Internship In China

Get genuine experience working for a global drinks manufacturer

This is way more than work experience – this is life experience. Develop your skills, meet new people and take a giant step closer to your dream career with an internship. 

Open to New Zealand Citizens & Permanent Residence Holders at The University of Auckland for Summer 2023/24.

This is a programme for up to five New Zealand Citizens/Permanent Residents from The University of Auckland at Chinese drinks manufacturing giant, Wang Lao Ji 王老吉.

Having delivered our first successful programme in 2019, funding is available to support students who have an interest in China for full-time internships across an eight week period in 2023/24.

  • Programme Dates – 24th November 2023 to 21st January 2024
  • Deadline to Apply – 17th September 2023

What's Included?



An 8-week (unpaid) internship in Guangzhou with Wang Lao Ji.


A private room inclusive of all bills and wifi, located on good transport links and living with other students on the programme


Airport pickups, accommodation transfers, welcome packs and detailed orientations to help you feel settled in your new country.


Weekly check-ins, careers coaching, sector-leading support and 24/7 on-site emergency assistance from our friendly team.

Skills Courses

Access to Pagoda’s online language classes and skills courses focused on improving employability, cultural fluency and digital skills.


Organised events, trips, dinners, weekend activities and online networking sessions throughout the programme.

Careers Advice

Personal coaching chats, one-on-one mentoring and careers coaching calls with our international employability experts.

Alumni Network

Access to our global community of 5000+ previous interns who regularly share news, graduate job openings and event invitations.


The WLJ funding covers

Pagoda Programme Fees
Accommodation in Guangzhou
Chinese Language classes (10 hours)
Visa application fee (via a rebate)

You will need to pay for:

Return Flights to Guangzhou (approx. $2,000 NZD)
General living costs in Guangzhou (approx. $250-$500 NZD per week)
$200 NZD deposit, refunded post-programme

Application Process

This programme is open to all New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents.

You must be studying at the University of Auckland, and not having graduated before the end of the programme (21 January 2024).

Pagoda will be accepting applications from August to September 17th 2023. We will provide confirmation of acceptance onto the programme by September 25th 2023.

The application process is as easy as 1,2,3…


Record a quick video or complete a phone interview (your choice!) so we can assess your application as part of our selection process. Once submitted, we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.


If selected, our friendly team will be in contact to discuss your preferences, find the most suitable options and coach you through the interviewing process.


You’ve confirmed your internship – congratulations! Next we’ll be in touch about booking flights and sorting your student visa (if necessary). You’ll gain access to the Pagoda Portal to start your onboarding and we’ll organise a live information session with you to answer any questions.

Pagoda Portal

All programmes are managed on the Pagoda Portal - a digital hub for our student community. This is where you can track your progress, register for events, access skills courses, network with other interns and request additional support.

About Pagoda Projects

Pagoda Projects is a leading provider of internships and sustainable global experiences. We work with universities and companies around the world to provide quality internships that enhance students’ international employability.

Programme Details

Internships with Wang Lao Ji 王老吉 in Guangzhou, China

8 Weeks internship in China

24th November 2023 – 21st January 2024
Chinese Language Classes

Funding Available

Apply by September 17th 2023

The Internships

Public Relations Department Internship


  1. Assist in planning, developing and implementing Marketing & PR activities to support brand building.
  2. Assist in developing and preparing social media materials to support brand communication. (e.g. Facebook, IG, WeChat…etc).
  3. Content creation and modification, such as drafting proposals, reports, press releases and speeches.
  4. Develop and prepare marketing materials (e.g. leaflets, posters and brochures…).


  1. Degree in Marketing, Communications or related area.
  2. Strong theoretical foundations for public relations communications, with media strategy, media planning, development and executional capabilities. Familiar with various marketing strategies.
  3. Excellent command of both written and spoken English.
  4. Outgoing, self-motivated, proactive and approachable. Strong in communicating with people at all levels, strong team awareness.
  5. Experience in Photo editing / Video editing is a plus.
International Business Internship


  1. Under the guidance of the regional manager, assist in the investigation and evaluation of the regional market and customers, and provide market information for screening agent customers.
  2. Under the guidance of the regional manager, complete the examination and evaluation of the trade market and customers under its jurisdiction, and contribute to the implementation of and feedback for the customer management policy.
  3. Assist in collecting and summarizing overseas market information and data, setting up data files.
  4. Responsible for coordinating with relevant departments within the company to complete export order follow-ups and maintain customer relationships.


  1. International trade, marketing or related majors.
  2. Proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English.
  3. Sociable personality, strong interpersonal skills, good initiative, creative and eager, enterprising, ambitious, works well in a team.
Corporate Culture Department Internship


  1. Responsible for the daily reception, explanation and mission of Wang Lao Ji herbal tea museum.
  2. Handling of daily administrative affairs in Wang lao ji herbal tea museums and offices.
  3. Have a strong interest in Chinese traditional culture and are committed to the protection of intangible heritage.


  1. Excellent in communication and engagement, with strong people skills.
  2. Positive, enthusiastic and good interpersonal skills.
  3. Well-presented and maintain a good personal image.
  4. Proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and Chinese.

Living Expenses in China

For a better idea of how much to budget for your time in China, please review our summary of standard living expenses!

NOTE: All expenses are in Chinese Yuan (¥). Daily conversion rates can be found here.

Expense Type




2.09 ¥

One-way ticket; Local Transport – Bus and Subway

156.37 ¥

Monthly pass – regular price; Local Transport – Bus and Subway

12 ¥

Taxi price for 1 km – Normal Tariff

45.87 ¥

Taxi price for 1 hour Waiting – Normal Tariff

2.70 ¥

Taxi price every 1 additional kilometer

3 ¥

Bike rent – free for the first hour. Each hour after that costs 3 ¥

30 ¥

Bike rent for over 12 hrs but not more than 24 hrs


20 ¥

Meal in inexpensive restaurant (around 10 to 40 yuan)

160 ¥

Middle-class restaurant, three-course meal for two people (around 115 to 450 yuan)

35 ¥

McMeal at McDonalds or Alternative Combo Meal


150 ¥

Karaoke Night Out (small room and 1 hour rent) – weeknight

175 ¥

Karaoke Night Out – weekends (small room and 1 hour rent)

7 ¥

Domestic Beer

14.93 ¥

Imported Beer – 0.33 liter Bottle

57.35 ¥

Wine Bottle – Mid-range price


62.55 ¥

1 Cinema Seat


247.16 ¥

Gym for adult monthly fee


101.79 ¥

Tennis court rent for 1 hour

Programme Testimonials

Blogs written by 2019/20 interns:

Madison [] Karah

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