Intern Abroad for a Semester or Year

Globalize your résumé, learn a language, and give yourself an unforgettable Asia experience!

October 15 Spring Internship Application Deadline Apply
October 15 Spring Internship Application Deadline Apply

Join The Beijing Center's Intern Abroad Program!

Become part of Beijing’s exciting network of young professionals!

 

Take your work experience to the next level – join The Beijing Center’s Intern Abroad semester program! Over your 4-month stay in Beijing, a thriving and diverse city and China’s startup hub, you will navigate the complexities and cultural nuances of the Chinese workplace, challenging and broadening your perspectives in the process. No prior Chinese language necessary! Learn more about the application and admission process here.

TBC also offers add-on excursions trips, weekend trips around Beijing, Career-development lectures and Mandarin language classes for those who’d like to supplement work experience with more China experience.

In addition to semester terms, you can also choose to Intern Abroad in the Summer.

Case Studies

Christopher DuBois
Christopher DuBois

@Gongwangfu (Prince Gong Mansion)

“I still have a lot to learn but I feel like this internship definitely has pushed me to continue studying with a focus on China. Due to globalization The United States and China will continue to interact increasingly more in the future and any good relationship should come from a place of understanding.”

Name : Christopher DuBois
Internship Location : Gongwangfu (Prince Gong Mansion)
Internship Title : Foreign Consultant
TBC Semester : Fall 2016
Home University : Loyola University Chicago
Home University Major :

Anthropology

Internship Overview

Constructed in 1777, The Prince Gong Mansion is a museum and tourist attraction located just north of the Shichahai Lake. It consists of large siheyuan-style mansions and gardens.

Job Description

I gave tours and rewrote the transcript for the English audio tour.

Outcomes

I found the autonomy given to me during my internship was particularly surprising. Overall I loved it. I would say my biggest take away would be learning how to make effective use of the time and resources given to me in order to do something meaningful while being given no directions. It was a really good experience and I learned a lot.

Going Forward

I still have a lot to learn but I feel like this internship definitely has pushed me to continue studying with a focus on China. Due to globalization The United States and China will continue to interact increasingly more in the future and any good relationship should come from a place of understanding. I will be doing another internship through TBC next spring and then when I return to the U.S. I’m thinking of hopefully tutoring and applying for CURL. I really love education and can’t express how important I think it is.

Unique to China moment

When I came into the office one day my supervisor was sleeping in a makeshift bed she made out of a lawn chair and blankets she brought in. -I learned that afternoon naps are common in the Chinese workplace.

Evan Mazmanian
Evan Mazmanian

@Edelman

“I know in the future I want to work either with China, or in China, and this experience provided me the necessary skills to pursue this goal. “

Name : Evan Mazmanian
Internship Location : Edelman
Internship Title : Corporate Intern
TBC Semester : 2018 Spring
Home University : Loyola University Maryland
Home University Major :

International Business, Chinese, Asian Studies.

Internship Overview

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.

Job Description

My primary job at Edelman was to proofread daily publications and memos that were translated from Chinese to English. Being a native speaker, I was able to take rough translations and polish them into formal business communications. Learning Chinese helped me understand the thought processes used when translating Chinese to English. I also helped research topics on English sites and draft articles for WeChat and Weibo.

Outcomes

Working in a Chinese environment exposed me to Chinese business culture and taught me proper business communications. Because Edelman is an international company, I practiced internal business communications with Chinese coworkers as well as external
communications with people from all over the globe. Surprisingly, I actually improved my English writing skills in addition to my Chinese conversational skills.

Going Forward

While I don’t see PR in my future, Edelman has prepared me for all aspects of business in China. I know in the future I want to work either with China, or in China, and this experience provided me with the necessary skills to pursue this goal.

Unique to China moment

Our office was almost entirely young, Chinese women, so it was interesting to hear them speak about Chinese pop culture and current events. Being a US company in China, it was a very progressive environment that allowed employees to wear whatever and discuss whatever.

Iryna Chorniy
Iryna Chorniy

@Foreign Commercial Service

“Although I was in a foreign country working with many people from all over China and US, they made me feel like home and I will miss them greatly.”

Name : Iryna Chorniy
Internship Location : US Embassy
Internship Title : Intern
TBC Semester : Spring
Home University : St. Peter's University
Home University Major :

Political Science

Internship Overview

U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. government. The main objectives are to promote U.S. exports, by encouraging direct investment into the U.S. and protecting U.S. business interest abroad.

Job Description

My primary job at the US Embassy was to work closely with the healthcare team. I had to create industry snapshot iconographic for any industry pertaining to healthcare. I was lucky enough to attend many client meetings and to see first hand how the negotiations are. Also, I led the weekly reporting on the work of all consulates in China and Mongolia.

