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, DC, Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, Brussels, and New Delhi.

General requirements for all global interns

  • Be able to intern from September 13, 2021 through June 13, 2022.
  • Be able to contribute 20hrs/week to the center
  • Be a college or university student or 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 July 23, 2021, 5pm Beijing Standard Time via the online application.
  • Please note that due to the global pandemic, the 2021-2022 academic-year internship program will begin with all work performed remotely, while keeping open the possibility of transitioning to in-person or a hybrid of remote and in-person efforts.

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 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 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. Applications that are incomplete or do not follow the above guidelines will NOT be considered.

The internship is 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. Additionally, Carnegie-Tsinghua cannot provide visa letters or support to interns.

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.

To submit an application use the online application. (link provided in the end)

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, 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 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:

  • Communications
  • Operations
  • Development
  • Program & Research


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 Content, 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.

  • Events

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 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
  • Media & Chinese Content

Skills and knowledge of Dreamweaver, videography, photography, content-management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. Previous experience in Chinese social media such as WeChat, Weibo, Zhihu, Toutiao, and international social media including Facebook and Twitter is highly desirable. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Helping operate the center’s social media accounts, particularly Weibo, Twitter and Facebook
  • Helping coordinate 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
  • Tracking and recording media coverage and image material of the center and scholars
  • Helping to produce digital content to promote scholars’ works, including videos and social media images
  • Partnership & Government Relations

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Writing a weekly internal newsletter that tracks China’s foreign affairs activities
  • Researching our network of key stakeholders
  • Assisting in the center’s the research efforts and tracking policy trends that may impact 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
  • Preparing introductory bios/memos/read-aheads/backgrounders for all government and high-level meetings with Tsinghua officials that are organized by CTC (such as during Distinguished Speaker trips, Global Dialogue, etc)
  • Editorial & Web Content

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
  • Taking notes during public events and writing subsequent event summaries that synthesize the policy conversations for the general public
  • 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
  • Researching scholars and topics as part of the center’s commissioned content series


Successful candidates should have an entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in international relations and/or organizational management. An ability to work in a rapid environment in both Chinese and English and attend to fundamental tasks with a strong attention to detail is preferred.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Helping manage day-to-day office and financial affairs, including space management and maintenance, of balance sheet and budget related records
  • Maintaining and tracking receipts of financial transactions
  • Reviewing operational systems and assisting in, carrying out and refining operational procedures
  • Assisting in the management of the global intern program, including team-building events, professional development and training sessions
  • Assisting in the development of the Carnegie Alumni Network, organizing alumni events and publishing the quarterly newsletter
  • Providing support for the Young Ambassadors Program and related events.
  • Assisting in management and upkeep of the CTC library


Successful candidates should have an adept ability to recognize opportunity and keen interest in learning strategy for taking advantage of those opportunities. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, pay strong attention to detail, and have acute discerning abilities. Prior experience in grant writing, an awareness of the Chinese business and philanthropic environments and fluent reading ability in Chinese are also a plus. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the development coordinator in producing and carrying out a cultivation strategy and stewardship practices
  • Drafting concept notes and grant proposals
  • Tracking and reporting growth and impact of the center
  • Working with the development coordinator to prepare materials for meetings with potential donors
  • Managing database contact relationships and event attendance
  • Tracking interactions with prospects and current supporters
  • Drafting donor biographies
  • Researching and reporting on potential donors and their previous charitable giving
  • Translating content relevant to development events

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 organizational skills as well as research experience.

  • Programs & Research

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
  • China In The World Podcast Program

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying and proposing experts for the podcast series
  • Coordinating podcast sessions and logistics
  • Preparing expert bios as well as podcast scripts and questions
  • Podcast audio editing and uploading of the podcast on our current web platforms
  • Writing post-podcast summaries and transcriptions
  • Managing podcast marketing and social media presence
  • Identifying opportunities to innovate and improve podcast

Applications that are incomplete or do no follow the above guidelines will NOT be considered.

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