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.
Program Dates: Saturday, June 9th – Friday, August 17th, 2018. (One week of orientation/field trip organized by the Harvard China Fund will take place from June 9th to June 16th)
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, Haikou, 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.
We will host an information session towards the end of the fall semester. Please check back for the date.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Please submit the following materials to apply to the program:
- Application form (we will post the 2018 application form soon)
- 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 Caitlin Keliher at firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Harvard China Fund
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Please contact Caitlin Keliher at email@example.com or 617-496-3982 if you have any questions.
The Harvard China Fund thanks its partners in China for their continued support of the Harvard China Student Internship Program.
Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen
- Research Intern: Learning and practicing DNA Sequencing and Bioinformatics Technology.
Retail Link China (SPARKS), Shanghai
- Designer: The Designer intern is involved in working on a number of exciting retail and renovation projects. From small to large scale projects, he/she will support and help the design team in creating innovative solutions, from concept to completion.
Blue Pool Capital, Hong Kong
- Summer Investment Analyst: Summer Investment Analysts assigned to the firm’s private equity team will have an opportunity to evaluate target companies in a wide range of industries on potential investments and acquisitions, including the monitoring of current investments. Analysts may be involved in transaction due diligence, valuation analysis, industry research and other ad hoc projects and special reports. Summer Investment Analysts assigned to the firm’s hedge funds will work as part of the investment team to identify and evaluate investment opportunities, monitor investments currently within the portfolio, and communicate relevant company and industry information. The internship will culminate with a stock pitch.
China Universal Asset Management, Shanghai
- Asset Management Research and US Healthcare Market Research Intern: Provide overall market research as advised by mentor in healthcare field in US market; complete and support marketing material preparation; support other research projects.
F.O.G Capital & Asset Management, Shanghai
- Investment Manager Assistant
- Real Estate Asset Manager Assistant
HNA Tourism Group, Investment Division, Beijing and Haikou
- Summer Investment Intern: Assist with the monitoring of existing private equity type investments; support the investment process such as financial and market research and analysis, financial model engineering, and preparation of investment memorandums.
Primavera Capital Group, Beijing
- Summer Analyst Intern: Conduct company and industry research; assist full-time staff in financial and valuation analysis; prepare investment memos and financial models.
Sinolink Securities, Shanghai
- Research Assistant: Collect financial data and relevant business information about certain industry or companies from various sources as required; assist to prepare weekly or monthly research report; use accounting, financial and mathematical formula to build or improve financial models to analyze certain industries and companies; other tasks directed by the superiors.
- Mergers and Acquisitions Associate: Cooperate with M&A team members in project follow-up, negotiation and execution; assist in preparing company and industry research for deal origination and client analysis; produce supporting documents and materials for IBD teams and clients; other tasks directed by the superiors; major in Finance, Accounting, or Law.
Collective Responsibility, Shanghai
- Design and Social Media Intern: Create, design, and distribute regular content through our website and social media networks; help us to develop our marketing strategy to improve social media key performance indicators and gain exposure; work with the research and project teams to create exciting and effective info-graphics & posters; film, edit and produce videos of entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and Shanghai street interviews.
- Research Analyst: Research social, environmental, and economic issues; analysts will be tasked with research projects, which will be used in programs, events, with key highlights sent to our members’ network; the analyst will help with designing and conducting interviews to leaders in corporate sustainability, and write up the interviews for publication on our website and newsletter; research and add to a database of sustainability leaders to interview across Asia-Pacific.
McKinsey & Company, Shanghai
- Research Intern: Based in Shanghai (Xintiandi), provide research support on the industry to consulting teams worldwide looking at the Chinese, Asian and global markets; identify and gather relevant company, industry and economic information using a broad spectrum of appropriate sources.
Qoros Automotive Co., Ltd., Shanghai & Changsu
- Research and Design Process Intern: Support design team projects with the Design Team PM to establish and track key metrics and objectives in a timely fashion with report templates; develop tools, processes and best practices to support the design process. Develop detailed timing plans and human resource plans and supplier control templates working with the Design Team PM; support module groups to manage and achieve appropriate level targets; provide a communication path across function teams; support the Design Managers in gate-way reviews.
- Design Strategy & Brand Communication Intern: Imaginative research skills; benchmark boards, mood boards. Collect trend research images to create presentations with this material; research and develop design concept strategy; prepare superior digital presentations of concepts; interface with Product Planning; inspire; storyboard sketching skills.
SANY Group Co., Ltd., Beijing
- IT Engineer
- HR Intern
- Electronic Commerce Intern
- Marketing Management Intern
- Project Assistant or Curriculum Developer: Work on JUCCCE’s Food Heroes program to create tangible curriculum that will be used by millions of children across China, as well as localized globally; work out of an innovative co-working space naked hub, where interns can engage with many interesting peers; interns will be personally mentored by Peggy Liu, a TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment and McKinsey alum; gain valuable experience and networking with seasoned experts from many industries, while working for a well-regarded organization in sustainable consumption; this role is suited for those looking for rapid career development in non-profit leadership and sustainability, and experience working in China; the individual will learn about the industry from the ground level, yet also interact with including but not limited to: Marketing, Advertising, Gamification, Social Media and Globalization.
