Semester Internships Abroad

Work in China? Check! Globalize your résumé and pursue an international internship in Beijing on your semester abroad!

Introduction
April 1 Fall 2019 TBC application deadline Apply
April 1 Fall 2019 TBC application deadline Apply

IBUS 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, 2018 for Spring 2019 Submit an internship application by the deadline - November 8, 2018 for Spring 2019

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

Case study

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 IBUS 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 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.

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