University of Oregon

Architecture Internships in China

Program Overview

The Architecture program in China provides students the chance to experience what it’s like to work with professionals in one of the fastest urbanizing countries in the world. Internship placements could be in: Shanghai, Beijing, & Shenzhen.

Each internship provides opportunities to:

  • Create architectural proposals by providing research, PPT editing, administrative, graphics and production support.
  • Visit job sites to carry out dimensional survey work and photographic site analysis.
  • General job shadowing during client and on-site meetings.


  • Strong attention to accuracy, details, and organizational skills.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Interest in China- culture, design and growth.

Academic Details

In addition to 8 internship credits, students will enroll in a 1-4 credit Intercultural Communication online course.  This course is designed to provide ongoing support to students who do internships abroad.  Students will observe, explore and investigate the core cultural values in their host country during the internship, conduct comparison in the differences between their host and home country, and develop critical thinking skills and culture learning strategies. Some of the topics discussed in this course include: attitudes toward time, space, age, gender and authority, different views on self/others, conflict styles and culture shock. 

A weekly assignment for the online course includes: reading assignments, group discussions and/or a weekly journal.  The number of enrolled credits will determine the course workload.  It will begin one week before your internship begins and end one week after completion.  

Internship Details

Students must intern for a minimum of 30 hours per week, for a total of at least 240 hours for an 8-week internship. Although this is not a paid internship, you will earn 8 internship credits.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.