Shanghai Future Leader Internship Program
85% Rating
(33 Reviews)

Shanghai Future Leader Internship Program

Shanghai is one of the largest cities by population in the People's Republic of China, and the world. The city is located in eastern China, at the middle portion of the Chinese coast, and sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Due to its rapid growth over the last two decades it has again become a global city, exerting influence over finance, commerce, fashion, technology and culture. It is often described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of Mainland China.

  • Custom made Internships! The most important element of our program is the internship experience itself. We operate a formal internship placement process for each of our student.
  • NSC: A true family with experienced and dedicated staff members! Our team is composed of individuals from France, China, United States, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand.
  • Meet the world! A key aspect of our program is the diversity of our participants. Each year, we receive students from over 30-35 countries, so each apartment is composed of students from different nationalities, cultures, customs.
  • Build soft skills and Increase personal development to reach full potential! All of our interns have grown personally and professionally through our program by interning and living in an international city.
  • In-Country Support! Health and safety in-country is one of our top priority. We are available during office hours for any non-life threatening issues and 24/7 for any life-threatening issues. This includes crisis management plan
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Year Round
Airport Transfers
SIM cards
Some Activities
Travel Insurance
Domestic Airfare
Submit Online Application (including Resume and Picture)
Application Review by NSC Admissions Team
US $400 Deposit Payment
Internship Placement Process with dedicated NSC Advisor
Internship Confirmation
Pre Arrival Process (Balance Payment, Visa, Housing, Flights)
Experience Starts
Weekly Hours
Weeks Min.
Weeks Max
Age Min.
Age Max
Application Fee
Starting Price
Price Details
* Guaranteed Internship Experience
* Assessment Test
* Resume & Personal Branding Review
* Professional Interview Preparation
* Personal Business Cards
* First day of Work Induction
* Mentorship
* Experiential Event
* Executive Event
* Student Community Access
* Learning Outcomes Review
* Career Empowerment Program
* Completion Certificate
* Health Insurance
* Immigration Visa Assistance

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Program Reviews

based on 33 reviews
  • Growth 7.9
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8.4
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Experience you won't regret.

Next Step is a wonderful company that really was able to give me the hands on internship that I needed to experience. I didn't want to sit behind a desk staring at a computer screen for 8 hours of the day or run coffee errands as my daily tasks. Next Step's staff really took you personal needs into account and was able to find companies they believed most suited to you. You were then able to choose on you own which one you wanted to work for. My only negative comment was that it was a very pricey process. The quality of service was wonderful but the price was a little steep. I would love to do it again but I'm not able to afford it. Overall the experience was amazing, the living situation was ideal and there is nothing to complain about!

Yes, I recommend
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Great times, lasting memories.

I enjoyed my internship in Shanghai. NSC program help me a lot through my growing progress. They are very helpful and made it easy for me to adjust to the customs and language barrier I experienced. I met many interns and developed new friendships. I learned valuable skills at my internship that can be used in my desired career. Shanghai and the NSC had left me with wonderful memories that I will always cherish.

Yes, I recommend
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Unforgettable experience

My experience in Shanghai would not have been the same without the support from Next Step Connections. They provided great housing, organised social events, provided a great internship and were friendly and approachable.

My experience was totally unforgettable and I never expected to fall in love with Shanghai as much as I did. It is an endless source of food, culture and entertainment and the diversity of people you meet is truly enriching. I felt inspired by China in general and I was truly sad to leave. I will definately return one day.

Yes, I recommend
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Internship in the city of tomorrow

Coming from Copenhagen makes Shanghai a huge fairytale land where everything is possible. The life, culture and work routines are so different and for some it might be too overwhelming, but not for me. I seek the adventure and my Next Step Connection internship was just that!
They helped me find a spot in a big construction firm, where i worked as a project manager and design intern for 3 months. Was amazing experience for my future career and Next Step had many happenings where I met a lot of other interns who I explored the city of Shanghai together with, night and day. I lived with two other interns in a nice big apartment in central Shanghai, very convenient with metro and shopping nearby.
Not being able to speak chinese trapped me in some funny situations, for example when buying new minutes for my phone the lady behind the desk once thought i asked for her number so she wrote it down for me, then i called my internship coordinator at Next Step who then helped me get my phone charged with more minutes :)I loved living and working in Shanghai, going back to Denmark was a sad day, but ill be back ;)

Yes, I recommend
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Shanghai Summer 2011

When I arrived to Shanghai I did not know what to expect... Little did I know I would fall in love with this experience and could say it was the best summer I ever had.
Next Step Connections (NSC) were very helpful and the staffs were very very nice. The housing they provided was perfect nothing wrong and westernized with a great sense of safety and support. I had a room mate and we shared the kitchen and living room. This was a good room situation becauase you would have your own privacy but yet socialize with the room mate.
The food was great and the activities and arrangements that NSC provided was great. We would get a chance maybe once every other week with some sort of activity like going out somewhere or going out to eat together with everybody in the program and meeting new people who were in your same situation. This really helps you get out there and become more out going. Shanghai itself was filled with expats and student interns in the same situation as you, so you are not alone.
The internship that NSC provided me with was exceptional and gave me a lot of experience in my field of study which was internaional business. The NSC crew were very supportive and respectful with any problems I may have at work and in china in general.
I would say the program made me more outgoing and prepared for other worlds experience. Going to Shanghai and having the support of NSC was a great experience which I would never forget on doing.
The only thing I wish I would have brought from the USA was probably deodarant or some kind of detergent spray because the summer gets really hot and walking every where and taking the metro got a little hot and sweaty. In China they dont really sell these cosmetic needs or if they do it would be quite pricey.
Thanks NSC and all its staff for the great opportunity and support. I will definately be back to Shanghai when I have graduated.

