CRCC Asia Internships

Make your resume stand out from the crowd with an internship in China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, or the UK!

Over 90% of interns at CRCC get jobs in their field within three months of graduation! About one third of China interns are offered a job in China following their internship, so it's a great way to get your foot in the door if working abroad is your goal.

You can also be placed in Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, and the UK, and gain experience working cross-culturally and adapting to work in new industries or environments.

Key information


China: Beijing, Shangai, Shenzhen
Japan: Tokyo, Osaka
South Korea: Seoul
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
UK: Manchester




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



2020 Deadlines

Deadlines depend on the internship start date.
Please apply at least 4 months ahead of your chosen start date.

Program-specific additional requirements

Resume required - see the Eligibility section below.

2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

This is a non-credit bearing experience. Students also do not have to speak Mandarin/Vietnamese/Japanese/Korean to participate - onsite supervisors will all speak English.

Placements can be made in the following sectors:
Architecture & Real estate, Business, Engineering, Finance & Accounting, Green Technology, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology (IT), Journalism, Legal/Law, Logistics, Marketing (PR & Advertising), Media & Creative Industries, Risk Management, Sport Management, Travel & Tourism, and NGOs/Charities/Non-Profit marketing

It may be possible to be placed in the following sectors as well: 
Art galleries, Retail, Design & fashion, Food & beverage, Graphic design, Sport & fitness, and Journalism.

Internship Examples: Fashion Management in Tokyo, Global Tech Policy in Shenzen, Fermentation & Brewing in Beijing, working with a PR company gearing up for the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, and more. 

You can choose a one, two or three month internship. Programs start once a month (please note some programs are only offered in summer) and are listed by program location:

Students going to Japan or China for a 1 or 2 month internship can also finish their stay with an optional Dragon Trip Travel Program starting in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen (all 21 days), or Tokyo (10 days), starting the day after your placement ends. See Costs/Funding section for more info on grants. 


Students pay a program fee directly to CRCC Asia. While this is an internship with costs associated, the program fee includes the (unpaid) internship, accommodation, insurance, visa, arrival orientation, and weekly Mandarin lessons (for placements in China), business networking, cultural events, professional development events, and 24/7 support.

All students who apply through and are nominated by the University of Calgary will receive $200 off their program of choice.  

Each location has a different fee structure as accommodation prices differ so please see the Prices here. Costs range from $1495usd to $7050usd for 1-3 month placements with a UCalgary discount, and include internship, on the ground activities, events, and 24/7 support - most prices include accommodation, and additional language learning options are available. 


Check out the Jan/Feb info sessions this year for discounts on upcoming 2019 programs!

Since this is a non-credit bearing experience students can apply for SU Travel and Conference funding or faculty awards like the Schulich Student Activities Fund or the Haskayne Student Experiences Fund.

Justin Shapiro China Internship & Travel Scholarship
The scholarship will be available for students selected for the 2-month internship+travel program to China, which includes a month-long internship in China, and the Dragon Trip 21 day tour of Beijing, Shanghai, or Shenzhen for the summer of 2019 and also in 2020. The scholarship is open to anyone over 18 years old and includes a month-long internship in China with accommodation and work placement, a 21-day adventure tour of China after the internship and return flights to/from China.The scholarship honors Justin Shapiro, who joined The Dragon Trip team and moved on to join CRCC Asia’s Finance team. On September 22nd, Justin was cycling home in Austin when he was hit by a car, and tragically passed away on September 28th, 2017. The scholarship will be offered every summer until the end of 2020, which reflects the time Justin was at both CRCC Asia and The Dragon Trip. Applications can be found here and are due April prior to the summer program. All applications will be reviewed by Justin’s father who is so proud of what his son achieved, both professionally and personally. The selected scholarship recipient would ideally mirror Justin’s passion for travel and entrepreneurship, as well as his zest for life.

See other Special Offers here!

Accommodation is provided by the program, in serviced hotel apartments. There is also an option to arrange your own accommodation with some placements. 

All applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program, have completed a degree program, are in-between high school and university, or are on a gap year within a degree program.

Applicants should exhibit an interest in foreign travel/culture and be fluent in English.

If you speak some Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese/Korean and would like to practice your language skills whilst abroad, CRCC can also find you a company where this may be possible.

Application requirements: A completed online application and emailed resume is required for a complete application. Please email your resume in .pdf format to Apply online for the program based on your city of interest, and list 3 industries you are interested in being placed in in the "Course List" section. 

Do I have to speak Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese, or Korean?

No, CRCC Asia ensures that all host companies have an English-speaking supervisor who will act as your mentor and provide structure and support throughout your experience. Some colleagues will also be able to speak English in these regions. 

For the programs in China, CRCC Asia provides weekly Mandarin lessons. This will give you a great opportunity to learn new language skills while in China and will help you get around the city and communicate with locals. If you can already speak Chinese and would like to brush up on your skills, CRCC Asia can help you organize your own lessons.

For programs not in China, CRCC Asia can help arrange lessons with their vetted language providers.

Where will I be placed?

You will list your top three sectors  and at your interview, CRCC will work with you to find a placement that suits you. 98% of interns are placed in their top sector. Companies are vetted by CRCC.

CRCC Asia has a FAQ that is also helpful. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Virginia Rayner

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.