Internship FAQs


Internship Programs FAQ

Before applying for our programs, we realize many applicants have questions which may need to be answered, in order to clear their minds before beginning the application process.  We have arranged the questions into categories to add to the ease of this process.  In case you do not find the information you are needing answered, please visit our contact us page with your questions and we will respond briefly.

About Our China Internship Program

What Does C.I.P Offer That Is Different Than Other Programs?

    - Our programs represent the face of modern internship programs, designed from very innovative research and development.
    - We provide performance appraisals on all interns every single month and corrective actions are implemented to make sure the participant develops over time.
    - Our interns handle real projects with clearly established deadlines.
    - Past CIP interns have carved a solid reputation and earned respect from the HR Managers with our Partnering Companies.  This is largely why these companies are now willing to offer stipends to current and applying interns.  This is not the case through many other programs out there.
    We position our participants to take advantage of global opportunities and not only the job market.  We do this through .....

- Professional coaching and mentoring: where participants really get to know what it takes to lead an organization through shadowing and receiving personal and specific feedback and ideas from Business Executives.

- Entrepreneurial Training: to acquire International Entrepreneurship Experiences, know-how needed to start up a business in China, and how to lead an internationalization agenda for an organization into the Chinese market.

- Grooming participants to get them prepared to fit as International Business Executives.

- Negotiation-skills training and how to bargain for partnerships and joint ventures.
- Receiving details and important skills of cross cultural awareness and negotiation skills.

What do I get from your program?

All participants receive :

- The opportunity to learn the Chinese policy atmosphere in their respective industries
- Chance to launch career in a professional manner
- Available help in case they want to start businesses in China
- Sharpened skills to aid in future job acquisition
- Access to a hub of international opportunities

We do not often hear about CIP, why is that?

China Internship Placements (CIP) started officially about 8 years ago and our marketing strategy has been offline.  We recruit interns only through Career Centers and other agencies which do not warrant online presence.  We go straight to universities to poach Young Graduates with excellent skills.

We later noticed that demand for our interns has been on the rise and we have several Internship positions we are not able to fill.  We have therefore decided to take on an aggressive online campaign but we are selective on the kind of websites we present our profiles to.

How could I launch my career in China with your Internship Program?

Launching your career in China could be made easier through an internship with CIP.  With a solidly established network of Partner Organzations and connections, we are able to recommend past participants to present job opportunities.  We are able to negotiate 2 years of employment for some of our participants with partnering agencies/companies.

We also network our participants with the business community by getting them to join high profile events to meet business people and expats, as well as entrepreneurs.


Eligibility & Application Process

Is the internship open to all nationalities?

This program is open to applicants of all nationalities, race and religion.  However, visa application requirements may vary for applicants from some countries.

Who is inelligible to apply?

All applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a degree program.  We are also looking for you to exhibit a strong academic record, and an interest in foreign travel and culture.  Professionalism, commitment and hard work are also very important to us . Fluent English is essential; if you speak some Chinese and would like to practice your language skills we can find you a company where this is possible.

How do I apply?

Applicants should complete forms on the apply now page and send their CVs/ Resumes to .  Our Program Coordinating department will then initiate the process.

What are the Application Deadlines?

Our Internship programs are available all year-round and participants are allowed to join anytime.  We normally like to allow at least 8 weeks prior to your program start date to organize your internship placement.  In addition, places in some sectors can be limited, therefore we recommend that you apply as early as possible to allow us time to find the most suitable company for you.

Why should I pay fees?

China Internship Placements (CIP) is a Placement Service Provider, our aim is a positive transformation of Young graduates.  We maintain staff to keep this mission possible and also to ensure our programs are properly delivered.  Of course in order to remain operating this requires us to pay rent for our offices, necessary equipment: computers, updated systems, transportation to meet with executives, H.R., etc from the required partnering companies we are networked with, and much more.  

Aside from all this, our fees are used to provide services for you, such as:

    - Placement Correspondence and Mailing
    - Your Accommodation/Housing (large amount of fees goes here)
    - Language Classes
    - Visa Services
    - Activities
    - Welcome Package, Networking, etc

Including all the services outlined on our program content page

China is usually a new home for most of our prospective interns, and CIP is dedicated to making sure that your stay is comfortable in order that you may concentrate all your energies on your program and international experience/adventure! 

