Why Shanghai?

Starting in Summer 2019, you can a secure a hands-on internship in the pulse of China with the Shanghai Summer – Engineering Internship program. This program is specifically designed for students who are majoring in Engineering or other STEM fields and are seeking technical internships overseas.

Shanghai provides the perfect backdrop and network for an internship in engineering. As the largest city in, not just China, but 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.

Your Internship

Our program guarantees an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your engineering career and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market.

IES Internships’ unpaid, academic engineering internships place interns in fields such as biotechnology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and other science and technology-related fields. But even before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your networking and interviewing skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.

For your summer internship in China, you’ll be matched with a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at up to 32 hours per week. You can also enroll in an optional Chinese language course if your internship schedule allows. With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections in Shanghai, you can be sure that you’ll have a summer internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering*
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering*
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Other STEM-related fields

*Dependent upon prior engineering and Chinese-language experience

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

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Shanghai, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in China. An internship through IES Internships provides you with a chance to experience the local professional culture while still benefiting from the support of IES Abroad Shanghai staff and housing.

So make Shanghai your home away from home—choose between living in a homestay with local residents or living with other IES interns in a serviced apartment.

Spend your free time getting to know Shanghai and China through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and trips, including a day trip to Tongli, known as the “Chinese Venice”, and a weekend trip to the Chinese countryside—either Huanshan (Yellow Mountain) or Taishan—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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 and study abroad students.

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.

Apartments - 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.

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.

Get to Know Your New City

1. 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.

2. Eat & Shop in Xintiandi

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

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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.

AT A GLANCE

  • Language prerequisites: None, although prior knowledge of the local language may lead to greater internship opportunities
  • Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
  • Credits: 0 or 3 credits (optional free 3-credit language course or optional free 3-credit internship seminar)
  • Housing: Apartment, Homestay
  • Estimated Cost: Price TBD
  • Upcoming Program Dates: Summer 2019: Program Dates Coming Soon!
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: Summer 2019 - February 15, 2019
Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese
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