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Fields of Study: Humanities, Science, Social Sciences

This eight-week full-time internship program is designed to prepare you for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. You'll be placed in an internship based on your professional needs and goals.

Your internship placement may be at an innovative start-up, a global or multinational company, or a nonprofit organization. You can choose from a variety of industry sectors, including:

  • Communications: Advertising, publishing, marketing, public relations, design, or media
  • Life sciences: Biotech, environmental sciences, or medical engineering
  • Technology: Software, hardware, finance tech, mobile apps, or e-commerce
  • Business: Information technology, finance, financial services, accounting, or consulting
  • Community development: Economic planning, NGOs, microfinance, public health, social entrepreneurship, or social work
  • Health sciences: Nutrition, food justice, or public health
  • Policy and law: NGOs, law firms, trade associations, or think tanks

Unique study opportunities

  • Get a firsthand view of international business practices in Shanghai’s bustling financial district.
  • Work with young people at a dynamic startup with a plan to fight climate change.
  • Learn how a competitive attitude and an intelligent communication style work together to enhance your future career.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and Credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: One internship course for a total of 9 UC quarter/6 UC semester units.
  • You may take the course for a letter grade or pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

This eight-week full-time internship (35-40 hours per week) program includes an integrated academic course. The weekly seminar is a hybrid course, both online and in-person, that meets once a week and has weekly readings and assignments that require a work plan and ongoing reflection. At the end of the online and in-person seminar, you’ll write a capstone paper. 

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

You’ll learn to adopt professional manners and clothing throughout the internship project, and follow the CIEE and host organization's internship protocols.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are typically available mid-October.

Assessment occurs via assignments and activities related to the academic seminar:

  • Online discussion forums
  • Small group peer coaching
  • Reflective papers
  • Individual or group presentations
  • Analysis of readings
  • An informational interview and internship work plan
  • Feedback from an internship supervisor

 Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.