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Fields of Study: Humanities, Science, Social Sciences

The academic component of this program is a combination of the full-time (35-40 hours per week) internship and an integrated course that culminates in a written paper.

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:

  • Business: Financial services, actuarial services, accounting, consulting, recruiting, or real estate
  • Communications: Advertising, publishing, marketing, tour operations, public relations, news, or magazines
  • NGOs, Community, Health & Education and Sports: Schools, community services, or children's services
  • Research, Science, and Technology: Universities, governmental agencies, engineering, hardware, software, or web development
  • Service and Support: logistics, quality control, or food industry

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 internship program includes an integrated academic course, held as a weekly seminar. The course is held online, meets once a week, and includes readings and assignments that require a work plan and ongoing reflection. At the end of the seminar, you'll write a capstone paper. 

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

Following the CIEE and host organization's protocols, you’ll adopt professional manners and dress appropriately throughout your internship.


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.