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Design Internship


No longer an emerging nation that needs to learn from the west or copy its way to commercial success, nor just as a manufacturing powerhouse, China wants to become known as a design and innovation center and is on the verge of a design revolution. It is doing it on its own terms and moving fast. Just as the perceived "China speed" – the incredible velocity at which buildings get built, products get launched, start-ups get started, technologies get adopted, so is the design industry where China is in many ways already ahead of the rest of the world.

Some reported trends or perceived facts in the world of design in China:

  • China is expected to become the largest fashion market within the next years. With much more recent exposure to Western media, the Chinese consumer is now much more aware of global fashion trends and spend larger percentage of income on fashion products. World-renowned brands and designers are turning their attention to China and continuing to further establish their presence across the country.

  • Chinese architect designers have been notably present in the longlists for international awards, making China one of the tier one countries after the UK, USA and Australia. Meanwhile western architects and designers are being drawn to China to take advantage of its dynamism and wealth.

  • There has been a boom in sales for design brands most of which are from abroad, with European brands investing heavily in China, and looking beyond Shanghai and Beijing. Chinese brands are increasingly grabbing the action, some of the iconic western brands are now owned by Chinese companies. Demand for design is now spreading from the major "first-tier" cites of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen to second- and third-tier cities.

The Internship

While broadly referred as design internship, we have successfully placed interns into sub-fields including urban and architecture, industrial design and, arts & creative which again includes a lot of exciting types such as fashion, UX/UI, multimedia, graphic and interior design.

Types of hosts include design studios, design departments (R&D) in companies and manufactures, design institutes, design academy and incubators.

Although in many cases an intern would start learning the industry from the ground up, there are various projects that could enable students who enjoy using their creativity and passion to take a vision and turn it into a valuable experience. Engaged in creative process, learning the ins and outs of process and production, assisting with the presentation and launching of new designs, learning more about the service cycle, marketing production and various other parts of the business are commonly seen internship opportunities and tasks.

The following internship positions are ready offers, proceed now to applying:

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The host was founded decades ago and is part of a global CRM and loyalty group, providing a one-stop marketing technology solutions for companies, employees and merchants. It has now close to 10K employees across the world and manages billions of transactions worldwide. The China company is a renowned specialist in relationship marketing and provide businesses with tailor-made services to design and manage CRM, loyalty & incentive programs.

Depending on the specific projects, the design intern collaborates with marketing, creative and the guiderails team, creates concepts, designs, and layouts based on principles of design and clients' specifics.

Requirements & Desirables

  • College degree studied or earned with graphic design or close-related major, with proven design skills, including drawing/sketching, typography, ideation, color theory, use of texture, spacing, and scale, visual presentation development and layout;

  • Possess good creative design capabilities;

  • Ability to design or assist in the development of discussion guidelines (research);

  • Ability to respond appropriately in pressure situations with a calm and steady demeanor;

  • Works independently and is able to perform a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity by developing effective plans and organizing work efficiently;

  • Ability to work independently; Self-motivated with positive attitude towards hard-to-achieve assignments;

  • Good understanding of marketing principles, online marketing and social networking;

  • Grasp of one or combination of Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign…software;

  • Fluent in English, understanding Chinese a plus.

The host is dedicated to deliver the designing, building, financing and operating of infrstructure for organizations in more than 100 countries. As a fully integrated firm, it connects knowledge and experience across its global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings to resilient communities and environments, their work is transformative, differentiated and vital.


The design intern, directed by senior designers, assists with the development and documentation for design projects, which may include:

  • Develop urban design and planning concepts and translate them into clear and compelling graphic images;

  • Develop innovative design solutions responding the concept and effectively addressing the social, legal, and economic implications of the physical form;

  • Develop design in response to technical problems posed by a project’s scope;

  • Evaluate, select, and apply standard urban design techniques, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making minor adaptations and modifications on projects.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor or Master degree studied or earned in architecture, landscape or urban design;

  • Excellent design, visualization, and graphic skills;

  • Expertise in Adobe Design CS, AutoCAD and Sketchup and/or Rhino.

The host is an professional and reputed independent designer and brand integration showroom.


  • Collaborate and assist the Design, Creative and Product Development teams;

  • Contribute to the development of design ideas and concepts;

  • Assist in sketching CAD and updating as necessary;

  • Assist with reviewing and commenting on products from development to production;

  • Check lab dip and strike-offs for color and scale approval;

  • Support Design team with preparations for essential meetings;

  • Keeping samples, strike-offs and trim libraries organized.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Degree in or working towards a degree in apparel product development/design, fashion design, textiles or related field;

  • Able to work 20-30 hours or above a week;

  • MUST be proficient with ILLUSTRATOR, knowledge of Microsoft office & PHOTOSHOP a plus;

  • Excellent communicator and team player; A self-starter, comfortable taking the reins and motivated to do what is needed to get the project done;

  • Strong organization of files, emails, samples is a must;

  • Positive attitude and willingness to grow within the brand;

  • Resourceful, can-do attitude that thrives in a fast-paced environment.

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Margaux from France has attended this internship in shanghai as an Urban Design Coordinator. Contact and ask about the challenges and rewards of this internship.

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Job title:
Design Intern
Industry Setting
Urban & ArchItecture / Arts & Creative / Fashion / Manufaturing
Shanghai / Beijing / Hangzhou / Shenzhen
Min 3 Months
Closing date
Regularly Offered

China Standard Time - CST
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