Harvard China Student Internship Program

The Harvard China Student Internship Program (HCSIP) is offered in partnership with Chinese corporations, NGOs/NPOs, and multinational companies in China. Students experience modern China through their internship placements and gain an introduction to Chinese history and culture, all while learning first-hand about life in the workplace. The structure of the program includes a nine-week internship, a week-long field trip, and numerous cultural events.

Since 2008, HCSIP has grown into one of the largest and most successful summer internship programs at Harvard.

2019 Program

Program Dates: Saturday, June 8th – Friday, August 16th, 2019. (One week of orientation/field trip organized by the Harvard China Fund will take place from June 8th to June 15th; Interns should plan to arrive in Shanghai by Wednesday, June 6th).

Eligibility: Returning undergraduates from all concentrations are eligible to apply. Chinese language is not required to apply, but almost all of the internship positions require some knowledge of oral and written Chinese. Students must be able to commit to the entire 10-week program.

Potential Internship Locations: Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

Cost: All students will be responsible for the $2,500 program fee. Housing and airfare will be covered by funding from the host company, Harvard China Fund, or other sources of funding on campus. All interns will receive a small, variable stipend. Funding is available and all eligible students will be automatically considered for a grant from the Office of Career Services or other sources of funding after applying to HCSIP.

Information Session: TBA

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Please submit the following materials to apply to the program:

  • Essay (no more than two pages double spaced, see application form for topic)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume (no more than one page)
  • Letter of recommendation

Please submit all application materials through CARAT, Harvard's centralized application tool, and select the funding source Harvard China Fund - Student Internship Program. While all efforts should be made to submit the recommendation letter through CARAT, if your recommender is unable to access CARAT, please have them send their letter directly to Julia Cai:

Julia Cai
Harvard China Fund
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: 617-496-1587

Email: juliacai@fas.harvard.edu


2019 Partners

Information about potential 2019 host companies for the Harvard China Student Internship Program will be available soon.

Testimonials & Past Interns

Since its inaugural summer in 2008, over 300 students have participated in the Harvard China Student Internship Program. For a sampling of student testimonials, please see below:

“The welcoming that I felt from my coworkers was more genuine and heart-warming than most feelings I've received from similar situations in America, and even at Harvard. They treated me as equals, expressed interest in my personal background, and were more than eager to help me with my Chinese and teach me new things. That's the point where I realized that my coworkers weren't much different from myself and my friends…” – 2010 Intern

"My experience... was more than just an internship, more than just a field trip - it was a cultural immersion exercise, an insightful internship, as well as a impetus for self-discovery. Not only did I find out more about China, more about the healthcare system as a whole, but I also found out more about myself - something that was only possible because this internship program put us out of our comfort zones, and in the course of trying to re-establish comfort and routine in my surroundings, I learned more about myself. Best of all, I was able to meet a diverse array of wonderful people, not only from Harvard but also from my living experience in China." - 2012 Intern

"My experience has really changed my perception of China from one of passive observance to that of active engagement. I realize that I want to be a part of all the change and growth that is taking place. With a better understanding of life in China and the culture of the people, I can see myself leveraging the best of my two backgrounds to do work between the United States and China." - 2012 Intern

2016 Internship Placements


HNA Group
Dylan de Waart
Sophie Wang
Qianqian Yang

iKang Guobin Healthcare Group
Chris Mukasa
Lenny Murphy

Primavera Capital Group
Gecheng Zhang

SANY Group Co., Ltd 
John Shen
Susan Xu

Junior Achievement
Raquel Leslie

SOHO China
Cengiz Cemaloglu



Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI)
Henry Tsang
Amanda Zhang

One Foundation
Phelan Yu


China Universal Asset Management
Aaron Grand
Eehjoon Kwon
Christina Li

Collective Responsibility
Gabrielle Williams

F.O.G. Capital & Asset Management
Chris Zhou

Harvard Business School
Gordon Ma
William Wu

Carlos Rivera
Charles Pei

Junior Achievement China
Alec Grigorian
Melissa Li

Alice Xiao
Jaehyun Park

Sue Ann Yong

Sinolink Securities
Jia Rong Li
Zhaodong Chen
William Long



Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute
Anmol Gupta