As one of the world’s most rapidly growing economies and Australia’s largest trading partner, China is a key player in the areas of international trade and business. A Projects Abroad Internship in China represents a valuable opportunity for law students to gain highly sought-after experience in the complex and evolving Chinese market.

Working directly under the supervision of local legal professionals, students will be exposed to the Chinese civil law system, which strongly reflects the nation’s traditions, values and philosophical ideas, with an evident socialist influence. Working full-time Monday to Friday, students will be integrated into the daily operations of one of numerous specialist firms based in the megacity of Shanghai.


Placements are designed to be a practical and challenging opportunity to develop personal and professional skills in a unique cultural environment. Employers actively seek out graduates who can adapt to changing circumstances and environments and who are enterprising, resourceful and adaptable.

The professional working environment of China will foster these skills and challenge your perceptions of culture and community.

Interns are expected to be punctual, professional and hard-working; typically working an average of 35 hours per week. This opportunity is ideal for young professionals in adding an edge to their CV demonstrating drive and flexibility in applying their skills and learning new ones. Being pro-active and building strong relationships will be the key to success in this program.

You will work alongside local lawyers representing clients in matters areas such as corporate, environmental, intellectual property, contract, or international trade law, among many others. Clients may range from multinational corporations, state-owned enterprises, to start-up enterprises, and operate across a large variety of industries. You will work with local professionals, assisting them in their caseload with a range research and reporting activities.

Participants will gain a privileged insight into the Chinese legal system, make valuable local contacts and enjoy the company of other interns from all around the world. This project accepts interns throughout the year, so you can join on the dates that suit you. You can stay from as little as two weeks. We encourage you to stay longer if possible, so you can learn more and make a bigger impact.

This project accepts interns throughout the year, so you can join on the dates that suit you. You can stay from as little as two weeks. Projects Abroad encourage students to stay longer if possible so you can learn more and make a bigger impact. 

More information regarding the internship program can be found on the host program website

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact Projects Abroad for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ's short-term experience eligibility criteria.

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The program fee varies depending on program length. For a 4-week internship, the program fee is approximately $4,705 AUD. More information regarding what is included in the program fee can be found on the host program website

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by late-October if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Housing is included in the program fee.

Credit for Internships

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. The Global Experiences Team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have closed.

Program Dates

Earliest Start: 18 November 2019
Latest End: 22 February 2020


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Shanghai, China
Credit: Not-for-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​