All ShanghaiTech undergraduate students participate in summer programs to open their eyes to the world around them. First- and second-year students travel to remote parts of China to take part in social engagement projects working on poverty reduction. Teams of students and professors work together on projects on topics like traditional culture, environment and energy, urbanization, technological innovation, and educational development. In 2017, several teams won awards for their work in Yunnan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, and Shaanxi Provinces.
Third-year students participate in summer industry engagement programs, visiting companies and hi-tech parks to learn about business trends and explore career opportunities. In 2017, ShanghaiTech student teams completed industry research projects at more than 70 domestic and multi-national companies.