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 2022), and numerous cultural events.

The 2022 iteration will continue as a 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 13 to Friday, August 12, 2022.

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.

Potential Host Institutions: Please check on CARAT.

Funding: from host companies, OCS and/or Harvard China Fund.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022

Info Session: 4pm on Thursday, January 27, 2022, via Zoom; sign up here to receive the invitation!

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Please submit the following materials when applying:

  • 2022 HCSIP Application (download from CARAT)
  • 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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Since its inaugural summer in 2008, over 459 students have participated in the Harvard China Student Internship Program. For a sampling of student testimonials, please see below:

"This past summer, I experienced tremendous personal growth during my first-ever (remote) internship for the One Plus One Group for Disability, a non-profit persons with disabilities organization that focuses on disability rights, inclusion, and equal participation of persons with disabilities. " – 2021 Intern

“I owe many thanks to the thoughtful mentors that I had over the summer. It was only through their patience and trust that I learned how to manage expectations while working efficiently. I am also grateful for the fellow interns from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, whom I had the fortune to work with over the summer. The inclusiveness and collaborative office culture made the entire summer memorable." - 2021 Intern