General Information
Name
Megan Cansfield / 赵亦美
Sex
Female
D.O.B
09/20
Current City
Harbin, Heilongjiang
Citizen of
United States
Personal Summary
I am a student and young professional interested in China-U.S. relations who aspires to a career in international diplomacy with the U.S. Foreign Service. I am currently a Fulbright research scholar at Yanbian University in Yanji, China.
Education
China Program
  • Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (2016)
  • Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) (2016)
  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) (2013)
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program (2016)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (2018)
University
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University (2016)
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (2017)
High School
  • Dexter High School (2013)
US-China Experience
Cities lived in the US
  • Ann Arbor, MI (2004/08 - Current)
Cities lived in China
  • Beijing (2015/08 - Current)
  • Guangzhou, Guangdong (2015/06 - Current)
  • Shanghai (2013/06 - 2013/08)
  • Harbin, Heilongjiang (2017/07 - Current)
Chinese Level
Listening: Proficient
Speaking: Proficient
Reading: Proficient
Writing: Proficient
HSK level: 5
Work Experience (4 years of work experience)
2016/01-Current
Intern at Project Pengyou
China Related?
Yes
Industry
Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
Description
• Assisted with organizing Project Pengyou’s grassroots campaign to connect and mobilize Americans with China experience to foster intercultural understanding by developing campus chapter networks and community outreach events. • Regularly researched and composed articles relating to Sino-U.S. Affairs and curated online professional content for Project Pengyou’s international networking website.

2017/07-Current
Fulbright Research Fellow at The Fulbright Program
China Related?
Yes
Industry
Government and Military
Description
As a Fulbright U.S. Student research grant recipient to China in International Relations, I will engage in four months of intensive Mandarin study followed by a self-designed research project involving specialized coursework, archival work, and interviews at Yanbian University, where I will investigate how US and Chinese policies on North Korea shape US-China relations. My objective is to better understand Chinese scholarly perspectives of the North Korean nuclear dilemma in the US-China sphere along with the impacts of these dynamics within China. The project will enable further exploration of the prospects for enhancing US-China cooperation with bilateral engagement on North Korea, while also resulting in a fuller understanding of diplomacy and regional security in East Asia. My research will culminate in academic journal publications.

2016/09-2017/04
Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern - Chinese Foreign Policy Analysis at U.S. Department of State
China Related?
Yes
Industry
Government and Military
Description
• Collaborated with U.S. Embassy Beijing Mission Outreach on project “Chinese Foreign Policy Analysis”. • Conducted bilingual English-Chinese research including Chinese online government and news resources. • Composed monthly reports on central Chinese government policy implementation in localities in Northeastern China to brief Embassy officials and inform outreach programs, meetings and site visits.

2015/06-2015/08
Consular Intern, U.S. Consulate-General Guangzhou at U.S. Department of State
China Related?
Yes
Industry
Government and Military
Description
Consular section intern for Immigrant Visas section and Fraud Prevention Unit at U.S. Consulate-General Guangzhou, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. • Analyzed and processed visa applications • Designed and conducted a visa class validation study involving data collection, cold calls in English and Chinese, statistical analysis, and written and verbal reports. • Researched Chinese-language online sources to gather data on human trafficking in Southern China for the Department of State's 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. • Assisted with Consulate Guangzhou's public diplomacy efforts including Chinese-language social media contests, outreach video production, and interactive panel and presentation events.

2013/09-2015/05
Research Assistant at University of Michigan Political Science Department
China Related?
Yes
Industry
Education
Description
• Assisted with research project “Personnel Management in China’s Local Government”. • Conducted statistical analysis and literature analysis in English and Chinese. • Wrote weekly reports on central-local relations in the Chinese Communist Party, inter-provincial personnel transfer patterns, and factors including anti-corruption campaigns and CCP elections. • Presented findings at 2014 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Symposium.