Program Overview

The Media, Graphic Design, & Creative Industries program provides interns the chance to work with professionals in a cultural and creative industry that had a GDP increase of 22% per year between 2004-2008. Internship placements could be in: Shanghai, Beijing, & Shenzhen.

Each internship provides chances to:

  • Develop ideas and designs using new materials for various business needs.
  • Working on layout design & art work using a range of media, such as photography and computer-aided design.
  • Support staff on crafting branding development programs.
  • Helping arrange exhibitions & events.
  • Creating marketing materials & strategies through various media platforms.
  • Providing editorial support for various subjects, such as restaurant write-ups, client interviews, etc.


  • Strong attention to accuracy, details, and organizational skills.
  • Interest in China- trends, popular culture, news, art, etc.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong interest in digital & social media, graphic design, and online journalism.

Academic 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. This will earn 8 internship credits.

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. 

Dates and Deadlines

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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.