Art Teaching and Art Consulting Internship in Tianjin, China

Ongoing Opportunity

Job Description:

Beneath the Tree International is looking for a motivated, dynamic, and enthusiastic art teacher/consultant to teach Chinese students in an art preparatory school in Tianjin, China.

The interns will mainly teach high school, recent high school graduates, and college students who plan to go to Western art and design universities (mainly US, Canadian, and UK art colleges).

Interns are given freedom and are encouraged to explore and develop individual teaching styles. Support and professional development is provided to improve skills and provide ideas for the classroom.

In the high school and college-prep classes, interns will work with Chinese art teachers to help Chinese students develop strong creative admission portfolios. The main subjects to be taught are (but not limited to): Studio Art, Art Vocabulary, Critique & Presentation. Additionally, the interns selected will review and evaluate portfolios of potential students, as well as help plan student exhibitions. All courses will focus on developing the critical and creative skills that are necessary for entrance into western art and design universities.

All classes will be taught in English and require students to write about their work so that they become accustomed to hearing and using art terminology, as well as thinking through and conceptualizing ideas that are important to creating, writing and speaking about art. The main objective is to prepare ambitious and creative portfolios to meet the expectations of western art and design universities.

Working hours are 40 hours per week (teaching hours are approximately 24 – 30 hours per week). Interns are also responsible for some administrative and light design work, such as helping students with personal statement essays, uploading documents for college application websites and promotional  activities, such as art/college/ high school lectures, curating student exhibitions, and portfolio consultation and evaluation.

This is a great program for recent graduates who want to gain substantial art teaching experience, work with a team, and learn school management. Interns can also expand their artist network and exhibition resumes while in China, working with Chinese contemporary artists such as Ren Han. Interns experience living abroad with a 12 month contract.

*In addition, while the majority of the classes will be for high school and post-graduate students, interns may also teach kindergarten or elementary school classes on occasion. For these classes, Interns will make lesson plans that include creating with various media, such as masks, leather, paper pulp, paper, clay, etc. to develop and improve children’s creativity.


-12 month art teaching internship
-Competitive monthly stipend/Starting CNY4,000 (approx. US$620), plus additional bonus based on students you teach. Stipend increases depending on art teaching experience.
-Free housing or housing compensation
-Flight allowance:CNY6,000 (approx. US$975) Company will pay up to CNY6,000 (approx.US$975) reimbursement of your round-trip airfare AFTER completion of 12 month contract.
-2 Weeks Paid Vacation and Chine National Holidays
-Visa Application Assistance
-Free 24/7 English Phone Support
-Free Airport Pickup
-Free Cell Phone or SIM card
-Commuting Fee (if required)

Interns are responsible for:

-Health insurance during stay in China
-Health/physical exam

Living Cost in Tianjin, China:

The cost of living in Tianjin, China is very inexpensive when compared to the US. For example, the typical college grad salary in Tianjin, China is CNY2000 ($320) – CNY3000 ($480). A bowl of noodles is CNY8 ($1.28), bottled water is 1.5 CNY (24 cents), and single bus fair is CNY2 (32 cents.)

Competitive monthly stipend / Starting CNY4,000 (approx. US$620).

Qualifications/Other Job Requirements​:

-Native English speaker.
-Graduated from Western art and design college or university.
-MFA degree or other related Master’s degree in art and design.
-Art teaching experience.
-Understand portfolio requirements of western art colleges, and guide/help Chinese students establish attractive/creative portfolio.
-Have interest in Chinese culture.
-Have an ability to display cultural sensitivity.
-Have good communication skills.
-Must be responsible, mature, and flexible.
-Have no police record.
-Candidates who have experience working in an office & classroom environment will be favorably considered.
Chinese language ability is NOT required.

Application Process/How to Apply/Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following documents to

-Statement of Purpose
-Current portfolio
-Examples of lesson plans
-Two references or letters of reference

Company Description:

Beneath the Tree International, Inc. provides teaching internship/full-time opportunities to prestigious schools in China. By offering a 9-12 month contract, students and young professionals can immerse themselves in a culture and language, enhance their resumes, make international connections, and experience living abroad. We are currently working on internship opportunities in art and design fields in China.





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