Internship Opportunities

While we do our best to assist students interested in pursuing an internship, we cannot guarantee an internship placement. The application process is competitive, and only qualified candidates will ultimately be offered an internship.

Internship possibilities span a wide range, and vary from site to site, but generally include government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the media, educational organizations, and the arts.  Recent students have participated in internships in Spain at FUNDESO (Fundacion Desarrollo Sostenido), WWB (Women's World Banking), Hilti Española S.A., and ACNUR (Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para Refugiados). In Italy, students participated in internships in the American Consulate in Florence and the Horne Museum. In France, students have interned in the Assemblée Nationale, the Conseil Régional d'Ile de France, Maria Louisa Design, Frac I'le de France, the Robert Schuman Foundation, and Theatre et Cinema Ile de France. And in Russia students have interned at CNN, NPR, The United States-Russia Investment Fund, The MacArthur Foundation, Project Harmony, The Golden Ring newspaper, The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, The Eurasia Foundation, The Moscow Institute of Modern Art, Yaroslavl Investment Center, as well as local schools and libraries. In any given year, however, we cannot guarantee an internship in a specific field or organization, though we will make every effort to accommodate. Please be aware that prospective internship providers normally expect candidates to have appropriate skills or background knowledge and interest in the field. In addition, students must have strong functional skills in the target language. If your language skills are not strong enough, you may not qualify for an internship.

Past Internships in China

Travis Sanderson (Middlebury College, Spring 2018, Hangzhou) Modern City Community Center

My internship at the Modern City Community Center was largely an experience in becoming connected with the local community. The MIC program cannot connect us fully with the grassroots, but my internship gave me precisely that opportunity. In between teaching classes, I acquired the opportunities to chat with Hangzhou locals who lived in the neighborhood. Modern City contributed to my understanding of local conditions and Hangzhou life, as experienced by real people. Modern City is a grassroots branch of the Chinese government. Beyond grassroots connections, I also had the opportunity to learn about waste disposal techniques and political governance at the lowest government department level.

Emily Cipriani (Middlebury College, Spring 2018, Hangzhou) West Lake Museum

My internship at the West Lake Museum composed of two elements: working at the museum’s front desk and office work, typically two hours each per day. At the front desk, the museum curator assigned a docent to act as my “professor”, who essentially taught me a one on one class about the geography, geology, and cultural history of the lake (typically an hour to an hour and a half each day). As I became more familiar with the content of the museum, I began to serve as a bilingual volunteer docent for Chinese and international museum guests. For the office portion of the internship, I was assigned a desk in the museum’s exhibition department alongside employees responsible for designing the layout of the museum, organizing educational events, and producing supplementary materials such as videos and pamphlets. In the office, I edited/rewrote the museum’s audio recording translations. At the end of the year I recorded this material for the museum. Spare time at the front desk and office (about half an hour per day) was spent on independent study. The internship was valuable for learning about museum management, office culture, and of course, for learning about the history of Hangzhou. 

Subin Cho (Middlebury College, Spring 2018, Beijing) Cryptocurrency Startup

I partook in a credit-bearing internship expecting to acquaint myself with Chinese business environment. With the help of the alumni network in Beijing, I worked at a cryptocurrency company as a product management intern.     Director Zhang Kai was responsible and thoughtful, writing to me before the program started to ask about my preferences in detail. During the period of internship, Mr. Zhang and I had weekly check-in session to discuss the internship's progress. He approached issues with helpful guidance and offered chances to be reflective and gain insights by myself.  The School in Beijing deeply catered and helped me integrating my future career interest with my language learning. I was able to improve my facility with business Chinese, and to network with professionals based in China in a rising industry. The school embodied the spirit of “guided independence”, and I was lucky to have a productive and meaningful internship experience in China.

Lulu Zhou (Fall 2017, Middlebury College, Beijing) China Philanthropy Research Institute

During my Fall 2017 semester in Beijing, I interned at China Philanthropy Research Institute, which is China’s first think-tank dedicated to supporting the NGO/philanthropy sector through research, policy, dcx outreach, and training. At its law research division, I conducted bilingual research and translation related to China’s NGO governance and development.

My supervisor was very supportive and let me be involved with diverse projects. For example, as the 2017 Overseas NGO Law was a core part of my research internship, I created an impact analysis, a presentation, and a conference framework related to this law. I also edited/translated several interviews with international NGOs about their experiences and policy recommendations regarding the Law. Another project was an in-depth comparative study on how China, India, Russia, and the U.S. regulate overseas NGOs. For an international civil society capacity building project, I contributed to the grant proposal by doing extensive background research and producing a feasibility study framework. I continued the internship even after the semester ended as I was assigned to translate the Law’s first year implementation analysis report (10k words). Broadly, the internship was intellectually stimulating, giving me a front seat view of China’s NGO governance and development. I am very grateful to my supervisor who helped me throughout this interesting internship, which allowed me to improve my language skills, meet diverse individuals, and learn about the professional sides of China.

(Kunming) JJL Education

In Kunming, I was placed in an internship at a company called JJL Education.  The company counsels Chinese students and families as they apply to overseas study programs.  Even though I am American, I was assigned to intern for the Canada department, giving me a great opportunity to learn about Canadian history, culture, and education.  My duties included translation (mostly information about schools and statements intended for the Canadian immigration bureau), researching appropriate schools for different clients, and doing weekly presentations on different aspects of Canadian education and culture.  My job is actually very similar to the work that lower level full-time employees do.  I continued to do this internship full-time after the program ended, and I found that they gave me bigger projects.  The workload was rather light sometimes, but I obtained some valuable customer service and translation experience, and I had the opportunity to learn about Chinese workplace culture and the Canadian education system. - A former student in Kunming