Absolute Internship – Internships in Shanghai

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Spend this summer combining travel to Shanghai with a unique international internship experience. Explore the vibrant epicenter 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 is an all-inclusive program, including high-quality housing centrally located near the French Concession, cultural activities, group dinners, 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.

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.

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Reviews

95%
based on 57 reviews
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.7
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Faheem
10/10

Summer of a Lifetime!!!

How can I put this into words, well lets just say that this was without any regrets the best decision I have made in my entire life.

I interned in Shanghai in August 2013 for a month. The whole experience was just an ABSOLUTE blast. It opened my mind to so many aspects of this world and life itself. From the whole program structure to the execution everything was amazing. The internship itself was a great experience and is something I will definitely carry onwards in my career. Also had the chance to network with people from all around the globe and made some very good friends.

The City itself is just something out of this world. It is extremely fast-paced and ever-changing. You will meet people from all corners of the world and the lifestyle, night-life, shopping and food is a guaranteed pleasure. There is just so much you can do and explore in this wonderful City.

I will be returning to Shanghai with my bro for another Internship this coming summer. Extremely recommend Absolute Internship, they are an amazing company and you will very rarely meet people like the two directors of Absolute.

If you want a life-changing experience then this is a great program for you.

Yes, I recommend
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Allison
10/10

Fashion Internship in Shanghai

Last August I completed a 1 month internship in Shanghai. I always wanted to visit China and I am happy I chose to go with Absolute Internship. Coordinators were amazing, my internship was fantastic and the people I met were simply great. I wish I could have stayed longer.

I would recommend Shanghai and the program to anyone considering gaining work and life experience.

Thank you for such a great experience!

Yes, I recommend
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JTF
10/10

Propelled me into the PE stratosphere

I came to Shanghai hoping for a Private Equity role with low expectations but Absolute delivered. I am now working here in Shanghai full time and have been promoted to a position that would have taken me at least 8 years to reach in the West.

Shanghai is the new land of opportunity. Get over here as quick as you can. I've built a network of future business contacts who are serious about achieving and, more importantly, a whole host of friends who were on the programme (around 90 in total). We worked hard and we played hard. This was the best opportunity I ever took and did exactly what I hoped it would.

Thanks Absolute.

Yes, I recommend
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D.M.
10/10

Excellent Experience

During my Business Development internship at quality control service providing company I was located at sales and marketing department in Shanghai. It was an amazing experience on a daily basis as I was responsible for finding new clients globally and also going to meetings with our current and potential clients, trade shows and visiting different manufacturers. It helped me to improve my skills and I have improved a lot. At the end of my internship I was offered a full time position at this firm and it gave me a chance to stay and work in Shanghai.
Apart from amazing work experience, the free time was so much fun and we had a lot of amazing trips and other activities. The absolute team was helpful and supportive at every step and made this summer the best time of my life. This was the perfect value for the money I have paid.

How can this program be improved?
I have no idea how this program could be improved as everything was just perfect in my case.
Yes, I recommend
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Bilyana
9/10

1 month in Shanghai

I was fortunate to be placed in a company that had a lot of work available. I was exposed to different projects within the spheres I'm interested into -corporate finance, advisory and management consultancy. I had the chance to work independently but also had one - to - one interaction with the two managing partners on a regular basis. Because of this high level of responsibility and the variety of the job, employers look up to my experience in Shanghai.
The staff from Absolute Internship have been extremely supportive throughout the whole duration of the work experience - from finding a suitable employer and making it possible that I am in contact with them prior to my arrival, through sorting out the necessary documentation and me settling in to facilitating different entertainment and educational events that enhanced the experience of the programme.

Yes, I recommend
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e.
10/10

A worthwhile experience

I did a finance internship through absolute internship at a financial services firm in shanghai for 1 month from december to january. I learnt to research mutual funds, allocate funds to client portfolios, and market our services by contacting prospective clients, and it was a very enriching experience for me. Majority of the interns were doing finance in shanghai, and there were also accounting interns and marketing interns. It was a positive experience for me getting to work in a vibrant city where after work, places are still open for you to shop or hang out and have dinner with the other interns, and I am really glad I got to meet these new friends. The absolute people keep it fun by organising weekly activities for us which was awesome, and they organised a few talks for us with leaders in the industry, which was quite an eye opener. In terms of getting a job later on, if you have never done an internship, this definitely does help. I think it has definitely helped me get my resume noticed and all you need now is decent grades and maybe some volunteer work and you will be getting through the hoops companies make us jump through these days. I have got vac offers from 2 of the big 4 and I would like to thank absolute for playing a part in helping me secure these roles!

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice to have the visa documents settled earlier!
Yes, I recommend
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Gaurav
9/10

Exceptional Experience!

During Sumner 2013, I completed a two month internship with a start-up consulting company in Shanghai. I always wanted to improve my soft skills and my commercial awareness, and doing an internship in shanghai- the financial capital of Asia- helped me immensely to understand the contemporary business environment from the Eastern perspective. whilst working, I supported the management in the corporate consultancy side of the business: i developed the company;s business model through operations assessment, calculating revenue and cost forecasts. Additionally, i was involved in the creation of the presentation to potential clients. I really enjoyed my time, as I always got challenging tasks which improved my analytical skills and also helped me to push myself to achieve things which I many not have thought myself capable of.

