Carnegie–Tsinghua Center Internship in Beijing


The Carnegie–Tsinghua is seeking highly qualified and motivated students to apply for its academic-year-long Global Intern Program. Selected interns will have the opportunity to work on key foreign policy issues, to interact with senior Chinese and international scholars and experts, and to become an integral part of a growing global network of Carnegie centers, which has offices in Washington DC, Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, and Brussels.

General requirements for all global interns:

  • Be able to serve as an intern from the end of September 17, 2018 through June 7, 2019
  • 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 August 17, 2018, 5pm Beijing Standard Time via the online application

The application process is extremely competitive. Individuals should have a keen interest in international affairs and international security. Applicants should have near-native English writing skills; equivalent level knowledge of Chinese is an asset. Applications will be judged on past academic performance, relevant academic study and/or work experience, grades, and recommendations. Personal interviews may be conducted.

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

  • One sample no longer than 600 words or 1,200 Chinese characters written within the last six months on an international relations topic.
  • One paragraph no longer than 100 words or 300 Chinese characters summarising a previous writing sample.

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 organisations. Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel to Beijing and accommodation.


To apply

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


Marketing & Media Team

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 organised, 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.


Operations Team

Successful candidates should have an entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in international relations and/or organisational management. An ability to work outside of your comfort zone appreciate fundamental tasks with a strong attention to detail is preferred.


Program & Research Team

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 organisational skills as well as research experience.



To access an application please click on the link.


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