Outcomes

My internship gave me the reassurance I needed to pursue a career in either international trade or diplomacy. I’ve learned how to effectively manage my time while working on a variety of projects simultaneously. I’ve also improved my teamwork skills when I had to collaborate with more than a dozen officers to work on updating the CS China Country Overview PPT.

Going Forward

Going forward I feel more confident in my abilities and have a sense of clarity about what I would like to do in the future. I know for a fact that a career in international trade or diplomacy is a right fit for me. This internship made me realize that if I really set my mind to do something I can definitely accomplish it. I’m extremely grateful for the wonderful opportunity that was given to me and helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Unique to China moment

I loved coming to the internship because the people who worked with me combined the best from two cultures. They were always professional, but they didn’t treat me as a subordinate and always find the time to just talk. They were always willing to help and they genuinely appreciated everything that I did. Although I was in a foreign country working with many people from all over China and US they made it feel like home and I will miss them greatly.

Jacob Sierra
Jacob Sierra

@Project Pengyou

“With its expanding market, there is a myriad of opportunity in just Beijing alone for someone seeking to establish a career in business marketing management like me.”

Name : Jacob Sierra
Internship Location : Project Pengyou
Internship Title : Communications Intern
TBC Semester : 2018 Spring
Home University : Loyola University Chicago
Home University Major :

Marketing

Internship Overview

Conceived as the alumni network for President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, Project Pengyou is part of a growing national movement to dramatically increase the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad in China. Through a large and growing member base, Project Pengyou crowdsources China-related jobs, events, and resources, while providing opportunities to connect and discuss China-related issues.

Job Description

My primary jobs as a Communications Intern at Project Pengyou were blog post writing and social media management. My bosses did add other projects to our semester-wide tasks a few months into the internship. These varied per intern based upon our interests and desires for our experience.

Outcomes

I feel that I have taken so much from my time at Project Pengyou, from my time learning and working in China. With its expanding market, there is a myriad of opportunities in just Beijing alone for someone seeking to establish a career in business marketing management like me.

Going Forward

I learned that I am still interested in working in the non-profit world. However, I learned that this sector is very unstable and might not be a viable path for establishing a strong career in Marketing. Nonetheless, I have learned that Beijing holds many great opportunities both for social organizations like Project Pengyou as well as businesses.

Unique to China moment

We worked with one Chinese national and it made comparing her work ethic to ours easy and interesting.

John Schmidt
John Schmidt

@World Health Organization office in Beijing, China

Above all, it was refreshing to feel like the work I was doing really had an impact. There is a good chance my work will be used in a brief to the Chinese government on where resources should be shifted in the future, and that alone makes the job worth it.

Name : John Schmidt
Internship Location : World Health Organization (WHO)
Internship Title : Economic Burden Research Intern
TBC Semester : Fall 2016
Home University : Loyola University Chicago
Home University Major :

Economics and International Studies, Minors: French, Spanish, and Asian Studies

Internship Overview

The World Health Organization (WHO)  is one of the oldest offices of the United Nations. Its mission is to promote health all over the world, both to governments and to citizens. Working at the WHO office in Beijing was a unique experience because it brought together so many people with diverse backgrounds from around the world, each with their own specialization. The workspace is set up in an “open office” layout and it was great for collaboration and feeling like everyone there was peers rather than co-workers. We were encouraged to reach out for help from our fellow team members, something everyone in the office, not just the interns, took advantage of.

Job Description

My primary job at the WHO was to support my supervisor Wang Ding in health financing research. Specifically, my assignment was to build a database of diseases in China and try to crunch the numbers in an Excel document to find the true cost of various diseases in China, and the burden they imposed on the people and the government.

Outcomes

More than anything I learned how to work in an international environment with people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. I feel stronger communicating in Chinese and French (the 2nd and 3rd languages of the office) and feeling comfortable asking coworkers for help even if it’s not in English. Above all though it was refreshing to feel like the work I was doing really had an impact. There is a good chance my work will be used in a brief to the Chinese government on where resources should be shifted in the future, and that alone makes the job worth it.

Going Forward

I have always had a commitment to public service so the World Health Organization seemed like the logical next step for me, an experience that confirmed what I already knew about my career goals. In February 2017 I will start work for the Peace Corps as a business advising extension agent in Senegal, and my time with the WHO no doubt prepared me for that job.

Unique to China moment

Our office was about 50% Chinese 50% foreign, so it maintained a Western feel while at the same time being decidedly Chinese. The biggest differences were the hours, most people came to work late and stayed late, and the 服务员, or in-office maids. Both of these differences created a much different feel from a normal “western” office environment, but it was a welcome change as it was easier for everyone to focus on work rather than getting in at 8 sharp or washing the pile of dishes in the kitchen.

