Stepping Stones offers many internships throughout the year, including the summer. Our interns carry out many important roles in our organisation, and we welcome applications from all candidates who fit the requirements below.

We’ll provide a friendly and fun work environment, as well as opportunities to learn about non-profit work, volunteerism, English teaching and the migrant situation in China. Click here to see interns testimonials. 

We are committed to providing formative feedback to our interns, and provide certification and references to interns after their internship as needed for future academic and work applications.

REQUIREMENTS are as follows:

  • Fluency in English and/or Chinese. 
  • Committed to the goals of Stepping Stones, interested in volunteerism and education.
  • Smart, self-motivated, quick and eager to learn, well-organised and with a positive attitude.
  • Passion for helping disadvantaged children.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing.
  • Minimum age 16.
  • Able to work as follows:
    1. Spring semester (from the end of February until the end of May): 2-3 days per week.
    2. Fall semester (from mid-September until mid-December): 2-3 days per week.
    3. Summer (July and August): at least 3 days per week for 2 months or 4 days per week for 6 weeks.
    4. We might take interns for different time schedule (i.e. full time for 1 month), but it is subject to our needs. Please contact our HR department.

All interns may be called upon to help with general office administrative tasks including but not limited to printing, filing, photocopying, translating and managing office inventory and supplies, as well as assisting with ad hoc projects and at events.


All interns will have the opportunity to get involved in many different aspects of Stepping Stones’ work listed below, and most interns will be required to do some teaching. Candidates may apply for a General Internship, or apply for one of the specialist vacancies  below:

  1. General internship
  2. English teaching internship
  3. Communications & marketing internship
  4. Research internship
  5. Computer teaching internship
  6. Tutoring program internship
  7. Videolink English teaching internship
  8. Volunteer recruitment internship

General internship

  • Coordinating a teaching program, which includes managing and supporting assigned volunteers.
  • Acting as a substitute teacher / assistant teacher.
  • General office administrative tasks.
  • Representing Stepping Stones at events, e.g. volunteer recruitment, fundraising,  corporate events.
  • Translation (bilingual candidates only).
  • Assistance with ad hoc projects.
  • If needed, the General Intern might have the chance to assist with other programs.

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English teaching internship

English Teaching interns are needed for our English Teaching Program. The interns teach in public schools or community centers in Shanghai. No Chinese skills are required, but a good command of English is necessary. We provide training, teaching material and supervision during the internship. Teaching interns are not allowed to take days-off when they have scheduled classes.

The requirements are:

  • Fluency in English.
  • Ability to work independently.

Job description:

  • Coordinating a teaching program, which includes managing and supporting assigned volunteers.
  • Teaching at one or more of Stepping Stones’ program sites.
  • Acting as a substitute teacher / assistant teacher.
  • Developing teaching resources and lesson plans.
  • Producing volunteering certificates.

For more details about the Classroom Teaching Program please visit our website:

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Communication and marketing internship

We need interns to assist to the Communications Manager. Big part of the job is writing articles to Chinese social media, therefore native level Chinese is required to this internship. 

  • Very good command of English.
  • Native level Chinese (preferably bilingual).
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Familiar with social media, eager to learn about Chinese social media platforms. 

Job description:

  • Writing articles for Stepping Stones’ social media.
  • Updating and improving Stepping Stones’ website.
  • Translation.
  • Assisting at Stepping Stones training, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, sales, corporate and other events.

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Research internship

We need interns for our M&E research program. A research internship requires 20 – 22 days of work.

The requirements are:

  • Strong excel skills.
  • Very good command of English.
  • Native level or fluent Chinese (oral and written).

 Job description:

  • Designing and carrying out feedback surveys involving different stakeholders (students, volunteers, parents, teachers).
  • Collating survey data.
  • Analysing survey output & writing reports.
  • Assist in other research projects related to migrant children’s education and welfare in China.

For more details about our researches, please visit our website:

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Computer teaching intern

Teaching Assistants are needed for our Stepping Up program to assist our full-time computer teacher to deliver innovative computer skills and life-skills training to small groups of around 10-12 middle school students in migrant schools in Jiashan, Zhejiang Province (and in community centres in the suburbs of Shanghai during the Summer).  This position involves a 90 minute commute from central Shanghai to the school.

Special Requirements:

  • Native level Chinese with English fluency.
  • Technically competent.
  • Strong interest in teaching computer- and life-skills to middle-school students (grades 6-9: ages 12-15).

