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Internships for Chengdu, China

USAC internships abroad are a great way to enhance your educational experience. Participating in a structured work or research experience with an international organization, whether in-person or virtually, will help you gain valuable skills and hands-on experience while expanding your professional network and immersing yourself in the workplace culture of China.

A $985 internship placement fee will be required of all students participating in an in-person USAC internship. This fee helps offset the costs of securing quality internship placements and helps provide a range of professional development activities, including an online internship seminar, career workshops, and panel discussions.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application process see the USAC internship page.

Virtual placements are offered through USAC’s virtual internship program. For more information about the program, see the virtual internships page.

Internship placements in Chengdu require six semesters of college Chinese unless otherwise noted

*Placement with a particular internship provider is not guaranteed

Placements available in the following fields:


English-Language Instruction

Health and Wellness

Journalism and Communications


A five-star luxury hotel located in the Chengdu city center near the famous Chunxi shopping district

  • Formats/Terms: In-person: Semester
  • Requirements: Six semesters of college Chinese
  • Sample Work Responsibilities
    • Participate in hotel management
    • Observe and assist in hotel operations
    • Gain experience working in various departments in the hotel

English-Language Instruction

A children's English-language training school or local elementary schools providing instruction to children between the ages of 3-12

  • Sample Work Responsibilities
    • Learn the basic theory and method of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
    • Work with a supervising teacher to develop an English-language curriculum
    • Create lesson plans with the use of a textbook according to the age and language proficiency of students aged 8-13
    • Create lesson plans without the use of a textbook for children aged 3-7, focusing on daily language and songs and games in English
    • Assist with classroom instruction
    • Demonstrate and reinforce authentic English pronunciation
    • Tutor students under the guidance of a supervisor
  • Requirements: Six semesters of college Chinese, Native proficiency in English
  • Formats/Terms: In-person|Semester, Virtual | Semester, Summer

English-Language Instruction

A non-profit foundation focusing on providing educational opportunities to children from disadvantaged backgrounds

  • Sample Work Responsibilities
    • Work with a supervising teacher to develop an English-language curriculum
    • Develop courses and activities in the following areas: dance, painting, English, Spanish, music, and other fields of interest
    • Create lesson plans
    • Assist with classroom instruction
    • Assist with other activities
  • Requirements: Six semesters of college Chinese
  • Formats/Terms: In-person |Summer

Health and Wellness

A local community clinic specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine serving the Shenxianshu neighborhood

  • Sample Work Responsibilities
    • Shadow doctors practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
    • Observe diagnosis and therapy
    • Learn the theory and practice of TCM
  • Requirements: Eight semesters of college Chinese
  • Formats/Terms: In-person| Semester

Journalism and Communications

An English-language web magazine featuring news and cultural content related to the city of Chengdu and Sichuan Province including practical information on travel, business, local culture, tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, food, and shopping

  • Sample Work Responsibilities
    • Engage in content research on topics and events in and around Chengdu
    • Develop content for publication
    • Copyedit articles
    • Assist in multimedia and web projects
    • Translate content into English and other languages
  • Requirements: Familiarity with video editing software preferred, Proficiency in Spanish or French helpful
  • Formats/Terms: In-person: Semester, Virtual: Semester, Summer

Quick Details

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15


  • Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Approval from home university

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

50 students


English, Chinese

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