Hospitality Internships in China
Completing a paid internship with Placement Year International boosts your career prospects.
During your time working at one of China’s top 5 Star hotels, you will use your previous hospitality experience while also receiving additional training throughout your placement. This develops practical skills you will use during your future career.
Your internship placement
We only work with reputable 5 Star hotels which offer fantastic work placements.
Our placements in China run from 6 to 12 months and all our China hospitality placements include a 2 – 3 month long Mandarin Language Course, to make sure you have sufficient Mandarin skills to work in one of the region’s top 5 Star hotels.
After accepting you on the programme we will match your personal requirements and interests, your previous training and experience with the most suitable hotel. This personal approach ensures you receive the experience and training you want and the hotel receives someone with the skills they need.
Mandarin Language Course
Worried about language barriers? Don’t be. Your trip includes a Mandarin language course before starting work at your placement hotel.
The shortest duration in China is 6 months; in this case you will complete a 2 month language course followed by 4 months’ hotel placement. All longer durations include a 3 month language course. For example, 3 months language course + 4 month placement. Other durations would be: 3 + 5, 3 + 6, 3 + 7, 3 + 8, 3 + 9.
If your university requires you to complete up to 36 weeks on placement you will study Mandarin for 3 months first. Please contact us if your course requires more than 36 weeks placement, because we have special agreements with some universities meaning you may still join. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition in small groups with other interns means your Mandarin will improve quickly – it will help you in everyday life, it’s fun practising with your work colleagues (even making mistakes!) and it’s a great addition to your CV.
Your work supervisor will speak English and our staff are always on hand if required.
Who can join our China hospitality placements?
Our China hospitality placements are open to students, recent graduates and those working in the hospitality industry who want support arranging a paid placement in China, and to learn Mandarin.
You may be studying, or have studied a related degree (Events, Hospitality, Tourism, Hotel Management etc).
You may be studying Business or Languages and have some experience of working in the hospitality industry.
You may already be working in the hospitality industry and want to gain some international experience and Mandarin language skills to help develop your future career and make your CV stand out.
You will have a work supervisor throughout your hotel placement. This is normally the HR Manager or head of department you work in.
Your work supervisor is the main “go-to” person for all your work-related queries. They will arrange your work schedule, do a thorough induction to the hotel when you arrive, give you feedback, answer your questions and help solve any problems which arise at work.
The hotel will provide training throughout your stay and, if you work hard and impress your colleagues, you may be offered opportunities you would never have dreamt of. Students from Oxford Brookes University and Plymouth University recently received all-expenses-paid trips to help with the openings of new Sheraton and Sofitel hotels. Great talking points for job interviews back home too!
Health and safety
Your safety is our first priority. Our staff in China complete comprehensive checks before you arrive and if you join as part of your degree, we will help ensure that your university health and safety documents are checked and signed by our partner hotel.
This means your university is able to verify the work placement meets their criteria. We work directly with universities on this.
Orientations & Staff support
Placement Year International staff will meet you on arrival in China. Whatever day or time your flight lands you will find us waiting for you holding a sign with our logo and your name!
We do a thorough orientation around Shanghai and your placement city and we’ll introduce you to your new work colleagues and settle you into your accommodation.
We’ll brief you about cultural differences, especially those which could affect your new work life. We’ll help you adjust to life in a very different (but incredibly exciting!) culture and we will introduce you to many other people on our programme. This helps ensure you have an enjoyable and worthwhile trip.
Our staff will visit you frequently to check on your progress and are on hand 24/7 for emergencies. If you join as part of your degree we will also communicate directly with your university Placement Office when necessary.
This kind of support isn’t available if you arrange a work placement directly with a hotel but it’s vitally important when travelling overseas for several months.
What you pay for
We charge a £195 registration fee to ensure your commitment to the programme. This is 100% refundable if we can’t arrange a suitable placement.
For our China programme your other costs are flights, visa, language course and insurance. We give you advice about the best airlines, routes and prices and we arrange all the visa documents. Some universities provide insurance on a university insurance policy so it’s worth checking before buying your own. We expect your costs to total around £2,000 for 12 months in China, less for shorter durations. You can spread these costs out over several months rather than paying everything at once.
During the language course accommodation is included, however, you will need to cover your food costs (budget around £1 per meal). Once you start the hotel placement you will be given food and accommodation by the hotel. The hotel will also pay you a local salary, normally around £200 per month. This doesn’t sound much but most interns find it covers all their socialising and travel costs in China because the cost of living is so much less than back home.
Placement Year International arranges and pays for pre-departure support, airport meetings and transfers, orientation and cultural briefings, support and advice throughout your stay and 24-7 emergency help.
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We have placements available at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.
“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”
Jason Billam - Plymouth University
“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!”
Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University
"I would really like to thank you for being so involved in finding my internship. It was a great thing to discover your program."
Marko Djukic - Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland
“I have always wanted to travel with my work, and experience different cultures and lifestyles. China is now a place with so much to offer due to its phenomenal growth in the last few decades.”
Jason Billam - Plymouth University