China Connect Internship

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Unique internship opportunities in China for UON students

Are you a current UON student? Would you like to complete an internship in China over the Summer of 2018/2019? Through the China Connect program, we have a range of exciting internship opportunities for UON students.

These opportunities are a collaboration between UON Careers and Student Development, UON Global and AustCham, Beijing.

Who is AustCham?

The China Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing is a member organisation linking and facilitating business between Australia and China. Members range from the financial services sector, energy and resources, food and agribusiness, education, health and life sciences, SME's and E-Commerce.

AustCham will be coordinating the placement of students into companies that best match their area of study and location preference.

Program highlights

  • Exclusive to UON Chinese and Australian students
  • English speaking and Mandarin speaking positions available
  • Offered outside for formal semester study periods
  • Internships in five (5) locations - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu
  • Internships in Accounting, Business Management, Administration Management, Finance, Human Resources, Business Intelligence, IT and Public Relations
  • Host companies include: Baozun, Lehman Brown, Think China, China Skinny, Bluestar AMG, Westpac, Argyle Group, GSA Group, Technode and Northhead.

Program benefits

  • Cultivate professional communication skills and business acumen
  • Gain insight into Chinese workplace culture and practice
  • Develop practical workplace skills relevant to your degree
  • Foster teamwork and leadership capabilities
  • Enhance employability and increase employment opportunities after graduation
  • Develop valuable professional network in China

Key dates

Application support and Information Masterclass: 5th September, 2018

Expressions of Interest close: 12th September 2018

Shortlisting of applications: 13th – 24th September 2018

Final written application close: 28th September 2018

Matching process: October – November 2018

Internship: December 2018 – February 2019

Application Support

To find out more about the internships and the application and selection processes, please register to attend the Application Support & Information Masterclass.

Date: Wednesday 5th September

Time: 11am – 12pm

Location: HB13 (Hunter Building, Callaghan Campus)

  • To ensure you submit the best application you can, please attend a 10-minute Careers Express consultation to have a Careers Consultant assist you with your resume/cv.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Preference will be given to students whom attend the Masterclass, and receive application support from the Careers service.

If you are interested in this internship opportunity, please complete the online Expression of Interest form.

For more information, please contact: Tel: +61 2 4921 6355, or Email: international-reception@newcastle.edu.au

Eligibility Criteria

  • Chinese or Australian citizenship
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree
  • Minimum GPA = 4.5 (calculate your GPA here)
  • Undergraduate students - must have already successfully completed 120 units of study
  • Must be available to travel to China between December 2018 and February 2019
  • Student is responsible for all travel, accommodation, visa and living costs.

Student testimonial

Jason Zhang, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

“For Commerce students, the China Connect internship and my work experience was valuable and an integral part of skill-building. The University and AustCham Beijing gave me a great internship opportunity in China that allowed me to gain real-world workplace experiences with the company, Lehman Brown, which relates to my educational background. It was a very supportive workplace environment and I found it to be a good networking experience. Forming a professional relationship with the Director and meeting other employees in the same field gave me valuable experiences to help direct my future."

Glocal Internship Program

Integrating Global Perspectives and Local Practice for UON International Students.

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About the program

Sponsored by Study NSW, UON Glocal Internship Program aims at offering UON international students the opportunity to participate in internship projects and gain work experience while studying in Newcastle. The objective of the Program is to integrate global perspectives with local practice for international students.

Program highlights

  • Initiated by UON Global, The University of Newcastle
  • Exclusive to UON international students
  • Internship offered by host organizations in the Hunter region
  • Project-based and Work Integrating Learning
  • Offered outside of formal semester study periods
  • Teamwork with peers from varied disciplines
  • Engagement with business professionals
  • Tackle real business problems
  • Certificate of Participation to enrich CV

Program benefits

  • Cultivate professional communication skills and business acumen
  • Gain insight into Australian workplace culture and practice
  • Develop practical workplace skills including planning, problem-solving, and reporting and presenting
  • Foster teamwork and leadership capabilities
  • Integrate global perspectives and local practice
  • Enhance employability and increase employment opportunities

Who can apply?

UON international students, both undergraduate and post-graduate. Final year students will be given priority.


10 - 24 July 2018: Finalising Business Plan (30 hours)

25 July 2018: Formal presentation of project findings, conclusion of project (3 hours)

Detailed Internship Project Outlines:

ELICOS Business Consultancy Project 1 - 360◦ Review of ELICOS Student Experience

ELICOS Business Consultancy Project 2 - ELICOS Student Testimonial Filming and Editing

Glocal Internship Program - Confucius Institute Business Consultancy Project

Glocal Internship Program - Merewether Golf Club Revitalisation

2N - Wechat 101 Education Collateral project

How to apply

Applications have closed.

For more information, please contact: Tel: +61 2 4921 6355, or Email: international-reception@newcastle.edu.au

Part-Time EmploymentEmployment

As an international student holding a student visa, the Australian Government allows you to work part-time for a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) while your course is in session and unlimited hours during semester breaks and vacation periods.

Be sure to research all the details relating to your permission to work while on a student visa.

Finding part-time work depends on a number of things, including your English language ability and your own motivation to actively search for work. Remember to bring relevant documents with you to Australia that you may need to apply for part-time work, such as reference letters from previous employers.

To be eligible to work in Australia you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN).

For more information, please visit Conditions for Working While Studying by the Department of Home Affairs.

For more information about workplace rights and conditions in Australia, please visit www.fairwork.gov.au/internationalstudents. This information is also available in 30 languages other than English and in videos at www.fairwork.gov.au/languages.

Careers Service

The University of Newcastle offers support to all students who are seeking part-time employment during their studies or full-time employment after graduation. The University's Careers Service provides students with a range of free services including:

  • Workshops addressing topics such as interview skills, career planning, job search strategies and resume writing
  • Individual interviews with a Careers Counsellor to discuss career choice and career planning
  • Mailing lists and databases of job vacancies for students seeking part-time employment during their studies or a full-time graduate position.

For more information, please visit the University's Careers Service.

Employment on completion of your studies  If you are not ready to leave Australian shores on completion of your degree you may be interested in the Professional and Other Skilled Migrants program. Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for a Temporary Graduate Visa.