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:
- Spring semester (from the end of February until the end of May) and fall semester (from mid-September until mid-December): 2 – 4 days per week. At least 3 days would be more advantageous for our programs, but if your school schedule or other arrangements do not make it possible, please explain it in your motivation letter.
- Summer (July and August): minimum 3 days per week for 2 months or 4 days per week for 6 weeks.
- We might take interns for different time schedule (e.g. full time for 1 month), subject to our needs. Please contact our HR department.
All interns may be requested 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:
- General internship
- Home Classroom internship (online)
- Shanghai English Program internship
- Summer Camps Internship
- Communications & Fundraising internship
- Research internship
- Computer teaching internship
- Videolink English program internship
- Coordinating a teaching program, which includes managing and supporting assigned volunteers.
- Teaching at least once a week at Stepping Stones’ program sites.
- 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.
Home Classroom Internship (online)
Home Classroom interns support Stepping Stones staff to coordinate groups of students who are attending online English classes with our volunteers from their homes.
3 days a week. Occasional contact via WeChat between classes. All duties can be performed remotely.
- Native Chinese speakers
- Good organization, communications and coordination skills
- Able to communicate in English with foreign volunteers
- Technically competent.
- Coordinate and liaise with students, parents & volunteer teachers
- Attend the online class to act as online class assistant
- Occasionally step in as a substitute teacher
- Take care of 4-5 WeChat groups with the parents
- Send students’ name list to the volunteer teacher
- Lead an ice-breaker
- Help with translation if needed
- Resolve technical issues
- Check students’ attendance
- Ensure that classes run smoothly
- Keep in regular contact with Stepping Stones’ staff.
Interns are needed to teach and coordinate in our Shanghai English Teaching Program. Candidates should be fluent in either English or Chinese, both languages would be great. We provide training, teaching material and supervision.
2-3 days a week at office and teaching sites in Shanghai, including at least 1 weekend day.
- Fluency in English or Chinese.
- Ability to work independently.
- Coordinate one or more teaching groups, including managing and supporting assigned volunteers.
- Teach at one or more of Stepping Stones’ program sites.
- Act as a substitute teacher / assistant teacher.
- Develop teaching resources and lesson plans.
- Produce volunteering certificates.
- Assist with data collection and report writing.
Chinese-speaking interns are needed for Stepping Stones’ Summer Camp, where they will teach classes in a variety of subjects, including arts and crafts, reading, music, drama, dance and environment, providing an enriching experience for children in Shanghai between the ages of 6 and 12 whose parents are working full-time. The Summer Camp runs for 7-8 weeks in July and August.
- At least 3 days per week for 2 months, or
- At least 4 days per week for 6 weeks.
- Fluency in Chinese.
- Enjoy interacting with children.
- Helping with the lesson planning of the classes if necessary.
- Ready to learn how to teach different classes to children.
- Ability to work independently.
The Communications and Fundraising intern reports to the Communications Manager.
3 days per week.
- Good command of English.
- Native level Chinese (preferably bilingual).
- Strong writing skills.
- Familiar with social media, eager to learn.
- Writing articles for Stepping Stones’ social media.
- Updating and improving Stepping Stones’ website.
- Assisting at Stepping Stones training, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, sales, corporate and other events.
- Assist with crowdfunding campaign planning, execution and management.
- Assist with the management of monthly donors.
20 – 22 days of work.
- Strong excel skills.
- Very good command of English.
- Native level or fluent Chinese (oral and written).
- 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.
Please go here for examples of our research work.
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.
- 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).
Interns are needed to teach and coordinate in our Videolink Program. We provide training, teaching materials and supervision. Prior teaching and technical skills are not required.
Previous Videolink English teaching interns have said: “it was great fun, it is Skype-ing”; “the best part of my internship was to make creative and funny PPTs for the videolink teaching”.
3 weekdays per week
- Native-level Chinese, good English skills
- An interest in using technology for teaching.
- Help program manager to coordinate videolink classes.
- Act as a substitute teacher for videolink classes when needed.
- Liaise with volunteers and teachers.
- Data collection.
- Report writing
Candidates are encouraged to send their resume to email@example.com, along with a cover letter explaining their motivation and suitability for this internship, 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)