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  • Shanghai, China
Why Shanghai?

Intern in the financial hub and largest city of China—Shanghai. This thoroughly modern city, nicknamed “the Paris of the East”, features a heavy influence from Western business, culture, and architecture. As an IES intern in Shanghai, you’ll be fully immersed in the multicultural life of this metropolis. Imagine heading to work by ferry, subway, bus, or foot. Then later enjoying lunch from any one of the 23 Chinese provinces or cuisine from more than 20 countries.

Your Internship

An IES Internship in Shanghai develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, 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 32 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.

Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.

Upon arrival you will spend two weeks at Donghua University taking a 3-credit Mandarin language course before going to your six-week internship site. The language course will continue in once weekly sessions for the duration of the program.

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Business Education
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Research & Development
  • Science & Technology

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

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Why Shanghai?

Intern in the financial hub and largest city of China—Shanghai. This thoroughly modern city, nicknamed “the Paris of the East”, features a heavy influence from Western business, culture, and architecture. As an IES intern in Shanghai, you’ll be fully immersed in the multicultural life of this metropolis. Imagine heading to work by ferry, subway, bus, or foot. Then later enjoying lunch from any one of the 23 Chinese provinces or cuisine from more than 20 countries.

Your Internship

An IES Internship in Shanghai develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, 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 32 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.

Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.

Upon arrival you will spend two weeks at Donghua University taking a 3-credit Mandarin language course before going to your six-week internship site. The language course will continue in once weekly sessions for the duration of the program.

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Business Education
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Not-for-profit Organizations
  • Research & Development
  • Science & Technology

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

While working in Shanghai, you’ll enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding business culture
  • Improving communication in the workplace
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Shanghai and when you return home

Upon arrival you will spend two weeks at a local university taking a required 3-credit Mandarin language or Chinese Studies class3-credit Chinese language courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels will be offered. 

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Partner Institution(s)

Donghua University english.dhu.edu.cn/   Donghua University (DHU) is one of China's key public research institutions known for its specialization in information technology, design, textile engineering, material science, and international trade. The IES Internships program will be located on the main Donghua campus in southwest Shanghai. DHU started accepting international students as early as 1954, positioning themselves as an open-minded university welcoming overseas students to enroll in undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs, as well as non-degree Chinese language programs.

Field Trips & Events

You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Shanghai as well as cultural events at the IES Abroad Shanghai Center. Potential trip destinations include:

Tongli

1 DAY

Explore the town often referred to as “Chinese Venice,” where 15 small, criss-crossing river lanes are spanned by nearly 50 bridges. These bridges are regarded as sacred architecture by the local people.

Huangshan or Taishan

3 DAYS

In a weekend field trip to the Chinese countryside, you will visit either Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) or Taishan - both UNESCO World Heritage Sites that have inspired many of China’s greatest painters. Spend time exploring the stunning landscapes and mountain ranges, while learning about the region’s impact on Chinese civilization.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Shanghai is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social event with Chinese professionals, we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The staff at our Shanghai Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city and program, including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Shanghai Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.

Housing

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 local Chinese family. Breakfast and dinner are provided twice a day, five days a week.

Hotel – Stay in a hotel on the Donghua University Campus. No meals are provided.

Get to Know Your New City

Enjoy Local Festivals

Immerse yourself in Chinese customs and traditions at the Lantern Festival in the spring semester or the Shanghai Tourism Festival in the fall.

Eat & Shop in Xintiandi

Explore Xintiandi’s North and South Blocks, where the past meets present in this chic shopping and dining district.

Go on a Huangpu River Night Cruise

Take a boat ride around the Bund to see the beauty of Shanghai architecture in all its glory!

Visit Yuyuan Garden & City God Temple Bazaar

See the extensive Chinese garden with its classic architecture, beautiful sculptures and carvings, then walk the photogenic Nine-Bend Bridge that connects the two to shop and dine at the Bazaar.

Visit Shanghai Disneyland

It is a small world after all! Plan a trip to the famous Disney theme park, filled with attractions you know and love, and new ones, too.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018
6 credits
$4,365 $1,200 $135 $5,700


Summer 2018
9 credits
$4,565 $1,200 $135 $5,900


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.