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Tutoring program internship 

We need interns to support our Tutoring Program during the spring and the fall semesters for at least 2 days per week: Saturdays on teaching sites and at least 1 day in the office. Working for the Tutoring Program is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the daily life of migrant children living in Shanghai.

The requirements are:

  • Available at least one day on weekend.
  • Fluency in Chinese.
  • Good communicator and coordinator.

Job description:

  • Help to recruit groups of high school students to participate in our Shanghai English Teaching Program.
  • Help to organize training for high school students and allocate groups to project sites.
  • Maintain contact with high school groups through group coordinators.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all program sites through regular visits.
  • Check weekly attendance sheets, coordinators’ reports and volunteers’ lesson plans. 
  • Maintain Tutoring Program volunteer data in the volunteer database.
  • Gather program statistics and signed reports from schools and community centers at the end of each term.
  • Ensure each site has an appropriate set of teaching resources and that these are kept in good order. 
  • Help with the volunteer appreciation party at the end of each term.
  • Time allowing, the intern assists with other projects, events and administrative tasks as needed.

For more details about the Tutoring Program please visit our website:

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Videolink English teaching internship

We need interns for our videolink program.  Videolink Interns work usually 2-3 days per week. No teaching experience or internet technology skills are required, we provide teaching and professional supervising during the internship.

Testimonials from previous Videolink English teaching interns: “a big fun, it is Skype-ing”; “the best part of my internship was to make creative and funny PPTs for the videolink teaching”.

The requirements are:

  • PPT skills.
  • An interest in using technology for teaching.
  • Prior teaching experience preferred, but not essential.
  • Strong English skills, Chinese is an advantage but not a must.

Job description:

  • Assisting with the Videolink Program under the supervision of the Training Director.
  • Preparing PPTs for the program.
  • Teaching through Videolink if necessary.
  • Assisting with the Videolink Teacher Training Program.

For more details about the Videolink English Teaching Program please visit our website:

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Volunteer recruitment internship

We need interns during the spring and the fall semester for volunteer recruitment. The intern represents Stepping Stones at various kinds of events in international schools or other organizations in Shanghai. The events are on week-ends or evenings, therefore this is a project based job: cca. 20 days in September and December during the fall semester or 20 days in January, March and May during the spring semester. This internship is subject to need, please contact the HR Manager before application.

The requirements are:

  • Outgoing, open-minded, persuasive personality with strong social skills, who likes to meet new people from different cultural background.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Willing to work a certain amount of hours during a semester rather than fixed number of hours a week.
  • Willing to work sometimes at evenings or week-ends.
  • Willing to travel to different parts of Shanghai (up to one hour from the city centre). Travel costs will be reimbursed.

Job description:

  • Looking for events to advertise our volunteering opportunities.
  • Contact with relevant international schools and other organisations in Shanghai.
  • Organise Stepping Stones’ presence on various kinds of events.
  • Representing Stepping Stones at volunteer recruitment events.


Suitable and interested candidates are encouraged to send their resume to, along with a cover letter explaining their motivation and suitability for applying for this internship opportunity, and detailing their availability.  An interview will be arranged with qualified candidates.


Please note that Stepping Stones is unable to arrange or pay for visas, travel or accommodation. Interns will need to arrange these for themselves.

Stepping Stones will reimburse all project-related costs (e.g. travel to project sites, not including the office), but generally does not pay stipends to interns. 



As an intern at Stepping Stones, I was able to teach many incredible and loving students, as well as having the opportunity to work with many of the wonderful staff at Stepping Stones. Overall, it was a magnificent experience and I learned many valuable skills and expertise during my time interning. I would definitely want to work with Stepping Stones again as an intern in the future!” (Denise Bu, Stepping Stones Intern,SET Program, 2018)

Interning with Stepping Stones has been an incredible experience. I’ve gained great professional skills, and more importantly was able to make a positive impact in the world” (Elizabeth, Stepping Stones Intern, Videolink Program, 2017).

Some of my students thanked us and wished that we would come back. Some of them gave me letters saying that when they grow up, they want to travel to Turkey to visit me. It was very meaningful for me” (Elif, Stepping Stones Intern, 2015).

I know the issue is overwhelming, but you guys are doing a great job. I am glad that I could join here and became part of this journey. It changed me for better” (Mika, Stepping Stones Intern, 2015)

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