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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: Chinese-Mandarin, English Housing: Flat/Apartment
Number of Credits Offered: 6 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Internship Language Courses Offered: Chinese-Mandarin
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Internships  in Shanghai

Internship Placements in Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the financial capital of China. "The Paris of the East," as it's known, is home to more than 23 million people, and is one of the critical ports in the world. Since the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping in the mid-70's, Shanghai (Translated to: "Upon The Sea") has transformed itself from a sprawling migrant community on the Yangtze River, to one of the most complicated and riveting cities in Asia. Opportunity is a constant in Shanghai, class divisions are exposed with little warning, and the conflicts of modernization are thrust upon each and every person that weaves through its vast avenues and crooked alleyways.

The city has many layers of history and discovering the hidden signs of the past is around every corner. At its heart is a culinary scene that celebrates the resourceful farm-to-table approach that has long defined its eating habits, alongside the spoils of modernized, processed foods. Dollar noodle shops straddle gleaming fast food, and lifetime street cooks compete with the demands of a generation of workers increasingly looking for convenience to satisfy their daily sustenance. Chaos and confusion are around every corner, and a litany of lessons are to be learned each day. The lights never shut off, and the noise rarely lets up, even for a moment.

Program Details

Global Experiences

The Global Education office has partnered with Global Experiences to provide Mason students an internship experience in Shanghai, China. Unlike traditional study abroad programs focusing on one particular subject, internship programs include students from different majors, working and studying in the same location.  The student’s internship placement within a company relative to their area of study defines their global work experience, and determines the internship course credit the student will receive. Included in this program is one-week of Business Language training prior to the start of your internship, which makes the experience ideal for Mason students looking for a cultural introduction to their internship in Shanghai. On-site location staff help you to adjust to the pace of the city, provide you with guided tours and information, and help to make you feel at home.  The Shanghai internship program can include (but is not limited to) students majoring in business and economics, accounting, global affairs, communications, marketing, environmental science, and tourism.

Internships and Placement

The internship component involves students working five days a week for two months at non-profit or for-profit organization. Once accepted by the Global Education Office, students will work closely with a Global Experiences placement officer to identify areas of interest so as to secure an internship for their summer abroad. Students may inquire about the type of internship opportunities in their area of study as well as about the complete support services offered during the program to their Global Education Office Program Officer. Within your inquiry, please include your major, career goals, and what knowledge you wish to gain from the internship experience.

To lean more about the internship placement timeline, click here

Internship Credit

Undergraduate:  The default Mason internship study abroad credit for undergraduate summer and semester programs is 6 Mason resident credits of Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship. Coursework is obtained by an online Blackboard course, taught by a Mason faculty member, during the program. If students wish to obtain internship credit other than INTS 390, students must meet with the internship coordinator or department chair in the department from which they wish to obtain the credit. Students must then communicate with the program officer to complete the necessary paperwork to approve department-specific credit.

Previously, students have been able to obtain alternate credits in the following:

Economics (ECON) 498: Internship (6 credits)
Global Affairs (GLOA) 495: Global Experiential Learning (6 credits)
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience (6 credits)
Government (GOVT) 480: Internship (3 credits) + Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad (3 credits)
Psychology (PSYC) 327: Psychology in the Community (3 credits) + Psychology (PSYC) 461: Special Topics (3 credits)
Communication (COMM) 399: Special Topics in Communication (3 credits) + Communication (COMM) 307: Field Study in Communication (3 credits)

Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program, contact the Program Officer for more information. 


Interns live in a centrally-located international student residence, just 15-minutes from The People’s Square, National Museum, along with an assortment of Chinese universities. Each student will live in a furnished single room within a shared apartment in a student residence. You will have easy access to the metro and other public transportation to get downtown and to other central parts of Shanghai.  

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $8,555


Program Officer

Whitney Morgan
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2018 03/04/2018 03/16/2018 06/16/2018 08/11/2018

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