Gi2C Review: The Best Part-Time Job Opportunities for Foreign Interns in China


Participating in a part-time job while involved in an internship program in China is a great way to not only earn some extra money, but also further your professional skills. Since you are already eligible to work part-time in China, becoming part-time employed in another job should not be an issue. This is an opportunity to experience different industries and cultures in China as you maximize your time abroad. There are a wide variety of positions available for foreign interns in China. It all comes down to your interests and what you hope to achieve from this part-time job.

When beginning the search, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. How much time can I spare from my internship? This is important to figure out how much time and energy you can commit to another job while still an intern.
  2. What field am I interested in pursuing? You need to decide whether or not it is important to find a job similar to your internship or if you would rather find a position in another field.
  3. How much money do I want to earn? If you want a part-time job to earn more money, then you need to consider part-time jobs entirely from an income-based standpoint.

Now that you have a clear set of goals available, here is a sampling of some of the part-time jobs that you can pursue as an intern in China:

  1. English Teacher

This is probably the most obvious option since many foreigners can find comfortable, well-paying, and secure jobs as English teachers in education centers and at local schools. As an intern, you can schedule your daily routing around teaching during the mornings, afternoons, or weekends, and working at your internship the rest of the time.

  1. English Tutor

This is differentiated from being an English teacher because tutors find their own clients and make their own schedules. You can charge by the hour and have the flexibility to work as much (or as little) as you need.

  1. Bartender/Restaurant Server

Becoming a bartender or a waiter/waitress in a restaurant is a wonderful way to really get a feel for the local culture in China. This is an ideal opportunity for those interested in improving their Chinese language skills.

  1. Club Promoter

You would be responsible for recruiting and inviting people to attend clubs and openings as a club promoter. If you are outgoing, enjoy meeting people from across the world, and like to dance, then this is probably a great part-time job for you.

  1. Customer Service

Become a hospitality or customer service representative and improve your language skills while getting to interact with many people from the local community. You can work in hotels or with local business who are interested in having a multi-lingual or English-speaking customer service representative.

  1. Translation

The freedom of being a freelance translator is a great option for those looking to supplement their internship with more income.

  1. Journalism

Become a writer for a blog or a news website and embrace the flexibility of turning out articles on your own time. You will gain the experience of working with professional colleagues while developing a portfolio.

  1. Model

This part-time job would be a great opportunity to really explore a different work experience than any you’ve probably ever had. There are many possibilities to pursue modeling including fashion agencies and even businesses who want to represent a diverse side of their image.

Regardless of what part-time job you end up choosing, always discuss this career decision with the company that you are working for as an intern. If you would like further guidance on how to find and apply for part-time jobs in China, please don’t hesitate to contact Gi2C. We welcome your interest and questions in pursuing part-time positions.


Gi2C has been an internship provider in China since 2008 and has become a leader in the internship industry. Gi2C’s goal is to help students and young professionals not only safely get into China without falling prey to any scams but also to help them understand China and Chinese business culture. Gi2C provides tailor-made opportunities for interns to work for a variety companies in multiple industries based in China. For more information, visit their website:



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