After receiving her Master’s degree, Sara Huang continued to work in the education field for a year in the U.S. before moving back to Beijing in late 2014. She has six years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within education at several organizations. In her most recent position, Sara was the head admission officer for Education First’s 12 campuses in the U.S. and 9 in the U.K. Her experience is enhanced by her graduate studies in the U.S. and her working experience at JWU and Brown. Sara has a passion for writing fiction in her spare time and volunteers with organizations that work with orphans. She also loves doing outdoor activities with her pets - a Jersey Wooly and a French Lop. Finally, like most people that grew up in Xiamen, Sara is a seafood lover, so be sure to share good seafood places with her!
This course is intended for you to obtain in-depth knowledge of working in China and of Chinese people by providing you an opportunity to learn from the real Chinese world through working and interacting with the people and organizations. The purpose of this course is not only to gain working experience but, more importantly, to encourage you to think about China in a deeper and more meaningful way outside the classroom.
You are placed in an organization as an intern for 10-16 hours a week during an academic semester or 32 hours a week during summer, and instructed by an on-site supervisor. You need to complete a weekly work record and collect relevant materials to document what you have done and learned. At the end of the semester, you will submit a portfolio including all weekly records, work documentations, and a research paper on a topic relevant to the internship experience. The research paper must connect your internship experience and a more sophisticated understanding of China.
By the end of the semester, you will not only have developed your work experience and skills in a professional setting, applied your academic learning to the “real world”, but also have gained direct understanding about social, economical or political issues in China through close-up observance, immersion and reflection.