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IES Internships Shanghai Summer – Internship

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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 taking a Mandarin language crash course before going to your six-week internship site. Optional 3-credit Chinese language courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels will be offered for the duration of the program.

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: Past students have interned in placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Consulting services company that works with companies across China
  • Accounting and business firm serving businesses in Mainland China and Europe
  • NGO advocating for nature conservation in China
  • Student travel and tourism company
  • Language-education startup developing and piloting a Chinese language-learning mobile application
  • Professional commercial production company
  • Financial technology company providing personal credit services, using machine learning and Big Data to improve efficiency
  • After-school arts program offering a variety of educational courses for students of all ages
  • Financial technology group using specialized knowledge to bridge the gap between investors and developers
  • International NGO dedicated to saving sight worldwide

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!



  • Internship Programs
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Non-Profit and Art Administration
  • Travel / Tourism
  • Chinese Language
  • Arts
  • International Business
  • Teaching Foreign Language
  • Technology

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Application Procedure:

Applying to an IES Abroad program is easy—just follow the three study abroad application steps outlined below. If you have any questions during the application process, visit the FAQs or contact your Program Advisor at 800.995.2300. You can do this!

1.    Check the application deadline and review the application requirements for your study abroad or internship program of interest. Plan to submit all of the required information by the deadline.

2.    Create an account or log in to complete and submit the initial online study abroad application.

3.    After 1-2 business days, sign in to your MyIESabroad account to view and submit the rest of the application requirements. You will also receive regular emails about deadlines and missing items.

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