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 6th – Friday, August 14th, 2020. (One week of orientation/field trip organized by the Harvard China Fund will take place from June 6th to June 13th; Interns should plan to arrive in Shanghai by Saturday, 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: Tuesday, December 10th at 12:30 – 2:00 PM (lunch provided); CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Please submit the following materials when applying:
- 2020 HCSIP Application
- Essay (no more than two pages double spaced, see application form for the 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 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 Emmeline Liu:
Harvard China Fund
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
2020 Partners (To Be Updated)
Potential 2020 host companies:
#2: Bioinformatic Researcher
Explore new analyzing tools under the guidance of BGI scientists
Write report on his/her project
Assist in research
Assist in investment projects
Involve in evaluating potential global real estate investment opportunities.
Collaborate with senior team members in formulating business strategies for the portfolio properties.
Candidates can further discuss with the host company in creating project(s) that is of their interest.
Sales & Marketing Assistant for International Business Development
#1: Quantitative Analyst
#2: Data Analyst
Leading implementation of data modeling and algorithmic design for intelligent solutions.Participating in the construction of Intelligent Platform.
Investment Manager Assistant or Real Estate Asset Manager Assistant
HBS Summer Research Intern
#1: Book Editor
Working directly with Peggy Liu to write her book on China. “Gigascale, Gigapace: China’s Rapid Green Journey”
#2: Program Assistant
#3: Project Assistant
- Curriculum development experience, game play, creativity can be applied to ongoing development of the play-based games through conducting research and using creativity to formulate activities for young children; develop lesson plans for teachers; use digital layout skills to create supporting material.
- Experience working with kids in a classroom setting or babysitting can be applied to playing with children to test activities and send feedback to team to adjust curriculum.
- Work with world leading gamification guru Yukai Chou and the Octalysis Group to optimize the reward system for our curriculum.
- Videography, video editing, on-camera experience can be applied to creating video tutorials for teachers on how to play games.
- Cartoon fans with character development, voice performance, acting, narrative skills can help create episodes for Food Heroes animations. Work with our industry-leading expert Wonder Media in character animations.
- Experience playing with educational toys, purchasing subscription boxes, sourcing and production can be used to create a home-based subscription box of games.
- Native Chinese language skills, nutritional research can be used to write WeChat posts for parenting content for Supernanny TV social media channels.
- Graphic design expertise can be applied to creating curriculum materials, learning toys, characters.
- Sales, marketing and research experience can be applied to interfacing with teachers at schools who implement our materials into their curriculum. Conducting surveys on how to tailor curriculum to better suit ages and different school needs. Interviewing parents and children for feedback.
- Photography skills are needed to take photos of events with children, food photography, short video production
- English to Chinese translation experience can be applied to make our materials, website, and mobile app bilingual.
- Published writers can work with Peggy Liu to edit articles for top magazines, books, newspapers.
- Copy editors, web developers can help with writing and editing website and materials text.
#1: Project Assistant (Shenzhen Project Department)
- Assisting coordinators in organizing events such as talks, training, study tours, etc.
- Creation of invitations and posters using Adobe Photoshop/ Adobe Illustrator (software).
- Contribution to the layout and design of promotional materials.
- Logistics (registration, room set-up, securing services for the event, maintenance, catering, etc.).
- Assisting in research activities
- In addition to daily activities, the internship would require completion of several research projects related to the domain of Child Care and Development, Disaster Management and social innovation.
- Regularly, our intern will be encouraged to give a presentation at the end of the internship to review his/her placement with all office staff.
#2: Campaign Marketing Assistant
- Working in the donor development to design a new giving product to sell in e-commerce platform
- Setting up the organization’s shop online to sell digital and actual merchandise, which is a new way for fundraising
Summer Intern Analyst
PwC China Shanghai and Hong Kong
- Real practice in the internship position, knowing about daily jobs;
- Getting familiar with the operations procedures of the company.
Research Assistant (Intern)
Previous Summer Partners
- BGI Shenzhen
- Bridge Capital
- Broad Air Conditioning Co., Ltd.
- CDC Software
- Champion REIT
- Chia Tai Group
- China Central Television (CCTV)
- China Greentech Initiative
- China Market Research Group
- 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 Fund Management
- E. J. McKay & Co., Inc.
- F.O.G. Capital & Asset Management
- Gemdale Co., Ltd.
- Global Unichip Corp.
- Harvard Business School
- 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.
- Natural Resources Defense Council China Program
- 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.
- Sinolink Securities
- 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.
- Value Retail China
- ZTE Corporation
Testimonials & Past Interns
Since its inaugural summer in 2008, over 420 students have participated in the Harvard China Student Internship Program. For a sampling of student testimonials, please see below:
"JA China provided me with the opportunity to remember how lively and energetic children really are. Their sense of naïveté and enthusiasm reminded me of what it felt like to be driven by curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. They brought me with them on their journey. In one week, I not only grew as a person but learned a hidden mission of Junior Achievement: The Greatest Gift of All is the Opportunity to Gift Opportunity." – 2019 Intern
“如同柏拉图在《理想国》里谈到，一个健康的城市需要每个人尽职尽责完成本职工作 — 这是理想的，然而他反对逾越阶层、接触工作之外的事物，这便是反乌托邦的。“各尽其职”的经济效益与“全面发展”的人文主义的正面冲突是亟须解决的社会问题，或许也正是哈佛博雅式+专业式相辅相成的教育模式所致力于化解的。“ - 2019 Intern
"The dominant theme for me this trip to China was accessing a side of China that is frequently hidden behind the scenes and inaccessible to outsiders—the how behind its economic miracle, miraculous development, and lightning efficiency that has come to define modern-day China." - 2019 Intern
2019 Internship Placements
Mike (Zhuohan) Shao
HONG KONG (2)
Karen (Chin Wang) Chan
Value Retail China