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China Journalism Internship in Shanghai

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China has a rich and mystical history stretching back thousands of years, and is home to some of the world’s greatest treasures.
Come and experience life in the fast lane in a city coined the ‘showpiece’ of China’s booming economy. Shanghai is the largest city in the People’s Republic of China by population and is a melting pot of the super modern and traditional life of this enigmatic country. Nowhere else can you find such a mix of technology and architecture, in a society where old meets new at every turn and where old traditions are swept along on the wave of modern society.
What better place to develop your skills and gain practical on-the-job experience within media and journalism. Shanghai offers a dynamic and exciting environment that will challenge you and equip you with the skills to progress your media career. Grasp this incredible opportunity to gain fantastic journalism experience that will you really stand out from the crowd whilst building a strong global network and creating multicultural friendships. 


  • Gain valuable experience working as a journalist
  • Experience the sights and sounds of Shanghai
  • Immerse yourself in true Chinese culture


  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Interest in journalism and some writing skills/experience
  • Applications must be received 2 months in advance
Airport Pickup Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Terrestrial CV Free Time
Location Shanghai, China

Contribute towards articles & research
Shadow experienced members of staff
Gain an insight into various departments
Build your journalism portfolio

Transport Pick-up from the airport


Modern studio apartment

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

Project orientation and training
Project equipment
Airport pick-up 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup




The Frontier-China Journalism Internship is designed to give enthusiastic students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain some practical experience within this competitive industry. We facilitate your placement at a local media agency in central Shanghai where you will shadow experienced members of staff and be given assignments according to the focus of the agency at the time of your visit.

Our internship programme provides students and young professionals with guaranteed tailor-made journalism internships. Before you start the internship placement process, you must apply first and get accepted. During the placement process, you will be working with our programme advisor who will organise interviews with our large network of publications in Asia.

You will learn about the economic and social situation in one of the world's fastest growing economies, as you bring your enthusiasm and experience to this exciting internship. China is a dynamic and complex country, where politics and social patterns are constantly changing. By travelling as an ethical, responsible and considerate visitor, you will gain a fascinating insight into modern day China while developing your own experience.

By immersing yourself in the community, rather than just as a detached tourist, you are subscribing to an ethos that is beneficial to the culture that you are spending time in. At the same time, you are making yourself into a well-rounded individual and a more attractive prospect for potential employers and universities. 


Develop your journalism portfolio while gaining work experience in one of the fastest growing economic powerhouses in the world. Participating in a journalism internship typically involves writing articles and clips, learning interviewing skills and getting your work published in Asian-based publications. Your tasks will depend on your own skills and interests as well as what is needed at the time. You will be encouraged to bring your own creativity, perspective and skills to the articles you contribute to, whilst also constantly learning from professionals working alongside you. 

Examples of tasks and responsibilities

In today’s international context, international internships in the field of journalism will definitely make a difference when competing for a future position or job opportunity. Journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues, and trends to a broad audience. Although there is much variation within the industry, the ideal is to keep the local citizens informed. Besides covering organisations and institutions such as government and business, it also covers cultural aspects of society such as arts and entertainment. The field includes jobs such as editing, photojournalism, and documentary.

You may have the opportunity to build your international journalism portfolio by working as a contributing editor, photographer, or writer for a range of Asian-based publications.

A typical day starts around 9.30 am at the office and finishes around 5.30pm.You might also be sent outside the office to cover assignments or attend media events.

Examples of past journalism internships in Shanghai

We have placed journalism students at publications such as Shanghai Daily, That's Shanghai, CNN Go, Shanghai Business Review and Time Out.

Please submit an up-to-date CV as all placements are dependent upon the acceptance of the newspaper / magazine.


You will be met at Shanghai Pudong International Airport by a friendly local staff member from where you will be escorted to your project accommodation where you will have a chance to rest following your journey before being introduced to your internship programme.


Throughout your placement you will be staying in a deluxe shared studio apartment with other interns in various locations over Shanghai: Xujuahui, Laoximen or Lujiazui. You will have access to all necessities including a private bathroom, air-conditioning, a furnished kitchen and a shared living room, along with internet access. All apartments are within walking distance from the subway making it convenient for interns to travel.


A great aspect of this amazing project is that it is self-catering. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers and volunteers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! Chinese food is famous around the world, so you are sure to want to go out and try some of the familiar local favourites such as Peking duck. However you may like to be a little more adventurous and try more obscure dishes such as Mongolian hotpot with lamb or beef, or Shandong chicken with abalone or cabbage. 

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There is a never-ending world of discoveries to make in both of these vibrant metropolises. Wander down endless winding alleyways, tour famous hidden landmarks or lose yourself in the chaotic melee of one of the city's sprawling markets. Duck into doorways to find dusty shops filled wall to wall with curiosities and herbal medicines. Eat like a king in one of the thousands of seafood restaurants where expert chefs serve elaborate fresh dishes. Take Chinese, martial arts or even calligraphy lessons by booking with local providers! Trace the progression of this complex political nation from the dynasties of venerated emperors to the devastation of Communism that sent tremors across the international community. There really is an adventure round every corner in these unique Asian hubs!


4 weeks US$ 3,695

6 weeks US$ 4,695

Extra week US$ 495


Please submit a CV with your application for this project.

First Monday of the month.  All applications and CVs must be received two months in advance.


You can join this project for a minimum of 4 weeks. Durations available include:

4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks, 20 weeks, 22 weeks.

Please be aware that 3 - 6 month placements are preferred by magazines / newspapers.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Shanghai Pudong International Apt (PVG)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.