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 (not taking place in 2021), and numerous cultural events.

The 2021 iteration will continue with the hybrid model where interns physically located in Greater China may be able to participate in person where possible, and those who are not, will intern virtually with the assistance of web conferencing platforms and messaging apps of their host institutions' choice. Please note that the plan is subject to change due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation. We urge you to consult Harvard’s official website regarding COVID-19 for the most recent travel guidance and healthcare resources.

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

Please click here to watch a vlog created by one of our 2019 interns to learn more about the program orientation week.

How to Apply

Program Dates: Monday, June 14 to Friday, August 13, 2021.

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 9-week program.

Potential Host Cities: Remote opportunities; some students may be able to participate in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taiwan depending on individual situations.

Funding: All interns will receive a Summer 2021 Special Support Grant of USD 4,000 in total.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021

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Please submit the following materials when applying:

  • 2021 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 at emmeline_liu@fas.harvard.edu.

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2021 Potential Partners


F.O.G. Capital & Asset Management

F.O.G Capital & Asset Management is an international integrated company specializing in commercial real estate investment and asset management. Our business spans real estate investment and financing, fund management, as well as professional and international asset management.


HBS Asia-Pacific Research Center/ Harvard Center Shanghai

Harvard Business School (HBS) has established three locations – Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. Researchers at these locations operate as a team to enable HBS faculty to work with prominent leaders of industry, government and academia, and study business challenges and innovations across Asia Pacific. The research team assists HBS faculty in understanding and examining local business environments, culture, and nuances that lead to original and cutting-edge research. Researchers also help faculty members in developing and compiling original research and curriculum content for HBS programs in a wide range of fields, including finance, technology, marketing, accounting, strategy, and entrepreneurship.


Industrial Technology Research Institute

Founded in 1973, ITRI is a not-for-profit R&D organization in Taiwan engaged in developing advanced technologies and maximizing their industrial and economic impact. ITRI’s Core Laboratories carry out R&D in six major research areas: Electronics and Optoelectronics, Information and Communications, Mechanical and Mechatronics Systems, Material and Chemicals, Energy and Environment, and Biomedical Engineering. In addition, other research units are devoted to technology commercialization in the high-potential areas of Big Data, Machine Tools, and Additive Manufacturing. Other units include Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ISTI), Technology Transfer Center and more.


InvesTAO Limited

InvesTAO is a third-party asset management distributor and placement agent focusing on sustainable China-themed investments, partnering with EMEA investors to allocate in long-term outperforming funds and managers from China.


Junior Achievement China

Junior Achievement is one of the largest youth-serving NGOs with over 100 member countries reaching 10 million students annually, whose purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Founded in 1993, Junior Achievement China’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for character, creativity and leadership development for young people in China by implementing principle-centered, interactive business and economics education programs through a partnership between business and education.


McKinsey & Co.

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm in Greater China. We are an advisor to some of the region’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions. Our primary mission is to help our clients achieve substantial and enduring impact by tackling their biggest issues concerning strategy, operations, organization, technology and finance. McKinsey Knowledge Center China is the research arm of McKinsey's Greater China Office and part of McKinsey's global Knowledge Network.


One Foundation

One Foundation is the first non-government public fundraising foundation in China. One Foundation strives to provide a professional and transparent charity platform, focusing on three areas, which are disaster relief, children's welfare and development, and philanthropic support and innovation, and to be a pioneer, innovator, and propeller of Chinese philanthropy industry.


One Plus One Group for Disability / Youren Foundation

One Plus One Group for Disability is an organization of persons with disabilities that focuses on awareness raising of disability rights, inclusion, equal participation of persons with disabilities. We organize professional training on independent living and accessibility for persons with visual impairment, etc. And we also work on capacity building and leadership development of disability organizations.


Primavera Capital Group

Primavera Capital Group is a China-based global investment firm, managing both RMB and USD funds for leading institutions, corporations, and families in China and around the world. Primavera Capital Group employs a flexible investment strategy of growth capital, buy-out and control, and special situations – restructuring, distressed, and turn-arounds, etc.


PwC Shanghai

PwC in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau work together on a collaborative basis, subject to local applicable laws. Collectively, we have around 620 partners and a strength of over 15,000 people. Providing organizations with the professional service they need, wherever they may be located. Our highly qualified, experienced professionals listen to different points of view to help organizations solve their business issues and identify and maximize the opportunities they seek. Our industry specialization allows us to help co-create solutions with our clients for their sector of interest.


Since its inaugural summer in 2008, over 430 students have participated in the Harvard China Student Internship Program. For a sampling of student testimonials, please see below:

"Over the past summer, I have had the unique experience of interning remotely at my company in Shenzhen, a cutting-edge genomics company, from my comfortable (maybe too comfortable after 2 months) room in Montreal, Canada." – 2020 Intern

“In this turbulent summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern on-site with 16 other interns from prominent universities all around the globe. This experience gave me a taste of consulting and a precious chance to interact with outstanding mentors and peers from whom I gained endless inspiration." - 2020 Intern

"Two concentration changes and one (ongoing) global pandemic later, I found out that I would be working with a global IoT and supply chain management company, as a marketing intern. At the time, I had no idea what any of that was. Additionally, I was hesitant to even consider the scope of how I’d grow given that the internship would be remote. Now, as we are approaching the end of the program, I’ve realized how much I’ve grown. Walking (or sitting, in this case) in, I had no formal background in some of the projects I worked on, and yet I’ve since undertaken them all under the careful guidance of my mentor and the CEO. I’m incredibly grateful to have him along in this process and to show me a whole new side to business—business is inherently creative." - 2020 Intern