The Shanghai Internship Program will provide opportunities for intensive experiential education, fully immersed in the professional culture of Shanghai. It is tailored to enhance both your professional and personal development, by offering placements in a range of different internship sectors, including Finance, Accounting, Business, Marketing, Engineering, and many other industries. Internship placements will also take into consideration your knowledge of Mandarin (from no experience to fluency) to allow students become fully immersed in their professional experience.
Shanghai itself is home to China’s largest stock exchange, and the new Free Trade Zone. It is a hub for finance and entrepreneurial business ventures within China and can be the starting point of a bright and plentiful future. Many foreigners have flocked to Shanghai over the past few decades, making it one of the most competitive Chinese cities to complete an internship as a foreigner.
The program will have two principal components:
- An 8 week Internship placement (0 Credit or 3 Credit option)
- Mandarin Language training (0 Credit; optional for native speakers)
In addition to the internship, you will have weekly Mandarin language instruction. The 0-credit Chinese language course is mandatory for non-native speakers to facilitate cultural immersion and to help at the internship placement.
To learn how this internship can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- 2.5 minimum grade point average
- Sophomore class standing at time of study
- Approval from department/college for students opting to do the 3-credit internship
Students live in apartments arranged by CRCC Asia, and are responsible for providing their own meals.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CRCC Asia as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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