Program Overview

Ever wonder what it would be like to get hands-on work experience in one of the most influential business markets in the world? Want to practice your Mandarin language skills? Our Intern in China program provides just this opportunity. Live and work in Beijing or Shanghai, two of the most progressive and international cities in China. Your internship will be customized to match your interests and how long you want to live abroad. Internships last a minimum of six weeks, but we encourage you to stay as long as you can in the vibrant, international cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1 | June 1
Summer: March 1 | April 1
Spring: September 15 | October 15
Avg Course Load
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Mandarin

Key Program Highlights

  • Customized internship to match interests and length of stay
  • Chinese language courses included in the program (3 lessons/week)
  • Wide array of placements available, from business to arts to healthcare
  • Internship credit toward your major
  • Day and weekend excursions included
  • Centrally located apartments

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample architecture internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Architectural Intern
Put your architectural education into practice as you work in China. You'll navigate the rules and regulations of the company system, along with Chinese laws and regulations. You'll learn the ropes of the architecture world while you assist with existing projects and help the team.
Intern at Architecture & Real Estate Firm
Get a feel for the world of architecture and design as you work in China. You'll assist designers with projects by creating 3D models, accompany designers to job site visits, help with design development and construction documents for projects, and assist in the CAD drafting and design preparation of schematics.
Design & Production Engineer
Gain professional experience in the field of architecture as a design and production intern. While in China, you can expect to be involved in the design and improvement of the production line layout, and to assist the management team on projects and in the design and production process of new furniture pieces.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program great wall of china excursion

The Great Wall of China

One of the ancient wonders of the world and visible from space, the Great Wall of China is an excursion you won’t want to miss. Originally built over 2,000 years ago during the Qin dynasty to serve as a line of defense, it was more often used as an elevated highway. At approximately 5,500 miles long, there is definitely a lot to discover.

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Tiananmen Square

In the center of Beijing is the world’s largest public square. As the site of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests that attempted to free China, Tiananmen Square is highly monitored but steeped with history. Building restrictions are in place in this part of the city, allowing impressive views over the surrounding Soviet-style buildings.

Life in Shanghai and Beijing

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in the CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in China. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (dumplings, anyone?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to China.

Housing Options

As an Intern in China student, you’ll live in an apartment with other interns, international students, or local Chinese students. Apartments are centrally located and the average commute to your internship will be 30 minutes to an hour. You can choose between having your own bedroom or a shared double room.

The apartment also includes:

  • Fully furnished with shared living room
  • One or two bathrooms
  • TV, and may include a washing machine and/or a microwave
  • Meals are not provided; however, you’ll have a small kitchen in the apartment to prepare your meals
shanghai skyline

Local Life

  • Huangpu River: Cruise alongside beautiful scenery while gazing up at the mighty skyscrapers.
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower: This building is 468 meters tall, that’s 1535 feet! From the top, see the whole of Shanghai city.
  • Yuyuan Garden: This “Garden of Happiness,” located in the center of the old city was first built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. It’s one of the few remaining examples of the old architectural styles in Shanghai.
  • Temple of Heaven: Full of temples, this park is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Forbidden City. This is a place where you can feel you have escaped the city.
  • Hutong Tour: Experience what it was like to walk down the streets of Beijing hundreds of years ago! Hutongs are narrow streets and alleyways commonly associated with Beijing.
  • 798 Art Zone: Get a sense of the newer, commercial art in Beijing. The galleries represent the current smaller artists and the streets are filled with sculptures and various installations.

More About Shanghai and Beijing

Shanghai is located on the estuary of the Yangtze River where it meets the Pacific Ocean. This is the largest river in China and one of the most important to the life of the country. With such a prime location, it's no wonder that Shanghai has become a global powerhouse and leader. In fact, it's one of the world’s largest and most influential economic, technological, and international trade hubs of the 21st century.

Due to this, the city boasts a population of over 23 million people, which is more than triple the size of NYC! Like many parts of China, modern meets tradition as you gaze out into the famous blended skyline.  Finally, experience the pulse of a city and country that is becoming ever more important in our globalized world.

Beijing is the political, cultural, and educational center of China. This “Capital of a Thousand Years” is now home to over 12 million people. A booming and bustling city, Beijing offers an unparalleled level of energy at all times. You'll have easy access to such well-known sites as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China. During the winter months, you can even view the ice lantern shows.

Despite its size, Beijing is easy to navigate. Thanks to playing host to the 2008 summer Olympic Games, the city is extremely friendly to visitors. Get ready to explore both the city and the country of China with ease!

Student Feedback

Beijing was an adventure, especially during the weekends when my friends and I would explore the wonders of the city. Eating a fried scorpion was just one of the many new experiences.

Tommy Ho, Intern in China, Western Carolina University, Computer Science

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Jing Chen
Site Director in Shanghai

Travel Tip: Shang has a long history. At Puxi, you can walk along streets and see all historic buildings around you. You may hear they are telling those old stories to you. At Pudong, you will see all modern buildings and they presents how China​ ​has developed so far.

Learn more about Jing

Michelle Everard
Internships Program Manager

Travel Tip: Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Learn more about Michelle

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    October 11
    October 12 - 13
    November 24 | December 8 | January 5
    $5,490 - $7,290
  • Spring 2019: Session 1 (8 - 24 week options)
    Application Deadline
    September 1
    January 3
    January 4
    March 2 | March 30 | April 27 | May 25 | June 22
    $6,390 - $11,990
  • Spring 2019: Session 2 (8 - 24 week options)
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    February 14
    February 15
    April 13 | May 11 | June 8 | July 6 | August 3
    $6,390 - $11,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 13
    June 13 - 14
    August 10 | September 7 | October 5 | November 2 | November 30
    $6,390 - $11,990 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    July 4
    July 5 - 6
    August 31 | September 28 | October 26 | November 22 | December 21
    $6,390 - $11,990 (Estimated)
  • Fall 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    September 5
    September 6
    November 2 | November 30 | December 28 | January 25 | February 22
    $6,390 - $11,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.



Intensive Mandarin language training (non-credit bearing). Please ask your advisor for details.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship match and supervision
  • Internship Completion Certificate
  • Employer Reference
  • Housing
  • Orientation and welcome meal
  • Cultural Activities
  • Business and networking events
  • Transportation card
  • Arrival package with Chinese cell phone and SIM card
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program