What are the program components?

We have several components and we will advice that you visit our program guide page to get a complete view of program components and other perspectives.

What are the processes involved?

Kindly visit our Application Process page for more details and explanations.

What is the duration of the entire process?

It will usually take us 8 weeks to arrange very good internship programs.  Upon an emergency, note we are able to make internship placements, however, be aware that this will likely lower the numbers of good placement options we can find for your internship, due to the lack of time to wait for enough good openings to be offered by the partnering companies to take you on as an intern with them.  

How long will it take to secure an offer?

Due to the complex nature of our HR policies through our partner companies, there are clearly established procedures to have placements done.  We are able to secure placements between 3 to 4 weeks, or sometimes even earlier.  Within this duration, we are able to produce as many positions and companies as possible with job descriptions for participants to select from.

What are the durations of your programs?

Our programs are available all year round starting from 1 month to 12 months long.   We always recommend that interns opt for longer duration programs like 3 months and above.   The longer the duration, the better the chance to get good organizations, as they prefer putting training time and investment into someone who is gonna be around for more than a few weeks or months.  

Who decides which company I have to intern with?

You decide which company you decide to intern with.  We do the work of making the connections with those companies willing/desiring to take on interns while involving you in the steps along the way, and allowing you in the selection of which companies to focus on, and which job descriptions you are interested in.  Basically though, our participants reserve a 100% decision.  We also assist with paperwork, details, and information which will help participants make good decisions.

I want to know about the Premium Program

The Premium program package has some valuable additions to the Standard Package.  Basically, if you take the Standard Internship program and add on a few awesome components, you will have the Premium Package.  

Those additional components are: Entrepeneurial Training (see 1st link below for more details), Travel and Tour to historical sites (w/cultural activities included + Know China Tour (see 2nd lnk below), A translation of your CV/Resume into Chinese for a job search/application in China, Aggressive help from us at the end of your internship in helping to distribute your CV and find you a permanenet job position, if so desired, in China.



Why demand a deposit when I have not been offered a position?

Unlike other service providers, we can inform you of the company at which you will intern once you have paid just the deposit fee (rather than the commonly required  full-fee/price for your internship). This is for a number of reasons:

CIP has worked hard to build up business relationships with our partner companies over many years.  This relationship is built on the trust that we will efficiently and reliably provide interns on a regular basis.  If we assign you to a company and then you do not join the program, this damages our business relations.

Many companies do not want to advertise for interns publicly, and prefer to rely on us to provide interns.  If we make public which companies are looking for interns, they may receive unwanted applications.

Once you have paid in full, we are happy to give you all the information you will need about your company around six to four weeks before your departure (please note this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons).  We can only inform you of the company at which you will intern once you have paid your full program fee.  Additionally, we work closely with the companies and interns during the internships to make sure that you get the most out of your time in China.

Are refunds available?

We do offer refunds and our contracts do not bind so tight.  We refund program fees if, for no good reason, CIP decides to terminate the program.  We also refund program fees minus any expenses made, if participants ask for a refund 6 weeks to joining our program.  For a refund request 8 weeks before start of the program, full refund is made.

About my Internship

Which company will intern?

CIP arranges internships for both multi-national firms and Chinese companies in many industry sectors.  We match you with a company relevant to your study or previous professional experience.  All applicants should discuss their areas of interest or expertise with the CIP Placement team, who will help with the matching process.

We continually work to assess the suitability of our partner companies to ensure that they provide meaningful and valuable internships for you.

There are over 800 companies which participants can choose from (if the company also chooses them in return of course).

Who decides on the Job descriptions?

Once you join our program formally, we start searching organizations and positions that match your expectations established during the interview.  Our expert Human Resource Team will review participant expectations, previous experiences if any, and area of study.  They then collaborate with Host Organizations to design job descriptions.  But the intern has a 100% say whether to accept or reject the company.  SO it is a collaborative effort

Will I be paid?

