The following is a list of internships that are open to Asian Studies students. Additional job listings are accessible to members of the Association for Asian Studies. For a general list of student jobs and internships on the UC Berkeley campus, go to the campus employment page.
Current Bay Area Internship Opportunities
Asia Society Policy & Business Intern: Asia Society's Northern California center is seeking an intern with a demonstrated interest in the social, political, and economic challenges facing the United States and the countries of Asia. The position was posted on February 21 and will remain open until filled.
Asia Society Internships: For more listings of internships at Asia Society in the Bay Area and at other offices, please refer to their internships page.
Asian Art Museum: To work at the Asian Art Museum as a volunteer, students should fill out the following application to qualify for an interview and plan on committing four hours per week.
Associated Press Global News Internship: The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer of 2012 in 10 U.S. cities (including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including London, Jerusalem, Seoul, Mexico City, Rome, Bangkok, Johannesburg, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow). The interns will contribute to AP's text, video and photos report from these bureaus for 12 weeks this summer. Although a primary format may be declared — depending on interest and ability — the internships will provide experience and training in all three. Interns will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. Assignments will be made by a trainer who will also provide performance appraisals during the course of the internship. Deadline: March 2, 2012.
For more information, please visit this website: http://ap.contacthr.com/22953904
Berkeley Summer Session Global Internships Program: The Berkeley Summer Session Global Internships Program matches students to an internship in line with their interests. Credit available. Deadline: March 1, 2012
Ding Ding TV Internship: Ding Ding TV is the first Chinese Internet TV in Silicon Valley that has live audience interaction on location and on the internet. Ding Ding TV is famous for its branding talk show which is also on local TV stations. Our deep roots in our communities provide us with rich and constant source for our content, as well as audience base.
CRCC Asia Team Internship in Marketing and Administration: CRCC is a leading organiser of student programs and internships in China, and their program has grown in recognition and success over the past 4 years. They also occasionally provide consulting work to clients, but this is not a major part of their daily operations. They seek an internal intern who would be able to work fulltime for two months, starting as soon as possible. Knowledge about or interest in China or Asia is a definite bonus.
LinkAsia Internship: Link TV (LinkTV.org) is currently looking for news interns for LinkAsia (LinkAsia.org), a weekly program that covers news from Asia. Interns should have an interest in journalism and/or international relations along with a desire to work in a video production environment and explore the multi-faceted role of media in Asia. Strong English language skills required, and fluent Asian language speakers are strongly encouraged to apply (Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese preferred). This internship is based in San Francisco, CA. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading, "LinkAsia Internship". In the body of the e-mail include a resume and cover letter.
Momentum Worldwide: CAMPUS Ambassadors work with college campuses and gain experience in promotional marketing and event execution and are responsible for maintaining relationships between a number of campuses in the San Francisco area. For more information, contact Alyssa Adelson, the Talent Acquisition Manager in North America. Her phone number is (646) 638-5570, and her fax number is (646) 638-5402.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues. They accept interns for a minimum of 8 hours per week in the spring and fall semesters and 15 hours per week in the summer. Interns assume responsibility for one major project and perform additional work on campaigns and member needs as they arise. Interns should have some knowledge of the current immigration debate and have a commitment to advancing human rights. Summer Deadline: April 1, 2012 Contact Person: Ms. Diana Pie Wu, Phone: 510-465-1984
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco: The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission is announcing its 2011 Summer Internship Program. This year's designated internship program includes public service quality management, performance management, risk management, internal control, international exchange of government publications, international friendly-living environment. The internship application period is from now until May 13, 2011. Details, including internship period, required documents and application procedures, can be found at the following link.
United Nations Association of America, East Bay Chapter: UNA East Bay has internships in which students are aligned with a mentor or a project to work on covering a wide range of interests and educational opportunities. During the school year, students are expected to commit up to five hours per week. During the summer, they should plan on ten hours per week.
Internship Opportunities beyond the Bay Area
Amnesty International: Amnesty International works to free all prisoners of conscience detained anywhere for their beliefs or because of ethnic origin, sex color or language who have not advocated violence. It also works to ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, abolish the death penalty, torture and extrajudicial executions and "disappearances". Internship Description: Internships are available at the Washington Office in 18 different program areas. Contact Person: Ms. Alison Collins, Phone: 202-544-0200
APCO Internship in Beijing: APCO Worldwide is an exciting and growing international public affairs consultancy with a strong presence in Greater China. APCO's work in China focuses on providing government relations, investment and strategic communications advice to clients operating in the Chinese market. APCO is seeking to recruit interns for its team in Beijing. APCO's internship program seeks to provide Chinese students with valuable and substantive work experience and strives to involve interns in all aspects of the company. APCO's interns become integral team members on a wide range of accounts, providing critical support while learning more about the industry as a whole. An intern is also encouraged to attend practice group and other staff meetings, as well as to get involved in the company's social events. This internship will last for 6-12 months and interns are expected to work full time.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat Internship Framework: Internship is open to students who are nationals/permanent residents of APEC member countries who possess an undergraduate degree and are enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time graduate study program. Work includes research, project management and publicity related to APEC. http://www.apec.org/About-Us/APEC-Secretariat/Internship.aspx
Asia Foundation The Asia Foundation is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Washington, D.C. and seventeen countries throughout Asia. It offers opportunities via the Junior Associates in Asian Affairs internship program, Consultant positions, and Permanent Employment.
