China industry spotlight: NGO
China has more than 400,000 NGOs and this number is set to grow even bigger as China focuses more and more on protecting the environment, caring for Chinese citizens and improving the standard of living for everyone in China. NGOs can encompass a wide range of weak areas such as gender, public health, poverty, education, environment and overall mental, emotional and physical well-being. NGOs are often more connected to the community than big governments are and thus are able to bring about grassroots change. It makes sense that NGOs are more suited to bring about change as they are usually focused on one specific area whereas a government has countless issues to manage. Although it sounds like an oxymoron, China actually has GONGOs, which are NGOs set up by the government. The government wants to keep some control over the NGO sector but that doesn’t mean it is stopping new NGOs from popping up.
China is a fascinating place to start a career in this field as the country is still trying to meet a lot of basic needs on its path to becoming a developed country.
Gi2C Group can help you intern in the NGO industry and learn more about China along the way with an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai. Internships are the perfect opportunity to test different industries and company environments to learn about what type of career best suits you.
- Assist in research on potential donors
- Plan and provide support for projects keeping in mind a variety of factors such as cost, regulations, environment, etc
- Research particular project areas
- Attend meetings or conferences
- Assist in community events
- Other assignments as needed
Experience and qualifications
To find an internship in the NGO industry in China, communication and interpersonal skills are required. Research and writing ability is also desired. A degree in marketing or communications is ideal but all are welcome to apply. Previous work with volunteer organizations is useful.