chinese culture, there is no better way than living with a Chinese Homestay. Choose between a family that only speaks Chinese or one with some English language skills. Host families are no more than 40 minutes travel time away from the school, with modern facilities and breakfast and dinner included. Our Shared Apartments are next to the Media & Communications University, just four subway stops away from the school and are shared with local university students or other international interns and language students. You can choose between a large room with an en-suite bathroom or a small room with a shared bathroom. Both Homestay and Shared Apartment accommodation have internet with bills included.
Assistance will be provided to help you find further accommodation close to your internship location once your 4 weeks of Homestay or Shared Apartment stay is finished. You also have the option of extending your accommodation period with us at LTL and would need to talk to a member of staff regarding this in advance.
|Prices in CNY||Description||4||5||6||7||Extra|
|Intern Semester Small Room||1st month small room, shared bathroom, and full time Chinese course, followed by internship & part-time Chinese classes.||20,904||22,344||24,504||25,944||360|
|Intern Semester Large Room||1st month large room en-suite bathroom, and full time Chinese course, followed by internship & part-time Chinese classes.||23,004||24,444||26,604||28,044||360|
|Intern Semester Homestay||1st month single room homestay, incl. breakfast & dinner, and full time Chinese course, followed by internship & part-time Chinese classes.||26,576||28,016||30,176||31,616||360|
*Please note: 1 month = 4 weeks and all of our prices are in CNY.
Can’t see what you’re looking for? It may be possible for programs to be organized for different lengths of time, with optional Chinese language courses or without accommodation. Please contact us if you have further questions, requirements or would like a full quote.
LTL offers 2 Internship upgrade options for Chinese Classes
1. Intensive Chinese before your Internship begins.
(4 week course included in the Internship Semester Program)
Study Chinese at LTL Mandarin School before your internship begins to ensure you have the basic language skills you will need for tasks such as navigating public transport, ordering lunch and asking for directions. Although LTL can place you within a company where you will be able to work and communicate mostly in English, once outside of work, you’ll find that your encounters with English speakers are few and having a basic understanding of Mandarin will enhance your experience of living in Beijing greatly!
Classes take place at our school in the CBD, a great central location in the city and all of our teachers are university qualified. We offer a range of course types to suit your level and budget. Our small group classes are the most economical financially and also a great way to make friends. Classes are in a maximum of 6 students and last for 4 hours everyday from Monday to Friday (20hrs total a week). 1-on-1 classes can be added to this (10 hrs a week) and would allow for faster progression without losing out on the social interactions of group class. For those of you who want to learn as much as possible in a short time and have specific vocabulary needs, we would recommend taking a 1-on-1 course of either 20 or 30 hours per week.
Benefits of taking an Intensive Course
– Equip you with survival Chinese, great for outside of work, right from your arrival in Beijing.
– Get to meet other students and interns at the school, an immediate group of friends in the city.
– Give yourself a chance to adapt to your new surroundings before you begin work. Living in China is a very unique cultural experience!
|Prices in CNY||Upgrade||1 Month*|
|Small Group Chinese||1 month of small group classes, 20hrs p/wk||7,673|
|Small Group + Individual||1 month of small group classes, 20hrs p/wk + 1-on-1 classes, 10 hrs p/wk||15,346|
|Standard Individual||1 month of 1-on-1 classes, 20 hrs p/wk||15,346|
|Intensive Individual||1 month of 1-on-1 classes, 30 hrs p/wk||23,019|
*Please note: 1 month = 4 weeks & all of our prices are in CNY.
2. Part-time Chinese Classes during your Internship.
(6 hours a week included in the Semester Program)
For those of you looking to dive right into your internship upon arrival, you still have the option of studying Chinese whilst you are working. LTL offers a 6 hours a week part-time Chinese program. These classes are also taken in a small group with a maximum of 6 students (although the average is only 4) at our school in the CBD. The classes take place on 3 different days, 2 hours per day*, always outside of your working hours.
*In the event that we don’t have a group class available at your level, for the same price LTL can offer you 2 hours on 1-on-1 class with a teacher either at the school or another location convenient to you.
Benefits of studying while you intern
– You can put into practice at work what you have learnt in your class the night before
– Meeting new international friends in class
– Gaining an additional skill during your time in Beijing
|Prices in CNY||Upgrade||1||2||3||4||5||6||Extra|
|PT Chinese Course||6hrs/wk of group or 2hrs/wk of 1-on-1 class at your office/home.||1,440||2,560||3,360||4,320||5,200||6,000||960|
*Please note: 1 month = 4 weeks & all of our prices are in CNY.
For a full quotation on an internship with added Chinese classes, please Contact us.
Finding the right internship, a network of contacts, friends and partners is invaluable. We have been in China for decades and when you join the LTL internship program, you immediately gain access to the extensive network of our partner companies in Beijing, many of which hire interns exclusively through LTL. From multinational corporations in the Central Business District to fast and furious start ups in Beijing’s Tech City, we will organize interviews with companies that suit you. However, joining the LTL intern program is a lot more than that. Not only will your internship advisor teach you how to write your CV and cover letter to apply for an internship in China, how to prepare for the interview and and help you to pick the right company for you, but they will also be your local guide from choosing the right accommodation to visa support and will answer any other questions you might have about living in China.
