Intern in Shanghai with The Intern Group (Summer)

  • Shanghai, China

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  • UAlbany students, come intern with The Intern Group in Shanghai! This is an excellent opportunity for UAlbany Global Distinction candidates who are studying Chinese or East Asian Studies.
  • Complete a leading international internship in Shanghai. The Intern Group's personalized process ensures that you will be interning in the industry sector of your choice, in a role that is tailored to your professional goals. 
  • An international internship makes your resume stand out. As one of millions of young people applying for their first job, you need to find a way to jump off the page! An internship in one of Asia’s busiest cities will make you stand out. 
  • Make friends and professional networks in Shanghai and from all over the world! 
  • Have an amazing life experience in Asia! Moving to a new place can be unsettling. That is why The Intern Group team is there to give you support 24/7. 
  • The program also includes your accommodation, visa assistance, professional development workshops, social events, access to Talk Space, and a one-on-one career coaching session when you finish the program.

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  • Shanghai

Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction

  • A language other than English may frequently be used
  • Chinese
  • English

Internship Opportunity

  • Yes!

Program Details

Academic Program

The Intern Group offers first-class internships across all career fields, year round. placing talented international participants in internships in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and Latin America. The Intern Group is regularly featured in the world’s top media, including CNN, Time, WSJ and Forbes. UAlbany is pleased to offer 8-week summer internships in Shanghai to Global Distinction candidates and other UAlbany and SUNY students, particularly those planning to work in Shanghai, China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Shanghai is the industrial and commercial capital of China. The Intern Group offers successful applicants the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in one the world’s most dynamic cities. Professional experience in Shanghai will allow you to expand your network of international contacts and to enhance your career prospects.

Thanks to partnerships with a range of companies, organizations, and NGOs, an international internship in Shanghai with The Intern Group will boost your professional development. The Intern Group offers programs for people of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Review The Intern Group’s website for more information regarding program offerings and placement options.

You will earn 8 credits for an 8-week internship (1 credit/week) after successful completion of an online internship reflection course (GEB3000: International Internship Program via The Intern Group) offered by Florida A&M University. Grading is Pass/Fail.

From the course syllabus: “This course is designed to assist, enhance, and monitor a student’s progress while completing an international experiential learning assignment. The course consists of an international internship role; related sessions and materials delivered in the internship city; and an online component through the course management system. At the conclusion of this course, it is expected that the student will have cultivated a higher level of professional and career development, critical thinking skills, global and cultural awareness, communication skills, and teamwork skills; and the ability to apply all of these to future professional and educational opportunities.”

If you want to improve your Mandarin language skills, you can sign up for small-group evening lessons or private lessons, on your own schedule and at your own expense.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. 

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


You will have your own private bedroom in a shared apartment with fellow international interns or young professionals. All apartments are equipped with bedding, basic cooking utensils, and Wi-Fi. You will be located within one of the safest areas in Shanghai and a maximum of one hour commute to your internship.


Although meals are not included in the program, you will have access to a kitchen where you can cook with fellow interns and roommates. Throughout the city of Shanghai, there are many affordable restaurants and food carts that serve delicious and varied cuisine.

Summer 2020


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The program charge includes an internship placement in your first or second choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, access to Talk Space, transportation, and a one-on-one career coaching session. 

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must be UAlbany or SUNY students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have accumulated at least 24 college-level credits before the start of their international internship. Before applying, please check the UAlbany Education Abroad Subject fields to ensure that The Intern Group offers an internship in your future career field in Shanghai

Experiential Learning

The Intern Group’s 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 Tongli ancient water town known for its picturesque canals, bridges and UNESCO World Heritage gardens.
  • Acrobatic show: 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!

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page. Pay special attention to the new Great Dane Internship Scholarship.

The Intern Group also offers various funding opportunities listed on their Financing web page, including financial aid, grants and scholarship resources. 

  • UAlbany students receive a $300 USD discount towards any program with The Intern Group
  • Pell Grant-eligible students will receive a $500 discount, courtesy of The Intern Group.
  • You can also receive $300 USD for referring a friend to the program and $1,000 for referring your sibling to the program.
  • Check The Intern Group’s financing page to see if you’re eligible for any other honor society discount.
  • Global Distinction candidates are eligible to apply for a partial flight voucher.

In Their Own Words

“My only regret is I wish I stayed for longer! This was a great experience, I loved working for my company and thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle Shanghai provided. The Intern Group was able to place me with an amazing company with a great work environment and colleagues. My accommodation was great and The Intern Group team here in Shanghai has been amazing always organizing fun things to do each day. Looking back on the last two months it has been amazing and I will very much miss living here and hanging out with all the friends I have made. For anyone looking to get involved with The Intern Group I highly recommend it, it has been a great experience and I can’t wait to come back to Shanghai.”

Brady, Business major

Program Advisor

About the City

Students looking to make their resume stand out should look no further than Shanghai, the financial and commercial capital of China. 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. From the colonial old architecture, to the massive skyscrapers, you’ll feel part of this city’s fast-paced innovation.

On a global level, Shanghai is influential in commerce, architecture, finance, manufacturing and much more making it the perfect place for international interns. No matter your interests, the opportunities in Shanghai are endless.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program. While The Intern Group provides advising, students are responsible for acquiring and paying for their own visa. For more eligibility-related questions, please refer to the Eligibility section on The Intern Group’s website.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Summer programs: December

Summer 2020

Program Dates

06/06/2020 to 07/31/2020

About the Program

Your internship program includes an internship placement in your first or second-choice of career field, accommodation, visa assistance, cultural and social activities, professional development workshops, access to Talk Space, transportation, and a one-on-one career coaching session.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare for the overall education abroad experience. The summer semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the week before the end of Spring UAlbany classes.

Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will attend a mandatory orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by The Intern Group.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. The Intern Group also provides you with access to a licensed online therapist for up to 3 months using Talk Space. The Intern Group’s staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter while abroad.