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.

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

2020 Program
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Program Dates: Saturday, June 13th – Friday, August 14th, 2020. (One week of orientation/field trip organized by the Harvard China Fund will take place from June 13th to June 20th; Interns should plan to arrive in Shanghai by Saturday, June 13th).

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 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
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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:

Emmeline Liu
Harvard China Fund
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: 617-496-3982

Email: emmeline_liu@fas.harvard.edu


2020 Partners

2020 host companies:

BGI (Shenzhen)

BGI, founded in 1999 with the vision of using genomics to benefit the human race, is now the world’s largest genomics organization. In 2007, BGI’s headquarters was relocated to Shenzhen as the first citizen-managed, non-profit research institution in China. BGI (which includes both private non-profit research institutes and sequencing application commercial units) and its affiliated offshoots, BGI Americas and BGI Europe, have established partnerships and collaborations with leading academic and government research institutions as well as global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, to support a variety of healthcare, agricultural, environmental and related applications.

#1: Assistant Researcher (Location: Virtual)

You will involve in the thousand-genome inherited disease research projects. Our duties are:

Analysis of next-generation sequencing data of over 5000 samples for inherited disease (ophthalmologic disease and children brain cancer).

Provide literature searching, acquisition, curation and retrieval tools and database to help identify the causative gene mutations.

Manuscript drafting for research paper publication.

#2: Bioinformatic Intern (Location: Virtual)

The intern will work with a group of bioinformatics in analyzing sequencing data.

PwC Consultants (Shenzhen) Limited Shanghai Branch

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. We are located in these cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi'an, Chengdu, Qingdao, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei, Chungli, Hsinchu, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, and Macau.

Intern (Location: On-site)

PwC China established Priority Services in 2016 as part of the efforts to further develop its innovative business offerings. Rapid urbanisation is one of the key mega trends identified by PwC Global Leadership as a source of future growth of the firm. As part of PwC's Priority Services, the Integrated Urban Services team will focus on key areas of city development to provide end-to-end professional services, including:

Urban development: In order to create coherent and integrated urban environment, we provide services from advisory to implementation, including strategy planning, business planning, master planning and design, project management, process and information management to help cities to maximise their potentials in a sustainable approach.

Content Enrichment: Sustainable urban development requires a strong pipeline of talent, diverse industries, innovation drive, and solutions for society’s and governments’ most pressing needs. Our education programme focus on talent development, our Path to Profit programme attracts and fosters fast-growing small and mid-sized companies across industries, and our Food Supply and Integrity Services address one of society’s current needs.

As an Intern/Trainee, you’ll work as part of a team of problem solvers with extensive consulting and industry experience, helping our clients solve their complex business issues from strategy to execution.

You’ll be a part of an environment that broadens your functional training, personal and technical skills, and deepens your knowledge of client services. You’ll play an integral role supporting staff as needed for an outstanding variety of work and making contributions to the team on a daily basis.

F.O.G. Capital & Asset Management (Shanghai)

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.

Investment Manager Assistant or Real Estate Asset Manager Assistant (Location: Virtual)

Assisting manager in investment analysis, due diligence study, risk management and related works.

InvesTao (Shanghai) Limited

Founded in London in 2018, InvesTAO is a market promoter for active elite asset managers from China. Currently InvesTAO has representatives around the world, including London, Zurich, Paris, Brussels, Shanghai and Boston. The headquarters in London and Shanghai are the central hubs to connect the European investors to the hidden gems funds from China.. InvesTAO only promote ESG conscious investment selecting long term outperforming funds to the matching institutions in European/UK institutions.  Currently invesTAO covers funds from China Universal AMC, Haitong Bank, Chongyang Investment and other active managers from China.

Fund Research (Location: Virtual)

Preparing regular and occasional research reports on capital markets, majorly mutual fund and hedge fund market

Gathering and analyzing historical asset allocation, portfolio management and performance data of assigned fund product and/or fund manager

Ensure that fund level information is properly captured and regularly updated to allow InvesTAO’s representing fund performance analysis to be undertaken

Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (Shanghai)

JUCCCE is one of the top environmental organizations in China, accelerating the greening of China since 2007 JUCCCE is a leader in creating systemic change in sustainable cities, sustainable consumerism and smart grid, and most noted for its multi-sector convening power.

Key JUCCCE milestones: holding the first public dialogues between US & China on clean energy, introducing Smart Grid to China, educating ~1000 Chinese government leaders on how to build sustainable cities, creating the China Dream initiative to reimagine prosperity for sustainable consumerism, launching China's first comprehensive kids' healthy food curriculum. JUCCCE has one of the longest running, most impactful internship programs in China for foreign and domestic students.

#1: Food Heroes Intern (Location: Virtual)

We are looking for people with a passion for children's education, storytelling, gamification, nutrition, cooking, sustainability. Candidates should be comfortable working in a start-up environment, be self-starters, and have the ability to independently own and finish tasks and projects. The best-suited candidates enjoy dynamic, fast-paced work settings, and being immersed in new cultures.

