Carnegie Global Internship Program


The Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy is seeking highly qualified and motivated students and recent graduates to apply for its Summer 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, Brussels and New Delhi.

General requirements for all global interns:

  • Be able to serve as an intern from June 10 to August 16, 2019
  • Contribute 35 hours per week to the center
  • Be a recent graduate of or currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Have a background in international affairs or a desire to work in the field

Individuals should have a keen interest in international affairs, international trade, international security, or Chinese foreign policy. All interns should have working proficiency or higher in English; equivalent knowledge of Chinese is an asset, but not required.

Please note that the internship is unpaid. Housing, travel, living expenses, and medical insurance connected with the internship program must be borne by interns or by outside institutions and organizations. Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel to Beijing. Visa assistance will not be provided.

Please submit an application no later than 5:00pm Beijing Standard Time on Friday March 1, 2019.

How to Apply

Applications will be judged on past academic performance, relevant academic study and/or work experience. Personal interviews may be conducted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 in English or 1,200 Chinese characters, written within the last six months on a topic relating to international relations or security.
  • One paragraph no longer than 100 words (in English) summarizing a previous writing sample. This summary can be of your first sample, or it can be of a different piece.
  • The cover letter must include your desired work focus. Be clear to state your interest and relevant experience.

Attached writing samples may be written in Chinese or English, but candidates must submit the cover letter and all other application form data in English.

To apply please submit all application materials here.

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.

The Global Intern 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 who now work for governments and organizations such as the Chinese Foreign Ministry, U.S. State Department, United Nations, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Co., and have studied at Tsinghua, Peking 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 have access to representatives from the business, diplomatic, and academic communities in Beijing that participate in the center’s events and activities.


Candidates can apply to work on one of the following teams:


Interns will support the communications team with its internal and external programs and will focus on one of the following sub-teams: Events, Media and Chinese Content, Government Relations and Partnership, or Editorial and Web Content.

Successful candidates for the communications team will be highly organized, pay strong attention to detail, have exceptional cross-cultural skills, and have a strong sense of responsibility. Superior writing skills and a strong comprehension of English is required.  Fluency in Chinese languages is helpful. Other skills of successful applicants include but are not limited to:

  • A basic understanding of international relations, a working knowledge of current events, and awareness of scholars and influencers in the field.
  • Knowledge of Dreamweaver, Photography, content-management systems and HTML.
  • Experience and interests in Chinese and international social media
  • A background/ interest in comparative politics and decision


Successful candidates should have a self-starter spirit with an interest in finance and/or organizational management. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to actualize strategic planning. An ability to work outside of your comfort zone and bridge cultural gaps is a must. Fluency in both English and Chinese language is preferred.


Successful candidates should have an ability to recognize opportunity and keen interest in developing strategies for taking advantage of those opportunities. Interns will work with the Development Coordinator on building and maintaining relationships with Carnegie-Tsinghua Center supporters including members of the business and diplomatic community as well as large foundations. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, pay strong attention to detail, and have acute discerning abilities. An awareness of the Chinese business and philanthropic environments and fluent reading ability in Chinese are also plus.


Successful candidates for the program and research assistant team will have excellent writing and analytical skills, pay strong attention to detail and be able to work independently. Program and research assistants should have knowledge of the Carnegie-Tsinghua scholars’ fields 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. They will focus on supporting general programs and research.

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