Helping you to prepare for your internship before you arrive in China is very important, however the real work starts once you are here. Whether it is about finding the best Beijing duck restaurant for a fun night out or getting you to a hospital in case of an emergency, LTL is there for you during your stay in China. We are here to support, help and guide you during your whole stay. Many interns refer to the LTL team and community as their “LTL family” and that it is what it feels to us. While you learn, work and explore China, we are never more than a phone call away.
To have accommodation already included in your internship program makes planning and organizing your Chinese internship a lot easier and allows you to focus on what matters while leaving the details to us. You can choose between the LTL Shared Apartments where you will live together with other students (mainly local Chinese) and interns, or you can dive straight into the heart of Chinese culture by living with a homestay family. The LTL Shared Apartments are not only very flexible and affordable, they are also located right next to the China Media and Communication University, only four subway stops from the Central Business District of Beijing, with plenty of restaurants, shops etc. close by.
LTL Social Life
In the LTL social community you will very quickly meet other like-minded people from all over the world. Our LTL WeChat (China’s answer to WhatsApp) group is very active. From tips about weekend activities, dinners or where to go shopping, for most LTL interns and students this community is their social home base and where many new friendships are formed. There is a lot going on in Beijing; endless cultural opportunities to Beijing’s nightlife, we will show you how this city works.
Chinese Language Courses
Combining an internship with learning Chinese is not only a smart career move but will also make your life in China a lot easier and interesting. The LTL Chinese language school is located right in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District, close to most international companies and the Shared Apartments. You can choose between an intensive preparation course before you start your internship or part-time evening classes taken after work. Both group and 1-on-1 Chinese classes are available, with regular starting dates, certified teachers and flexible durations.
Which internship fits you best will depend on your background, preferences and skills. This might very well be a smaller or local company, but over the years LTL worked with hundreds of companies in Beijing, here just a small selection of some of our partners you might have heard of…
Interning in the legal department of a foreign consulting/tax company has been a great experience both professionally and academically. Not only have I learned a great deal about Chinese law and the Chinese legal system, but I have also been able to put into practice the knowledge and skills that I have learned in law school. With the increasingly internationalized world that we live in, laws from different countries come together through international trade and business development. It can easily be seen when trying to advise non-Chinese clients on Chinese law, how it may differ from their own legal system.
The biggest day-to-day challenge was getting used to using Chinese everyday in not only a business environment but also in a legal one. For the first week that I was in Beijing, I took an intensive 3 hours a day Chinese course with LTL, focusing specifically on legal terms in Chinese. This course proved to be an enormous benefit before doing the actual internship where I was able to put the newly learned words into practical use. Through this internship I was also able to greatly improve my Chinese speaking and listening skills by interacting with my coworkers. I met great people at both LTL and the company that I interned at and three months does not feel long enough. I won’t miss the crowds of Beijing (or the smog), but I will miss the awesome people that I have met and the wonderfully cheap food.
Brandon did a 3 month Legal Internship in Beijing with Intensive Chinese.
Beijing is probably one of the funnest cities in the world, that you could choose to do an internship in. Thousands of years of history waiting to be discovered, next to a new and bustling Central Business District, with an incredible nightlife, art and music scene, the capital of the world’s largest country is a place that never gets boring.
Join the LTL community to explore and experience this amazing city and country together with other interns and students from all over the world. On your first Monday we will take you for breakfast with the other newly arrived interns and students, where you will quickly meet other people and make friends. This will be followed by a series of dinners, lunches and activities and after a week you will have met a new group of people who just like you, are in Beijing for the first time and are looking to discover the city, culture and sights. You can join them to go for after work dinners, weekend trips or discover Beijing’s best bars and restaurants together with the LTL team.
LTL trips in Beijing
From taking the train for a few days of fun in Shanghai to a weekend trip to Xian,
interns and students at LTL tend to be a well traveled bunch and enjoy seeing different parts of the country. We organize regular weekend trips in and outside of Beijing, visiting markets, walking through Beijing Old Town or the famous LTL Great Wall weekend.
All LTL events are free of charge and you just have to pay for your own food/drinks/entrance tickets.
LTL events in Beijing
The LTL community in Beijing is a very lively group and we organize a lot of dinners, nights out and other activities to get everyone together and show you our favorite places. Join us for Beijing Duck, roasted Mongolian lamb legs or Sichuan Hotpot after work during the week or come for Friday night drinks in smugglers bar, the unofficial LTL Friday night headquarters in Beijing’s entertainment district. All LTL events are free and we share the cost of the food for dinners (including drinks this is usually about 7 – 12 USD per person) and you can buy your own drinks on a night out (in Smugglers a beer or Gin & Tonic costs 1.5 USD).
In addition to “official” school organized events, there are always a lot of independently arranged activities. Once you are in China you will be using the country’s most popular app, WeChat and be invited to join the LTL WeChat group. In this group, interns and students organize their evenings together, share tips about life in China and plan weekend activities or ask one of our internship advisors for help or advice.