Internships in Shanghai with The Intern Group

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Shanghai is the industrial and commercial capital of China. We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in one the world's most dynamic cities. Professional experience in Shanghai will allow you to grow your network of international contacts and enhance your career prospects.

Partnering with a range of companies, organizations and NGOs, our internship program will boost your professional development. We offer programs for people of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Your program includes accommodation, airport pick up and drop off, regular social & cultural events, professional development tools and workshop, 24/7 emergency assistance, a one on one career coaching session for alumni.

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Reviews

9.37 Rating
based on 35 reviews
  • Growth 8.7
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.6
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Kexin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching and meaningful experience

I had a really fun and meaningful internship with the Intern Group in my summer holidays. The company I was allocated is very supportive and really allows the interns to have the freedom to express their own ideas. I was able to take my own initiative and carry out my ideas instead of being told what to do by my boss, this experience has really made me grow as a person. The activities planned by the Intern Group were really fun and engaging, we were able to experience the local food and sceneries, giving us an opportunity to know more in-depth about the city. Overall the experience is very memorable for me and I really had lots of fun with the other interns and my colleagues in the company. Last but no least, the accommodation was really new and furnished, the local coordinators are very helpful and they always help us when we have a problem.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe we could be given more choices on the company we are going to intern in.
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Amy
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Super nice!

Everyone is super nice and supportive. My internship was really fun and I learned a lot. I took photoshop and illustrator in class for my college classes, but I felt like I didn’t learn a lot and I didn’t really remember about it after the classes. However, through this internship, the skills that I have acquired through using photoshop and illustrator is being used everyday and it helps me with remembering all the keyboard shortcuts and everything. The staff of the intern group is also really nice and took us out to get us to know more about the city. We also had a cultural etiquette workshop to learn more about shanghai’s Culture and also a shanghai cooking class to learn how to cook chinese shanghainese food! It was really yummy and lots of fun.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Remember to download vpn before arriving here because it’s hard to get it after arriving
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Amaris
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Self Development and Interesting Experiences

Going to Shanghai was my first traveling experience and i can never be more happier that i chose to do this with the intern group! Tommy and Olivia are such great people that really try to help you as much as possible while also making sure you are having a great time and experience in Shanghai by doing some fun activities and enjoying delicious meals together. What i gained from this trip was to be more independent and do your best to communicate with others which was a stretch for me. This program helped me get out of my comfort zone and really improved as a person! Also, the company where i worked really enhanced my skills for the career i am pursuing so now i feel more confident with my skills! I'm glad i had the choice to choose this startup business because i feel like i showed them some things and vice-versa. During this 4 week duration at Shanghai I have done things i would never have done back home which is exactly what i was looking for! The only downfall was the hotel service because of miscommunication and delays but other than that the stay was fine. Overall, the intern group really developed me as a person and taught me to always live your best life and enjoy trying new things even though they can be completely different from what you are used to. Thanks The Intern Group! You might see me again soon.. ;)

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Donkey. I didn't know it was Donkey until after i ate it. But i ate it an it was actually very good. Thanks Olivia and Tommy for that lol.
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Willem
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my 3 months in Shanghai

for the first month I was largely trying to orientate myself in Shanghai so I didn't go to any intergroup events. that being said the intergroup was still useful as they provided me with my simcard card and my subway card. it also was great that they registered me with the Shanghai police shortly after I arrived, as I was not aware of that being a necessary part of coming to Shanghai.

the second month I went to an intergroup excursion event on a Saturday with two other interns, Tommy and a guide. through the event I met Mason, another intern from Australia who I became friends with. we explored tongli water village for most of the day, some of it via canoe. after finishing lunch there we visited an impressive buddhist monastery. it was a very fun day in which I first got to properly experience some of the amazing sights in china.

I also attended a number of smaller events at different restaurants and bars, many of which I added to my list of faves I revisited in future. another fun event I remember well was at a sports-bar where I played dodge ball for three hours.

finally near the end of the second month I explored the clubbing scene in Shanghai with Tommy and Olivia as guides, which was something I always wanted to try, but had never known where to go in order to get that experience. it was far louder than anything I have experienced in Australia, a fun night of dancing and drinks but definitely something u wouldn't do often if u want to avoid permanent hearing damage.

during the last month I am one of the few interns left in Shanghai, so I have just been to a few choice restaurants with Tommy. during this last month I also started attending free wework exercise classes with Olivia and Tommy. I wish I knew about these earlier, but I was often to focussed on my internship to pay much else attention.

Both Tommy and Olivia have helped me in numerous ways big and small, whether its getting me my simcard or my subway card, helping me find Chinese classes and getting a good deal with them, helping me explore the Shanghai surrounds and giving me the opportunity to experience the best of china's restaurants and bars. the intergroup made the process of coming toad staying in Shanghai much easier and more fun than if I had simply tried to organize my internship by myself, and I would recommend it my friends in future if they were looking for something good they could put on their resume whilst at the same time have fun doing it.

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Brady
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding Internship Experience

I completed my internship in Shanghai last Spring and had such good time that I have returned to Shanghai 10 months later to live and work. The Intern Group placed me at an amazing company with a great colleagues and workplace environment. I have returned to part time work as this company because my experience was so great. The Intern Group's team Tommy, Olivia and even Hong Kong based Denise make this program one of the best in the higher education industry. Shanghai is such a big city and there is so many exciting things happening. Such as international artist performances, art galleries, exhibitions, sport clubs, theatre performances and of course many great places to eat, drink and socialise. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in living Asia because you gain valuable work experience are able to socialize and enjoy the weekend whilst participating in exciting opportunities for career growth. A huge thank you to the Intern Group's Shanghai team who truly add value to the Intern Group's programs.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go in with an open mind and prepare to fall in love with the city and everything it has to offer.
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Mason
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Time In Shanghai - Mason

I came into the program already having a vague idea of what it was going to be like, but the program was better in every single way. Olivia and Tommy were so nice and welcoming, and would go out of their way to create small events such as movies after work with Olivia or day trips to small towns with Tommy. They would even join us interns on the party scene to show the top spots to go. In terms of work I was put with a great company that helped coach me from my starting project to my final presentation. I gained valuable skills and contacts that will last throughout my career. The language classes are also quite handy as it makes life a little bit easier in terms of ordering food, drinks and going to the markets. My advice to future interns is that at the start it will seem quite daunting with everything but Tommy and Olivia are always there to help when called upon. Also don’t be shy and make the most of your time away, networking is key and you will definitely do a lot of that. Overall, I am happy I did this internship and met the amazing people involved, thanks very much to my new shanghai family, i will be back!

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe the location of the hotel could be more centralised to the city and markets, however, train system is super easy to use and within a close location.
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommend!!

My internship experience in Shanghai with the intern group in April 2018 was both extremely enjoyable and a valuable learning experience.
Tommy and Olivia offered consistent support for all the interns. They worked tirelessly to ensure we had ample opportunities to see and experience the wonderful city while ensuring our safety at all times. Experiences such as cooking classes and day tours of nearby Suzhou were particular highlights and were seamlessly organised by Tommy and Olivia. They always made sure they were available to us to answer any questions we may have which left us feeling comfortable and safe. Without a doubt the highlight of my 2018 and an experience that I will never forget. I strongly recommend to anyone considering taking up an internship through the intern group in 2019 to take the plunge and go for it! You will make lifelong friendships and meet people from across the world.

Shaun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great time

Olivia n Tommy r the best and the experience was super fun. Learnt a lot professionally and personally 🤩. I did a lot of things that were good. Some how I need to add mor characters so I will write more. I did many fun things. Go for two months because then u get a feel for the place, yes that probably the best time. Okay nice. In addition, I can’t believe I still haven’t met the word count. What else was fun? I went to a lot of places and the people I was with were all like minded and cool! That was nice for sure! My work was also good, got to practise my chinese so that was very nice also. Basically I had a good time and I recommend you go too, because you’ll have fun. Just keep an open mind with the new culture and it’ll be 10/10