Entrepreneurship internships in Shanghai

There’s no better place to learn about entrepreneurship and the importance of globalization than in China’s most populous city, Shanghai. Entrepreneurship internships in Shanghai offer young professionals the opportunity to get ahead in the competitive job market. As China’s booming financial, commercial and economic center, interning in Shanghai will give a young business professional a greater understanding of the global economy and Asian markets. Moreover, interns will enjoy learning about Chinese culture and history, exploring the city and traveling the region.


Shanghai, meaning “above the sea”, is home to 24 million people. Once a humble fishing city, in the early 1900s Shanghai became a financial hub thanks to the influx of European banks. Growth stagnated for a few decades under Chinese communism, until the 90s when reform and modernism swept the city and changed the skyline forever. Entrepreneurship interns will see Shanghai’s history up close and personal, peering up at modern skyscrapers and wandering through ancient gardens.


As a rising financial and commercial hub, Shanghai is home to a number of competitive industries. Entrepreneurship interns can learn the tricks of the trade at thriving local firms. Working alongside successful entrepreneurs, interns in Shanghai will make key professional contacts and gain career-changing insights. The city’s neon sky and blend of history and modernity make it the perfect backdrop for a multifaceted work experience. Entrepreneurship internships in Shanghai will boost a young person’s employability while offering a unique look at Chinese culture and society.


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Living in Shanghai

Entrepreneurship interns in Shanghai will enjoy 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 and interns. Getting around in Shanghai is a breeze thanks to the city’s comprehensive public transportation system. It’s the most extensive in the world and it’s very affordable! The metro, along with international areas, has signs translated into English making it easier for interns to navigate.


Getting to know China

An entrepreneurship internship in Shanghai is the chance for an intern to learn about China while gaining professional experience. One essential aspect of Shanghai’s culture is the language, well, languages. Many locals speak Mandarin, so interns have the opportunity to pick up the most widely spoken language in Asia. Though the private sector sticks with Mandarin, interns may hear a different language on the streets: Shanghainese. This is the regional language which is used in informal settings. Thanks to the economy’s growth and Shanghai’s push towards being more international, schools are demanding that students also learn Mandarin.


Shanghai’s towering Lujiazui skyline glitters, representing the awe-inspiring power of the Chinese economy. For a taste of the old world, interns can travel back in time at Shanghai’s Qibao Old Town. Learning about Shanghai’s many stages and influences while in China offers interns a unique insight into Chinese culture and globalization in Asia.


entrepreneurship internships in Shanghai


An international metropolis

Shanghai is the third most populous city in the world and is increasingly international. Entrepreneurship interns will have many opportunities to meet the locals, as well as other international interns. Gaining professional and personal contacts from around the world will expand an intern’s network for the rest of their life. (You never know who might land you a role in the company of your dreams or which friend may end up letting you crash on their couch somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.) Entrepreneurship interns will love being part of an international community of professionals within Shanghai, both locals and foreigners. Expats in Shanghai have developed a rich community, filled with people from the U.S., France, and Korea. The influence of these international communities means you can now find cheeseburgers, Irish pubs and karaoke in the city and get around by speaking English.


Apply now to boost your career with an entrepreneurship internship in Shanghai.



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1. based on Shanghai 2015, by Freebird, CC-by-SA 2.0

2. based on Shanghái – 上海, by Juan Llanos, CC-by-ND 2.0

3. based on Untitled, by Christian Schmitt, 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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