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Sophia University and The Beijing Center Sign a Virtual Internship Program Agreement

On May 7, 2021, Sophia University and The Beijing Center (TBC) reached an agreement to enable more Sophia student participation in The Beijing Center’s Virtual Internship Program.

This partnership promotes the mutual efforts of TBC and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) to offer progressive virtual programs in support of quality online education and experiences.

As part of this agreement, effective May 1, 2021, qualified Sophia University students may apply to enroll in TBC’s Virtual Internship Program. For the duration of the agreement, TBC will offer one full scholarship to a qualified student to enroll in the program. Previously, TBC hosted two scholarship students from our partner, Sanata Dharma University, and continues to offer scholarship opportunities to our AJCU-AP partners. 

While the global education and business environment continue to face uncertainty and adversity, many students still seek the right academic and professional opportunities. For this reason, TBC is creating a variety of educational opportunities with new and existing partners while simultaneously guiding students in developing their path to a bright future. 

Traditionally, The Beijing Center offers Semester Study Abroad and Intern Abroad programs for students interested in a studying or interning abroad in Beijing. However, in response to health safety and travel restrictions, TBC’s Virtual Internship Program provides the opportunity for students to enhance their studies while participating in a online internship with a Beijing-based organization. The virtual program accommodates the pandemic-induced remote work and study, while still incorporating aspects of an in-person internship experience, such as the Virtual Internship Showcase, where student interns present their experience to a live audience. This way, students can continue to learn about Chinese culture and economy, Mandarin, and take part in an internship from a distance until global travel resumes.