Funded CRCC Asia China Internship

CRCC Asia Ltd
China: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen
Unpaid Opportunity
13 Nov 2018
13 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Unpaid, Work Placement, 0-3 months
Full Time

Boost your employability and develop career critical skills by participating in the funded CRCC Asia Internship via the British Council Generation UK programme. Intern in 1 of 14 professional sectors including Law, Business, Marketing + more.

Invest in your future and intern in China with CRCC Asia.

What's the internship programme about?

Give yourself the edge when applying for jobs and boost your employability through a two-month funded CRCC Asia Generation UK – China internship.

You can choose to intern in one of 14 industry sectors and one of 3 booming cities (either Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen). You can also choose a start date that suits you.

Where can you go?

Your placement with CRCC Asia will be in one of 3 top tier cities in China, that’s Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen.

What is Generation UK – China?

The Generation UK campaign was launched by the British Council in 2013. By 2020, it aims to help 80,000 students from the UK boost their employability and long-term job prospects, and develop a global mind-set through study and work experience opportunities in China.

The Generation UK campaign is supported by all four government administrations in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

About You

  • Are you eligible for funding?
  • Applicants must:
  • be aged 18 years and above
  • be currently enrolled full-time at a UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year
  • be a UK or EU passport holder
  • have achieved or be on track to achieve a 2:1
  • meet the student finance eligibility criteria – see here for more information.
  • not be in receipt of any other Generation UK – China funding.
  • Do I need to speak Mandarin?
  • You don’t need to have any prior Chinese language skills to take part in this programme, but we would advise doing your best to learn a few of the basics before you go. During your internship, all your assignments will be in English and you’ll also be given an English-speaking supervisor to support and manage you on your placement.


  • Work experience in China will give you an inside view into Chinese culture and business practice, making you aware of cultural differences and similarities between China and the UK.
  • Developing a connection with China could be the smartest choice you can make right now and help you stand out from the crowd in future job applications.

How much funding will I receive?

Generation UK funding will cover CRCC Asia placement fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance, as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement.

As part of the programme, you will also receive Chinese language classes and take part in business/cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China.

You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which largely depend on where you’re living and your own lifestyle. Previous interns have been able to get by perfectly happily on the equivalent of about £50 a week, but it’s entirely up to you.

You’ll also need to pay for your flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel.

How do you apply?

Applications for the Generation UK internship programme via CRCC Asia are now open. The deadline to send in your complete application is on 2 December 2018 at 23:59 (UK time).

Applicants will be subject to our competitive assessment process, and funding will be awarded to those students who display an excellent academic record and strong interest in China. There will be three stages of assessment:

  • written application
  • phone interview with CRCC Asia
  • final British Council assessment

For the interviews, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • academic achievement
  • interest in chosen industry
  • motivations for gaining work experience in China

Make sure you have the following documentation ready, which you will need to submit during the application process:

  • scanned copy of passport
  • proof of maintenance grant receipt / other student finance documents as required
  • most recent grade transcript
  • academic reference (needs to be on university letterhead paper and signed by the author)
  • curriculum vitae

Please note this opportunity is unpaid, and it is for students who undertake compulsory placements as part of their course. Solent University does not endorse unpaid opportunities outside of the curriculum. However, should you decide to take on this position you need to consider your financial situation and consider how you would support yourself for the duration of the experience. With overseas placements or internships it is worth noting that some companies may charge additional fees and should be thoroughly researched before committing. If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact

Solent University has a limited funding scheme to support students on unpaid work experience or placement opportunities:

Tip: Solent Futures, Solent University’s employability and enterprise service advises that you ensure your CV is the best it can be before you submit it. Look at our online guide or email for feedback. You might want to visit us in RM 001 11am – 4pm to get your CV checked and, if you are invited for interview, to arrange for a mock interview.