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Summer Global Internship, Shanghai

Study Abroad Program Overview

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain work experience in Shanghai. Learn about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies, and the importance of skills like integrity and collaboration — while developing contacts that can help with future career opportunities.

Students from a wide range of disciplines may participate in this 8-week internship program. You will be placed with companies or agencies that may include innovative start-ups, global non-profits, multinationals, and NGOs in varied industries and sectors. See how your colleagues work individually and as a team in support of the agency services or industry product.

Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Summer :  
​mid-June to mid-August









Participants are housed in student residences or homestays convenient to the city center. The residence hall is a ten-minute walk from the CIEE Shanghai classrooms and office, and within walking distance of the light rail and other public transportation options.

Extracurricular Activities

The program includes excursions and activities, including city tours, career workshops, symposiums, and industry-specific networking opportunities.

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with host universities throughout the world. CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.​

Course Opportunities

This eight-week full-time internship program includes an integrated academic course for 9 UC quarter/6 semester units. The weekly seminar is a hybrid course, both online and in-person, that meets once a week and has weekly readings and assignments that require a work plan, ongoing reflection, and culminates in a capstone paper. It is designed to prepare you for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce.

You are expected to intern traditional business hours to meet the employer’s expectations of full-time, which might differ from U.S. standards. Overtime may be necessary. Prepare for an intensive practical experience on this program.

You will be placed in companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations and multinationals in a variety of industry sectors, such as: 

  • Communications – advertising, publishing, marketing, public relations, design, media
  • Life Sciences – biotech, environmental sciences, medical engineering
  • Technology – software, hardware, finance tech, mobile apps, e-commerce
  • Business – information technology, finance, financial services, accounting, consulting
  • Social Good economic development, NGOs, microfinance, public health, social entrepreneurship, social work
  • Health Sciences nutrition, food justice, public health
  • Policy and Legal Issues – NGOs , law firms, trade associations, think tanks

Assessment occurs via assignments and activities related to the academic seminar, including online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals. 


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 9 UC quarter/6 UC semester units of upper-division internship credit will be awarded for this program; one internship course. Graded pass/no pass or letter grade.

Research and Independent Study

​This is a full-time internship program. Additional independent study, research, or internships are not possible. ​

Council on International Educational Exchange 

This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and is open to UCEAP students as well as students from other universities across the US. CIEE was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with the mission “to help people gain the understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.

All internships are secured prior to departure in collaboration with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). CIEE coordinates the internship placement process and matches you with a full-time internship that that suits your unique needs and goals. CIEE cannot guarantee that you will be placed with a specific company; therefore, it is important to be flexible and open-minded about your placement options.

Read more about the CIEE Personalized Placement Process.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition 
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Due to China Immigration visa requirements, citizens of Belize, Bhutan, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Swaziland are not eligible for the program.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: