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  • Locations: Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Shanghai Internship lead photo

Announcements IconAnnouncements

This program will not run in 2021.

UVA and East China Normal University (ECNU) are partnering to provide students the valuable opportunity to couple coursework with professional work experience in the dynamic metropolis of Shanghai over the course of nine weeks during the summer term. Students will engage in full-time internships with local organizations representing a variety of professional fields, ranging from business development to marketing and beyond. Placements will be determined by students’ interests, studies, experience, and professional and academic goals. Over the course of the summer, students will develop Chinese language skills and will be prompted to reflect upon their lived experiences working across cultures in the unique setting of China. In the process, students will not only gain exposure to new professional contexts but will also practice transferable skills that are highly valued by global employers.

This program builds off the relationship forged between UVA and ECNU through the long-standing UVA in Shanghai: Intensive Chinese summer program.

If you are wondering “why travel all the way to Shanghai for a summer internship?,” we recommend you read this article by internship coordinator (and UVA alumna) Logan Clements: 6 Reasons Everyone Should Intern in China


Location IconLocation

Embracing both tradition and modernity, Shanghai is a dynamic and exciting city. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is one of the largest port cities in Asia. A thriving commercial city, Shanghai offers plenty for people, Chinese and Westerners alike, to enjoy. East China Normal University (ECNU), a nationally renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is one of the earliest-established universities in China as well as one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Founded in 1951, it is nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education of the PRC and a member of the prestigious 211 and 985 projects. Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, the university is reputed as the “garden university.” ECNU is a research university with an extensive range of disciplines including education, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences & technologies and administrative sciences.

Shanghai Yu Garden Shanghai_internship_group

Courses IconCourses

The program length is nine weeks and will provide students a total of 2 direct UVA credits. In the first week, students will engage in intensive course sessions to set the stage for their learning to come. Over the final eight weeks, students will: 1) engage in a 37-40 hour/week internship, 2) attend one hour of one-on-one language study sessions once per week with an instructor to share experiences and reflect upon/analyze aspects of Chinese work, society, and culture.

Course Listings
GSGS 3540 - Working with/across Cultures in International Internships (1 credit)
CHIN 3559 - Chinese in the Professional World (1 credit). 

GSGS 3540- Working With/Across Cultures in International Internships: This course has been designed to highlight many of the key principles that inform our approach to experiential education abroad and to offer a flexible educational structure to accommodate students’ individualized internship arrangements. The educational purpose is to guide students in:

  • Demonstrating awareness of the essential role of culture in shaping human experiences, formations, and activities, especially in work settings
  • Developing familiarity with fundamental principles of experiential learning theory and reflexively applying them to their own processes of learning in the course of their time abroad
  • Drawing connections between their particular experiences of working in China to realities of globalizing work conditions and other facets of globalization.
The assignments have been crafted to enhance students’ abilities to develop relationships at work and the readings have been chosen to connect students' individual experiences abroad to broader theories and phenomena. Participants in this course are challenged to direct and shape their own learning through their experiences, using the framework of the course and support from the instructor and fellow peers to grow as much as possible while in Shanghai.

CHIN 3559 will emphasize the application of Chinese language in everyday life, and the content will closely relate to Chinese office culture and Chinese culture in general.

2020 Summer: Shanghai Internship Itinerary

Prerequisites: Preferably, students applying to this program have completed or are in the process of completing (in Spring 2020) CHIN 2020 or the equivalent.

Once students have committed to the program, they will begin working with UVA Global Internships and our Shanghai internship coordinator to discuss internship placements. Students will be asked to develop internship application materials (resumes, cover letters) and will be invited to participate in interviews with Shanghai-based employers. While every effort will be made to honor expressed preferences, it is helpful for students to be open-minded about internship placements, as all positions will yield important opportunities for learning.

Probable fields for internships include:

  • Business Development
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Events
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Media
  • And many more

Faculty IconFaculty

Hsin-hsin Liang |

Professor of Chinese in the General Faculty at UVA and serves as the Executive Director of both this program and the long-running UVA in Shanghai Chinese Language Program, which will run concurrently at ECNU. She will teach Chinese for four days in the first week when the student arrive in Shanghai.

A UVA graduate student will live on-site and serve both as a Program Coordinator and teach the GSGS course.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will live in an international student residence hall on the Zhongbei Campus of ECNU. Details about dormitory facilities can be found at the Accommodation page on ECNU's website. There are several dining halls and two restaurants on campus. Visiting international students can use their campus card (which also functions as a meal card) to eat at every dining hall on campus. International students also have access to various sport facilities including basketball, soccer, ping pong and badminton.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. Students participating in the UVA in Shanghai Internship program are eligible to be considered for UVA Global Internships Summer Travel Grants; awards are given with high priority to those with demonstrated financial need. The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders and most non-US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process and collect applications in a batch. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor at the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.