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As China continues to grow as a world power, there’s no better way to jumpstart your career than with an internship abroad in this enigmatic country. Shanghai, China’s largest city, serves as the country’s economic hub and a major global financial center making it a sought after destination for those interning in business and economics. While expanding your skills at work, you can also broaden your horizons living abroad in a shared apartment and experiencing all that the city has to offer – from creative art complexes and massive shopping centers to mouthwatering meals and a sizzling nighttime scene. TEAN’s Internship Team will get you set up with a full-time internship placement that fits your interests and career goals while also helping you get settled in your new host country and culture with included activities, excursions and more.
Gain real world work experience with a full-time internship (minimum 32 hours per week) in pre-established positions for 8 weeks
Further your professional development via interview preparation sessions and individualized feedback/coaching, along with a guided evaluation procedure
Live in Shanghai, China’s largest city and leading business hub
Enjoy guaranteed pre-arranged housing in centrally located, fully-furnished studio apartments which include internet and utilities
Explore Shanghai during your comprehensive 2-day Orientation Program, filled with adventure as well as learning about local business etiquette and internship best practices.
Participate in cultural events and excursions included throughout the duration of the internship, like learning how to make traditional Chinese dumplings or trying your hand at calligraphy
Benefit from TEAN’s ongoing support as well as local staff who can help you culturally, professionally and personally throughout your stay
Take advantage of TEAN’s re-entry advising to make the most of your work experience (i.e. adding your internship to your resume or leveraging your experience abroad to increase marketability at home).
Internship Career Fields
TEAN offers Summer (8-week) unpaid internship placements in a variety of positions in exciting industries including those listed below. There are no industry limitations – if your field is not listed please contact us to check availability.
Marketing and Advertising
Work for an agency or in-house at a large corporation learning the ins and outs of marketing and advertising. Roles can center around content writing, account management, graphic design, business development and more.
Business and Economics
Experience working in one of Shanghai’s leading corporations gaining experience in business development, sales, market research, evaluating risk and vetting new business opportunities.
Media and Public Relations
Gain valuable experience dealing with media and PR for a public relations agency or media outlet as a content writer, event planner or PR assistant. Placements in both local and international organizations are available.
Finance and Accounting
Assist with data analysis, investments or audits at a prestigious financial or accounting firm.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Experience working as a research analyst, market researcher, data analyst or marketing specialist.
Work in the field of education as an assistant teacher at an international school, curriculum builder or content writer for educational materials.
Startups and Entrepreneurship
Dive into the Shanghai’s startup scene working for a unique startup company (including FinTech opportunities) or entrepreneur as an intern marketer, analyst, community manager, product developer, business development assistant or in sales.
International Development & Relations
Work with local development organizations and initiatives as a research analyst assistant, program consultant or market intern.
Help support local NGOs as a community manager, activity planner, social media specialist or volunteer management intern.
Strengthen your computer science skills as an IT project management intern, security intern or program development assistant intern.
Academic Credit through TEAN
TEAN has partnered with Elmhurst College, located in suburban Chicago, to offer a U.S. transcript and award 6 upper division internship academic credits for TEAN’s 8-week summer internship programs. Credit awarded will be based on the successful completion of learning goals and objectives (set with a supervisor), weekly reflections, employer evaluations and an activity report. Interns will be enrolled at Elmhurst as visiting students and will be in contact with an Elmhurst faculty member for all assignments.
The academic credit is included in your program cost, and includes an electronic transcript with a Pass/Fail grade from Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, as well as The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about Elmhurst College at www.elmhurst.edu.
Home University Credit
Participants may be able to arrange academic credit for the internship placement directly through their home university by speaking with their academic department and the study abroad office. At the time of application to the program, students choosing this option will need to provide TEAN with the details of the credit and any special requirements as it relates to the internship placement. Students are responsible for paying their home university for any tuition or fees associated with the credit.
TEAN encourages participants to discuss the academic credit options with their home university early in the application process. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.