Due to the hard work and dedication of our past clients, Our Host Companies offer Stipends for all participants.  So if you join our program, you will be paid.

We also insist that you are paid by our Partner companies, and in that way, the companies know it does not come for free and will utilize your effort efficiently.  These stipends are enough to cover some of your living expenses (typically food and day-to-day taxi/bus/subway transportation).

I cannot speak Chinese, will that affect my ability to fit into an organization?

Chinese language skills have never been a requirement and will never be.  Some of your Chinese colleagues will be able to speak English.  We ensure that you have an English-speaking supervisor who can act as your mentor and provide structure and support throughout your work experience. 

Meanwhile, we offer language classes as part of the program components to equip you with Mandarin Skills.  These classes are administered on a private, one-on-one basis or small group setting.

How do I get to my company after arriving in China?

A member of staff from CIP who acts as your Program Coordinator will take you to your company on the first day of your internship where you will be introduced to your supervisor and HR Manager.

Can I get a permanent Job after the internship?

Given our extensive connections and resources, we are able to recommend participants for jobs.  We have had several organizations offering job positions after the internship.  What we do is to make sure your supervisor identifies a special skill which is relevant for his department and we will lobby for you.  So hard work pays off.

I want an internship in an industry that is not listed, is that possible?

We are always developing relationships with new companies.  Please let us know your preferred sector and we will endeavour to facilitate a placement in your area of interest.

Won’t the Chinese language classes interfere with my Internship?

Your classes are time-flexible, so that your venues for learning can be varied according to your convenience/need.  

About Internship Companies

What is the general culture of your host companies?

Our partner organizations are Multinational in nature and have expats working with them, hence their corporate culture is what you should expect just as you have in western companies.  There is mutual respect and reward for hard work.

Is Chinese language a requirement?

No!!  A Chinese language skill has never been a requirement and will never be, we make sure that interns have department-heads and supervisors who can speak English.  Because these companies have foreign clients, their official mode of communication has always been English.

In cases where participants would like to speed their Chinese language mastery skills, we put them into purely Chinese language environment where they quickly learn very technical business language terms without haven to enroll in a language school.  BUT this is done expressly at the consent of the applicant.

What is the nature of your partner organizations?

CIP’s partner organizations vary in terms of size, orientations and industry.  We have Fortune 500 companies like Shell, Multinational Organizations which are Chinese-owned but have foreign subsidiaries, or companies owned by Foreigners, but are located in China.  We also have medium-sized organizations as well as start-ups.  These companies are spread all over several industries and we keep them satisfied year after year

How do you select your Partner Organizations?

We have always been getting offers from organizations willing to hire our clients and we also approach some of them to present them with offers.  We subject them to strict regulations and sign contracts with them even before bringing them on board.  They are supposed to have a legal business and must have been in business for a while.
They should submit their “Employer Liability Statement” for review to make sure it is safe for our participants.
They must be well-structured with departments and must demonstrate that they are able to deliver our standards.

Visa Issues

How do I apply for Visa?

We will issue you a correct invitation letter with a 90% likelihood of securing you a visa.  These invitation letters should be taken to the Chinese Embassy in the applicants’ country of residence for visa to be issued

We guide applicants in the filling of forms as well as all procedures required.  We also coach applicants for visa interviews.  Our Visa department is updated with changes in visa regulations and has been at this for the past 8 years.

Who issues the invitation letters?

China Internship Placements (CIP) LLC has been authorized by the Chinese Government to issue visa invitation letters for the Work visa, Business Visa, as well as the Student and Tourist Visa.
Some of our partner organizations also issue these letters, so whichever way, applicants are guaranteed a visa.

What type of visa is required?

Every organization have their own demand for the kind of visa that is required.  Some opt strictly for a work visa, others prefer business visa.  This depends on advice from their HR and Legal departments.
In May 2015, the Chinese government have also allowed that Student visa (X1 and X2) be used for internships upon approval from the appropriate office.

Pre- departure

How do I prepare for China?

CIP Customer Service department will give you comprehensive training on working in China once you arrive.  This includes an introduction to Chinese business etiquette and culture, which will help you feel more comfortable working in a foreign environment.
In addition, once you join the program and before you travel to China, we will send you a pre-departure pack with advice on how to prepare yourself for your time in China.

