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Internships in China


Internships in Shanghai, China will introduce you to the most dynamic economy on the planet! Business, marketing, architecture, planning, law, engineering, hospitality, and more. Carve out your niche in the global economy. Opportunities are there for those who have the foresight to embrace globalization. Most internships are paid, so the investment is minimal.

International Business and Marketing

Shanghai is the world's busiest cargo port and home to an incredible number of businesses of all sorts. Interns can gain experience in almost any field of international business including import/export, finance, marketing, logistics, consulting, inside sales, human resources, research, and more. Interns work within companies and find themselves part of the day to day operations, attending meetings, conducting research, assisting with translation, meeting clients, and working on projects.

This is our most flexible internship program. Because each internship is organized on a completely individual basis, we can generally place interns in a company that closely matches their interests. Companies range from start-ups to mid-size Chinese organizations and multinational firms.

*Almost all business internships offer stipends for participants who commit to at least three months.

Architecture and City Planningup

Shanghai's skyline is a fantasy of modern skyscrapers towering over historic architecture including Neo Classical masterpieces on the Bund and traditional Chinese Architecture such as Yuan Garden, built in the 16th century. Shanghai's commercial and residential buildings showcase cutting edge interior design concepts and attract attention from around the world. Interns in the fields of architecture, city planning, and interior design work directly with professionals as project assistants and may be given more responsibilities with specific projects.

Previous interns have assisted with the planning or large scale new buildings and entirely new planned communities. The massive economic growth and development being seen in China makes this an ideal location for a student or early professional to refine his or her skills and gain international experience in a truly impressive environment.

Most companies and firms offer a stipend to well qualified interns willing to commit a minimum of 2 months.

"I was asked to give one or more lectures for my colleagues.... about my personal approach for how to design, and the impact of my cultural background juxtaposed to a Chinese context."
-Felix E. 2012

"I was able to see first hand how an architecture firm runs, and was taken in kindly by the staff and supervisors... This was the best abroad experience of the several that I've had. I can't express my gratitude enough to everyone who's helped along the process."
-Varun D. 2011

Journalism and Translationup

ELI works with several English-language media outlets based in Shanghai to create unique journalism internship opportunities. Writers can gain experience with a daily newspaper, weekly publications, or monthly magazines. Interns shadow reporters and may even have the opportunity to be published.

Many companies in Shanghai have opportunities for interns who want to gain experience in document translation. Interns work under a translator and assist with editing roughly translated documents in order to be sure the finished product is written in proper colloquial English. Past interns have assisted with documents such as technical instruction manuals, programs for international conferences, and journal articles.


A legal internship abroad can be both a challenging and exciting opportunity. While different legal systems operate in completely different ways, with completely different philosophies and functions, an internship with a law firm in a different country can give a participant insight into the way legal and justice system works in a variety of different backgrounds. While some of the specifics of the experience may not be directly applicable at home, the underlying concepts often are, and the knowledge and skills developed working internationally are directly translatable to a career in your home country.Interns in this program have the opportunity to work directly with a Chinese law firm.


As China continues massive levels of development and business expansion, infrastructure needs to expand as well. This results in many new opportunities for foreign engineering interns. Engineering students and recent graduates can work with firms specializing in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, steel construction, software development, waste water engineering, and electrical engineering. Participants have the opportunity to assist with projects from their initial creation through to their completion at all levels. Interns assist the firm's staff and may have the opportunity to participate in technology development, design, and facilities manufacturing.


As the cultural and economic center of East Asia, Shanghai hosts millions of tourists and business travelers from every corner of the globe each year. Interns work at leading hotels and restaurants in Shanghai, assisting managers and learning the day to day challenges of serving diverse international clientele while managing local staff. Throughout the rest of the country, there is a huge development push to create a hotel and hospitality system to rival that of Dubai. Large 5 star resorts are being built with no expense spared. This is a great time for interested participants to get experience in the luxury travel and hospitality field while living in exciting, up-and-coming regions. While the majority of placements are located in Shanghai, interested interns can take placements in Beijing, Guangzhou, or in one of the beach resort cities in southern China.

*Most of the hospitality internships offer free accommodations and a food budget for on-site restaurants for interns committing to over 2 months.



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