Joshua Fowler
Joshua Fowler

@Foreign Commercial Service

“This internship was a mature and professional approach to career development. Going forward, my interests are solidified toward global economic and strategic research.”

Name : Joshua Fowler
Internship Location : US Embassy
Internship Title : Foreign Commercial Service Intern
TBC Semester : 2018 Spring
Home University : Gonzaga
Home University Major :

Finance, Economics

Internship Overview

U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. government. The main objectives are to promote U.S. exports, by encouraging direct investment into the U.S. and protecting U.S. business interest abroad.

Job Description

My primary function at the Foreign Commercial Service was the support my commanding FCS officers with their tasks and policy goals. I personally worked with AOWG American One Belt, One Road Working Group conducting BRI research in Mongolia and Indonesia. The group looked for opportunities in these particular markets.

Outcomes

The main project I worked on was the economic, geopolitical, and security implications of the Belt and Road Initiative. This helped to improve my research skills, writing skills, briefing skills, among others. I developed a keen interest in economic and strategic research in this internship.

Going Forward

This internship was a mature and professional approach to career development. Going forward, my interests are solidified toward global economic and strategic research.

Unique to China moment

China has been an excellent opportunity to learn about the Belt and Road Initiative. In honesty, I would not have unlocked the current interests that I hold without the influence of my internship experience.

Lillian Nguyen
Lillian Nguyen

@American Chamber of Commerce

“I learned a lot about how to work and navigate an office setting that works on an international level.”

Name : Lillian Nguyen
Internship Location : American Chamber of Commerce
Internship Title : Business Support Service Intern
TBC Semester : Fall 2016
Home University : Loyola University Chicago
Home University Major :

Chinese Studies and Communications Double-Minor: Sustainable Management and Chinese Language studies

Internship Overview

Amcham is a non-profit, non-government affiliated organization that is essentially a resource of information for businesses in America to conduct business in China. We hold all the information  necessary to assist in all aspects of doing businesses- from creating transitional business plans to translating policy plans so that American firms can better understand them.

Job Description

My job holds a variety of tasks. I do research on the policies that China drafts and I assist in writing the policy papers and we send those papers to the chamber of commerce in the U.S. I also assist in putting on events. I create the event pages, invite members to attend, and sometimes if necessary I host the event. Basically, if the office needs anything they delegate it to the interns.

Outcomes

I learned a lot about how to work and navigate an office setting that works on an international level. It was perfectly what I wanted in an internship abroad. I felt like I made a difference and an actual impact with the work that I did. Working at Amcham even gave me the opportunity to write a story that gets to be featured in our magazine Business Now.

Going Forward

I feel that this has helped me become a lot more secure in my career path, I feel like I have found something that I can potentially do in life and be satisfied with doing it.

Unique to China moment

I was very surprised with how easy it was for me to transition into an office that spoke a multitude of languages. We all try to learn from one another and stay in the same page, but it was easier than I thought.

McKenzie Bush
McKenzie Bush

@Foreign Commercial Service, United States Embassy Beijing

“My biggest take away is that you always surprise yourself when your back is up against the wall, and that is the most liberating feeling.”

Name : McKenzie Bush
Internship Location : Foreign Commercial Service, United States Embassy Beijing
Internship Title : Intern, Foreign Commercial Service, United States Embassy Beijing
TBC Semester : Fall 2016
Home University : Santa Clara University
Home University Major :

Political Science, Minor: Asian Studies

Internship Overview

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Government. The main objectives are to promote U.S. exports, by encouraging foreign direct investment into the U.S, and protecting U.S. business interests abroad.

Job Description

My job is to assist the officers to connect U.S. firms to Chinese markets.

Outcomes

My biggest take away is that you always surprise yourself when your back is up against the wall, and that is the most liberating feeling. This position was very high-paced and research oriented. There is no on-boarding whatsoever but I enjoy learning from the other interns and the heightened expectations bring out the best in me.

Going Forward

My internship has inspired me to keep learning Chinese and about this fascinating culture so I can better manage this dynamic in my career.

Unique to China moment

I think the most surprising thing is the degree to which Chinese nationals are involved in the Embassy mission. The majority of my office consists of Chinese people who have first hand knowledge Chinese markets- it underscores how much of enigma China still is to some of the smartest people in the U.S. government.

Rafael (Louie) Hinlo
Rafael (Louie) Hinlo

@Foreign Commercial Service

” I experienced first-hand how trade wars and tariffs affected both Chinese and American companies.”