What is the dressing code for Interns in China?

We always advice participants to look more corporate and professional in appearance than not, as first impressions are very important to the Chinese.  Some organizations also specify dress codes, while others provide uniforms.  Unless the job is a technical one which requires wearing of special cloths into factory floors.

Do I need Insurance?

We usually provide insurance for the necessary health needs of participants during their time with us in China, but this does not cover lost luggage, etc.

Arrival and Stay in China

What happens when I arrive at the airport in China?

All participants are instructed to arrive between 9am – 9pm on your program start date and members of staff from our Meet and Greet Team will be waiting for you at the arrival gate.
They will lead you to your apartment and help you settle for arrival dinner and the start of your program.

How much will I generally spend while in China?

The cost of living in China varies depending on how you choose to spend your money – residents earn very diverse levels of income and as a result the city offers a huge amount of choice in everything from restaurants to transport.
It is possible to live comfortably on a budget of as little as 30RMB ($4/£3/€3) per day by eating at snack stalls, taking the bus and limiting your time in bars, but if you eat at Western-style restaurants, take many taxis and spend more time out and about, you could spend up to 300RMB ($40/£30/€34) per day. As a rule of thumb we recommend a budget of 50RMB ($7/£5/€6) per day.

Where do I live?

Your accommodation is included within the program fee.  We place everyone in modern, comfortable, serviced apartments in the centre of Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen.  We ensure that all the apartments are clean, pleasant spaces to live in with TV, internet access, a lounge, a kitchen and air conditioning.
You will have your own private bedroom and share living facilities with one or two other interns of the same gender.
For most of the year we accommodate all of our participants in the same building, but over peak season (programs in July and August) we may use more than one provider.  Most program participants will be in the same accommodation as the other participants in their particular program.  This allows everyone to have the same standard of accommodation and to socialize with each other more easily.

What happens when I encounter problems while in China?

In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem while on your program, your first point of contact will be the CIP Coordinating office in that city.
Your coordinator should hear this first and if they are not available you will have all our contacts including the Head-of-Operations and Client Services are just a dial away.  We will settle it.

Can I learn Chinese while In China?

Yes. CIP provides Chinese lessons up to twice a week for beginners.  This will give you a great opportunity to learn new language skills while in China and will help you get around the city and communicate with locals.
If you can already speak Chinese and would like to brush up on your skills, Our Language Department can help you organize your own lessons.

Fees and Payment

Are there scholarships to help fund my internship?

We understand that covering the cost of these programs can sometimes be difficult.  To help you with this, we’ve done some research into possible sources of funding assistance.
We have created see a list of available resources that you could use to help fund your trip.

Are your programs free?

There is a fee for our programs. You can open the programs Price and Dates page on our website for more information. Visit our What’s Included page for more information about what would be included in the program price.


Can I contact past Alumni?

Yes!!  We seek permission from our past alumni so that prospective applicants could contact them.  Please request this at contact us page.  And make sure you make clear the purpose in the message column.

How safe are your programs?

Our programs are probably the safest out there because:
- We provide insurance for applicants to cover their health needs upon arrival
- We conduct risk assessment on all facets of our program every 6 months and appropriate changes are made 
- We have emergency and evacuation strategies for interns in cases of disasters
- We are available 24/7 to help in any situation

Is it possible to extend the program while in China?

Yes !  You are allowed to extend the program while in China, simply inform us if this is your desire.

How are my parents/ sponsors involved in the process?

We get in touch with sponsors or parents through the referral of our applicants.  They are informed of all critical processes involved.  We also get in touch with them giving weekly reports on interns.

What are the networking activities administered?

We partner professional event management organizations to include our participants in Corporate Meetings, Seminars and Cocktail parties highly patronized by Business Executives and Expats.  At these meetings, our interns attend to meet and exchange contacts with these vital individuals.  It has worked for several interns in the past and still remains relevant.

I am a Chinese National studying abroad, can I apply ?

This program is also open to Chinese nationals living abroad.


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