Absolute Internship – Internships in Shanghai
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Absolute Internship – Internships in Shanghai

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.

  • 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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1 month: $3,895
2 months: $4,995
3 months: &6,395

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Program Reviews

based on 57 reviews
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.7
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Life Changing

I completed a study program in Shanghai with Absolute Internship.
Professionally I was challenged and exposed to a range of PR/marketing works including working in coordinating events for Miss California's China tour.
Personally I made lifelong friends and discovered a culture which cannot be experience from back home.
I would recommend this program to anyone looking to improve their future career opportunities, discover how foreign business operates or have the adventure of a lifetime!

How can this program be improved?

Would be nice to include opportunities to meet fellow students prior to the program.

Yes, I recommend
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the programme was great as it gave an insight into the working world and also to learn about a new culture. The staff were always on hand everyday to help with everything, which was reassuring as it can sometimes get difficult in a new country, very far from home.

Yes, I recommend
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Absolute internship was one of the best things I've done, both professionally and personally. The staff are fantastic as they really look out for you and make sure you get the most out of your experience. Shanghai is a great city and my month working there was a great learning experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Best experience

I came to Shanghai, just expecting an average internship, but I got a complete life experience. Absolute Internship staff are the friendliest and most helpful people I have ever met. They were in constant contact to make sure we were enjoying our time. The accommodation was spacious and in a great location.
I learned a lot during my internship and met so many people: from Shanghai and abroad. I left with a better knowledge of China, the law and a new group of friends.
The team was so organised so I had to troubles: they showed us how to use the public transport, where to eat, how to get to work and organised heaps of fun and interesting activities. I had the time of my life.

How can this program be improved?

Maybe just link us to some language classes?

Yes, I recommend
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Simply, Excellent! Shanghai was amazing!
Had lot of fun, learn a lot and I will defenitly advice people to go there.
I gain a lot of experience on an international level and boosted ny confidence!

Yes, I recommend
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Time Of My Life

The month spent In Shanghai with Absolute Internship is easily one of the best experiences of my life. The oppurtunity allowed me to gain valuable experience, make friends and connections with people from around the world and most importantly learn about myself.

How can this program be improved?

Wider range of group activities

Yes, I recommend
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An Enriching Experience

This was undeniably the most enriching experience of my life and certainly the one which opened the most doors for me.

When you finish you studies, having a great average is always important but when you can combine that with actual working experience in an emerging country then every recruiter is interested in you.

Not only does Absolute find the best internship for you but they also have an outstanding team who will organize great events with other interns and will be there 24/7 for whatever you may need.

Sharing a flat with other interns is also a great way to make friends quickly and be sure to have lots of fun. In my case, I am still in touch with many of these people and we happen to visit each other from time to time.

I can only recommend Absolute and you would be waisting a huge opportunity not getting an internship with them.

How can this program be improved?

Have higher quality internships (more established companies where you could get more experience on the actual job you're performing)

Yes, I recommend
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Life-Changing Experience

Where to begin? Absolute Internship provided a well-supported, wholesome program which enabled me to grow as a worker and individual. They facilitated so much before my departure and made the whole process as smooth as possible.

While in Shanghai, I learnt so much, both at my internship and in various social scenarios. Absolute offers extra-curricular events, which include networking events and guest speakers to help us get a better understanding of how business operates in China, and on a global scale.

I met some amazing people, who will be lifelong friends, and experienced so much more of China than I had anticipated, due to weekend trips organised by Absolute. Through Absolute's continued support, I made professionals connections to help my future career, and have continued to maintain these connections.

The experience was phenomenal, the work, the people and the program provided by Absolute Internship. I would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone, and have even considered doing the program again, in a different location (I'm a traveller, what can I say?). The skills I learnt while working in a foreign company have helped me grow and mature an incredible amount, and allowed me to apply the skills I had only just been learning about at University.

Completing an international internship is possibly the most valuable experience one can have, before entering full-time employment, and Absolute makes the experience so smooth and easy, while including additional support and assisting with cultural immersion.

How can this program be improved?

The only thing I would've changed about my experience, is to have extended it.

Yes, I recommend
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An enriching and fun experience

Overall, the experience was definitely a great one. Absolute staff were extremely organised and supportive, and very friendly and approachable. As promised, they picked me up from the airport, and had many activities in store for all of us interns, including social events (sponsored and un-sponsored) as well as a few careers talks and networking sessions. The first weekend for instance we had a useful orientation, and some great tips from the team about Chinese norms and culture. There was also plenty of interaction between interns and the Absolute team alike, through all the social events. Because of their support, I was able to enjoy the experience, and never felt home-sick or lonely. The rest of the interns were also really great. They were an extremely diverse bunch, pretty much from all over the world, and yet everyone got along really well and we grew closer each day, and still remain in touch with one another.