- Project Assistant or Content Coordinator: Work on content for Phoenix Risen’s online platform, as well as research and partnership opportunities; work out of an innovative co-working space naked hub, where interns can engage with many interesting peers; interns will be personally mentored by Peggy Liu, a TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment and McKinsey alum; gain valuable experience and networking with seasoned experts from many industries, while working for a well-regarded organization in female empowerment; this role is suited for those looking for rapid career development in non-profit leadership and sustainability, and experience working in China; the individual will learn about the industry from the ground level, yet also interact with including but not limited to: Inbound and Digital Marketing, Partnership Business Development, Social Media.
- Research Analyst Intern: The Research Analyst Intern is expected to assist the ongoing development of the food education program through enhancing, re-structuring, and re-designing existing Food Heroes material. The successful candidate is required to use core competencies, research, and creativity to formulate and align activities; develop lesson plans and supporting material; and spearhead the program into the global sphere through a researched, incremental development process of market growth. The intern will be able to use his/her skillset where the program sees fit: for example, any previous social media marketing experience or website development expertise will be highly welcome.
Junior Achievement China, Shanghai & Beijing
- Program Associate: The Program Associate position will be a challenging but exciting role, allowing the successful applicant to gain hands-on experience in China’s rapidly developing corporate social responsibility dimension, working with CSR practitioners, corporate volunteers, and students. The Program Associate will be required to conduct research across a wide range of areas related to education and entrepreneurship in China, and to design related entrepreneurship education content for Chinese youth. The Program Associate will process statistics and data from our educational programs and convert it into readable, presentable reports.
One Foundation, Beijing & Shenzhen
- Assistant to the Deputy Secretary General: Assist Deputy Secretary General with industry research and research of fundraising; Translate research materials.
- Campaign Marketing Assistant: Working in the Monthly Giving team to design annual campaign on the promotion of the program. Annual campaign is the most important campaign for One Foundation and also the main event for donor acquisition, campaign marketing assistants can work on any aspects of the campaign organization: strategic planning, graphic design, social media strategy, impact evaluation and data mining.
Harvard Business School - Harvard Center Shanghai, Shanghai & Hong Kong
- HBS Summer Research Intern: Interns may assist in some or all aspects of the work at HSC, with their HBS focused staff members and Executive Director. Depending on what is going on when the interns arrive, students will participate in case writing and analytical work, desk research (e.g. company/industry/country micro and macroeconomic background research based on public data), helping pitch ideas in the discovery/ development phase, and more. The intern may also have an opportunity to support the Asia-Pacific Research Center depending on language skills, research interest and the research projects going on during the internship. This is an amazing opportunity for undergraduate students to delve into fascinating management issues. Interns may also have an opportunity to observe HCS programs and events, including Executive Education programs run by HBS for Chinese business executives.
- Research Assistant: Carry out research on assigned topics related to Industrial Economic / Technology Analysis, Policy Research, Market Analysis and Forecasting, etc., especially with respect to the impacts on industry in Taiwan, and presentation of results/findings.
Previous Summer Partners
- BGI Shenzhen
- Bridge Capital
- Broad Air Conditioning Co., Ltd.
- CDC Software
- Chia Tai Group
- China Central Television (CCTV)
- China Greentech Initiative
- China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd.
- China Merchants Bank
- China Mobile Group Shanghai Co., Ltd.
- China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SINOPEC)
- China Publishing Group Corp.
- China Universal Asset Management
- CISCO System, Inc.
- CITIC Group
- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd.
- E. J. McKay & Co., Inc.
- Gemdale Co., Ltd.
- Global Unichip Corp.
- Hay Group
- iKang Guobin Healthcare Group
- ING Banking Asia
- Johnson & Johnson
- Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy
- Junior Achievement China
- McKinsey & Co.
- Meikao Creative & Consulting Co., Ltd.
- One Foundation
- Primavera Capital Group
- SANY Group Co., Ltd
- Sealed Air Packaging Co., Ltd.
- Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
- Shanghai Media Group
- Shekou Container Terminals Ltd.
- South China Morning Post
- Taikang Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
- Taishin Financial Holdings
- Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute
- Taiwan Life Insurance
- Tencent Technology Co., Ltd.
- Time Warner, Inc.
- ZTE Corporation
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
Dylan de Waart
iKang Guobin Healthcare Group
Primavera Capital Group
SANY Group Co., Ltd
Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI)
China Universal Asset Management
F.O.G. Capital & Asset Management
Harvard Business School
Junior Achievement China
Sue Ann Yong
Jia Rong Li
Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute