- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
This internship program with CRCC Asia offers students the opportunity to intern in Shanghai, China for 8 weeks (10 weeks total, including the intensive Mandarin course). CRCC Asia’s internships cover 14 professional sectors including architecture & real estate, business, engineering, finance & accounting, green technology, logistics, legal, information & technology, hospitality, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, marketing, public relations, advertising, media & creative industries, NGOs & charities, and tourism & travel. The internship program is for 8 weeks, and there will be 240 - 272 contact hours during that time.
As a part of this customized program with Penn State and CRCC Asia, all students are required to enroll in a 2-week intensive Mandarin course prior to their internship. Students will be given a placement test following their confirmation into the CRCC Asia program, used to place students into the appropriate level of coursework for their study. Students will take 5 classes a day, each class lasting for approximately 45 minutes, for the duration of two weeks. Program participants will be held responsible for homework, class assignments, quizzes, and two weekly exams.
Students will receive 3 credits for this internship program. No credits will be awarded for the intensive Mandarin course, but students will receive a certificate of completion. The grade will be assigned by their supervisor, and CRCC Asia will provide a grade report. Students will apply for this program through Penn State, and will have their interviews and internship placements with CRCC Asia.
Summer: mid May - late July
Shanghai made its start as a traditional trading port and today remains a stronghold for globalized consumerism. As the heart of commercialism in China, shopping malls, markets, and international influence make it a uniquely globalized experience with easily accessible western media and food. Shanghai also houses one of the fastest growing stock markets in the world. In between the high-rises you can still find family-owned shops preserving a more traditional Shanghainese lifestyle. During the internship you have the chance to take advantage of the fast-paced and exciting dynamics of the landscape of one of China’s most beautiful cities.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.
Internships are available in 14 professional sectors, including: architecture and real estate; business; engineering; finance; green technology; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; hospitality; technology; legal; logistics; marketing, PR and advertising; media and creative industries; NGOs, charities, non-profits; tourism and travel.
Students should meet with their academic adviser in their college to receive approval to earn internship credit on this program. The Education Abroad Office cannot approve your internship, we only facilitate the course equivalency process explained below.
- You must enroll in a minimum number of 3 credits and a maximum number of 3 credits
- You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
- World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
- You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
- If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation
Course Equivalency Process
In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.
All internships require a course equivalency request because each placement is unique. Please include the following information in your course equivalency request for your internship in Shanghai (you may not have this information until you arrive):
Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.
- Please upload with your request one document that includes the following information:
- The program/provider syllabus (if available)
- A detailed summary of the work you did on the internship
- Location of the internship
- Number of hours worked
- Language in which a majority of the work was completed
- Daily duties
- Special tasks and projects
- Final Project/Paper
Grade and Credit Conversion Scale
Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
|Host Institution Grade
||Penn State Grade
Credit Conversion Scale
|Host Institution Credit
||Penn State Credit
|3 credits per course
||3 credits per course