Here’s a smart career move: intern in China, where business is booming and life is humming. We’ll tailor your internship to match your career goals, interests, and skills. You’ll live and work in the modern, jaw-dropping cities of Shanghai or Beijing, where opportunities are endless. Gain practical experience that will help shape your future. Internships last a minimum of six weeks, but we encourage you to stay longer so you can fully embrace the culture. Speaking Mandarin isn’t required, but we strongly encourage you take advantage of the Mandarin lessons offered with this program. You’ll receive an Internship Completion Certificate and an Employer Reference Letter. You can also choose to earn credit for your internship through our partnership with Plymouth State University.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Summer: March 1
Spring: September 1
- 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 available for an additional fee.
- 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.
Life in Shanghai and Beijing
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and 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.
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
- 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!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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.
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.
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.
Advising and Guidance
Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Internship Application and pay $200 application deposit. Then, an advisor will grant you online portal access and schedule an interview to discuss your experience, internship goals, and go over any questions.
Step 2: Start working with your Program Coordinator! You’ll finish your application by completing the forms in your online portal.
Placement and Preparation
Step 3: Upon acceptance, we work with you and the onsite placement team so they can learn more about your skills, your interests, and what type of internship you are looking for.
Step 4: Pay $500 Internship Deposit and work with your Program Coordinator who will help you know what to expect and how to prepare for your time abroad.
Earn Credit Through CISabroad
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. To learn more please click here.
Internships are available in the following fields:
Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!
Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!
Art & Design Fields
Health Science Fields
Natural Sciences Fields
Tommy Ho - Western Carolina University
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Site Director in Shanghai
Fall 2017: Session 2 (6 - 24 week options)
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalOctober 12OrientationOctober 13DepartureNovember 18 | December 8 | January 26PRICE$4,890 - $9,130
Spring 2018: Session 1 (6 - 24 week options)
Application DeadlineSeptember 1ArrivalJanuary 4 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 6 (Estimated)DepartureFebruary 17 | March 3 | March 31 | April 28 | May 26 | June 23 (Estimated)PRICE$5,190 - $9,790
Spring 2018: Session 2 (6 - 24 week options)
Application DeadlineSeptember 1ArrivalFebruary 1 (Estimated)OrientationFebruary 3 (Estimated)DepartureMarch 17 | March 31 | April 28 | May 26 | June 23 | July 21 (Estimated)PRICE$5,190 - $9,790
Summer 2018: Session 1 (6, 8 & 12 week options)
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalMay 31 (Estimated)OrientationJune 2 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 14 | July 28 | August 11 (Estimated)PRICE$5,190 - $6,990 (Estimated)
Summer 2018: Session 2 (6, 8 & 12 week options)
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJune 28 (Estimated)OrientationJune 30 (Estimated)DepartureAugust 11 | August 25 | September 22 (Estimated)PRICE$5,190 - $6,990 (Estimated)
Fall 2018: Session 1 (6 - 24 week options)
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalSeptember 7 (Estimated)DepartureOctober 19 | November 2 | November 30 | December 28 (Estimated)PRICE$5,190 - $9,430 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- 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