Bristol Interns in China

Spend summer 2020 on a fully-funded eight-week internship in Shenzhen, China.

This is a unique opportunity for first year students on a full undergraduate degree to experience work and life in an exceptionally exciting, vibrant, and important nation on a fully funded placement which includes flights, accommodation, and a stipend.

You will gain valuable insight into Chinese culture and business. And the cross-cultural skills and hands-on business experience you gain in China will set you apart from other students and strengthen your CV and future job applications.

Before you go

This programme is run by the British Council who - in partnership with the University of Bristol - will match you to an internship that fits your skills and interests.

The University will work closely with you to prepare you for your internship. You will receive training in inter-cultural skills, Chinese business culture and etiquette as well as participating in a twelve-week Mandarin course. All internships will be in English, so Mandarin is not a pre-requisite.

When you are there

You will travel and live with other University of Bristol interns.

While in China you can expect to receive:

  • Accommodation: in the form of two-bedroom serviced apartments, which will be a manageable commute from your work place.
  • On-site orientation on the first day of your internship
  • Pastoral care
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Business and networking opportunities

Shenzhen is home to over one hundred Bristol alumni and we hope to link you with some of them. These alumni will provide a welcome to the city and potential mentorship opportunities during your placement.

On your return to Bristol you will be invited to a reception hosted by one of Bristol’s Pro-Vice-Chancellors, where you will be asked to present and share your experiences.


Shenzhen is a modern, dynamic business centre - and home to many of China’s most successful technology and manufacturing companies.

Internship opportunities are extensive, and you can expect to be able to access placements from a wide range of businesses (but you will be required to have a degree of flexibility on which organisation your placement is with). Industrial internships will potentially be available to students with relevant academic backgrounds, e.g. engineering. 

You will experience life in a tropical climate, with excellent food and close proximity to Hong Kong.

Application process

The Bristol Interns in China programme has been set up to provide an international opportunity for students from backgrounds where participation in study or work abroad has traditionally been low.

Key dates

Find out key dates, including information sessions and application deadlines.

Contact us

If you need more information about studying or working abroad

Phone: +44 (0) 117 39 40205
In Person: 3rd Floor, 31 Great George Street, University of Bristol, BS1 5QD

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