Practical Information

Shanghai Practical InformationVisa & Registration

Foreigners traveling to China are required to have a visa to be granted entry into the country. A program consultant will guide you during the visa application process. Visa assistance is included in the program.

 

Medical

As international cosmopolitan cities, Shanghai and Beijing have many options for foreigners to receive medical treatment. There are a number of both private and public hospitals that employ English-speaking doctors throughout China. We will provide information on medical facilities upon arrival.

Travel

Participants are encouraged to explore as much of China as they can while they’re here. There are many easily accessible destinations worth checking out that are just a train or bus-ride away. Plan weekend trips to places such as the Yellow Mountain, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou or Moganshan. Or use one of the longer holidays to go to places like Guilin, Qing Tao, Yunnan, Chongqing, or Sichuan.

Keeping in Touch

Keeping in touch with family and friends is important while living abroad. We provides our interns with a Chinese cell phone and sim-card . This way, parents and friends can have a way to reach their loved ones when they arrive. We also recommend that our students set up a Skype account (visit www.skype.com). Skype users can also purchase Skype credit which allow you to call home for a low price from your computer.

Financial

Upon arriving in China, participants will quickly realize that China is a cash-based society. We advise everyone to change money at the airport to insure a fair exchange rate from your country’s currency. International credit cards may be used at foreign grocery stores, department stores, restaurants and international hotels – however if you intend on using a card, it is best to call ahead to make sure it will be accepted. Participants interested in opening a bank account in China may do so if they please.

We recommend banks like Bank of China, China Construction Bank and China Merchants Bank (currently the only banks that offer online banking in English). Bring your passport, and address with you to open an account. ATM machines in China are quite common, as in most major cities. However, if you plan to travel to more remote locations, it’s recommended to cautiously bring however much cash you will need with you. For interns that already have an existing Bank of America account, we advise using China Construction Bank ATMs, as they are owned by BofA, and do not charge withdrawal fees.

Shopping

Shopping can be especially fun in China - for many it’s much cheaper than in their home countries. Have a favorite dress or suit? Bring your best fitting clothes and have them made at one of China’s many fabric markets. Or head to Nanjing Road’s clothing market to bargain for copies of designer bags and watches. Many Participants find it helpful to ask their Chinese teachers to instruct them on good phrases to use while bargaining to get the price down and chat with shopkeepers!

Who can Apply?

Our Interns

Internship Network Asia offers internship packages to a wide range of participants, including gap-year students and university students looking for a summer internship or semester abroad, as well as recent university graduates looking to gain international experience in China. Our programs are the perfect fit for anyone looking for a rewarding, professional internship to serve as a gateway towards your ideal career.

We also encourage young professionals and career-breakers in need of further specification in the Asian market, or a change in pace from their corporate life. Internship Network Asia customizes our program to fit any agenda or participant.

We are confident that anyone with a motivated and adventurous attitude will benefit enormously from our internship programs in China.

Apply Today & start your adventure in China in as little as 8 weeks!

Eligibility Requirements      

In order to apply, we ask that our interns be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Good level of English (most of our host companies work in English – some qualified applicants may be placed in Chinese-speaking positions if they are capable and so desire).
  • Motivated, Independent and Enthusiastic in attitude and work-ethic.
  • Excited to immerse themselves in a new culture.