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 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 Saturday, June 8th).
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 11th at 12 – 1:30 PM; CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Please submit the following materials when applying:
- Application Form
- 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 Emmeline Liu:
Harvard China Fund
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Potential 2019 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)
Please apply through CARAT
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 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 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
2018 Internship Placements
Junior Achievement ChinaYifan Chen
Donna Alice Sayphraraj
Shaozi (Bryan) Wu
Bente Van Vlijmen
Tzu-Chieh (Verena) Lin
Haozhou (Lawrence) Gu
Value Retail China