Work in China? Check! Globalize your résumé and pursue and international internship in Beijing on your semester abroad!
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!
@Foreign Commercial Service
” I experienced first-hand how trade wars and tariffs affected both Chinese and American companies.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.”
Political Science, Minor: Asian Studies
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.
My job is to assist the officers to connect U.S. firms to Chinese markets.
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.
My internship has inspired me to keep learning Chinese and about this fascinating culture so I can better manage this dynamic in my career.
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.
@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.”
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.
I gave tours and rewrote the transcript for the English audio tour.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Once you have everything collected you can submit your request for permission to enroll in IBUS 370.
TBC’s Director of Academics will contact you about next steps
The interview will help to determine a good placement match and will be the final step in approving your enrollment in IBUS 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.