Witness how globalization affects Shanghai, an economic and cultural hub of more than 18 million people, and develop a greater understanding of how China’s influence is increasingly affecting the world. Our program guarantees an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your résumé and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market. IES Abroad’s unpaid, academic internships have placed Shanghai students at companies such as General Biologicals Corporation, Horizon FuelCell Technology, and UnicView Marketing Research & Consulting, while also showing students the sights and sounds of China.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interview skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You'll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 20 hours a week. You will also enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. You also can enroll in an optional 3-credit Chinese language course.
With IES Abroad's dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you'll find an internship that meets your goals. You'll learn, and learn to stand out.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
An IES Internship develops your professional skills, chinese language proficiency, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today's competitive job market.
You'll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 28 hours a week. We will work with you to find the closest placement match between your professional and personal goals with what's available in Shanghai.
While working in Shanghai, you will enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns. Topics covered include:
You also can enroll in an optional 3-credit Chinese language course.
Potential placement options include:
Placement Examples:Past IES Interns have worked at companies and organizations like these--new internships are always being added.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IN395A Leading Across Cultures - 1-Credit Internship Seminar Template
***The Syllabus for the 6-Credit Internship Seminar is pending Curriculum Committee approval***
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Shanghai, it will feel like home.
Homestays – Live in a home with a Chinese family. Breakfast and dinner are provided.
Apartments – Live in the Tonghe International Student Apartments with two to three IES Abroad roommates. Meals are not provided.
Part of making you feel at home in Shanghai is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
When you arrive, the staff at our Shanghai Center will welcome you for orientation. This two-day orientation includes an introduction to the city and program, including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations.
An internship interview and placement is arranged, along with a language placement exam and a variety of cultural activities.
During the program, you have the opportunity to explore Tongli, the town often referred to as a “Chinese Venice.” Here, 15 small river lanes crisscross the town and are spanned by nearly 50 bridges regarded as sacred architecture by the local people. Participation in this field trip is optional.
Optional Tibet Field Trip
An optional post-semester 8-10-day trip to Tibet is offered to all IES Shanghai students. IES staff and a team of professional Tibetan guides will take you from the markets and temples of Lhasa to high mountain passes and camping by the shores of alpine lakes. We will visit sites including the Potala Palace, once the home of the Dalai Lamas; Jokhang Temple, the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism; and the Sera Monastery where we will watch the monks participate in their daily debate ritual. Lodging will be in local hostels or sometimes camping in tents under the stars. Most meals and all local transportation is provided. Contact IES staff for information on pricing and schedule. The itinerary is subject to change or cancellation depending upon the political situation in Tibet.
The IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located within walking distance of the Fudan University campus, and accessible by public transportation to the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE). You can easily access all parts of Shanghai from the Center, via an extensive subway and bus system.
• Staff offices
• Small library with projector and screen
• High-speed Internet and printer access
• Small classroom
• Meeting lounge
Dr. Xiaojun LIIES Abroad Director
Since 2008, Dr. Xiaojun Li has been the Center Director in Shanghai. He grew up in Inner Mongolia, China. Dr. Li worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the Senior Scientist and Chief Scientist of TNC’s International Programs for more than 11 years, conducting conservation projects and training programs in the United States, the Latin American region, the Pacific region, and China. He started and ran TNC’s Beijing office for three years. Dr. Li joined IES Abroad from The Mountain Institute, where he was the in-country manager for the Institute’s work at three field sites. he received his undergraduate degree from Inner Mongolia University, his Master’s degree of Ecology from Lanzhou University in China, and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. He taught undergraduate courses in Beijing Forestry University before he went to Michigan Technological University in the United States for his Ph.D. research that focused on forestry ecology. Dr. Li’s interests include biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, and sustainable development in developing countries.
IES Abroad Staff
Shuo HANChinese Language Coordinator
Lihong YANGStudent Affairs Coordinator
Yuying YANGAccountant, Center Assistant