However, there is always some room for improvement. There was an occasional hitch here or there, as with any international experience. For instance, the internet connection was extremely slow at times, which was very frustrating.There was also a 500RMB (refundable) housing deposit that I do not recall being told about, which we only got back the day we were checking out. Sponsored events also required (refundable) deposits, which were only returned after the event, which was somewhat inconvenient. The kitchen also lacked some appliances one would consider essential in the West; for instance a toaster/kettle.

That being said, I would highly recommend Absolute Internship. The team was extremely friendly, easy-going, approachable and a pleasure to spend time with. They had clearly invested a lot of time, effort and energy planning each day, and I believe they made all the arrangements to the best possible standards, ensuring everything ran smoothly throughout. I always felt comfortable knowing they would be there for even the slightest of problems!

How can this program be improved?

Internet Connection or Kitchen Appliances...

Yes, I recommend
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Great Experience!

I have always wanted to go to China due to my interest in developmental economics and emerging markets. I have chosen Shanghai because I have heard it is a beautiful city, with great energy, amazing culture and interesting history. What is more, it is also a great place to start your career as it offers so many opportunities for young people, especially those who like me, are interested in finance.

I am really happy that I have chosen Absolute Internships over the other companies that I've received offers from. Absolute proved to be amazing not only when it comes to securing my internship at one of the leading companies but also when it comes to organizing our social life in Shanghai so we could make the best of it. The whole team has taken great care of us and truly contributed to making this internship unforgettable experience.

Yes, I recommend
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An all-round experience squeezed into one month!

My experience with Absolute Internship is one that I will always cherish. From the first steps of the application process, right through to the visa preparation, arrival into China and duration of the program in Shanghai, Absolute was there to ensure I was looked after and getting the most out of my experience.
The program fees include a guaranteed internship in your chosen industry, your housing (fantastic location for your convenience), public transport, as well as a number of sponsored events such as dinners and day/overnight trips.
But the overall experiences, lessons learnt, and friendships made are priceless. Through Absolute I have been able to develop my networks both professionally and personally. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a once in a lifetime, all-round experience that will look great on your resume!

Yes, I recommend
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Thoughts & Comments

Most difficult thing was to cope with the insane amount of people and the fact it's a whole new world.
Keeping an open mind about everything in Shanghai definitely helped. It was always helpful to take distance physically and mentally from certain stuff, like crowds, the traffic and peoples way of interacting with each other.

How can this program be improved?

-Bad Wifi to better
-too little activities towards the end. So more of them.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing experiences!

Through this internship in shanghai I do understand China a little more and the culture in workforce. I was having a finance internship in shanghai, it gave me the experience that I cannot get from elsewhere, I been leaning about shares and currency exchange and mainly how to get along with other local workers, once you in China, you have to open your mind and accept thing which you think that isn't normal back home. It thought me a lot, I absolutely enjoyed it!

Meeting new friends! In Absolute you don't have to worry about your schedule, cause Absolute will plan it for you. The only thing you go to worry about is do I have enough TIME! Since in Shanghai is 24/7 non-stop city and there is plenty of Absolute activities waiting you to join. Also you will make friends with many people from other different countries!

Absolute is good at taking care of us, maybe I should said baby site us sometime, they are always here whenever we need them!
Overall I love my internship and it was a amazing experience in my life!

How can this program be improved?

only take us to better place for outdoor activities, such as (beach) if it is possible :) cheers!

Yes, I recommend
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The City of Infinite Possibilities

-Lots of fun
-gained friendships
-loved the apartment
-enjoyed the food
-amazed by the food
-Worked for a marketing firm that helped open my eyes to different market techniques around the world
-met some amazing people who are as passionate about going abroad as I am

How can this program be improved?

-more social events throughout the week
-more interaction with the Absolute staff

Yes, I recommend
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Summer Tourism Intern in Shanghai

I interned in Shanghai through Absolute Internship in 2013. It was an amazing summer, and the Absolute staff contributed greatly to that. Living in China can be difficult to navigate at first, but Absolute helped us along the way. They walked us through everything - the little details of living in China, how to get to work, how/where to get any type of necessity, what were the best restaurants, etc. They were always there for us. We had a great group of interns from all over the world. Absolute Internship was the best choice of intern programs because they truly care about their interns.

I studied Tourism and Hospitality Management in undergrad, so I was interested in doing an internship in tourism. Absolute found me the perfect internship with a huge Chinese travel agency headquartered in Shanghai. The internship was exactly what I had asked for and it showed that they had listened to the details of what I was interested in.

Yes, I recommend

About Absolute Internship

Absolute Internship is an award-winning global internship program. We offer students the opportunity to broaden their professional and social network whilst gaining invaluable skills in their industry of choice. Since our inception in 2009 we have...