• China
    • Shanghai

Program Details

Weekly Hours


Starting Price
Price Details
$4,314 (4 weeks)
$6,086 (8 weeks)
$7,637 (12 weeks)
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Activities SIM cards Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Travel Insurance
Jun 06, 2023
Jan 28, 2020
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About Program

Spend this summer combining travel to Shanghai with a unique international internship experience. Explore the vibrant epicentre of China's growth whilst gaining valuable professional skills undertaking a full-time placement in your industry of choice.

Work in one of 30 industry options, including Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Non-Profit and Marketing/PR. Our company visits, career workshops and career speaker events are designed to improve your professional profile. Discover Shanghai and China through a selection of cultural activities, day trips and weekend excursions.

This program includes high-quality housing centrally located near the French Concession, cultural activities, group dinners, trips, visa application assistance and 24/7 on-site support.

Absolute Internship has been featured in the New York Times, BBC News, Bloomberg, and Forbes Magazine. We have placed 4000+ interns at over 800 companies worldwide.

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Program Highlights

  • Take the next step along your career path with a world-class internship in your industry of choice.
  • Gain professional skills through career speaker events, company visits and career workshops.
  • Build unique experience that will help you stand out in a rapidly expanding job market.
  • Discover Shanghai on after-work activities and explore China on day and weekend trips.
  • Live in a multicultural environment with fellow Absolute Interns from across the globe. Enjoy 24/7 onsite support from your Absolute Internship Coordinator.

Program Reviews

4.88 Rating
based on 58 reviews
  • 5 rating 93.1%
  • 4 rating 5.17%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 1.72%
  • Growth 4.8
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.95
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Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Work and Life experince

Having never been to China, I was scared and excited it indulge myself into working life and to make new friends! I was not disappointed, everyone on the program shared the same enthusiasm and wanted to explore Shanghai and make lifelong connections in their career field. My employer was beyond my expectations, unlike a usual internship, I was treated like an employee and given the same tasks as all my colleagues which provided me with first-hand experience of what life would be like in the legal profession! This type of legal work experience is very rare to come across and I could not recommend it enough! I had so much free time after work and on the weekends to explore the city with my new friends! And the weekend trip to another part of China was even better! Absolute Internship provided the most amazing experience for me. I can not wait to join their London program this summer.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
My work colleagues took me out for Hot Pot as a leaving meal! And to my surprise it was all meats which I would not usually eat such as; Cows stomach, frogs and brain. I can't say I will ever eat them again! But it is an experience I will never forget. I am grateful to be shown a different culture's food and be able to try it in such an authentic setting.
136 people found this review helpful.
Shanghai Internship
Yes, I recommend this program

An incredible experience

I joined the Shanghai program and while I was skeptical at first about my internship placement, it turned out to be the best internship I had. I am glad I trusted Absolute and their guidance for my internship in Shanghai. The experience without Absolute can't be the same as they help you get settle in Shanghai for the time you will be there which is generally short. The communication between their team, my university and myself went very smooth. I did feel a sense of care from the local staff in Shanghai as they kept checking up on us, meeting us and sharing their insights and knowledge about the city.
I met so many students and professional through the program and my internship, which would have been harder without going through an organized program. The weekend trip to Hangzhou was so cool.
My best tip is to go for it and trust that your experience as a whole will have a positive impact of your professional growth and your network. Shanghai is a city where you meet thousands of people
Grateful my university works with Absolute.

140 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

So worth it!!

Absolute and the Shanghai Program went beyond all my expectations! The housing was well located and clean. The the career speakers and all the fun weekend activities were great. There was always something to do in Shanghai. It’s such an amazing city. Having all the interns living in the same building was incredible and it made it so easy for us to make friends. We had interns from Norway, Morocco, Thailand, US and so many other places. 
The internship was very rewarding and my colleagues were very helpful and there for me during my 2 months in China.
The Absolute staff was incredible, very supportive and always checking in with us. Really appreciated the support from the Absolute team and the organization behind it. Definitely recommend this program!

118 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

1 month Shanghai Internship

Shanghai was one of the best experience I have had. Not only academically but socially as well. I gained many valuable experience learning from a new work place and Absolute provided me with networking opportunities and social events which I was extremely satisfied with. Not only did this experience look good on my CV but I also benefitted greatly from this experience and is now more ready stepping into the working industry.

124 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching Experience

My time in Shanghai seems like a blur. Between working and spending every free moment exploring the bustling and vibrant city, there was little time for sleep.

The program introduced me to other students and provided fun organized activities in which we were able to discover more about this unique city.

Overall the experience was a positive one, a unique opportunity to live in a different culture and learn from the peoples traditions, history and everyday habits. The program offered support and encouraged venturing into the city and learning from the rich history of China.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would have been beneficial if we had been in contact with the reps more prior to arriving in shanghai. After speaking to the students who had come from the UK, I learned that there was definitely a lot more support available to them, (in terms of organizing legal documents, searching for jobs, etc.). I realize the program is still in it's early stages, especially in North America, but I think there is room for improvement in the communication between the student and the program.
128 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer of my Life

I had such an incredible 2 months while I was interning in Shanghai, China. Absolute Internship provided me with the perfect internship for my field as well as some amazing cultural experiences. The staff was super friendly and helpful and was really there for us throughout the entire program. Having never left the country before the staff made me feel at home and welcomed in a foreign country.

I wanted a Human Resources internship specifically in recruiting and they gave me exactly what I wanted. The company I interned with gave me real responsibilities including conducting interviews by myself. I couldn't have asked for a better internship experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Pick-up from the airport for a longer period of time on the day we arrive.
131 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with Absolute in Shanghai

The Absolute team were great and I loved my internship placement. Being able to explore China on weekends and in the evening made the experience more enriching. Commuting to work everyday meant I was right in the forefront of Chinese workers trying to get to work. Living and socialising in the hotel with the other interns made the experience a lot of fun.

What would you improve about this program?
Being able to choose my own room mate
124 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Valuable and Enjoyable Summer

I am a recent graduate of Nottingham University, one who had no experience in finance before this summer - in which I completed a 2 month internship in Shanghai. With the daunting prospect of facing the big wide world post graduation and very little experience in the finance industry I decided to invest in an Absolute Internship placement. This turned out to be extremely valuable. Since returning to England I have not yet had one CV rejected from an applications first review stage. Not only does the experience look incredible on my CV, I also gained a valuable insight into how financial services companies work. My role was as a data analyst, and although I now know this isn't the industry I want to pursue a career in, it did allow me to further develop my time management, team working and analytical. Overall I believe, it has accelerated my career path in finance hugely.

Not only was the professional side of the summer extremely worthwhile, the social aspect of the 2 months was amazing. I met a group of fun, driven, unforgettable people - and some of the places we visited and memories we had will last for a long time. Absolute did a great job organising weekend events and meals for us to attend, with them being completely free, or we would have to pay a very reasonable sum. As for the nightlife in Shanghai, it's pretty crazy. So if you like to enjoy yourself by clubbing, then Shanghai is probably the best city you can go to (obviously balance it with work though!).

Just 2 days before the 2 months was over I made a pretty late decision to go travelling around SE asia, because of this I had to send one of my suitcases back to the UK. It was initially pretty stressful as I wouldn't be able to give it to the courier before leaving Shanghai to SE asia, however I told the Absolute Internship team about my situation and they were very helpful. They stored the luggage at their office and did the required checks for the courier and from then on it all sorted itself out, arriving to the UK as planned.

What would you improve about this program?
More job opportunities in the internship placement process - I think this will come with time though as the company is only 5 years old.
126 people found this review helpful.

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