Paid Hospitality Internship

This program gives candidates the opportunity to gain work experience in China’s top hotels and restaurants. Some of the most popular work experience positions in leading hotels are on offer such as waiters, chambermaids, bar-staff, conference stewards, receptionists etc. In addition there are jobs available for bar staff and waiters in many of the large cities’ young trendy restaurants.

These internships provide a valuable learning experience for students with the opportunity for career advancement given China’s rapid hotel expansion and the need for management level staff with an international background. It is also a great environment to get to know the rich Chinese culture, history and traditions. All Candidates will take part in Mandarin language classes prior to their internship to give them the opportunity to progress and learn additional skills throughout the training period.

All Interns will receive housing, meals and a monthly allowance for the duration of the program. All candidates, once accepted into the program, are expected to perform real job roles with real responsibilities within their host company.
Australians Abroad and their Agents placement team in China, individually match each applicant to an organization based on suitability and their academic background.
All places of employment have been visited and checked for suitability.

Fast Facts about the Hospitality Internship

  • Duration: 12 or 24 weeks
  • Placement in Beijing, Shanghai or Tianjin. Other cities available on request
  • Minimum 38 hours per week (Monday – Friday)
  • Monthly allowance: 1000-2500RMB per month
  • 3 hours of Mandarin language classes in conjunction to full-time internship
  • English or Mandarin working environment depending on the intern’s preference and prior Mandarin knowledge
  • English-speaking supervisor at host company

Fields available

  • Guest relations
  • Front desk
  • Food & Beverage
  • Events
  • Rotational (all fields)

What is included in the program

  • Quality internship placement
  • Visa arrangement and support
  • Housing (own bedroom in shared apartment)
  • Meals
  • Airport pickup on initial arrival to Beijing or Shanghai and transport to accommodation
  • Orientation: Advice on do’s and don’ts in China, how to be a responsible traveller, etiquette in China, practical living tips for using ATMs, transport, phones, etc.
  • Walking tour of area around accommodation, historic landmarks and using public transport
  • Welcome meal dining on local Chinese cuisine with fellow interns
  • Arrival Welcome pack: Mandarin phrasebook, map, local SIM, transportation card
  • Monthly activities and assistance with local information and suggestions for free time usage.
  • Access to  alumni community and networking events including LinkedIn networking page, and organized events
  • 24/7 emergency support (located in Beijing and Shanghai)

During the Internship

  • On the first day all interns will be accompanied to their host company and introduced to their English speaking supervisor
  • Weekly communication with host company and interns via phone, email and Skype for guidance,  useful tips and any necessary support
  • Self-evaluation assessment in pre-internship, mid and completion stages of their internship to reflect upon experience at various stages and articulate development both professionally and personally
  • Training, supervision and mentoring provided by host company to interns
  • Site visits by Agent in China
  • Company reference letter and certificate upon successful program completion