Shanghai Internship Program
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- The Experience
- Dates & Program Fees
Shanghai Internship Program
Our China internship program offers comprehensive professional development and cultural immersion. We offer internships in Shanghai across all career fields and are proud to partner with a range of leading companies and organizations.
Shanghai is a fast-paced financial hub of the world that will teach you an immense amount. Our Shanghai internships offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in one of the biggest cities in China, all while making important global connections and boosting their resume and future career. The opportunities are countless. Our Shanghai internship program will set you apart in competitive job markets around the world.
Our program is much more than the internship itself. We also provide all of the stability and support necessary to ensure that your experience is seamless and rewarding. Accommodation, public transportation in Shanghai, internship mentoring, advanced professional training, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included in your program. You will form life-long friendships with other program participants and networks which span the globe, forge long-lasting connections in Shanghai, and become part of our powerful alumni network after the program.
If you are looking for an internship, Shanghai is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Getting internship experience in China, one of the most influential countries in the world, touching all markets, will truly make you stand out as a candidate. An internship in Shanghai will be career-changing.
Due to the exclusivity of our partner companies, it must be noted that our China internships program is selective.
Apply today for an internship in Shanghai and gain a major head start through The Intern Group.
Once a sleepy fishing town on the Huang Pu River, then a cosmopolitan hub of vice and indulgence, later a city in reform stripped of its jewels, Shanghai is a city of resilience and change. Today, Shanghai exhibits one of the world’s busiest ports and is recognized as China’s commercial and industrial capital. While it is no longer the Shanghai of the 1920s, the foreign influence from the British, French and Americans is everywhere. Thus it is no surprise that Shanghai boasts the title of “The Paris of the East”.
There is no better destination for your international internship. On the world stage, Shanghai is influential in commerce, architecture, finance, manufacturing and much more. No matter your interests, the opportunities here are endless. Home to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone and the Bund, Shanghai is the place to be for budding business and finance professionals. For those pursuing careers in the creative industry, look no further. Shanghai is home to contemporary fashion designers and artists that are taking the world by storm. It’s no surprise that UNESCO names it City of Design. Let the effervescent fusion of East and West inspire you to think outside the box. There is truly something for everyone in Shanghai.
Walk down the west bank, also known as Puxi, and soak in the city’s rich history. Once a British and American settlement, and then the home of China’s most important financial institutions, the Bund flaunts an array of architectural styles ranging from Art Deco to Neo-classical. When you feel like you’ve traveled far enough through Shanghai’s colonial history, gaze across to the other side of the river and stand in awe of Pudong’s futuristic skyscrapers.
Venture up to the dizzy heights of the Shanghai Tower, Jin Mao Tower or the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to take your cultural exploration to the next level.
A true juxtaposition of the traditional orient and the booming Asia Pacific market, Shanghai is the ideal location for launching your career while having a cultural adventure. Progress at the speed of the Maglev, the world’s fastest train, with an internship in Shanghai. As China’s leader, Deng Xiaoping said, “if China is a dragon, Shanghai is its head”.
Visa Requirements for China
The Intern Group provides comprehensive visa assistance for all participants in the Shanghai internship program.
While we provide guidance and support throughout the visa application process, the cost of the visa is not included in the program fee. All program participants must submit their application to the respective official bodies in their own country or place of domicile. Program participants of all nationalities MUST apply for a visa to intern in China in order to begin their internship. We recommend that you submit your visa application around 4-6 weeks before your scheduled start date. We don’t recommend that you submit your application any earlier than 3 months before your start date.
The visa process may vary slightly for residents of Hong Kong, Macau Special Administrative Region and Taiwan.
What is the age requirement?
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?
Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.
To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.
Private Bedroom in a Shared Accommodation
We offer interns in Shanghai accommodation in shared apartments with other interns and international students. You will have your own lockable private bedroom. All apartments are equipped with beddings, basic cooking utensils and WIFI internet service. We take care to make sure that all of our housing options are located within safe areas with a reasonable commute (about 30-60 minutes is normal) to your internship by bus, metro or walking.
All participants on The Intern Group program automatically benefit from a host of unique advantages.
In addition to a professional internship placement and housing, our Shanghai internship program provides you with the following:
A full array of top class professional development resources. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 4 key components to our professional development suite.
