We have been placing students and young professionals on our internship programs since 2007. We have a LOT of internships available! Some important things to bear in mind about the internships we arrange:
Our group classes are divided into 3 levels, each of which is split into a lower and upper section. These sections represent the 6 textbooks in our curriculum. Details of the levels are as follows:
We use a range of books published by the Beijing University Press which are very similar to the official HSK books, but in our experience offer a more comprehensive and interesting curriculum, which can easily be adapted to include more useful day-to-day vocabulary and scenarios. Each student at our school is provided with a book and corresponding DVD, which are both included in the price. As you keep the teaching materials, you can continue learning after returning home, so the classes in Qingdao might be the start of a life-long learning process.
Welcome to Intern China’s unique and unrivalled homestay programme. We have arranged host families for hundreds of interns for almost a decade, facilitating unique experiences and cultural insights which you will not get anywhere else in the world. We have a network of over 500 families in Qingdao, Zhuhai, Chengdu and Dalian, who are all keen to host interns like you. China is gradually opening up to the world, so our programme is not only designed to give international students an insight into Chinese culture, but giving many local families an insight into foreign culture.
You will be treated as a normal member of the family during your stay and therefore get a perfect insight into Chinese daily habits and customs. You will get to know the family well, so that you can go beyond typical small talk which Chinese people often have with foreigners. The family will include you in their daily activities – this can be simply watching TV, but you might also play Chinese games such as Mah-jong, go for trips out and around the city to their favourite places, go for meals with their friends and much more! You should bear in mind that life in a homestay is not like living on your own in an apartment. You will have your own bedroom, but to a certain extent you must give up some independence and regularly spend time with the family. Chinese culture can be conservative and young people are not usually seen in clubs and bars during the week. This means that you may have to limit the evenings you spend in bars, clubs and restaurants to once or twice a week.
As breakfast, evening meals and shared use of all facilities in the home are included in the price of our homestay programme, it is also one of the cheapest forms of accommodation for short stays in China. We pay a generous rent to our host families, but we find that the vast majority are motivated by the cultural exchange involved rather than the extra income. It is only relatively recently that such opportunities are even possible for regular Chinese families. We visit every single host family to ensure the safety and comfort of their apartment and that the family themselves are motivated to host interns for the right reasons. Almost every family has a family member who speaks good English, but you will inevitably learn a lot about non-verbal communication to get your point across. The homestay also gives you an unrivaled chance to improve your Chinese, no matter what your level at the beginning of the stay.
We make sure each family’s apartment has a western-style toilet in the bathroom and is furnished with standard home appliances like internet, a TV, washing machine, refrigerator, microwave etc. For special requests we will always do our best to make sure your host family has the facilities or can provide for your special dietary needs as you require. We always try to find a family near your internship company or our language school, but be aware that Qingdao, Chengdu, Dalian and Zhuhai are large cities by western standards, with millions of inhabitants, so some travel by bus or taxi might be inevitable. We have offices and international staff in all our cities, so we can mediate between you and your host family in the event of any problem to ensure your stay is comfortable. If there are unsolvable problems we also guarantee to find a new family within 10 days, but can usually place you in a new family within 2-3 days, depending on the season. We set down some basic rules for staying in a host family, which will also be defined in your welcome package upon arrival. The basic rule is that you should behave in the same way that you would also expect from a guest in your own home. We have a lot of families who have stayed in contact with their previous guests after they have gone back to their home country. We hope your homestay will be the start of a lifelong friendship and in the long term the programme will enable a better understanding between different cultures.