Junior Associates in Asian Affairs: Short-term position for graduate students and recent graduate degree holders to work as Junior Associates in the Foundation's offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The position furthers the professional development of individuals specifically interested in Asia through work in conducting research, proposal development, program design, and preparing reports.
Asia Society New York, Center on U.S.-China Relations: This New York-based programming intern will play a major role in the coordination, execution and promotion of the Center's programming content. He or she will also assist in cultivating and growing the Center's presence on the web – both within the U.S. and China. The position was posted on February 13 and will remain open until filled.
Asia Society New York, Center on U.S.-China Relations: Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations is seeking an intern to assist in editing content for an online news magazine focusing on China. The position was posted on February 7 and will remain open until filled.
Asia Society Internships: For more listings of internships at Asia Society in the Bay Area and at other offices, please refer to their internships page.
Associated Press Global News Internship: The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer of 2012 in 10 U.S. cities (including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including London, Jerusalem, Seoul, Mexico City, Rome, Bangkok, Johannesburg, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow). The interns will contribute to AP's text, video and photos report from these bureaus for 12 weeks this summer. Although a primary format may be declared — depending on interest and ability — the internships will provide experience and training in all three. Interns will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. Assignments will be made by a trainer who will also provide performance appraisals during the course of the internship. Deadline: March 2, 2012. For more information, please visit this website:
Human Rights in China: Organization Description: Human Rights in China is an international non-governmental organization that does monitoring, advocates and educates on human rights in China. Internship Description: Depending on the skills, experience and education level interns assist in research, writing and editing for their publications or perform general office duties. Contact Person: Ms. Carol Wang Phone: 212-239-4495. For more details see their website
Human Rights Watch: Since its founding in 1978, Human Rights Watch has grown to be the largest and most influential U.S. based organization investigating and seek to promote human rights worldwide. HRW is known for its impartial and reliable human rights reporting and high profile advocacy campaigns. It offers internships in its regional divisions (geographically based) as well as its thematic divisions (Arms Control, Children's Rights, and Women's Rights). Human Rights Watch California provides internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work in the areas of development and outreach. Interns establish and maintain communication with HRW constituents and researchers and participate in special events. Interns should have good computer skills, strong written and oral communication skills and knowledge of a foreign language is helpful.
Strategic Relations Internship in Shanghai: Situated in a multilingual, fast-paced, and close-knit environment, this position demands an agile and dependable individual who seeks experience in, and can be an effective part of, the creation of team-driven solutions for non-Chinese businesses succeeding in China.
CRCC Asia: CRCC Asia's China Internship Program provides one, two, or three month internships in Beijing and Shanghai. Fluent English is the only language requirement and there is a program start date each month of the year. Using our extensive networks in Asia, we offer a wide range of placements across various industries including business development, marketing/PR, engineering, law, accounting, health care, finance and NGO's (among others).
Asia Society: Asia Society Northern California presents some 50 public-education programs annually that explore Asian cultural, economic and political affairs. They offer long and short-term (minimum of 8 weeks) internships with opportunities to focus on the following areas: membership research and reports; development planning; media outreach; program design and support; and office administration. Interns work closely with development, administrative, and program staff to plan and execute a wide variety of public programs and development initiatives. Interns gain valuable, hands-on experience in non-profit management and Asian affairs.
The Association for International Practical Training (AIPT) Americans Abroad Program: This program is designed for students and early-career, American professionals who have found their own position but would like assistance obtaining work permit authorization for companies in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and China.
Boston University Shanghai Internship Program: This is a semester-long internship program administered by Boston University. It places students with an internship in Shanghai that aligns with their interests and finds accommodation for them at Fudan University. Students enroll in a four-credit internship placement. Course numbers depend on the field of specialization in which the students complete their internships. Placements are contingent upon the students' past experiences, professional interests, and relevant academic history, as well as the availability of opportunities in any given semester; flexibility is essential.
CIS Abroad: a program that connects students to internships and accommodations in Shanghai. (NB: there is a fee to participate.)
ELI Abroad: a program that connects students to internships and accommodations all over Asia. (NB: there is a fee to participate.)
IES Summer Abroad: language training and internships in Kunming and Shanghai. Please refer to the following websites, organized by location.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Internship Program: For students enrolled in graduate programs. Internship exposes students to the day-to-day work and special missions of UNESCAP, promotes a better understanding of international problems, and introduces interns to the work environment of the UN organization.
Resources to Find Internships
American Chamber of Commerce: Searchable database of internships in China.
American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai: Searchable database of internships in Shanghai.
Association for Asian Studies: List of study programs and workshops that has especially useful resources for longer-term work opportunities.
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: A list of internship opportunities available in journalism, not specific to Asia.
Cal International Internships:
Chinese Cultural Center: Listings for teaching and counselor jobs in China and travel resources.
Foreign Policy Association: The Foreign Policy Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. They provide a searchable database of job and internship listings, which can be narrowed down to Asia or interest specific opportunities.
GoAbroad.com: Listings of services that help one find internships, in addition to actual internships.
ICE International Internships: You can search their list of internships and jobs here:
Peace and Development Network: A professional networking site for individuals & organizations worldwide involved in development, conflict resolution and related fields.
Major Career and Internship Related Search Engines
Riley Guide: Riley offers lists of internships and resources to find internships, in addition to information on full time employment.
Craigslist: Search for internships through their 'volunteering' page or on the main jobs site by checking the 'internship' box.
Idealist.org: The world's best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world since 1995.
More internships or job opportunities may be available than what are currently listed on this site. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any internships, job opportunities, or career resources that might benefit fellow students in Asian Studies!