During the spring semester, students participate in a structured experiential learning program through short-term internships with local organizations in Hangzhou and Shanghai. The internship program aims to provide students with an integrated, focused learning experience that is relevant to their emerging identities as international professionals. Placements are based on organizations’ needs and students’ academic interests, experience, and linguistic competencies.
Although the specific details vary according to the host organization, students undergo a formal process of preparation, documentation, reflection, and analysis as they plan and complete their internship. In addition to the two-week internship program, students are also able to design, in consultation with their advisors, additional internships or independents studies.
The following are examples of internship sites and independent study projects where LIU Global students have worked successfully in recent semesters:
Non-profit Incubator (NPI), social entrepreneurship project
Green Zhejiang, environmental protection project
InTouch Zhejiang, journalism/magazine publishing
Buy42, online charity shop project
Museum Association at Hangzhou, Chinese cultural studies
Shizhuzhai Woodblock Water Printing Studio, traditional Chinese arts