Summer Internship in Shanghai

3-credit COM internship and 3-credit COM course Joint program with VSB and Chinese language program at IGIS

With the globalization trend, competent communication in diversified environments has become one of the most important qualities at workplaces as well as in social lives. This 6-week, 6-credit internship program gives Communication majors and minors and honors students an opportunity to study and intern in one of the most economically important and culturally enriched city in the world—Shanghai, China.

The program has two main components:

  1. COM 2993 Communication Internship in China: Villanova University has partnered with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in order to offer internships in a variety of communication disciplines. Students will participate in internship placements over 5 weeks of the program, for 150 hours total. Placements depend on availability and student background and skills. Because internships involve a third party, internships may be quite competitive and placements cannot be guaranteed. Final internship decisions are made in Shanghai based on placement availability and interviews on site. Students who have resources in Shanghai can arrange internships, but such arrangements must be approved by the program director. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be required to submit additional documentation as required by both IES and VU’s Office of Undergraduate Studies.
  2. COM 3490 Intercultural Communication in China: This course contains three components: theory, practice (esp. on context application), and field learning. The theory component covers conceptualization of culture, comparisons of the U.S. and Chinese cultures from the angles of beliefs such as religions, value systems such as worldviews, traditions such as special event celebrations, norms such as appropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior, symbols and interpretations, artifacts, and popular cultures. This component ends with a connection between culture and self-identity formation and transformation. The practice component covers intercultural communication in various contexts such as health, education, workplace, and community. Besides cultural practices, diversity, moral inclusion/exclusion, social justice issues will be the foci of discussion. Finally, the field trip component is designed to include the contexts covered in the practice portion. Priority is placed on non-governmental, non-profit organizations so that students can have experiential learning from common cultural members’ perspectives.
    --The course contains two Survival Chinese Culture and Language workshops.

Design Your Own—Joint Program with VSB and IGIS

Because the Communication Department joins its summer program with the summer internship program of Villanova School of Business (VSB) and the summer Chinese language program with Institute of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (IGIS), students can choose to participate in these programs and obtain 9 credits in total. Students who wish to waive internship but take two (6 credits) or three courses (9 credits) in China can also be accommodated. Contact program director for specific designs.

  • VSB course (3 credits): ECO 3108 Transitions of China's Economy (3 credits)
  • IGIS Chinese language courses (5-6 credits): Basic Chinese (CHI 1111 or 1112),
  • Intermediate Chinese (CHI 1121 or 1122), and Advanced Chinese (CHI 1131 or 1132).

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only available to undergraduates.
  • No language proficiency is required.


Upon arrival, students will go through an orientation that will be in conjunction with IES. The orientation shall include comprehensive information on health, safety, culture, and living in Shanghai. Students will be provided with an information packet during orientation that includes a detailed student handbook, local area information, and a program schedule. Also included in the orientation is a Huangpu River Boat tour and visit to the Shanghai Planning Museum, a welcome reception, and admission to the Shanghai Circus Acrobatic show. Students will also participate in a Shanghai walkabout tour with student helpers in the People's Square and Nanjing Road.

Additional excursions include:

  • Day trips: These trips correspond with the contexts covered in the course. Chaoyang Community field trip (visit to Chaoyang Activity Center and local market, lunch, socialization with families); Chaoyang Nursing Home; Huaxi Hospital; four schools (elementary, middle/high school, and university); a domestic organization, and a multinational organization.
  • Ten-day Cultural Excursion: This trip is designed to cover Chinese economic center (Shanghai), political center (Beijing), and cultural origin (Confucianism and Taoism). It is included in the last 10 days of the program. It starts from Shanghai and its vicinity cities—Suzhou and Hangzhou. Then we will go to Shandong province, and visit a Confucius Temple, Mount Tai, Qingdao (famous for beer), Yantai (vineyard) and Penglai Island (for Taoist culture). We will end the tour in Beijing and visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, and Chengde Summer Resort.

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than March 5, 2015; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total cost: $ 7,500

Includes: Tuition, visa processing, airport transportations, accommodations, prepaid SIM card, travel card, breakfasts, cultural excursions (inc. most meals and all related transportations and 4-star hotel accommodations), internet, CRCC onsite business etiquette training, language training, and all CRCC events and receptions.

Excludes: Airfare, non-event related lunches and dinners; personal trips and activities.

Program Director

Dr. Qi Wang
Department of Communication
16 Garey Hall
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: 610-519-4439

Itinerary Summary

  • June 19: Depart USA
  • June 20: Arrive Shanghai, China
  • June 21 – 25: Coursework
  • June 26: CRCC Internship Orientation
  • June 27 - July 21: Internship
  • July 22 - 26: Cultural Excursion
  • July 26: Depart Beijing/Arrive Philadelphia  

Application Forms

Application may be found on the Villanova Office of International Studies “Forms and Applications” site.