China: Summer Shanghai Internship

Shanghai, China

June 17 – August 11, 2019

Shanghai is  a leading driver of China's trade and economic development, serving as a model city. Today, with a population of 24 million, Shanghai is home to the world’s largest container port, some of the tallest skyscrapers on Earth, and the world’s first commercially operated magnetic levitation transport system — the high-speed Maglev train — along with one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

Program Highlights

  • Live and intern in the largest city in the world
  • No prior Language required to embark on this summer adventure in China
  • Learn about Chinese Culture with one on one mentorship
  • Earn experience and professional skills by interning at a small or medium-sized organization 

Course & Program Information

Credit Number: 6 Transfer Credits

Students will earn transfer credits for completing an internship and for a Chinese Language course depending on your level. 

Shanghai is a commercial giant, a financial and cultural hub, and home to the largest container port on Earth. Translation: there’s no better place to expand your business knowledge from a global perspective. Learn about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies,, and the importance of skills like integrity and collaboration — while developing contacts that can help with future career opportunities. 

On this program, CSB/SJU has partnered with CIEE to allow you to spend your summer completing an internship placement with a local business or NGO, an accompanying internship course, and one-on-one mentoring.  During your placement will be assigned to an internship project with a company in Shanghai. You’ll be encouraged to share real issues impacting your internship placement while participating in the course. CIEE will also provide company site-visits that will also provide additional opportunities to learn about local and multinational companies in Shanghai. The internship sponsors, which vary each term depending on participating organizations and available positions, may include local Chinese companies and multinational companies, as well as international small- and medium-sized enterprises and nonprofit organizations. 

CIEE Shanghai. CIEE Shanghai is located along the bank of the Liwa River on East China Normal University’s downtown Putuo campus, known as the “Garden University” for its beautiful grounds.

Program Cost & Financial Considerations

The estimated program fee is $6,650 paid directly to program partner, CIEE.

The program fee includes:

  • 6 transfer credits for a Language course and the Internship
  • Housing while the program is in session
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Visa fees
  • CISI Medical & Evacuation Insurance

The program fee does not include:

  • Non-program travel or housing
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Food/Meal expenses
  • Resident Permit Fees 
  • Personal expenses

The Short-Term Abroad Financing Brochure includes estimates for the items not included in the program fee, along with information regarding scholarships for study abroad.  


While on this program, you will stay in a residence hall on the beautiful  East China Normal University (ECNU) with another student on the program. Established in 1951, ECNU is one of China’s key institutions of higher learning and the first to specialize in teacher education. Nationally known for its Chinese language and literature program, the university enrolls more than 29,000 full-time students, including 5,000 international students. There is a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor and a study lounge on the first floor. The residence hall is a ten-minute walk from the CIEE Shanghai study center class rooms and office, and within walking distance of the light rail and other public transportation options.


Explore Further

  • Program Advisor: Joy Ruis, Center for Global Education