CET Shanghai

Intern & Study

Conduct an internship.
Take electives.
Study Chinese language.
  • Internships + an internship course 
  • Electives taught in English 
  • Chinese language courses
  • Out-of-classroom learning 



Recommended Credits


Any internship can help build your résumé. But what separates a good experience from a great one is fit. With our local network, there’s no such thing as slotting you into an existing partnership. Even before you depart, we’re pounding the pavement to find a perfect match for your interests and skills. We check in with you (and your host) continually throughout the semester. The result? Our students love their internships. You will, too.

Endless Internship Possibilities

This program is known for its hundreds of internship opportunities, and these are just some of the sites where you might intern. The projects you complete at work are determined by your host.

  • China Accelerator
  • Edelman
  • Habitat for Humanity China
  • Han Kun Law Offices
  • Heinz Global Procurement
  • Institutes of Brain Science at Fudan University
  • PepsiCo
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
  • Stepping Stones International
  • The Council of American States in China
  • TimeOut Shanghai
  • Tongji Biomimetic Design Lab

Want to see more?

Receive a more extensive list of possible internship placements.
Shanghai Internship Packet Request

Electives for Every Major

Fulfill your major requirements, or try something entirely new. Our electives, offered in English, are the perfect way to round out your semester. Take Politics and Governance and learn about how China’s government functions at national and local levels. Interested in business? Choose International Marketing or International Economics. Or enroll in Shanghai: Key to Modern China and visit cultural and historical sites across the city. What class will you be writing home about?

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Learn Chinese, Access the City

This program is the perfect balance of language learning and hands-on discovery. You’ll take 6 hours/week of Chinese with expert instructors. Between debates, one-on-one sessions, and team projects, your Chinese is sure to improve quickly. Then head out the door, where Chinese is your key to the city. Stroll through an art gallery. Buy a chop with your name engraved on it, or feiyue (martial arts shoes made in Shanghai since the 1920s) for friends back home. Chat with the fruit vendor as you pick up fresh pomelos and lychees. Who said practicing Chinese can’t be fun?

China After Graduation

This program is your chance to build a foundation for a career involving China, whether you work in the US or return to China after graduation. Get to know your colleagues at work. Meet Chinese MBA students. Discuss your on-the-job experiences with peers in your internship course. And take every advantage of the much-used and much-loved CET China Alumni Job Board, to which you’ll have full access after you leave the program.

Curriculum & Syllabi


If you choose to participate in an internship, you’ll work at your internship placement for at least 10 hours/week.

You also take this course:

SH/INTS151 Internship: Bridging Theory & Practice

3 credits for course + placement

Chinese Language

Two Electives

You choose two of these courses (or three if you decide to opt out of an internship):

SH230 The Chinese Economy
3 credits
SH240 Politics and Governance
3 credits
SH250 Shanghai: Key to Modern China?
3 credits
SH260 International Marketing
3 credits
SH/ASIA 270 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
3 credits
SH310 International Economics
3 credits

Learn about Course Availability

Faculty Advisory Committee

CET maintains a faculty advisory committee of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Dr. Rebecca Clothey

Drexel University

 Assistant Professor, School of Education, Case Study Advisor, Center for Public Policy

Dr. Ken Hammond

New Mexico State University

Professor of History

Dr. Scott Kennedy

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy

Dr. Nancy Riley

Bowdoin College

Professor of Sociology

Dr. Helen Schneider

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Yan Sun

Gettysburg College

Chairperson and Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Dr. Shu-Chin Tsui

Bowdoin College

Professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.