- Workplace skills workshop focusing on many areas including professional development and core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
- Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEOs and corporate leaders
- A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience.
- A personalized, one hour session with a professional Alumni Success Coach. Our experienced career coaches specialize in a wide variety of topics ranging from landing your dream job, to Linkedin branding and negotiating salaries. You choose from our portfolio of experts who you would like to guide you through your next steps after your international internship. *Eligible for interns interviewed after June 1st, 2017.
Transportation in Shanghai: We provide you with a pre-loaded transportation card for the first month of your stay, giving you free use of Shanghai’s metro system, buses and trains for your work commute! With your first month’s work commute covered, you can focus on settling into this amazing city and excelling in your internship.
A full calendar of social and cultural events: Our full-time local team in Shanghai knows the city inside out and will show you the best of it. The Shanghai internship program includes the following events:
Guided Day Tour of Suzhou and Tongli
Enjoy a guided tour of the city known for its picturesque canals, bridges and UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Humble Administrator’s Garden.
A wonderful show of a traditional Kungfu performance and new world music.
Chinese Cooking Class
Learn the arts of traditional Chinese cooking with an experienced chef, we guarantee you will leave Shanghai with a few secret recipes up your sleeve to impress your family and friends at home!
An active international community in Shanghai where optional meet-ups are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime.
Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in Shanghai are all experts on the city and are incredibly proud of it– they want to show you why. They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in Shanghai as well as your airport drop-off at the end of your internship.
We have partnered with a leading Chinese language institution in Shanghai which has decades of experience offering overseas students and expatriates practical and customized Chinese language programs.
We offer the two following options for language classes. We’ll help arrange the courses for you accordingly.
1. Private Lessons
- You choose the number of lessons you’d like per week
- The course focuses on speaking and listening skills
- You can start the course at any time. The classes last for 45 minutes. You will always have at least 2 lessons together
- You choose your schedule and curriculum
- You will have a one-on-one class with a private tutor
- You can request a private group class a with private teacher. (The fee is 25% more per extra person per class)
- If an invoice is needed, 8% will be added to the Total Course Fee
Total Course Fee (per person)
10 Lessons – RMB1,850
15 Lessons – RMB2,525
20 Lessons – RMB3,150
25 Lessons – RMB3,725
2. Group Lessons
- You can have 2 lessons per week (either 10 or 16 lessons in total)
- You can have 4 lessons per week (either 20 or 26 lessons in total)
- The course focuses on speaking and listening and essential Chinese
- You can start the course at any time. The classes last for 45 minutes. You will always have at least 2 lessons together. You can attend classes in the afternoon or evening and at the weekend
- The course lasts from 5-7 weeks
- There will be at least 3 people in a class with a private teacher – please consult our team for availability
- If an invoice is needed, 8% will be added to Total Course Fee
Total Course Fee (per person)
10 Lessons (5 weeks)- RMB1,000
16 Lessons (8 weeks)- RMB1,370
20 Lessons (5 weeks)- RMB1,550
26 Lessons (7 weeks)- RMB1,810
At the end of your course, you will receive a MandaLingua certificate of attendance. It will confirm the nature and duration of your course as well as the number of lessons and your current level.
This is the Shanghai Experience. The Intern Group in Shanghai will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in Shanghai includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in Shanghai:
*Note: The cost of the program is fixed in US Dollars (USD). The approximate equivalents in other currencies are displayed here only for your convenience.*
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Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.
Program Start Dates
Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:
Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*.
*10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July).
*5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.
Discount for Financial Aid Recipients– If you are a college student in the US receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in the UK receiving a Maintenance Loan of over £8200 or a Maintenance Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Canada receiving the Canada Student Grant (CSG), you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.
To see if you’re eligible for the Shanghai Program, please click here.
Please see our Terms & Conditions for full details.
Submit application online.
Schedule an interview by phone or skype with our admissions team.
Evaluation of your interview and resume/CV by our admissions team.
If you are accepted into the program, congratulations!
Confirm your place in the program by making a deposit of 500 British Pounds.
Half of balance due
50% of your remaining fee is due within 30 days of enrollment. Our money-back guarantee covers you through the entire process.
Remaining balance due
You will be asked to pay the remaining balance within 21 days of having your internship role confirmed.
Pack your bags
You are ready to start the adventure of a lifetime!