Sheffield Hallam University


Northern Consortium – Online Internships 2023

Pagoda Projects are excited to offer our Online Internships Programme for students from
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) for Summer 2023! 

 Our mission remains focussed on increasing cultural understanding, developing employability skills and helping our participants to gain valuable work experience.





  • Browse over 500 Online internship listings and find your perfect position.
  • Chat with our experienced placement team, undertake interviews and secure your position.
  • Be paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing overseas destinations and provided the platform to discuss interesting topics selected by Pagoda.
  • Gain access to our weekly live virtual events all themed on improving skills, cultural understanding, and interesting insight to a variety of industries.
  • Complete the digitally delivered Pagoda Skills Courses focusing on improving your employability, cultural fluency and digital skills, to prepare you for the post-pandemic, remote working world!
  • Become part of the global network of students and graduates completing various Pagoda programs from around the world.
  • Dedicated check in service and staff on-hand at the touch of a button through the Pagoda Projects APP to assist you throughout the internship.
  • Enjoy all the benefits of being a Pagoda Alumni member with dedicated Linkedin / Facebook groups & know about Pagoda Job opportunities first!
  • FULLY FUNDED programme by the Northern Consortium Charity for eligible LJMU or SHU students!


Programme Dates:
Start Date: 5th June 2023
End Date: 28th July 2023

All the online internships we’re offering for the summer are full time positions, Monday-Friday each week for the duration of the 8-week programme. Exact number of working hours each week will differ slightly between the different host companies to choose from and you choose what duration is best for you.

Due to an extensive event calendar being organised and along with the cultural mentor aspect of the programme, the programme dates are fixed.

Get in touch if you have any questions relating to the dates of the programme.

DEADLINE TO APPLY – 10th February 2023


  Be at least 18 years old

  Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at either LJMU or SHU 

  Be a UK or EU passport holder

  Not previously undertaken a Pagoda Projects internship

Have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a 2:1 degree or 1st

Meet British Council’s student finance eligibility criteria See here



Look through our range of internships from around the world – you’ll find supervisors and companies which are truly innovative, able to provide remote support and guidance and want to ensure you have a great internship.


Go through our placement process with an experienced member of the team. You’ll be communicating directly with our host companies from around the world and undertake online interviews to secure your position as an online intern.


You’ve confirmed your internship – congratulations! Start your on-boarding, training and gain access to your own personalised management account for your online internship. Pagoda Projects will also grant you access to a range of online resources, be holding exclusive online events and ensuring our award-winning support is with you from day one of your online internship.


  • Company Sector

  • Destination




What are the skills courses?

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of student and recent graduate’ current skillset with the fundamental elements needed to improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic business world.

The skills series includes courses focusing on Intercultural Fluency, Employability and Digital Competency. We believe this framework provides the learner with the agility needed for a global and ever-changing workplace, preparing them with the knowledge to communicate effectively within an international work-group or team, tackle the job market with awareness, preparation and confidence and have a strong understanding of the importance of ‘digital’ once they enter the workplace.

As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is provided following each completed course.

Why are they important?

Based on the Universities UK – Higher Education in England: Provision, Skills and Graduates Survey, ‘for both graduates of all levels and subject areas, skills and competencies came first (82.4% reported this to be a formal or important requirement), followed by relevant work experience (66.7%)’ when asked what mattered most when entering the labour market and attaining a job. Similarly, 87% of employers listed attitudes and aptitudes for work more important than relevant work experience, degree result and degree subject when hiring a graduate.

This coherence between student and employer views supports our framework in being able to provide learners with accessible skills courses that can be integrated into professional internships; this would allow them to achieve both the first and second most important values when attaining employment. For non-placement learners, these courses may be integrated into course projects or their own self-development actions, allowing the learner to practice their new skills in real-time.



