Semester Internships

Work in China? Check! Globalize your resume and intern in Beijing on your semester abroad!

Introduction
May 1, 2017 Fall 2017 intern application deadline Apply
May 1, 2017 Fall 2017 intern application deadline Apply

INTS 370 Internship: External Experience in China- 3 credits

Obtain in-depth knowledge of working in China and with Chinese and international colleagues with TBC’s Academic Internship Course. Experience China in a deeper and more meaningful way outside of the classroom, and gain a unique work experience.

Internships require approximately 10-16 hours a week. Students will regularly present to their class on their work experiences and will be encouraged to reflect critically on their placement throughout the semester. By the end of the semester, all internship students will have created an ePortfolio to showcase their work. Globalize your resume and put your Chinese language skills into practice immediately!

To be eligible for the TBC Internship course, students must:

Be accepted to the TBC Semester program by the deadline Be accepted to the TBC Semester program by the deadline
Submit an internship application by the deadline - November 8, 2017 for Spring 2018 Submit an internship application by the deadline - November 8, 2017 for Spring 2018

Internship placements are limited every semester, so we encourage students to show interest early.

Case study

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.

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.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

TBC will work closely with you to identify host organizations that suit your major, your interests, and your 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

ENROLLMENT PROCESS

1 Collect the following documents

  • Updated Resume
  • Brief statement of interest and goals: No longer than one page double spaced, this statement should explain your goals and objectives for the internship placement. Include information about the type of organization you would like to work for, and the skills you would like to gain.
  • Professional letter of reference: Submit a letter of reference from a previous employer or supervisor. If you are unable to submit a letter from a previous employer, please submit a letter of recommendation from a professor.

2 Submit your request

Once you have everything collected you can submit your request for permission to enroll in INTS 370.

TBC’s Director of Academics will contact you about next steps

Internship application

3 Interview(s) with potential internship host organizations

The interview will help to determine a good placement match and will be the final step in approving your enrollment in INTS 370. Please note: TBC will endeavor to confirm your placement prior to your arrival in Beijing; however sometimes final interviews will take place after the student arrives in-country.

For additional information, read the Internship Policy.

Make the extraordinary a reality!

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If you are interested in interning in Beijing over the summer, check out our Global Leaders Summer Internship program!

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