Globalize your résumé, learn a language, and give yourself an unforgettable Asia experience this summer.
Simon Koo joined TBC in 2017, bringing over a decade of teaching and administrative experience in higher education. A computer scientist and engineer by training, Simon has taught a wide range of courses in Political Science, Architecture, Mathematics, Finance, and Chinese History and Philosophy, in addition to his major fields of expertise, while simultaneously taking on administrative roles on curriculum design, academic planning, accreditation, and partnership building at different universities. Being a blend of theoretician and practitioner, he is also an entrepreneur, having founded multiple technology startups in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. Currently, Simon is dedicated to identifying innovative and disruptive models for higher education, and enhancing cross-cultural learning experience for TBC students and scholars.
Our globalized world needs globalized leaders. The Beijing Center’s Global Leaders Summer Internship program gives you a unique 10-week opportunity to put your professional skills to the test in China, with a high-quality placement in your chosen sector.
Over your 10-week stay in Beijing, a thriving and diverse city of 20 million people and China’s start-up hub, you will navigate the complexities and cultural nuances of the Chinese workplace, challenging and broadening your own worldview in the process. You will work alongside Chinese and international colleagues and become part of Beijing’s exciting network of young professionals.
From the moment you arrive in Beijing, TBC’s comprehensive orientation, mentoring, and support will ensure that you get the most out of your stay. Additionally, you will learn Chinese (offered from beginner level and up) from TBC’s expert language faculty, with the added advantage of applying it immediately in your Beijing workplace.
***No previous language study is required. Level based on in-country placement test
During the program, TBC will take you by high-speed train to Shenzhen, China’s first Special Economic Zone, and to Hong Kong where you will experience the dynamics between these twin cities. You will have exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to industrial parks and start-ups, as well as business experts and professionals from one of China’s most important economic sectors.
@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.”
Economics and International Studies, Minors: French, Spanish, and Asian Studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@American Chamber of Commerce
“I learned a lot about how to work and navigate an office setting that works on an international level.”
Chinese Studies and Communications Double-Minor: Sustainable Management and Chinese Language studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@ 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.”
Political Science, Double-Minor: Asian Studies and Chinese Language & Culture
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Earlybird Sign-Up discount
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Students who complete an online application before this date will receive a $300.00 discount off the program fee!