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Student Interns

Spend your summer gaining invaluable experience and building new international connections in the world’s most populous country and second largest economy! Internships are hosted by employer organizations with connections to the University of Michigan and are interested in bringing talented U-M students to intern with them for the summer. You will spend 6 – 10 weeks gaining new skills, making new connections, developing your language proficiency and experiencing life in a vibrant culture different from Ann Arbor.

When and for how long are the internships?

Internships are usually for 8 weeks, but can be different lengths if the employer and student intern both agree to a different length. The minimum is 6 weeks. Interns typically work 25 - 40 hours a week.

Normally interns work within the period of approximately May 15 to August 15.

What is the usual procedure?

  1. You view the internship description(s) and other relevant details.
  2. Beginning November 1 and ending February 1 you can apply for internships. See Applications for details on how to apply.
  3. During February, we review the applications and match student applications with internship employers. You may be interviewed by an employer using Skype or phone.
  4. Employers select the student interns they wish to hire.
  5. After being selected you have one week to decide whether or not you will accept the position. If you do not respond within the week the position will be offered to another student.
  6. If you accept the position then we will connect you with the employer and we will help you navigate the next steps. Students that are accepted for internships can also apply for funding to offset the costs of airfare and housing.

What are my responsibilities if I accept an internship?

  • Work: Accepting the internship means accepting the work described by the employer. You will determine the nature of your commitment with the employer, and you will be expected to honor that commitment.
  • Blog and photos: During the internship you will be required to write two blog posts, with pictures of yourself. After the internship we will request some photos of you “in action” during your internship.
  • Post-internship presentation: After your internship concludes, you will be required to make a poster of your experience and present it along with other U-M students that interned for the summer, during the following Fall semester.
  • It will be the responsibility of the student intern to secure a visa to travel and conduct an internship in China. Due to the nature of international relations and Chinese visa requirements, it is not guaranteed that you will get a visa. Student interns will work with the internship employers to get the necessary documents and apply for a visa.

Questions?

Please contact Neal McKenna, Project Coordinator at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

Email: nxm@umich.edu  |  Phone: (734) 764-7539  |  WeChat: nealxm