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Intern in China

Have you always wanted to experience Chinese culture and explore China’s vast, beautiful landscapes? Do you want to intern in China to gain practical experience and make a difference in the world?

When you join an internship in China, you will discover a wonderful country with unique history due to cultural and geographic separations. Your time spent in China will have a great impact on your world views and help you better understand cultural influence on global trends and local economies. During this program, you will also become independent, motivated, and flexible as you’re nudged outside of your normal comfort zone.

In China, IFRE offers affordable and safe internship programs that will cater to any person’s interests such a teaching English paid or unpaid. Even if you can’t find an international student program in China that looks like the right fit for you, contact us and we will work with you to find the right fit.

The time is now! IFRE invites you to explore our unique internship opportunities. To learn more about our internship programs, please keep reading or contact us.

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Popular Internship opportunities in China

IFRE offers a variety of internships, but our English teaching program is by far the most popular. Please keep reading for more details on all IFRE international internship opportunities or contact us for more information.

IFRE’s English teaching internship focuses on developing conversational English skills with Chinese students. IFRE presently works with Chinese public schools; most of them are located in rural parts and serve the farmers' children and lower class people living outside the cities. Note: non-native English speakers can also join this project, whereas they cannot join our paid English Teaching internships in China.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

You need to be fluent in English to teach English in China in IFRE's intern projects, but no further qualifications are required. You should have enough fluency in English to effectively guide basic conversations with Chinese students. Non-native speakers can also join this project if they fluently speak, read and write English. Note: no salary/benefits are offered to intern English teachers in this China project.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

In China, there is growing demand for an English education. With the economic growth, the importance of English education also grows. Many schools in China have established an “English corner”, a specially designed spot for teaching/learning English. These schools are very eager to welcome native English teachers internship placements.

Unfortunately, only private, expensive schools in city areas attract native English teachers. Most of the resource-poor schools remain hopeful for quality English teachers for their classes, with native English speakers in the China program.

As an intern English teacher in China, you will teach English at these rural, resource-poor schools. Your accommodations and food are included in your internship project, but these schools are not able to offer salaries to teach English, like private schools. If you are interested in earning a salary to teach English, please refer to our “Teaching English in China (Paid)” section.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching volunteer program in China.

If you are interested to work to conserve rare and endangered pandas, than you should check out this internship program in China.

China encourages international exchange via panda culture and welcomes interns from around the globe to join hands for the protection of giant pandas. Participating in this program provides you with scientific knowledge of the giant pandas.

CCRCGP, established in 2013 as a department under State Forestry Bureau, is the authority for researching and protecting giant pandas in China. Providing a platform for giant panda culture and education, it assists in broadening communication between China and other countries. It is the only one globally recognized giant panda conservation organization.

During this panda conservation internship trip in China, you will hike into the environmental panda nature reserve, and comprehend the close connection between environmental conservation and human beings.

Roles and Responsibilities

Interns will conduct a wide range of daily activities. Your work can include but is not limited to:

  • Learning about rescue and scientific research of giant pandas
  • Honorary Panda Keeper following the guidance and lead.
  • Feeding panda
  • Panda dietitian
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Panda feces analysis
  • Making intelligence toys for giant pandas

Skills and Qualifications needed for China Panda conservation internship program

Major required skills and qualifications are as follows:

  • Work Schedule: 6-8 hours per day
  • Language: Basic English or Chinese
  • Health Condition: Physical examination record within 3 months before your arrival
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  • Time of Arrival: Volunteers arrive in Chengdu Shuangliu Airport between
  • 08:00-24:00 China time, on the first or third Monday of every month.
  • Arrival Airport: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (Code: CTU)
  • Age Limits: 12-60 (Participants who are under 18 must be accompanied by guardians)

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Fees & Dates to Intern in China

Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer and intern abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality internship programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to intern internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee is paid in the host country directly to your service project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The China internship opportunity fee for internship and volunteering is basically same in China. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

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Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs in China focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

Accommodation & Food

When you use do an unpaid or paid intern in China, you will live in intern/volunteer house Qingdao, China. Our intern/volunteer house is located in a beautiful area of Qingdao. This area’s community is very safe, clean and accessible to local transport.

Residing within this community are many business families, high ranked government officials and people with a high social status. It is near to the supermarket and the shopping mall and you can easily walk to the local bus station if you choose to go into town.

Dependent on the season and flow of interns, you may be placed with a local host family or with the family of our in-country coordinator. Our host family homes provide similar amenities as our home base, but you will also have your own room. Staying with a host family offers a valuable chance to learn more about Chinese people and their culture. When selecting home base or host families, we were primarily focused on the safety and comfort of our interns.

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Field Support and Supervision

Once your internship placement in China begins, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Interns staying at the Xi’an see our coordinator and staff daily. We recommend that you ask questions and make comments regarding your experience.

Many minor issues can be avoided with a just little extra communication before they develop into major issues. Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff. If your project is located a great distance from our offices, then our local staff will communicate via email and/or phone.

We are available for you at the local office via email and phone before and during your trip. It is our job to make sure that you are safe, healthy and happy while you intern in China.

Academic Credit

You can earn academic credit for most projects in China. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to an intern to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE . Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.

Free Time

You will have free time for the duration of your term or summer China internship program on weekends and during evenings. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in China .

It is the time for self-discovery and learning. It is time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. It is definitely time for cultural exploration and sightseeing when in China! Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.

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FAQs: Intern in China

Arrival and Departure

Upon acceptance into China’s international internship program, you should make travel plans to arrive in Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. Once you have booked your flight , please make sure to send us your correct flight information.

On the day of your departure from your home country, please make sure to consult our country coordinator before leaving. We will arrange for an IFRE representative to pick you up at the airport, so it is important that you communicate with us as soon as possible if there are any flight delays or if you miss your flight all together.

When you depart, you will need to make your own departure arrangements. We do not offer drop-off service.


Whether you’re interning in China for the summer or longer, you will need to secure a tourist visa. In an emergency case, visa on arrival may be available depending on your nationality. You should be aware that once you have received your visa, you cannot exceed the length of your original permitted stay.

To learn more about visa requirements for your visit to China, please follow these links:

Travel China Guide- Visa

Embassy of China


When traveling to China, the CDC China recommends vaccinations against: Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Meningococcal Meningitis, Yellow Fever, Malaria

How can I apply?

IFRE China program applications are straightforward: go online, fill out the program application, and submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE Volunteers is a global humanitarian non-profit organization who has partnered with over 22,000 people and hundreds of local organizations since 2006 to facilitate outstandingly significant and incredibly safe volunteer and intern abroad experiences.

We offer the most affordable Chinese international internship opportunity when compared with other organizations. We use the tax-deductible registration fee to support your experience and enhance local projects while the program fee gets paid directly to your service project.

In particular, when you intern in China you will to create long lasting connections with your home-away-from-home host family, project coordinators, and fellow interns. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable during your time abroad, our unparalleled support staff will do everything they can to improve your situation and ensure that you have a good experience.

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Check out A Complete Volunteer Abroad Guide : Everything You Need To Know to learn more about what is volunteering abroad. If you want to know how to volunteer abroad for free, go through our Volunteer Abroad for Free article. If you are a college student and searching for meaningful summer volunteering programs, check out our popular articles Community Service Trips For College Students and Summer Volunteer Programs For College Students .

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