Shanghai, China

Summer - Engineering Internship

Full-time Internship

At a glance


Homestay, Residence Hall


0 or 3 per Semester

Primary Spoken Language

Chinese, English

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Internship

Program Suspended for Summer 2023

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) ranked fifth in China in the 2013 QS University rankings and first in Mechanical Engineering. The university boasts numerous technological achievements and notable alumni in the field of engineering. 

You’ll study at the University of Michigan–SJTU Joint Institute, where you will have access to high caliber faculty, research laboratories, and a wide range of English-taught courses such as Physics, Electricity & Magnetism, Data Structures & Algorithms, Fluid Mechanics, and Probabilistic Methods in Engineering. 

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Receive Predeparture & Enrollment Advising

We offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs.

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Shanghai Will Be Your Classroom

Learn how science and technology catalyzed socio-economic development.

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Study Chinese

Enroll in an optional Chinese language course.

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Travel Throughout China

Join IES Abroad on field trips to Huangshan or Taishan.

Internship Program Advisor

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Natalie Jones

Once you’ve applied for an internship, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From field placements to housing and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare for your internship. Once you’re accepted to your internship, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300  ✉️

About the Destination

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Why Shanghai?

Shanghai provides the perfect backdrop and network for an internship in engineering. As the largest city in China, and one of the three largest cities in the world, Shanghai is home to several industrial ‘zones’ focused on technological development. It’s also a hub for transportation and technology and home to many Chinese and multinational company headquarters.

Learn More About Shanghai

Get to Know Your New City

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Enjoy Local Festivals

Immerse yourself in Chinese customs and traditions.

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Go on a Huangpu River Night Cruise

Take a boat ride to see the city's architecture in all its glory!

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Visit Yuyuan Garden & City God Temple Bazaar

See the extensive Chinese garden with its classic architecture.

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Visit Shanghai Disneyland

Plan a trip to the famous Disney theme park!

The Student Experience

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Students sit with their host family with a table full of dumplings and drinks in a Shanghai homestay.
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


Homestays offer the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese. While living in a local home may require an initial adjustment period, our Chinese homestay families are eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture.

You'll have a private bedroom and are provided two meals a day by your host family (breakfast and dinner) five days a week while the program is in session. 

NOTE: Homestay opportunities are limited.