Yes, I recommend
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Feel safe in a new environment

It's important that someone feels comfortable with the organisation that provides an abroad experience, an organisation that you can fall back on. From my experience Next Step Connections was fulfilling this needs. There is always someone to call for help with great understanding and the ability to (help) solve problems.
They also offer a rather large social community of people in the same position along with a great network of interesting companies.

Yes, I recommend
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Summer internship

It's a short and interesting internship experience. Working with local people, traveling to different cities, and meeting with new friends provided me a special overseas working opportunity. The best thing of the internship is to gain more working knowledge and grow your social networks from your colleagues and friends.

Yes, I recommend
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Great Experience

It was the best experience I have ever had. I met different people from China but also from others countries. Furthermore, during my internship, I have developped new skills.

Yes, I recommend
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Senior summer

Essentially, it's as good as you make it. If your in the position I was in (summer before college) if your looking for meaningful job experience it's very hard to find - especially in a local company.
It worked for me because I was interested in a language experience which I definitely managed to get at the local company but i didn't get too much useful job experience from my job.
The social scene is fun, I mean, your in one of the biggest international cities in the world - but don't go looking for an authentic Chinese experience. It's different than what you might be used to but shanghai is not representative of china as a whole.

If your looking for a meaningful experience that might set you apart from other people this is definitely a good place to start. Perhaps on one recomendation would be to consider looking for your own housing. The provided for housing is great and convenient but it's outrageously expensive (it's an extended stay hotel after all). There are options that are essentially as good for 1/4 of the cost.

Yes, I recommend
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Greatest experience in my life and has really opened my eyes

The organisation of next step and the service they provided enabled me to experience the most interesting and exciting several months of my life.
From day one i felt straight at home in a foreign atmosphere. most people would find it a very nervous first few days in China, but they flew by fantastically. I was taken to my accommodation, which was very spacious and comfortable along with two room mates, whom are close friends of mine and stay in contact with after my time in China. We all enjoyed the nightlife, which in my opinion is the greatest in the world, whilst being the most fun and crazy lifestyle, it feels very safe in Shanghai. I have many stories from my times there and my friends are all very keen to go to Shanghai as a result.
The next few months flew by. the lifestyle suited me perfectly, always a place to eat and things to do whilst in Shanghai.
Living amongst the locals was also a great experience for me and next step have done a great job in setting up internships for me and accommodation but most importantly helping me to settle in. My work was in the financial sector, and being only eighteen i may have felt slightly intimidated working in such a country in such a workplace, but it was honestly the most comfortable workplace i have worked in my whole life.
As for the local commuting you get used to the occasional rudeness, however i began to really enjoy commuting with the locals, i love to feel like a foreigner and to experience there lifestyle and i really enjoyed living in China.
I thoroughly recommend this experience and next step connections. I intend to apply again in the summer, I have also visited every holiday i have had as my girlfriend lives in shanghai and will spend a lot of time in the future in Shanghai all as a result of my choice to go with next step connections :)

Yes, I recommend
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Shanghai Internship

My internship was a fantastic experience in the fields of both research, and clinical medicine. I had a lovely time enjoying the exciting city I had a chance to live in, and I had a great time visiting the Great Wall of China.

Yes, I recommend
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Next Step in Shanghai!

NSC definitely facilitated my internship in Shanghai. To explore a city as diverse as Shanghai, you need a counseling company like NSC to make things easy and smooth. The staff there are really genial and patient.The program provided service from trivial arrangements, such as buying train tickets, to finding housing. Through NSC, I got the chance to meet interns from all over the world. The program ties us all together and absolutely gave us an unforgettable experience!

Yes, I recommend
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My Experience with Next Step Connections

Doing an internship with NSC was a great learning experience. I have to say I got more than I bargained for in so many ways!

From the minute I landed in Shanghai I had a ready made network of friends-the very friendly NSC staff and other amazing interns from all over the world.

I was also provided me with an excellent internship in one of the best Events management companies in Shanghai.
NSC also organised networking and social events on a weekly basis, that gave me the opportunity to fully experience Shanghai and make the most of my stay there.
My experience in Shanghai gave me an edge over other graduates and helped my career tremendously. I left China not only with a great internship experience to talk about all year, but also with a great network of contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Yes, I recommend
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Great Experience in Shanghai

NSC Shanghai Internship was an absolutely wonderful experience. The NSC staff was extremely helpful and really made the transition to Shanghai a smooth one. They made sure that we were taken care of and had the necessary resources to have a successful experience. My internship was also a great experience. The language barrier did create some small limitations however, I loved the company I interned for and was able to gain some very valuable experience that will be beneficial for me as I begin my career.

Yes, I recommend
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A lifetime experience

The next step connection internship program is unique in the sense it offers complete support from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave China. Not was I only able to gain exposure to a growing industry in China but also enjoy the various cultures, tours organized by Next Step and meet people with so many different diverse backgrounds. I enjoyed every bit of my time in Shanghai and came back with great lasting friendship with my fellow interns and chinese locals.

Yes, I recommend

About Next Step Connections

Next Step Connections is a leading Global Experiential Education organization offering ‘beyond classroom’ experiences and programs since 2008. Our Mission is to bring together educators and enterprises to develop future global leaders. We offer real...