Shanghai, China

Summer Global Internship

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Overview

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This program has been suspended for summer 2021.

Explore our other active study abroad programs for summer 2021, or check out our travel assurances and updated health and safety guidelines.

CIEE Global Internship programs are built for you based on your academic focus and career goals. Every CIEE location offers a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. Once 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

    Alongside professionals at Chinese companies, multinationals, or NGOs

  • Explore the arts scene

    Trips to local galleries, museums, concerts, and theater performances

  • MILES OF TUNNEL AND TRACK IN THE METRO SYSTEM

    365
  • EXPATRIATES LIVING IN THE CITY

    170k
  • Foreign companies with operations located in Shanghai’s Pudong district

    2k

Location & Culture

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Shanghai is a model city and leading driver of China's trade and economic development. Today, with a population of 23 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 a traditional water town, Zhujiajiao, noted for its narrow, cobbled lanes, stone bridges, canals, and rich history
  • Take trips to Sam’s Club Shanghai, IKEA Shanghai, or Shanghai 1933
  • Explore tea houses, museums, and local community centers to practice speaking Chinese with local people
  • Try Chinese cooking, calligraphy, or martial arts

Professional Development

  • Refine your resume and interviewing skills for the 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

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Program housing is determined based on cohort size and local availability. There are two potential options that include residence hall and hotel-style accommodations. Both are equipped with laundry facilities, internet access, and are convenient to public transportation and the ECNU campus.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included in Residence Hall housing. Hotel-style housing includes a basic breakfast.

Shanghai, China

Where You'll Study

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    EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY

    A ten-minute walk from East China Normal University

  • B

    ECNU RESIDENCE HALL

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

Academics

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Academics

As a global intern in Shanghai, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries. Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Shanghai complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city.

This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated academic seminar. 

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Rising sophomore standing and above required at time of participation. Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.

Program Requirements

Students participate in an academic seminar taught in an online learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship and weekly co-curricular workshops, site visits, and lectures. Participation in the integrated academic seminar and co-curriculars is mandatory for all participants.

Program Credit

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

Internship: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 30 integrated academic seminar hours, 200-240 internship placement hours

Academic Culture

Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations. The weekly seminar is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce.

Class Format

Students participate in an eight-week CIEE full-time internship and academic seminar taught in an online learning environment, complemented by a number of on-site curricular activities, such as site visits, workshops, and guest lectures. Classes, co-curricular excursions, and/or work hours may be scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for all. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city when classes are in session.

Grading

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the academic seminar, including but not limited to: online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.

Language of Instruction

English

Courses

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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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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.

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
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 now
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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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