Global Intern Program | Carnegie Tsinghua Center

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The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy is seeking highly qualified and motivated students and recent graduates to apply for its academic-year Global Intern Program. Selected interns will have the opportunity to learn about key foreign policy issues by interacting with and supporting senior Chinese and international scholars and experts and supporting the center’s activities and operations. Interns will become an integral part of Carnegie’s growing global network, which includes offices in Washington, D.C., Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, and Brussels.


Job Description

General requirements for all global interns:

  • Be able to serve as an intern from the end of September 2015 through June 2016
  • Be able to contribute 20hrs/week to the center
  • Be enrolled in a college or university or a recent graduate
  • Have a background in international affairs or international security or a desire to work in the field
  • Submit an application no later than September 15th, 2015

How to Apply

The application process is extremely competitive. Applications will be judged on past academic performance, relevant academic study and/or work experience. Personal interviews may be conducted.

For full consideration, all candidates must upload a resume, a cover letter, and two writing samples to the online system. The two writing samples must be contained in a single attachment following these guidelines:

  • One sample no longer than 600 words or 1200 Chinese characters, written within the last six months on a topic relating to international relations or security.
  • One paragraph no longer than 100 words or 300 Chinese characters summarizing a previous writing sample. This summary can be of your first sample, or it can be of a different piece.

Attached writing samples may be written in Chinese or English, but candidates must enter all other application form data in English.

Interns will be unpaid. Housing and costs of living, travel costs, and medical insurance connected with the internship program must be borne by interns or by other institutions and organizations. Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel to Beijing and accommodation. Carnegie-Tsinghua cannot provide visa letters or support to interns.

To access an application, please click on the link:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected group.

Candidates can choose to intern on one of the following teams:

The Program Offers

  • Opportunity: become a critical part of a unique think tank that hosts events with scholars, policymakers, and business leaders from around the world. Interns will also be able to attend events hosted by the Center.
  • Access: connect with the center’s alumni network of former interns who now work for governments and organizations such as the Chinese Foreign Ministry, State Department, United Nations, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co., and have studied at Tsinghua, Beijing University, Oxford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and other top universities in China and around the world.
  • Career and Personal Development: participate in an exciting development program run by the center’s scholars and professional staff.
  • Exposure: work closely with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center’s Chinese and international scholars, as well as representatives from the business, diplomatic, and academic communities in Beijing that participate in the center’s events and activities.
  • Convenience: enjoy an easy commute to the center, located near Tsinghua’s East Gate, making it conducive to a work-study schedule.

Candidates can choose to intern on one of the following teams:


Interns will support the entire Communications team in its internal and external programs, and will focus on one of the following: Events, Media and Chinese-language Publications, Partnership and Government Relations, or Editorial and Web Content.

Successful candidates for the communications team should be highly organized, have strong attention to detail, and a strong sense of responsibility. Superior writing skills and a strong comprehension of the English and/or Chinese languages are required. Candidates should have a basic understanding of international relations and knowledge of current events in order to properly draft materials needed and support events. Applicants should have superior cross-cultural skills and be able to work efficiently in teams or on individual projects. Knowledge of Dreamweaver, content-management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. Previous experience in Chinese social media such as Weixin, Weibo, Renren, blogs, and forums is highly desirable but not required.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and coordinating of events, including logistics, registration, and other event-related duties
  • Engaging in outreach with venue partners
  • Translating (English-to-Chinese) event invitations and other event-related materials
  • Overseeing the center’s contact database system to include maintaining, updating, and importing new contacts
  • Help organize event logistics for the Distinguished Speaker Program and the annual Carnegie Global Dialogue


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing daily news-clip summaries for CTC scholars
  • Helping operate the center’s social media accounts, particularly Weibo
  • Coordinating media requests between Chinese and international media and CTC scholars
  • Translating internal and external communications team documents (English-to-Chinese)
  • Promoting Carnegie’s research content through Chinese and international media outlets


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Researching on mapping the network of key stakeholders
  • Assisting in tracking policy trends that are important to the center
  • Assisting in defining and producing the marketing materials and information on the center that are relevant to government outreach
  • Assisting with logistical preparations necessary for the SAIS-Tsinghua course to be taught during the academic year
  • Prepare introductory bios for all government and high-level meetings with Tsinghua officials that are organized by CTC (such as during Distinguished Speaker trips, Global Dialogue, etc)


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting invitations for CTC-sponsored public and private events ranging in size from small, closed-door roundtable talks to panel discussions at larger-scale, full-day conferences
  • Translating event materials, including speaker handouts and PowerPoint presentations
  • Assisting at CTC-sponsored events by helping with logistics and registration, photography, and note taking of key event discussion points
  • Drafting summaries of CTC-sponsored events to synthesize nuanced policy conversations into key discussion points
  • Proofreading op-ed translations (Chinese-to-English)
  • Uploading articles, op-eds, and other English-language content onto the CTC website and ensuring that it remains up-to-date Drafting or translating (Chinese-to-English) other documents for the communications team


Successful candidates should have an entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in international relations and/or organizational management. Interns will work primarily in Operations or in Development, with some overlap. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and be adept at actualizing strategic planning. An ability to work outside of your comfort zone and bridge cultural gaps is a must. Strong writing skills and attention to detail are preferred.

A. Operations

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the management of the global intern program, including team-building events, professional development and training sessions
  • Assisting the development of the Carnegie Alumni Network, organizing alumni events and publishing the quarterly newsletter
  • Helping manage day-to-day office and financial affairs, including space management and maintenance, as well as office supplies
  • Provide support for the Young Ambassadors Program and related events.
  • Assisting in management and upkeep of the CTC library.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining the database of donor organizations
  • Generating a monthly report of the Center’s growth
  • Drafting concept notes and grant proposals
  • Collecting information about growth and impact from team coordinators
  • Working with the development officer to prepare proposals and other materials for meetings with potential donors
  • Managing database contact relationships and event attendance
  • Drafting biographies of donors
  • Researching potential donors and their previous charitable giving
  • Organizing name cards of potential donors and working with events team to coordinate entry into the database
  • Translating content relevant to development events
  • Assisting the development officer in organizing and compiling materials for potential donors


Successful candidates for the program and research assistant team will have strong attention to detail and be able to work independently. Program and research assistants should have knowledge of the Carnegie-Tsinghua scholars’ field of expertise and a strong interest in conducting research in one or more of these fields. They should also have superior communication and organizational skills as well as research experience.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Liaising with the communications team regarding their scholar’s events and publications.
  • Tracking their scholars’ monthly activities and drafting monthly activity reports.
  • Providing logistical support for scholars’ events.
  • Assisting with the production of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center’s podcast
  • Working closely with scholars and intern teams to plan and organize their scholar’s events.
  • Conducting research as directed by their assigned scholar.
  • Collecting and updating the media coverage of the assigned scholar to the Center regularly.
  • Providing logistical and content support for scholars’ visits to Carnegie global centers.


How to Apply

To access an application, please follow the link:

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