Name : Rafael (Louie) Hinlo
Internship Location : Foreign Commercial Service
Internship Title : Intern
TBC Semester : 2018 Spring
Home University : St. Louis University
Home University Major :

International Business

Internship Overview

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. government. The main objectives are to promote U.S. exports, by encouraging foreign direct investment into the U.S. and protect U.S. interest abroad.

Job Description

My primary job at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing under the Foreign Commercial Service is to provide assistance to all commercial service officers so as to promote U.S. interests and increase exports to the Chinese market. My job included tasks of writing reports for the Ambassador or researching market intelligence to be used in various projects for U.S. sellers seeking entrance into the Chinese market.

Outcomes

More than anything I gained insight on international business and what a major exactly entails within a global environment. As for projects, worked on automotive research, SelectUSA Investment and E-commerce platforms in China. From these projects, I improved on my research consolidation skills and how to adapt to a constantly changing environment. From
meetings with experts and clients, I also gained insight on how to conduct business talks.

Going Forward

From this internship, I learned that I want to continue doing this line of work in the near future. It may not be exactly working at the Embassy, but I do want to do something within the International trade realm between China and the U.S. Gaining insight on international business from a government
perspective has definitely created a solid foundation on which I can build my career on.

Unique to China moment

Working at such an institution during impending trade wars was probably the most unique moment for me. The fact that my work and research directly related to events happening with my affiliated countries was super interesting to see. I experienced first-hand how trade wars and tariffs affected both Chinese and American companies.

Victoria Landa-Steinau
Victoria Landa-Steinau

@ JingJobs (Beijing HR startup)

“I’ve had an internship every semester of university, and this is the first time I have ever had a mentor that treated me as an equal.”

Name : Victoria Landa-Steinau
Internship Location : JingJobs (Beijing HR startup)
Internship Title : Event management, marketing, HR Intern
TBC Semester : Fall 2016
Home University : Loyola University Chicago
Home University Major :

Political Science, Double-Minor: Asian Studies and Chinese Language & Culture

Internship Overview

JingJobs is a curated job listing platform and matching service for China based internships and jobs. Ranging from startups, boutique firms and multinational corporations, JingJobs compiles the most suitable opportunities in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities across China for bilingual jobseekers.

Job Description

Startups require each team member to wear multiple hats. I helped to organize networking events, matched employers with prospective candidates, and even hosted a podcast! So many things I’d never thought I’d be able to do, I did!

Outcomes

In a couple of words, I have become a stronger leader and more aware of the necessity of cultural competency. The mentorship of my boss, the founder, made the biggest impact on me this semester. Samantha didn’t give me time to be nervous, she just said “go do it” with full confidence in me, because she placed so much trust in me, I had to trust myself.  

Going Forward

I originally studied Political Science with the intention of pursuing a career in education policy, but after interning in this type of work, I felt very frustrated with hierarchy and bureaucracy. Interning at JingJobs showed me the flexibility and excitement of working for a startup. I have a clearer vision of my future in business and how I can still incorporate education in regards to cultural competency.

Unique to China moment

Small things that I’d never known if I hadn’t worked in a Chinese office- such as co-workers always drinking hot water and taking naps after lunch.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

TBC will work closely with you to identify host organizations that suit your interests and career goals. Our wide network of partners includes:
  • Start-ups and tech companies
  • Multinational corporations
  • Media companies (including print, social media, and TV)
  • Consultancies and advisory firms
  • Government departments and international agencies
  • Not-for-profit organizations, research institutes, embassies, and chambers of commerce
  • Healthcare-related organizations
  • Museums, art galleries, and cultural institutions
Internship Partners

Calendar

Jan
6
Spring internship program starts
Optional Excursion add-on
Jan
27-Feb
8
May
10
Spring internship program ends
Summer internship program
May
15-July
24
Aug
12
Fall internship program starts
Optional Excursion add-on
Aug
19
-
31
Dec
14
Fall internship program ends

Program Fees

Program fee USD$8,400

Includes
  • Application Fee ($300)
  • TBC Program Fee - Intern Abroad for a Semester
  • Mandarin language classes (not for credit)
  • Required international health insurance
  • Double occupancy housing
  • Weekend excursions around Beijing
  • Career development lectures (optional, not-for-credit)
  • Airport Pickup/Dropoff
  • Orientation in Beijing
  • Closing banquet
Does not include
  • University credit for internship
  • Airfare ($900 - $1,300)
  • Chinese visa costs ($300 approx.)
  • Meals ($300 - $400)
  • Optional add-on: 3-credits Mandarin Language ($2,000)
  • Optional add-on: 2-week semester excursion ($3,000)
15 October Admission cutoff date

Application deadlines:

  • October 15 for Spring semester
  • April 1 for Fall semester

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We also offer for-credit internships for semester and summer!