Shanghai, China

Summer - Internship

Full-time Internship

At a glance


Apartment, Homestay


3 or 6 per Semester

Primary Spoken Language

Chinese, English

Language Prerequisites:


Visa Required:


About the Internship

Program Suspended for Summer 2023

An IES Internship in Shanghai develops your professional skills and your ability to communicate across cultures and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

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Gain Experience

You're guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization.

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Find the Perfect Placement

We help you to find a placement that matches your goals.

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Prepare for Your Internship

We help you to fine-tune your résumé and perfect your cover letter.

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Learn Mandarin

Spend two weeks taking a Mandarin language crash course.

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?

Intern in the financial hub and largest city in 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 and later enjoying lunch from any one of the 23 Chinese provinces or cuisine from more than 20 countries.

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.
  • Apartment
  • Homestay


Live in an apartment with other IES interns at the modern New Harbour Service Apartments (where the IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located). 

The standard, fully furnished apartment has two or three bedrooms with one or two bathrooms and one kitchen. You may share a double bedroom with another IES intern or have a single room. 

This option does not include a meal plan, but you can cook for yourself or dine at nearby restaurants.