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Internships: China Program

  • China Program 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 mission of the China Program is to advance U.S.–China relations. The program aims to mitigate tensions between the United States and China by creating innovative channels for building trust, facilitating collaboration between the two countries in critical areas around the world, and raising mutual awareness of common interests. The program began in the mid-1990s when China launched electoral experiments at the village level. The Carter Center was invited to collaborate on projects with the Chinese government to improve and standardize local electoral procedures. For 16 years, the program expanded its scope of operations and engaged itself in a variety of activities designed to improve local governance, build citizen consensus on political reform, advance government transparency, and foster public participation.

Currently, the program focuses on improving mutual understanding between the United States and China. The program's new website, http://www.uscnpm.org/, presents commentary and news that help readers understand American and Chinese perspectives on the two countries' relationship. Lastly, the program monitors Chinese social media and offers translations and analyses to an English speaking audience.

Number of Interns per Semester: 3-4

Program Preferences:

  • Awareness of current affairs related to China and U.S.-China relations
  • Dedication to program's objectives
  • Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is a plus
  • Background in international affairs, political science, Asian studies, or other related fields
  • Attention to detail, reliability, and punctuality
  • Excellent written English skills

Typical Projects:

  • Translate documents into Chinese and/or English
  • Contribute to program websites, blogs, and social media
  • Monitor current events and political developments through Chinese and/or western media
  • Provide logistical support for staff travel and visiting delegations
  • Plan events and conferences
  • Prepare China-related briefing materials for senior staff
  • Conduct research on specific projects as directed by program staff
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Application Deadlines

Internships

FALL (late August – early December)
Deadline: June 15


SPRING (mid-January – early May)
Deadline: Oct. 15


SUMMER (mid-May – mid-August) 
Deadline: March 1

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