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China Focus Internship at The Carter Center

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    China Focus interns participate in a variety of activities designed to help improve local Chinese governance, build citizen consensus on political reform, advance government transparency, and foster public participation.


The China Focus mission is to advance U.S.-China relations by enhancing mutual understanding, clarifying misperceptions, and understanding American and Chinese public opinion. It also seeks to mitigate tensions between the United States and China by building trust, identifying common interests, and facilitating collaboration between the two countries in critical areas in both countries and around the world.

Interns primarily assist with the China Focus’ websites and online initiatives, including the U.S.-China Perception Monitor 中美印象 ( / and US-China Stories 美中故事汇 ( Interns are expected to write articles and commentaries, conduct interviews with academics and experts, and occasionally translate content between Chinese and English.

Interns are expected to have exceptional writing skills in English and/or Chinese, strong analytic skills, and a passion for issues in U.S.-China relations.

Number of Interns per Semester: 2

Preferred Qualifications

• Excellent written English and/or Chinese skills

• Background in political science, journalism, Chinese studies, or other related fields preferred

• Knowledge of current affairs related to China and U.S.-China relations

• Attention to detail, reliability, and punctuality

• Ability to work independently when necessary

• Ability to read and write in Chinese a plus

Typical Projects

• Interview American or Chinese scholars on their view of U.S.-China relations

• Organize and publicize online seminars on political and social developments in America

• Organize public or closed-door meetings (including online) on how to manage volatile U.S.-China relations

• Translate documents into Chinese and/or English

• Monitor current events and political developments through Chinese and/or Western media

• Prepare China-related briefing materials for staff

• Conduct research and draft research papers on specific projects

Interested in applying for an internship in the Center's China Focus? View application deadlines »

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Internship Deadlines

Spring 2023
Deadline: October 15, 2022
Start date: January 10, 2023

Summer 2023
Deadline: March 1, 2023
Start date: May 16, 2023 (some flexibility allowed)

Fall 2023
Deadline: June 15, 2023
Start date: August 22, 2023

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