Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I be compensated for my full time internship?
- Can I take a vacation during my internship?
- What do I do when I am sick?
- What happens when I have to travel as a part of my internship responsibilities?
- Once my internship ends, have I completed the Chinese Flagship Program for good?
- What are the post program assessment requirements?
- Where can I find more information?
Flagship participants obtain an X-type participant visa in order to attend the Chinese Overseas Flagship Program. According to Chinese law, foreign passport holders using an X-type visa may not receive work related compensation or benefits. Participants are only allowed to work as uncompensated interns while using an X-type visa.
Some Chinese companies may require participants to sign an internship contract. If participants are asked to sign a contract, they must first carefully verify that the text contains absolutely no stipulations concerning compensation or benefits. If participants do sign a contract, the document should be scanned and immediately provided to Flagship internship staff. In a worst case scenario, signing a contract that mentions compensation could result in a participant being instructed to leave the country by the Chinese authorities.
In keeping with Flagship Program expectations as well as Chinese business culture, participants are not be allowed to request or take any discretionary vacation time during their Flagship Program internship.
If a participant is sick and unable to attend work, the participant is required to contact their direct supervisor and e-mail the internship staff in Nanjing prior to the start of the workday. If a participant is unable to attend a second day of work, the participant must contact the Nanjing Internship staff by phone prior to the start of the second workday. Participants should always notify their direct supervisor of any illness prior to notifying the Nanjing Internship staff.
Prior to all overnight travel outside the internship city, participants must submit an outside travel form to the Internship Staff. These forms must be submitted for all personal and business travel during which a participant spends one or more nights away from their residential address on file. Detailed information such as contact information, address, date(s) of travel, destination, and a means of contacting the participant (cell phone) must be provided in advance for review and approval.
Yes and no. Assessment is an important and mandatory component of the program, so to officially complete the program, all participants must complete post program testing. All participants will be contacted in advance to schedule testing. Most testing will take place close to the participant’s internship end dates. Participants are expected to be flexible when scheduling tests.
The required post program assessment at this time will include a speaking test (Oral Proficiency Interview) administered by Language Testing International, and an online reading and listening test administered through American Councils. Participants may be requested to complete other testing, as required.
An internship manual is provided to all participants upon admittance to the program (a copy is also attached below), which includes all of the information mentioned. Participants will also be required to attend an internship training workshop with invaluable information. Former alumni or internship providers will share their feedback on ways to have a successful internship experience (also refer to “Tips to Having A Successful Internship Experience.”) Most importantly, a team of on-site staff is available to be of support to all participants.
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