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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highlights were the great people i met and how we all helped each other out as we were all in the same position in another country not speaking the language. The food was excellent in Shanghai and so was the bar and nightlight scene.

Difficulties were communication with the public as not many people spoke english.

How can this program be improved?

Probably to have more staff in Shanghai, there were 60 interns at one point and it is very difficult for only 3 program coordinators living in the accomodation to answer everyones questions.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing Experience in Shanghai

I had the best time of my life this past summer. I learned so many new things about the Chinese culture. The authentic Chinese food is delicious and interesting all at the same time. The internship I had was a great experience and helped me learn many new skills that I use daily. The transportation in Shanghai is very easy to use and everywhere, whether it be by a subway, a bus or a taxi. The social scene in Shanghai is absolutely amazing! There is always something to do every night of the week. The things that were a little challenging were trying to communicate with the local people, because of this I would recommend learning a little Mandarin before coming to Shanghai. I learned some before the internship and it helped out a lot. One concept I took away from this internship is to always be open-minded. Thank you Fredrick and the Absolute team for an unforgettable summer!

How can this program be improved?

If I could change one thing it would be the arriving to China, pick-up situation. There is a specified time and date to arrive in Shanghai that some can not meet. If someone arrives early and stays in a hotel within 5 kilometers of the airport they should be able to be picked up from the nearby hotel on the first day of the internship and taken to the internship hotel. That is the one thing I would change.

Yes, I recommend
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Excellent Internship

Organising an internship abroad by yourself is a very tedious process- finding an internship that fits you, finding an accommodation, going through the visa application process, and many more. With the help of Absolute Internship, everything went smoothly with minimal effort. The next thing you know, you'll be interning in a new country, with every minor details dealt with enabling you to focus on the important stuff- the actual work experience and enjoying yourself in a new country.

Absolute internship helped me with finding a company which is tailored to my skills, knowledge and career goals. This enabled me to optimise the usage of my knowledge and ability. I was also advised on the visa application process and sent all the required documents very promptly which made the process very smooth. Sponsored dinners occurred throughout the internship and the program also included a sponsored trip to Hangzhou which was great fun.

The Shanghai internship provided me with real work experience which I doubt I would have acquired had I worked in a larger investment bank. I gained a lot of knowledge, but more importantly, I acquired life- long skills in the work place that will be very valuable for me in the future. During the internship in Shanghai, my outlook was refined and the challenging work also forced me to reflect on myself- my capabilities and limitations and what I can do in the future to improve myself.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing experience

I went to Shanghai with Absolute Internship for two months last Summer and it was absolutely amazing. I was treated as an equal despite my age being much younger than my peers (I was 19 and most others were around 22) and there were many social events planned that helped make everyone feel at home. We were even given the opportunity to go to a town outside of Shanghai for the weekend and see a cultural opera. The people I met through Absolute I now feel I will know for the rest of my life -- that's how close we were.
As for the internship I was placed in, I was able to get a spot as a Public Relations Assistant at a marketing firm right across the street from the Pearl tower. It was a very legitimate position and easy to access from the Hotel we were staying in (the subway is a few blocks away). Absolute placed me in this position and provided me with hundreds of business cards, which really came in handy on the job and while networking.
Not to mention, the price was unbeatable. Most other internship programs I heard about were at twice the price and for half the time, and did not receive an experience near as positive as ours. I highly highly highly recommend Absolute Internship.

How can this program be improved?

I wouldn't really want to change anything... I mean, the name "Absolute Internship" is really long and could just stop at "Absolute" but that's just my opinion. Also, I wish there were one month internships in Hong Kong, but I'm sure it's a matter of time before those are provided as well.

Yes, I recommend
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Life Changing Experience

Absolute Internship provided me with an outstanding internship in my field now allowing me to achieve the future occupation I desire! Living in posh quarters with a wonderful group of other students, Absolute ensured a safe journey to and from work every weekday and was always available at any time if I had any concerns. Absolute arranged for our group to tour around the city and it took no time at all before the students knew how to get around the city. We also attended sponsored cultural and social events where we visited cities around Shanghai and were able to meet and learn from executives from larger well known corporations. Absolute Internship truly provided a life changing summer for myself and my group and now I am more prepared for what life will bring me.

How can this program be improved?

Because of the positive staff and student environment and the amazing work opportunity I was granted through Absolute's strong business contacts, I truly would not change one thing to Absolute's program and would recommend the Absolute to anyone trying to kick start both their cultural and work future in life.

Yes, I recommend
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Best Internship Placement Company.

Hello everybody, I interned in Shanghai for 3 months last summer. Absolute Internship helped me find an internship that was related to my major. For me, the internship placement was the main attraction of AI and it was a truly great experience.

Also, the apartment exceeded my expectations, I liked it so much! Great location, loads of space and well furnished. It was located in a nice neighbourhood, only 7 minutes away from the subway station that can connect you to anywhere you want to go. The apartment was also close to the French Concession which is a nice area to hang out at night with your friends when you are bored.

Absolute internship provide me with a sim card, transportation card, and much more. The coordinators of the program are very friendly, I felt like if I had known them for years. Whenever I had a question they helped me, no matter the time or situation it was.

The price of the program is very considerable compared to other internship companies, you get a lot for what you pay. Their weekend trips are awesome, we used to hang out as a family. All the other interns were nice and very sociable, it's your family abroad.

