The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations offers both full- and part-time internships for undergraduate and graduate students. The internship is unpaid, but commuting costs are reimbursed. This is an entry-level position which generally includes a variety of administrative and program assignments.

The National Committee also has a Government Affairs Internship. This part-time position is for a graduate student interested in political science, government affairs, and media. Please see here for more details.

Internship responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Research assistance for programs and briefing kits for delegations to China and visitors from China
  • Administrative assistance for public events, seminars, and programs
  • Archiving historical and current material
  • Translating materials and correspondence (English - Chinese)
  • News circulation


  • Excellent research, writing, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail
  • Academic background in Chinese studies, political science, international relations, or other relevant field
  • Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese
  • Ability to work a minimum of three days per week during business hours

How to Apply

Please send the following to

  • Resume
  • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in and qualified to work at the National Committee
  • Short writing sample (a published article, academic essay, etc.)

No phone calls please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Important Dates

The National Committee accepts internship applications for the fall, spring and summer semesters. While the specific start and end dates for each internship semester are flexible, we ask that interns' availability corresponds approximately to the following periods: January through May, June through August, and September through December. Those selected for an interview will hear within two weeks of the application deadline. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the following dates for each internship semester:

  • Fall Semester: July 31
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer: March 1  

“At the National Committee, I was immersed in a vast network of people invested in strengthening the U.S.-China relationship. As an intern, I had an extraordinary opportunity to assist on the Track II Economic Dialogue and meet with prominent American and Chinese economists and business leaders. The internship reaffirmed my commitment to working in U.S.-China relations as I move forward with my career and studies.”

- Angela Y., Fall 2018, Intern

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the changing U.S.-China relationship, intern with the National Committee. Being able to interact with some of the most prominent China watchers in the field on a daily basis gave me a real-time understanding of what is happening geopolitically and internally in China. During my internship, I helped construct news and academic briefs for NCUSCR educational exchange programs and host public programs that brought together top scholars, journalists, and government officials. Through productive dialogue and international exchange, the National Committee continues to be on the forefront of U.S.-China relations, and, as an intern, I was given the fantastic opportunity to play a part.

- Emily S., Summer 2015 Intern

I can think of no better internship to get a deeper understanding of the relationship between the United States and China. My time at the National Committee showed me the work that goes on behind the scenes that makes diplomacy and bring policy makers together. I was given the opportunity to help coordinate Track II dialogues, U.S. congressional delegations to China, and take part in numerous public programs dedicated to improving an understanding between our two countries. The staff is widely respected in the community and made a real effort to make the interns feel like part of the team. I encourage any student pursuing work on U.S.-China policy to pursue an internship here. 

- Chris U., Spring 2014 Intern

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