Internship

The Chinese Overseas Flagship Program in Beijing consists of a part-time internship placement in a Chinese professional setting during the entire second-semester. The internship component of the Chinese Overseas Flagship Program is designed to enhance each participant’s language ability and professional experience in their field of interest. Participants work closely with the Chinese Flagship Program staff in Beijing and their home institution to find and secure a substantial internship with a company, organization, or institution. Participants are expected to conduct their internships for at least eight hours a week in a Chinese-based setting, using their Mandarin language skills.

Each participant will work with the Flagship internship staff in China to find and secure a substantial internship with an agency, company, organization, or other institution in her or his field of interest. Chinese is used as the principal language of professional communication in the internship context. Participants are expected to master professional discourse and registers sufficient for a broad range of communicative functions (as referenced in the Chinese Overseas Expectations Document), such as negotiation, presentations, impromptu interpretation, and representation of the host organization in a range of venues.

Purpose

The aim of the internship is to provide the participants with opportunities to apply their high-level language and cultural comprehension in a Chinese professional setting. As Chinese Flagship participants are lauded as high-level global professionals, they are expected to take initiatives in searching for their internships. The Nanjing Chinese Flagship Internship Staff is available to support and guide participants as needed. Expected outcomes may include but not limited to:

1.      The ability to apply professional Chinese language in a broad range of communicative functions such as negotiation, presentation, and a variety of other professional tasks.

2.      A firm grasp of the social interactions, behavioral norms, perspectives, as well as administrative, commercial, and political processes in China.

3.      The ability to interact appropriately and efficiently in a professional Chinese setting.

4.      Demonstrated professionalism and independence in an immersion environment.