Engineering internships in Shanghai

Jump-start your career while exploring one of Asia’s most innovative cities with an engineering internship in Shanghai. An engineering internship in China will provide a young person with unique personal and professional opportunities. An up-and-coming engineering professional in Shanghai will be able to learn more about Chinese culture and gain professional, real-world experience in their field. Moreover, engineering internships in Shanghai offer young professionals valuable networking opportunities, as interns work alongside established, international industry professionals.


Shanghai is a high-energy, competitive metropolis and China’s most populous city. Some 24 million residents call this neon, concrete jungle home, including many expats and leading professionals from around the world. A global financial hub and leading global city, Shanghai leads the way in a number of different industries, including engineering. Engineering interns in Shanghai are placed in leading firms where they can gain professional experience in an international city. Interns can really boost their employability after getting real-world professional experience abroad.


Engineering internships in Shanghai


Living in Shanghai

Engineering interns in Shanghai will enjoy staying in the accommodation set up through The Intern Group, located in safe local neighborhoods. Interns live in private bedrooms in shared apartments with other students, young professionals or interns on the program. Getting around Shanghai is a breeze thanks to the city’s comprehensive public transportation system – the most extensive in the world, and very affordable! The metro, along with international areas, has signs translated into English making it easier for interns to get around.


An introduction to China

Engineering internships in Shanghai offer a unique and multifaceted introduction to Chinese culture and the local languages, while interns simultaneously gain vital professional experience. One key way interns can plug into Chinese culture is by picking up Mandarin. The language is spoken among most locals, especially in the private sector, although it isn’t the official regional language. The regional language is actually Shanghainese, which is what interns will be more likely to hear in informal contexts outside of the office. However, in recent years there has been a push to use more Mandarin as a way to make Shanghai more international and connected to the rest of China.

Shanghai is a key Chinese city, emblematic of both the country’s past and future. Lights dancing, the spectacle of the glittering Lujiazui skyline represents Chinese modernity, innovation and economic power. Meanwhile, the old world delights of Shanghai’s Qibao Old Town recreate the simple charms of another era of Chinese history. Engineering interns in Shanghai will appreciate all of the different iterations of Chinese culture they find in Shanghai. There’s just so much to see and experience.


Engineering internships in Shanghai


An international metropolis

Despite being a Chinese city, interns will find that Shanghai boasts a lot of foreign influences and a rich international community, making it an ideal place for an international intern. Engineering interns in Shanghai will be able to meet people from all around the world, making international friends and key professional contacts. There are amazing international sectors that attract expats, travelers and international business people. People come from all over the world, especially from France, Korea and the United States. International spaces like Irish pubs and burger shops have popped up, thanks to the increasingly diverse population. As Shanghai becomes more international, speaking English has also been on the rise, particularly among the city’s youth.


Shanghai for foodies

Trying the tasty cuisine available in Shanghai is a great way to experience Chinese culture. Being such a large, multicultural city, it’s an ideal place to try many different types of Chinese cuisine. Moreover, the prices of many high quality dishes are very low, as long as you’re willing to try local places. For as little as US$2 an intern can find delicious and authentic regional dishes. Even eating out at a higher-end restaurant can cost as little as US$10, keeping costs low. Interns in Shanghai cannot leave the city without trying plates like xiao long bao, a dumpling soup, and yangchun noodles. Check out our ultimate checklist for foodies in Shanghai for more must-eats.


Learn more about our engineering internships in Shanghai and apply now to boost your career.




1. based on 20036-Shanghai, by xiquinhosilva, CC-by-2.0

2. based on Lujiazui_2, by hans-johnson, CC-by-ND 2.0

3. based on 21254-Shanghai, by xiquinhosilva, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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