The intern will be able to use his/her superpowers where the program sees a fit. The skills that are most needed are:

WordPress web development, Apple computer system management, contact database management

Graphic design using Adobe Illustrator for use in creating curriculum materials, learning toys, cartoon characters and box design

Publishing using Adobe InDesign

Project management, event management

Video editing, photography, visual layout of publications

Writing Kindergarten stories, writing blogs, interviewing experts

Experience teaching kids ages 5-9 to be applied to ongoing development of the Food Heroes curricula

Applying gamification mechanisms to create a gamified reward system for kids, parents and teachers

Native Chinese bilingual interns are needed to help translate English to native Chinese, write Chinese

Language blogs for parents, record Chinese language teacher training materials for website and video

Previous internship experience (at least one previous internship) is required

#2: Women in Media Intern (Book Writing, Media Masterclass Development) (Location:Virtual)

Peggy Liu has been teaching at the World Economic Forum workshops for women to develop media skills. The audiences for the workshop are women who are asked to appear as a commentator in media, but need training on how to make the best of those opportunities. These skills needed range from how to debate, writing op-eds for leading newspapers, doing live TV or radio interviews, fashion spreads, runway shows, live stream, and social media. Having more women represented as experts in media helps gender representation.

Using the content from these popular workshops with women leaders around the world, the intern will help develop an online training course in order to scale the number of women reached beyond the World Economic Forum. This includes evaluating online teaching platforms to publish on, scripting, research, editing, visuals, video recording and production, marketing copy for students who are discovering this course and onboarding, online publishing, piloting, seeking feedback from students.

This is a unique opportunity to learn one of the most important business skills- representing yourself as a public figure in media- by a strong mentor who is well-networked around the world.

Junior Achievement China (Shanghai & Beijing)

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. Since its founding in 1919, JA has contributed to the business and economics education of young people throughout the world.


Junior Achievement China, an international member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Paul C. Chou with the generous support of the Chou Family Foundation. JA 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. JA China develops business and economics-based curriculum for students from grade school through university. It partners with schools to reach students and recruits volunteers from the corporate sector to teach the programs. JA China’s programs are financed largely by corporate sponsors.

Program Assistant (Location: Virtual)

Program/Workshop Design and Upgrading;

Database establishment and maintenance;

Content review and translation;

Market intelligence and data analysis;

Digital marketing strategy and process design;

Video production and editing;

Impact measurement report writing;

Fundraising activity preparation, proposal and report writing

Other project based work assigned.

McKinsey & Co. (Shanghai)

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 (McKC China), the research arm of McKinsey's Greater China Office and part of McKinsey's global Knowledge Network.

Summer Research Analyst (Location: On-site)

The objective of our internship program is to give you a first-hand picture of the way McKinsey does its work, the spectrum of our practice, and perhaps most importantly, a sense of the people and spirit of the Firm. To this end, we design the program to include a variety of challenging assignments. In addition, we will arrange several opportunities for you to meet other members of the Firm in both formal and informal settings.

One Foundation (Shenzhen)

One Foundation was registered in Shenzhen on January 11, 2011 as the first non-government public fundraising foundation in China. One Foundation was awarded as the “Shenzhen AAAAA Social Organization” and has maintained NO.1 ranking in Foundation Transparency Index of China for six consecutive years. One Foundation strives to provide a professional and transparent charity platform, focusing on three areas, which are disaster relief, children' welfare and development, and philanthropic support and innovation, and to be a pioneer, innovator, and propeller of Chinese philanthropy industry.

#1: Project Intern (Location: Virtual)

Assist in the daily management of the project

Assist in communication with partner organizations and project promotion activities

Help for the donor service of the project

Other work assigned by the supervisor

#2: Fundraising Intern (Location: Virtual)

Assist in the project fundraising online, including help for the daily operation, system maintenance, feedback and data monitoring for the online fundraising

Assist in the implementation of the online fundraising and promotion activities;

Responsible for graphic design of the project updates, including story and news writing, poster design etc.

Participate in the service for donors from the fundraising channel;

Assist in other daily operation affairs of the fundraising channel

Primavera Capital Group (Beijing)

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.

Summer Intern Analyst (Location: On-site)

Conducting company and industry research

Assisting full-time staff in financial and valuation analysis

Preparing investment memo and financial model

ZillionSource Technologies

A Cisco-invested corporation and boasting a stellar customer base, ZillionSource Technologies is the global leader in Digital Supply Chain. We offer a powerful IoT platform, multi-sensor smart monitoring devices, and a highly innovative logistics management solution. Our technology enables event-driven cargo monitoring in real time for maximum security, guaranteed quality, predictive intelligence, transparent vendor management and supply chain KPI assessment. ZillionSource is the winner of two prestigious awards in the IoT area: the 2014 IoT World Forum Innovation Award and the 2016 Mobile World Congress AMO Award.

#1: Marketing Intern (Location: Virtual)

Performing market analysis and research

Preparing promotional presentations and marketing materials

Developing and implementing marketing strategies

Supporting other advised researches and tasks

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


Natural Resources Defense Council China Program

Emilly Fan

Primavera Capital Group

Mike (Zhuohan) Shao

SANY Heavy Industry Co., Ltd

Jaron Zhou

Rebecca Xi


E Fund Management

Kevin Huang


Champion REIT

Howie Guo

Kathryn Wantlin


China Market Research Group

Nicole Zhang

China Universal Asset Management

Emma Lin

Erin Wong

Mark Xu

F.O.G. Capital & Asset Management

Jessica Tian

Harvard Business School - Harvard Center Shanghai

Bonnie Liu

Cynthia Cheng


Caleb Rak

Erica Wu

Katherine Enright

Junior Achievement China

Kamila Czachorowski

Vincent Pan

McKinsey & Company

Karen (Chin Wang) Chan

Ryan Leung

PWC China

John Ferguson

Sinolink Securities

Philip Milana

William Wu

Value Retail China

Dabao Guo


Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI)

Alex Pedersen

Isaac Robinson

One Foundation

Hannah Pan

Rowen Vonplagenhoef


Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute

Christie Hung