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.


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!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Shanghai
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Program Credits: 6 or 9 credits
  • Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

June 9-August 4

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


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 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.

Chinese Language

  • CN 101 - Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad I
  • CN 201 - Chinese Language in Context: Novice Abroad III
  • CN 301 - Chinese Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395A - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar (Summer)
  • IN 395B - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar (Summer)

Partner Institution(s)

Donghua University 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.

Student Life


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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • At least sophomore standing prior to application; rising junior status at time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
  • Previous study of Mandarin is not required; this program enrolls students in an intensive 2-week Mandarin course at our partner university upon arrival. Interns will begin full-time work and can opt to continue language study for the remaining 6 weeks.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required to enter China. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Summer 2018 6 credits

  • Tuition: $4,365
  • Housing: $1,200
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $5,700

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese
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