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Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai

Intern & Study

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



Recommended Credits

Shanghai_Benz internship


Any internship can help you build your résumé and gain practical experience. But what separates a good internship from a great internship is fit, so we start working with you before departure to find the right host organization for you. We also check in with you (and your host) continually throughout the semester. The result? Students in this program love their internships. You will, too.

Endless Internship Possibilities

This program is known for its remarkable list 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.

  • American Consulate General
  • [email protected] International
  • China Greentech Initiative
  • Daedalum Films
  • DuPont Danisco
  • Fudan University
  • Gap
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Le Royal Méridien
  • Mary Ching
  • OCT Contemporary Art
  • ParkwayHealth
  • PepsiCo
  • Shanghai Association for Science & Technology
  • Shanghai Institute of Language & Culture
  • Stepping Stones
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Xinshiji Primary School
  • Zhonglun W&D Law Firm

Courses That Get Out the Door

You’ll choose an elective, taught in English. Electives in this program not only get rave reviews (the economics course is frequently cited by students as “the best course ever taken…anywhere”). They also make full use of Shanghai. Your history course might take you to a propaganda poster arts center. Your politics course might take you to see a panel of journalists debate the role of globalization.

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Add "Chinese" To Your Résumé

Your Chinese language classes will be fast-paced…just like your progress. In addition to small group language classes, you’ll also have a biweekly one-on-one with a teacher—your chance to ask about the phrases that you heard at the office but didn’t understand. You can also get in extra language practice at the program’s zhongwen zhuozi (Chinese table), or on Fridays when your class goes out to lunch with your teacher to celebrate the end of the week.

China After Graduation

This program is your chance to see if a career in China will work for you. 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 8 hours/week.

You also take this course:

SH151 Issues in the Chinese Workplace

3 credits for course + placement

Chinese Language

You are placed into one of these courses:

CL101 Beginning Chinese
10 credits
CL151 Advanced Beginning Chinese
10 credits
CL201 Intermediate Chinese
10 credits
CL261 Intermediate High Chinese
10 credits
CL301 Pre-Advanced Chinese
10 credits
CL401 Advanced Chinese
10 credits
CL501 Advanced High Chinese
10 credits

One Elective

You choose one of these courses:

SH230 The Chinese Economy
3 credits
SH240 Politics and Governance
3 credits
SH250 History of Shanghai in the Modern Era
3 credits
SH310 International Economics
3 credits

If you decide to opt out of an internship, you choose an additional elective.


Advisory Board

CET maintains an advisory board of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Dr. Dorothy Borei

Guilford College

Professor Emerita of History

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

Indiana University

Associate Professor of Political Science, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures

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