Shanghai, China

Global Internship

Program Resuming Fall '22
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Information for term Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 15 – Dec 17, 2022 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 12 - 15 semester hours / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals. Learn more about our personalized placement process.

Shanghai is a commercial giant, a financial and cultural hub, and home to the largest container port on Earth. Translation: there’s no better place to expand your business knowledge from a global perspective. Learn about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies, and the importance of skills like integrity and collaboration — while developing contacts that can help with future career opportunities.

Unique Experiences

  • Improve

    Your Chinese language proficiency and business vocabulary

  • Expand

    Your network among professionals at Chinese companies, multinationals, or NGOs

  • Discover

    Another side of China on a weekend field trip to Nanjing

  • Speed per hour of the Shanghai Maglev, the fastest rail commute in China

    430km
  • Ex-Pats living in the city

    170k
  • Multinational corporations set up regional headquarters in Shanghai

    > 500

Location & Culture

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Shanghai is a leading driver of China's trade and economic development, serving as a model city. Today, with a population of 24 million, Shanghai is home to the world’s largest container port, some of the tallest skyscrapers on Earth, and the world’s first commercially operated magnetic levitation transport system — the high-speed Maglev train — along with one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

Learn more about Shanghai and see past internship examples »

Excursions & Activities

  • Step back in time with a visit to the traditional water towns Zhujiajiao, noted for its narrow, cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history.
  • Stop by tea houses, museums, and community centers to practice speaking Chinese with local people.
  • Try activities like Chinese cooking, calligraphy, or martial arts.

Professional Development

  • Take advantage of resume help and interviewing skills based on local business culture.
  • Explore the professional working world of Shanghai through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and guest lectures.
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship.

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Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Residence Halls with CIEE roommate: Stay on the beautiful East China Normal University (ECNU) campus with a fellow CIEE student. There is a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor and a study lounge on the first floor. 

    Residence Halls with Chinese student roommate: Stay on the beautiful ECNU campus with a Chinese peer from ECNU. There is a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor and a study lounge on the first floor. Because Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment.  

    Homestays: Stay with a Chinese host family just 15 to 45 minutes from campus, either on foot or via public transportation. You will have your own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Host families speak only Chinese.

  • Meals

    Residence Halls: Meals are not included.

    Homestays: You will be invited to most family meals, but should budget for your own lunches, most weekend meals outside of the home, and for all meals on group field trips and individual travel.

Shanghai, China

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Shanghai

    A 10-minute walk from East China Normal University

  • B

    ECNU RESIDENCE HALL

    The residence hall is a ten-minute walk from the CIEE Shanghai class rooms and office, and within walking distance of the light rail and other public transportation options

  • C

    EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY

    Shanghai

Academics

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Academics

As a CIEE Global Intern in Shanghai, you will be placed in an internship that is aligned with your professional and career goals. You will hold a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries, such as business, finance and the social sector. Extra-curricular excursions and cultural activities complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of Shanghai and surrounding Chinese areas.

This semester length program (18 weeks) includes a 6-week block of academic coursework and a 12-week block of full-time internship and course. During the 6-week block of academic coursework, participants enroll in two elective Open Campus courses. In addition to the required 6-week block of courses at the start of the program, participants are also provided the option to take one additional Open Campus course during Block II and/or Block III should their schedules allow. Class environment varies depending on the course and is designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. All internships are offered in English although local language skills may expand internship opportunities.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students participating in the Shanghai Semester Global Internship program must maintain full-time student status at their home university while participating in the CIEE program and must have matriculated full-time at their home university at least three months prior to application. Students must have completed at least their first semester/quarter of university studies prior to application in order to present an academic transcript. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details.

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Upon completing the two electives during the first 6-week block, students participate in an integrated academic course taught alongside the 12-week, full-time internship. The two 6-week elective courses, internship and course are required components of the program.

Explore literature, history, religion, and more with our course offerings. Students will enroll in:

  • Two Block I CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system.
  • 12-week full-time internship with an integrated online academic course.
  • Optional additional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III

PROGRAM CREDIT

Total credit for the program is 12-18 semester/18-27 quarter credits.

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours (language courses = 60 contact hours)
  • CIEE Internship: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 45 academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours
  • Weeks 1 – 6 
    • 2 Block I CIEE courses
  • Weeks 7 – 18
    • INSH 3826 HYBR: Academic Internship in a Global Workplace
    • One additional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III (optional)

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion. The integrated academic course which correlates with the 12-week internship is taught in an online learning environment to complement the internship experience. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organization.

Class Format

Students begin by taking two Block I CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Elective classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions. The second part of the program includes a 12-week CIEE full-time internship and academic course and one optional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III. Students should expect to intern traditional full-time business hours, which typically results in exceeding the 225-300 minimum internship hours. On average, in Shanghai, students intern 40 hours/week.

Except for the required Internship course, all courses are offered with the CIEE Open Campus program, and will therefore be shared with students on the program, and many are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final exams. In the integrated academic course which correlates with the 12-week internship, students should expect to be assessed via assignments as outlined in the syllabus. Internship supervisors provide a written evaluation of progress towards internship goals at the conclusion of the placement.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Chinese

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes

  • All internships are offered in English.
  • Students should expect to spend 35-40 hours per week engaged in internship work
  • Block I courses are chosen from any of the courses offered through the Open Campus Block program in Block I. Courses are listed as “Fall Block I” and “Spring Block I” respectively.
  • The optional courses for Weeks 7-18 available for Block II and Block III are listed below. Students can only add one optional course per block (Block II and Block III).
  • Hybrid courses can be identified in the course list as those whose course codes end in “CIEE” – open the syllabus to see the instruction location, if known.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 18 weeks May 1, 2022 Aug 15, 2022* Dec 17, 2022*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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Get Started

Here's what you need to do to take the next steps:
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    START AN APPLICATION
    You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience! 

    Apply
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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    CONTACT US
    All applicants are highly encouraged to speak with their CIEE Global Internship Advisor prior to the application deadline. Connect early and often. You will learn about the program, the internship placement process, and receive coaching tips on the application process and your resume.

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