A lot of foreign students have shown interest in interning in China, and raised a series of reasons and concerns as to why they were interested in doing so:
I want to build professional experience in China.
The internship is mandatory for my master’s of arts but will last for three months without any monetary compensation.
I am currently doing a short-term exchange in China, and I hope to solidify my understanding of China's workplace environment.
I have the X1 visa/residence permit now. Can I do an unpaid internship under this residence permit?
The internship is a requirement for my degree.
This internship is not considered a full-time position because it’s unpaid and only for less than 90 days.
I can't do an internship on a residence permit. Do I need to apply for an F visa then?
The Public Security Bureau helps provide more insights into internship schemes in China.
In order to meet the practical needs of foreign students in China interested in doing off-campus internships, Article 22 of the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Administration of Entry and Exit of Foreigners, promulgated and implemented by China in 2013, claims the following:
"If a foreigner holding a residence permit needs to study or work outside of school, he/she shall apply at the Exit and Entry Administration Department, with the consent of his/her school. Information on whether his or her occupation will be deemed part-time work or part-time studies, as well as internship location duration, among others, must be provided.”
“Foreigners holding a residence permit to study who do not have the information specified above on their residence permit (that is, information on whether his or her occupation will be deemed part-time work or part-time studies, as well as internship location duration, among others) are not permitted to go off-campus to work or study.”
“Foreign students in need of an internship can present their certificate issued by their university proving that their institution permits its student to go intern off campus.”
“The company offering the internship shall issue a certificate of internship acceptance as well as any other relevant materials to the Exit and Entry Administration Department of the Public Security Organ in the place where the university is located in order to specify an "internship" status on the student’s academic residence permit.”
“Foreign students in need of internship can apply at the Exit and Entry Administration Department of the Public Security Organ of the city where the university is located in order to specify an "internship" status on the student’s academic residence permit along with relevant materials such as the proof of agreement issued by their university that an off-campus internship has been permitted, and the certificate of internship acceptance issued by the company offering the internship.”