I was impressed by the quality of Internships I was offered. I was offered a full time job after I finished my internship, but I was unable to take it because I still have to finish my degree. I had a great experience in Shanghai thanks to Absolute Internship.

I enjoyed my internship so much that I got another internship with AI for this summer 2013, they care for the customer and their customer service it's amazing. They help you get the visa, and everything.

Thank you Absolute Internship for making my dreams come true.

How can this program be improved?

There's nothing I would change from this program.

Yes, I recommend
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Summer of a lifetime

Hi everybody! My name is Angelika and I did the Shanghai internship through Absolute Internship in the summer 2012. It was probably the best and most adventurous thing I have ever done in my life. I have found Absolute online, applied and got accepted. Then the summer came, and this amazing Chinese city - Shanghai, welcomed me for the next two months. On my first day I was a little bit scared and worried, however now I must say that it was just an anxiety. The whole working, social and travelling experience turned out to be a blast! I got placed in a small investment bank with the office just in the heart of Shanghai financial district, between the World Financial Center and Shanghai Stock Exchange. Due to the fact that it was a small, although extremely successful company, we had a chance to perform variety of tasks which would be hardly to experience in a big corporation. We were responsible for pretty much everything from spotting right investment opportunities, analyzing and suggesting the investment strategy, contacting CFOs, and preparing financial modelling for MBOs, LBOs and spin-offs. Moreover, I was fortunate enough and all my days I worked in the same office with my boss. His knowledge and banking experience benefited me a lot. I got to hear first hand stories about Wall Street and how the live of the banker really looks like. All in all, I would recommend Absolute Internship to everybody who is brave enough to step out of his/her comfort zone and go to China for the whole summer, to work hard, learn a lot, visit cool places and party like a celebrity!

How can this program be improved?

No complains. This program is really worth going for. No regrets. I would not change anything within the program. I would love to just go back in time to last summer and do it once again!

Yes, I recommend
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Absolute Internship - My Family Abroad!

- Absolute internship helped me with finding a company which is tailored to my skills, knowledge and career goals. This enabled me to optimize the usage of my knowledge and ability. Sponsored dinners occurred throughout the internship and the program also included a sponsored trips outside of the city which was great fun.

- The work tasks given by my host company were challenging and included doing finance research, analysis of financial data, summary, acting as a source of information in meetings, sourcing investment opportunities and finding clients. Working hours were relaxed and as long as I have completed a given task to a high standard, I felt free to go home or engage myself in other activities. The internship provided me with real work experience which I doubt I would have acquired had I worked in a larger investment bank. I gained a lot of knowledge, but more importantly, I acquired life- long skills in the work place that will be very valuable for me in the future.

- The friendly staff and the people you meet through the program is great with very international backgrounds. Really inspiring and aspirational characters.

Yes, I recommend
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Absolute Internship made me feel special and important!!

I did the Shanghai program this summer and spent 2 months in China. The Absolute staff was there all the time for me already from the first day picking us up at the airport, organizing the welcome meal, events every weekend and they always make sure to respond to phone calls/SMSs and emails whenever you need them. The business internship I did in an IT company was also really beneficial. I also particularly loved the weekend activities and group dinners that the program put together for us. It really made me feel special. We spent a weekend in a nearby city called Hangzhou where did sightseeing as well as went to nearby water towns that were fantastic! The business seminars arranged by Absolute Internship was also a favourite part of the program that I loved. Listening to these inspirational industry experts inspired me a lot for the future!

I miss Shanghai, the Absolute staff and the friends I made through the program so much and are looking forward to the alumni events that the program is putting together! I definitely recommend other students and graduates to check out Absolute Internship if you're looking into a China Internship!

Yes, I recommend
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Shangai / Marketing / Internship experience

I will begin by saying that the "Absolute Internship" experience in Shanghai has represented a huge boost in terms of social and cultural contact, work skills and future career development for myself.
I would like to especially point out the implication of the AI team in generating a very warm atmosphere, providing all the necessary comfort standards (housing, guidance, consultancy) and insuring a both fun and efficient international experience that will later on benefit those who take advantage of the opportunity.
Zhù nǐ háoyùn! -Good luck!-

Yes, I recommend
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My Summer Working in Shanghai

Working in Shanghai was one of my best college experiences, for the city has so many different cultures, different lifestyles, and a very different working environment. Although I had already studied in Shanghai the previous year, this was a totally different experience that allowed me to grow as a professional. The staff was very dependable and there for me every step of the way.
The interns stayed in the same complex as all the other intern abroad programs, but the staff actually knew all the students by name. Absolute Internship also provided meaningful experiences that helped me grow professionally, instead of just an atmosphere where the students could have a good time. I would recommend this company based on the individual attention and the great internships they have to offer.

Yes, I recommend
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Best summer of my life!

I had the best time of my life in Shanghai with Absolute Internship! I participated during the summer between June-August for 2 months and the Absolute Internship staff were really great, assisting us all the time and each of us in the group felt special. I interned in a marketing agency and learned so much during my time both about myself both also what I want to do with my life and career. The people that you meet through the program are great and open-minded, I enjoyed hanging out with the other interns but also with the staff who were truly excellent! Always there for us. I still keep in touch with my former colleagues and boss by email, but also with the other interns and the Absolute Internship staff of course. This organization made me have an amazing summer, an unforgettable time!

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...