The Boston University Shanghai Internship Program offers a semester of study and internship experience, in the vibrant and booming metropolis of Shanghai. Chinese language courses are offered at all levels and no prior coursework in Chinese is required. Students with no previous background in Chinese enroll in the eight-credit “Beginning Intensive Chinese” course. This program gives students the opportunity to experience the professional culture of China and apply their coursework in language and culture on a day-to-day basis. Internship placements vary according to students’ interests, backgrounds, previous work experience, and language ability. The program provides opportunities in a wide range of disciplines, so students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
A thoroughly modern city risen from a fishing village less than 100 years ago, Shanghai has been heavily influenced by Western business, culture, and architecture. If you are searching for a rapidly changing, dynamic city to in which to study, Shanghai is your destination. Learn the impact of such rapid modernization on local customs and the environment. Practice your Chinese with some of the over 26 million citizens calling this—the largest and most developed city in China—home. Shanghai Summer - Internship Witness how globalization affects Shanghai, an economic and cultural hub of more than 18 million people, and develop a greater understanding of how the influence of China is increasingly affecting the world. Our program guarantees an internship placement to help you develop professional skills that will jump-start your résumé and make you more attractive to employers in the competitive job market. Our unpaid, academic internships have placed Shanghai students at companies such as General Biologicals Corporation, Horizon FuelCell Technology, and UnicView Marketing Research & Consulting, while also showing students the sights and sounds of China. Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interview skills, as well as prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You will be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization, where you will work for at least 20 hours a week. You will also enroll in a required 1- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you will learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. You also can enroll in an optional 3-credit Chinese language course. With our dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you will find an internship that meets your goals. You will learn, and learn to stand out.
Centrally located in the heart of Shanghai, CAPA’s Program places students in the world’s newest powerhouse. Students study at East China Normal University (ECNU) a world-renowned research university known for its beautiful campus scenes with gardens, canals, bridges, and open space. In your free time explore all the diverse things Shanghai has to offer such as famously adventurous street food, state of the art transportation, bartering at markets, etc. In Shanghai the world is at your fingertips as a business, tech, and international trade hub. As seen from the global impact of Shanghai’s economy, diversity is everywhere in the bustling city described as “The Venice of China.”
Study pressing health and environmental issues this major world power confronts today and how these factors shape and sustain Chinese society and indigenous knowledge systems in Yunnan Province and on excursion to Beijing, while earning up to 10 credits for Chinese language study. Based in Yunnan Province, home to a rich diversity of minority communities and traditions, this program examines the social, economic, and cultural factors shaping health and the environment in Yunnan and China. Here, you will gain a deep understanding of China’s rich multicultural history and broadened perspectives on the major issues and challenges confronting China today. In addition, you can rapidly advance your Chinese through the program’s language component, which yields up to ten academic credits. Please visit our website for more information.
The Volunteer Program China (VPC) has been set up in conjunction with a wonderful non-profit organisation, which supports the development of blind and visually impaired foster children in Beijing. This 8-week project runs year round, offering hands on volunteering experience and full cultural exchange for those who are serious about dedicating their time to helping others. Volunteers will live at the orphanage, located on a self-sustainable farm and become part of the family. Full training into how to work with children with disabilities will be provided and volunteers will be responsible for providing assistance through teaching English, helping with sponsorship and fundraising, working on the farm, organising extra curriculum activities, teaching music and much more! As well as becoming actively involved in the day to day running of the orphanage, volunteers will be fully immersed into the Chinese way of life, through language learning and cultural activities.
International Internship PlacementsThere are a number of international internship placements available to API participants.For a summary of potential options, see the list below:Accounting and FinanceAdvertising, Communications and JournalismArchitecture, Landscape, and PlanningArts and DesignBusiness, Entrepreneurship, and ManagementEducationEnvironmentalHospitality, Recreation, and TourismLawNGOPsychology and Social ScienceScience, Technology, Engineering and MathSportsVeterinary Science and ZoologyAnd More!Didn’t see your area of interest listed? Don’t fret! Just contact us and let us know what you are looking for and we can let you know what the options might be.
Want to use international experience to build an amazing resume? Why not pursue an internship at a company or organization in Shanghai? Students in CET Shanghai get to understand the rewards and challenges of working abroad. They also undertake coursework that provides an academic context for their internship. Life with a Chinese roommate provides the opportunity to engage with Chinese culture outside of the workplace. This program is open to students of all majors and all language levels.
Study, intern, volunteer, and travel as part of one program we have designed to be the best experience China has to offer. The China Experience is the most comprehensive way to not just see, but understand China. We believe understanding starts with language, so the program features a semester of Mandarin courses at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. English taught electives in Chinese business and culture are also available. With the classroom side of things covered, the next feature of our program is designed to give you real working experience in China: a three month part-time internship. But there's more to China than Beijing. We include four volunteer weekends away in rural locations for an opportunity to see a totally different side of China, and make a difference. And to top it all off: 18 days of traveling China post semester. Be sure to check out all that's included from accommodation to job-hunt help! ► 1 Semester University Mandarin Course (4hrs per day, ~16 weeks, valid for university credits) ► On Campus Double Dormitory Accommodation (upgrades available) ► 3 Month Part-Time Internship (valid for university credits) ► 4 Volunteer Weekends away in Rural China & 4 local charity visits ► Elective Chinese Business & Cultural Studies class (taught in English, valid for university credits) ► 18 Day Tour of China post Semester ► Social and Networking Activities ► Career Preparation/Job Hunt Package
As the world’s fastest growing major economy, China is the place to be for interns seeking opportunities in fields ranging from business to technology to education and development. However, China’s booming job market is not its only draw. China’s fascinating mix of ancient and modern, along with its art, food, and incredible regional differences, have drawn visitors for centuries. The natural beauty of the Chinese landscape is as diverse as the people who call this vast country home, and offers the adventurous traveler the opportunity to explore to their heart’s content. Internship placements in China’s two largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, allow interns to experience both the traditional and the cosmopolitan side of modern day Chinese life. Interns can expect to work side by side with local colleagues, receive direction from a manager or staff member, and behave just as one would in a real job. On weekends or after work hours, interns engage in a host of activities depending on each participant’s tastes. Interns share meals with new friends or host family members, take in cultural events, explore the city, or even take day or weekend trips outside of the area. World Endeavors provides a list of possible activities in the area and the World Endeavors local coordinator can also function as an ever present guide and ambassador to the area.
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