Furthermore, working in Shanghai helped me to learn about the Chinese culture; "Guanxi"- building relationships- plays a critical role if a business wants to succeed in China. Also, I got to understand the lifestyle in china, which helped me to analyse life from the different angle. This enhanced my flexibility and adaptability- one of the most important skills required in today's competitive job market.

In terms of city, Shanghai is very diverse: it has wide variety if things to offer- from very posh restaurants and leisure with western influence to places with local flavor. No matter what you are looking for, you will always find a place to fit in and enjoy.

Absolute Internship made the experience unforgettable. The staff were very cooperative and friendly, which made the whole internship experience comfortable and fun. I would highly recommend this opportunity for someone who wants to build their skills, and at the same time have the best time of their life in one of the most exciting cities to work and party.

Yes, I recommend
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Evelien
10/10

The summer of my life!!

I did a 3-month internship in journalism with Absolute in Shanghai last summer, and it was absolutely amazing!

The company I worked for and internship itself were unreal - my daily job often involved reviewing bars and cafes, or assisting at photo shoots. It was truly the perfect way to discover the city! Besides that, it was just incredibly interesting to work within such a different culture and in such a fast-paced city - I have learned so much.

The Absolute staff were amazing and knew a lot about the city. Even though I have traveled quite a lot, coming to China was just something different and I'm sure I would have felt completely lost without the staff.

The city itself is just something else, amazing nightlife, shopping, food and entertainment.

I'm still thinking of coming back, I think it's the best decision I've made all year.

How can this program be improved?
Just saying, most interns are students doing their Bachelors.
Yes, I recommend
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Clodagh
10/10

EXCELLENT!!!!!!

Last summer I completed a two month internship in Shanghai. I always wanted to visit China and I was told that Shanghai was the fastest growing city. Absolute Internship were fantastic in everyway, they help me with getting a job, settling in, making friends and experiencing the Chinese culture in everyway.

I would recommend Shanghai to anyone considering doing an internship abroad as it gives you experiences not only in the work aspect but in life.

Due to my amazing time I am returning to Shanghai to live.

How can this program be improved?
N/A
Yes, I recommend
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Tom
10/10

Just Awesome

I just completed an amazing one month finance internship in Shanghai. The entire program was amazing. The firm I worked with was unreal and I learnt so much from the short time I spent there. The staff from Absolute were so helpful and available for any questions we had. The social side of things in Shanghai was awesome as well. There are loads of cool restaurants and bars throughout the whole city, and the other interns and myself had just an awesome time. We even got to experience a few other cities during our stay in China including Wuxi and Beijing, which were both really great trips, with most of the other interns. All in all, just an absolutely amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?
Only disappointment for my entire trip was the fact that I couldn't start work for the first week of my program, due to Chinese New Year. In the end it wasn't a big deal and I was still assigned some work.
Yes, I recommend
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Karina
10/10

Time of my life

I was so worried about the unknown of china before I arrived as I have never been away from home without friends or family. But instantly Absoulte made me feel at ease. I loved every single second. I met some amazing people, experienced a fantastic culture it was everything I could imagine and so much more. Absoulte worked so hard to make it a fantastic experience and they succeeded. Nightlife was incredible, accommodation was well located and working in the city of Shanghai was indescribable. I can't rate them enough ! I know other students who interned with other companies and unfortunately their experience was not comparable to mine. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity so if you want it to be unforgettable Absoulte will certainly deliver.

How can this program be improved?
The group got very large during the end of my internship so it was hard to bond with everyone. I personally prefer smaller groups as we was like a family but everyone has different preferences
Yes, I recommend
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Frosso
10/10

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It's not just work experience but a life experience!

It's well coordinated by the absolute team. They provide full support and are available 24/7. If you have any questions or concerns they are quick to provide answers and solutions.

I highly recommend this program!

Yes, I recommend
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Ioannis
10/10

Marketing Internship In Shanghai

Most amazing experience with Absolute Internship, Working for a multi-million dollar company really boosted my CV with Managers and also gained a great insight of the Asian Market. The two Directors of the company were always available if anyone needed any assistant and employees would always make the interns feel as comfortable as possible.

How can this program be improved?
Program is perfect to begin with, My expectations were blown off the roof with the experience that Absolute Internship gives to its applicants. If I could change one thing, that would be to have longer programs, not only 1-3 months.
Yes, I recommend
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david
8/10

Great time

I had a great in interning in Shanghai with Absolute.
They matched me up with a boutique headhunting firm which was a pleasure to work for. The partner,managers and staff all made me feel at home and took time out of their busy workday to help teach me about the firm's clients and business. The accommodation provided was good and located just a short commute to my office.
The absolute reps that stayed in the apartments were always on hand to help out.

Yes, I recommend
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Nigel
10/10

Awesome experience

I'm glad I took this opportunity, as it was enlightening both professionally and personally. Seeing a culture very different from my own was definitely something out of my comfort zone - however support was always available when needed. Definitely one of the best experiences I've had.

If I could go back and do it all again, I definitely would.

Yes, I recommend

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