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China Focus Internship at The Carter Center

  • 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. The aim is to mitigate tensions between the United States and China by creating innovative channels for reducing misperception, building trust, raising mutual awareness of common interests, and facilitating collaboration between the two countries in critical areas in both countries and around the world.   

Currently, China Focus projects are designed to examine how our past bilateral relationship has benefited both countries and the world, to identify changes that have made the old framework of bilateral interaction no longer sustainable, and to investigate what can be done to establish a new norm for healthy competition and effective cooperation. China Focus interns will also work with other Carter Center programs to monitor how China’s outreach is impacting other countries where we operate.

China Focus operates two websites called U.S.-China Perception Monitor. They can be accessed at (English) and (Chinese).

Number of Interns per Semester: 2

Preferred Qualifications

• Dedication to the Center's objectives

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

• Background in international affairs, political science, Asian studies, international development, or other related fields preferred

• Excellent written English skills

• Ability to read and write in Chinese a plus

• Attention to detail, reliability, and punctuality

Typical Projects

• Interview American or Chinese scholars on their view of US-China relations

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

• Organize public or close-door meetings (online during the pandemic) on how to manage the volatile U.S.-China relations

• Translate documents into Chinese and/or English

• Contribute to either English or Chinese websites

• 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

Summer 2022
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Start date: May 17, 2022 (flexible)

Fall 2022
Deadline: June 15, 2022
Start date: August 23, 2022

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

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