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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Partner Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Business, Chinese, Communications, Finance, Marketing
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Internship Available: Yes
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden On-Site Language Course Required: No
Credits: 6 Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior
Program Description:
CIEE Summer Internship in Shanghai, China
Shanghai is a commercial giant, financial and cultural hub, and home to the largest container port on Earth. Doing business here is, more often than not, doing business with the world. Get with the program: the CIEE Summer Internship program in Shanghai will build your business knowledge from a global perspective!

During this program, you'll learn firsthand about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies and regulatory impact, workplace issues, and the importance of skills such as integrity and collaboration. What's more, you'll develop contacts in China that can potentially help with future career opportunities.

Study abroad in Shanghai and you will also:logo

  • Develop important intercultural skills by working in an international business environment
  • Advance your Chinese language proficiency and business vocabulary--reading, writing, and presenting information with more fluency, complexity, and confidence
  • Build your professional skills and real-world work experience as you expand your professional network alongside professionals at Chinese companies, multinationals, or NGOs
  • Discover another side of China on a weekend field trip to Nanjing



All students enroll in the CIEE Organizational Internship course and one CIEE Chinese language course. An on-site exam is used to place students in an appropriate language level. Program participants choose from one of three Chinese language courses are offered:

  • Communicative Chinese I: For students with 0–2 semesters of Chinese language study.
  • Communicative Chinese II: For students with 2–4 semesters of Chinese language study.
  • Business Chinese: For students with 4–8 semesters of Chinese language study.

The CIEE Organizational Internship course is composed of on-site work with a local business or NGO, an accompanying internship seminar, and one-on-one mentoring. The seminar component includes 15 hours of instruction and discussion in the first two weeks, a check-in midway through the term, and lectures and discussions in the final two weeks, focused on current issues facing the managers, peers, and professional staff in the students' office environments. In seminar sessions, participants are encouraged to share real issues impacting their host organization with their instructor, company mentor, and other students. Company visits will also help provide students with additional opportunities to learn about local Chinese and multinational companies in Shanghai.


Participants studying abroad in China have two housing options. The first option is to live in a residence hall with a CIEE or a Chinese roommate. The Campus Residence Hall is a five-story facility located on the ECNU campus that has a common lobby with 24-hour security and laundry facilities. There is a student computer room and study lounge on every other floor, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms on each floor. The residence hall is a 10-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center, and is within walking distance to a light rail and other public transportation.

The Chinese roommates are required to speak only Chinese, so this option is recommended for students who wish to live in a more intensive Chinese language environment while remaining nearby other program participants. Meals are not included in this housing option and are the responsibility of the student. Meals are available in campus cafeterias at moderate prices.

The second option is to live in a homestay. Chinese host families are located 5 - 15 minutes outside campus. Students can walk or take public transportation home. Students have their own room in the host family apartment and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Students are invited to most family meals, but should budget for their own lunches, some weekend meals, and most meals during group field trips and individual travel. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. This option is highly recommended for students who want to live in a Chinese language environment and make rapid progress in the language.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.