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.
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 a Donghua University taking a Mandarin language class, before going to your six-week internship site. The language course may also be continued throughout 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.
Media & Communications
Research & Development
Science & Technology
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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:
Upon arrival you will spend two weeks at a local university taking a required 3-credit Mandarin language or Chinese Studies class. 3-credit Chinese language courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels will be offered. For native Chinese speakers and students at advanced levels, EC/PO 325 Chinese Economy and Politics: Transition and Development (3-credit) will be offered in Chinese.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Shanghai, and cultural events at the IES Abroad Shanghai Center.
Potential destinations include:
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.
In a field trip to the Chinese countryside, you will visit Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), the UNESCO World Heritage Site that has 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.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Shanghai Center is located in New Harbor Service Apartments - the same building as the Economy, Business & Society student apartments - in the heart of central Shanghai. You can easily access all parts of Shanghai from the Center, via an extensive subway and bus system.
Features of the IES Abroad Shanghai Center include:
Qinbo "James" Gao has been involved in international education for many years. Prior to joining IES Abroad Shanghai as the Center Director, he was the Director of the International Affairs Office (IAO) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)-Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF). He joined SAIF in 2009 as a founding member for the institution, which is a collaboration between the Shanghai Municipal Government (SMG) and SJTU.
Before joining SAIF, James worked at the Chinese Europe International Business School (CEIBS) as Accreditations & International Programs Manager. He started his career as an English lecturer at Tongji University, where he received “Junior Teacher Awards” in 1998 and 1999, based upon student voting and academic reviews.
James received his bachelor’s degree from the International Studies University in Xi’an, and his M.A. in Tourism Administration from The George Washington University School of Business. He is a candidate for the Doctorate of Education at the University of Nottingham (China Campus), focusing on practical research in higher education.
IES Abroad Staff
Lihong YANGStudent Affairs Coordinator and Customized Program Coordinator
Yuying YANGProgram Assistant
Shuo HANAcademic Coordinator and Chinese Instruction Coordinator
Wei ZHANGChinese language Instructor
Liyan SUNChinese Language Instructor