Minds Abroad’s internship program offers participants a unique
opportunity to combine academics, travel and work experience in China
while earning university credit. In addition to being given the
opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in school,
participants will also gain valuable experience and insight into the
real world workings of business operations in China. Through our
contacts in Kunming, we can arrange internships at companies and
organizations in a wide variety of sectors including, but not limited
to: Finance, Education (primarily teaching English), NGOs, Media,
Tourism, Pharmaceuticals and Medicine, Marketing and Distribution, and
Minds Abroad has two options for our internship program. The first
option is to intern 20 hours and take a 4 hour seminar on Economy
and Society in Contemporary China each week with social science
faculty of our partner institution, Yunnan Nationalities University
(YNU). For each week of this program, one credit will be rewarded
to you by YNU. The second option is just the internship and awards
one credit every two weeks.
Students should check with their
universities to make sure this program is approved.
are interested in getting placed in an internship by Minds Abroad, please give us
one to two months notice so that we have time to make
arrangements for you. Please email us for more information about
our internship program.
NOTE: While most of our internships (with the exception of teaching)
will be unpaid, some will provide you with a stipend or other form
Why Intern Abroad?
Interning abroad is an ideal way to improve your
career prospects and get valuable work experience while
simultaneously having the adventure of a lifetime.
It gives you the opportunity to learn about a new culture,
develop independence and self-confidence as well as spend time
reflecting on your personal and professional goals. Additionally,
interning abroad is the type of experience that helps you develop
the practical skills, maturity and flexibility that all potential
employers are looking for. Interning abroad is the gateway to your
Another great reason to intern abroad is that it
is the kind of adventure you will never forget.
While working in a foreign country will undoubtedly present
many challenges at first, the confidence you develop by overcoming
these challenges will make the experience more meaningful and
enjoyable. Additionally, living in a foreign country is a fantastic
way to meet new kinds of people and explore exotic places that your
friends back home can only dream of. Quite simply, interning abroad
is an exciting adventure that has the added benefit of being great
for both your personal and professional development.
Why Intern in China?
China is more than a kaleidoscope of lush landscapes,
ancient religions, imperial dynastic grandeur and dizzy shopping
heights. Immeasurably rich in natural beauty, history and cultural
wealth, its present persona is that of the fastest-growing economy
in the world with an average annual GDP growth rate of 10 percent
over the past thirty years. An unparalleled growth in the private
sector and huge state investments in infrastructure since the 1980s
have given China the role that it now enjoys in the world trade
scene. With its developing stature as a global economic power, it is
no wonder that foreign companies and people are becoming
increasingly interested in doing business in China. The chance to
see what business in China is like from the inside is something that
can be an ideal foundation for your future career as it gives you
the opportunity to develop the skills and cultural knowledge needed
to do business in China.
The chance to see what business
in China is like from the inside is something that can be an ideal
foundation for your future career. Internships compliment your
classroom academic experience and present a fantastic means of
gaining professional work experience in your chosen career field.
Coming to gain hands on experience in Yunnan’s capital of Kunming is
an ideal mix of cultural experience and professional development
opportunity. While interning in Kunming, you will experience both
Kunming is more the “authentic” China than Shanghai or Beijing which
are metropolitan cities and not really similar to most of China.
Kunming is a typical Chinese city with a unique tradition and a
rapidly internationalizing face.
Yunnan is renowned
for its diversity in land and people – it
is home to 25 ethnic minorities in China and has easy access
to nearby places like Sichuan, Guilin and Tibet
as well as 5 neighboring Southeast Asian countries. Kunming
enjoys temperate weather year round, winter days are in the 50-60’s
F and summer days in the 70-80’s F, earning it a nick name of
“Spring City”. It is also the cleanest and least polluted major city
in China according to the UN's international climate monitors. Work
experience in Kunming, a modern
Chinese capital city will definitely improve your job prospects.
Why Intern with