Housing in Internship Locations
TEAN interns are guaranteed housing in secure, fully-furnished shared apartments or studios in the host city. Accommodation is centrally located within walking distance of public transport.
Orientation & Events
Your 2-day Shanghai Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to the local culture, including local business etiquette and internship best practices, while also offering plenty of time to get to know your soon-to-be TEAN friends and having a fun journey in the process. Start the adventure with a traditional Chinese meal and stroll around The Bund, Shanghai’s iconic waterfront district. The following day head out on a city tour complete with visits to People’s Square, the Oriental Pearl Tower and a local company.
Even though you are traveling abroad to work hard as an intern, it’s also important to take time to enjoy the local culture. The TEAN Internship Program includes a minimum of two unique and engaging cultural, experiential or professional activities, such as visits to local landmarks and language classes, during your time in Shanghai. Examples of past events include
- Professional development excursions, such as networking events, company visits or career-building workshops led by local industry leaders and entrepreneurs
- Field trips outside of Shanghai to Hangzhou or Suzhou
- Cultural visits in Shanghai to appreciate historic colonial Buildings, coffee joints and eateries at Former French Concession, traditional Chinese architecture and more
- A community outreach volunteering day
- Introductory lessons on language, calligraphy or even how to make Chinese dumplings
- All applicants are expected to have an appropriate academic background related to the internship placement duties.
- The amount of required coursework will vary for each placement and your school.
- Students who have completed at least one year of university work and have grade point averages above 2.5 will be eligible for most internships.
- Other students are encouraged to apply as many other non-academic factors are taken into consideration.
- Applicants must be eligible to apply for a visa that is processed through the U.S. China Chamber of Commerce. Contact us to check eligibility.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application for the Summer program anytime starting from November. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Application Deadline||Feb 1|
|Arrival Day||May 17|
|Internship Starts||May 20|
|Internship Ends||July 12|
|Program Ends||July 14|
|Application Deadline||Feb 15|
|Arrival Day||June 21|
|Internship Starts||June 24|
|Internship Ends||Aug 16|
|Program Ends||Aug 18|
Fees & Inclusions
Program fee and accommodation: $5,650
- Internship Placement
- Electronic transcript (6 credits on an Elmhurst College transcript)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet and utilities
- Orientation with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of TEAN staff and local internship support staff
- Cultural events throughout the program
- Pre-departure preparation including flight booking, visa and insurance advising
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival
- Professional development exercises both during the pre-departure period and upon re-entry, including reimbursement for registration to a Lessons From Abroad conference
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,000-$1,500)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- Meals ($1,000)
- Travel Insurance
- Cost to commute to/from the internship site dependent on internship location. Check with your Internship Program Manager for more details. (up to $500)
- Visa (up to $450 dependent on nationality)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experiences and budgets. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
How it Works
How it works
Take a look through the above information including career fields, program fees and dates. If you have any questions contact us. The TEAN Internships Team along with our placement team will guide you through the entire process – from application to after you return home.
Apply online when you are ready. Make sure to meet the application deadline. See Program dates above.
2. Phone/Skype Interview
Once TEAN receives your application we’ll be in contact to have an interview with you. We’ll also provide some guidance on preparing your resume and cover letter that will be used to introduce you to possible internship placements.
3. CONFIRM YOUR PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT
After your initial conversation with one of the TEAN Internships team you’ll be requested to pay your program deposit. Once your deposit is paid TEAN will begin the process of securing your internship placement. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in an internship. Read the full internship refund policy.
4. INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
Our placement team will collaborate with you to ensure we secure a suitable role in your career field. Upon securing a placement, you will be provided with an Internship Placement Profile that includes a list of duties.
You will confirm your place by submitting your signed Internship Profile Placement by the given deadline. At this point, TEAN will work with you to provide pre-departure information including flight booking information, visa guidance and housing details.
Study and Intern
Study and Intern Combined Program
Students looking to study and intern at the same time in Shanghai can consider our Semester in Shanghai program in partnership with Fudan University. The special program allows students to enroll in courses while also pursuing a part-time internship 2-3 days a week during the semester. Learn more.