This course is designed to provide an understanding of the importance of adaptability when dealing with intercultural communication in both the workplace and society. There will be a focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and developing the individual’s cultural fluency, as well as various case studies focusing on Greater China, Mexico and Vietnam.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:





By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have created a written article examining the culture of a specific country
  • Have self-assessed their knowledge of intercultural communication and how they can improve management of these
  • Understand how to adapt this knowledge into the real working world through business-scenario case studies

This course aims to improve employability skills through self-awareness, skills awareness and enhancing career readiness. This course will equip the individual with the tools to identify their current skillset, understand those that need developing and transfer their skills to different job specifications using personal examples to showcase these. The aim of this course is to build confidence when applying for the next career step as well as provide a broader set of skills and attributes to ensure success throughout their working life.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:


By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an improved CV and understand how to tailor this to different applications
  • Have created a basic template for a cover letter linked to their skillset and examples which can later be adapted
  • Be more self-aware and understand the skills that need to be developed

This course introduces the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing, and digital presentations skills. This course will introduce LinkedIn features and making the most of the LinkedIn profile, key differences and benefits between a variety of social media platforms, basic knowledge of SEO and SEM and techniques to improve public speaking skills in a digital context.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and know how best to use this to their advantage
  • Have learned the digital marketing basics and will be aware of how to adapt content and SEO techniques to specific goals
  • Have mastered public speaking and digital presentations and will be aware of online resources that provide practice of these

This course is designed to equip all students and recent graduates with the basic skills needed when entering the workplace. There will be a large focus on understanding how to adapt from in-person to remote work in regards to productivity and time management, communication and the use of digital platforms. The course will also provide learners with the skills needed to identify their current skillset, recognise the skills they’re lacking, and provide actionable examples of how to improve these and meet employer’s demands.

By completing this course, students will be working towards the following key competencies:

By the end of this course, students will have achieved the following:

  • Have recognised the best methods of creating an organised and creative environment to manage tasks and time efficiently using CRM software, scheduling and other methods.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to communicate effectively within a professional team and have the basic skills to lead a digital meeting.
  • Have identified their strengths and gained an understanding of how to exercise these to the best standard, as well as weaknesses and the most effective actions to improve on these.



As part of the Online Internship Programme interns will be partnered with a ‘Cultural Mentor’, who will help them to increase their intercultural awareness. This cultural exposure will not only assist the intern during their internship and collaborating with colleagues and external partners, but will also bridge barriers and connect students and graduates from all corners of the globe.

– Be paired with a Cultural Mentor based on common interests/areas of study to schedule one audio or video call each week.

– Provided with a theme (e.g. festivals/traditions, food music/arts etc.) to discuss and share knowledge and experiences in relation to home country culture

– Produce a weekly Cultural Blog sharing what they have learnt with inclusions of videos, pictures etc.

– Interact with the Cultural Mentor and Intern Community in online events and discussions



Placement year in Taipei – Review

Name: Thomas Hanlon
Nationality: British
Destination: Taipei
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 10 month, paid placement
University: Sheffield Hallam University
Year: 2018

Tom recently completed a 10 month finance placement in Taipei.

“I would definitely come back purely because it feels so different here. People are so friendly, obviously the weather is good. […]The whole vibe is really cool.”

Tom’s placement was organised through InternChina. Not only do InternChina find participants placements, but we also offer a support system in the city of your placement and organise participant actvities, trips and dinners.

“I’d definitely recommend [InternChina]. Because obviously it was my first time away from home that far, on my own. InternChina helped me to settle in really quickly.”

If you’re interested in working abroad and dicovering a new culture, why not APPLY NOW?

Internship in Chengdu, China – Phoebe from Sheffield Hallam University 2018

Name: Phoebe Hurst
Nationality: British
Destination: Chengdu
Accommodation: Homestay and apartment
Programme details: 2 months, self-funded internship programme
University: Sheffield Hallam University
Year: 2017

Phoebe lived and worked in Chengdu for 2 months, where she completed a graphic design internship.

“Living in Chengdu has honestly been one of the best experiences ever just because the city is such a relaxed city, everyone is so friendly, and it’s also really super creative as well, which is really great for me”

Coming to China alone to do an internship can be intimidating, but thorugh InternChina you will meet other interns from all over the world who you can share this incredible experience with!

“It can be quite daunting. I think the first day was quite emotional but as soon as you meet up with all the other interns, because you meet them so often, you gain so many new friends and you enjoy everything so much more and it means you can share your experiences.”

If you’re interested in learning about a new culture whilst gaining real work experience abroad, why not APPLY NOW?