IIP Placements in China
Agricultural Trade Office, Shanghai (Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA)
Location: Beijing and Shanghai, China
China is currently the second largest market for U.S. agriculture and Shanghai holds China’s largest consumer base with rapidly rising incomes. Therefore, Shanghai is the focus of many trade groups interested in exploring the China market. Since China is still a developing country with a wide range of development and incomes, it is still a challenging market. ATO Shanghai acts as a bridge in introducing American companies to Chinese culture and business practices and identifying market opportunities. China now has the highest number of internet users in the world, so interns in this office have a great responsibility in helping develop and maintain internet programs to reach both Chinese industry groups and consumers with information about products. The IIP interns will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the rapid growth of China’s economy and will contribute to developing web-based market development tools. Duties may include maintenance of the USDA China website, along with its Twitter page, Flickr account, and Turduo video account; providing guidance and editing market development reports drafted by non-native English speakers; assistance in coordinating visits by U.S. Governor teams and trade associations; assistance in briefing visiting Congressional and trade delegations; assistance with market development projects including trade seminars, lifestyle media events, menu promotions, chef training seminars, and retail promotions. Basic Mandarin is preferred, but not absolutely necessary. Two placements have been established, one in Beijing, one in Shanghai for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Location: Beijing, China
Bioversity International undertakes, encourages, and supports research and other activities on the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity, especially genetic resources, to create more productive, resilient, and sustainable harvests. Its aim is to promote the greater well-being of people, particularly poor people in developing countries, by helping them to achieve food security, improve their health and nutrition, boost their incomes, and conserve the natural resources on which they depend. The organization is active in over 100 countries worldwide, with more than 300 staff working from some 20 country offices. It is one of the 15 centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bioversity’s headquarters are located just outside Rome, Italy, in Maccarese. This year, Bioversity is offering placements in their headquarters office, as well as, in their offices in China, Costa Rica, France/Uganda, Malaysia, Nepal, and Uganda. Bioversity staff includes specialists in agriculture, forestry, information science and technology, socioeconomics, law and policy, finance and administration. Through the IIP internship program, Bioversity offers invaluable on-the-job training under the guidance of established experts in genetic resources, communications, and policy and law practices that encourage the production of public goods. IIP interns will be assigned to research projects and will learn to work as part of a project team and will gain a broad understanding of issues in international agricultural research for development, in particular regarding sustainable conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity for food and agriculture. IIP interns will typically gain experience in carrying out desk studies, literature searching, compilation and analysis of information, database work, and writing reports, papers, and public awareness materials. IIP candidates with interests in agricultural sciences or socioeconomics are encouraged to apply. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern in China. Here is more information on this IIP placement:
- Farmer's willingness for mainstreaming crop genetic diversity utilization for pest and disease management in China: Over the last six years Bioversity and its national partners in China have implemented a program to understand the role of crop genetic diversity to reduce crop loss from pest and disease and improve productivity and resilience of local agroecosystems in China. Since 2007 through UNEP-GEF and IFAD funding, (i) more than 700 household surveys have been conducted in 11 project sites of southwestern China, (ii) crop varietal mixtures have been planted to test, and (iii) local seed systems have been studied for enhancing conservation and use of crop genetic diversity by farmers, farmer communities, and local and national institutions to minimize pest and disease damage on-farm. The project has gathered information including farmer’s willingness, related socioeconomic data and good practices for pest and disease management. The aim of this IIP internship is to help the project to synthesize the information on farmer’s willingness for mainstreaming the crop genetic diversity utilization for pest and disease management and improving their livelihood in China. The activities would include 1) collecting the traditional knowledge for pest and disease management based on data analysis of HH survey and focus group discussion; 2) analyzing the frequency of farmer’s change of the variety; 3) identifying the key factors for their changing; 4) analyzing the seed system of local area and national regulation; 5) analyzing the farmers’ willingness for promoting the land conservation and sustainability and proposing the suggestion on subsidy from the government. IIP candidates with interests in biology, agricultural sciences or agricultural economics, with skills in writing and statistical analysis are encouraged to apply.
China Market Research Group (CMR)
Location: Shanghai, China
CMR provides strategic market intelligence to companies entering or expanding operations in China. CMR helps companies get the information needed to make smarter decisions in China. Its clients come from a variety of industries and range from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs to hedge funds and private equity firms. CMR practices in the following sectors: FMCG, consumer electronics, retail, health and beauty care, travel and leisure, financial services, food and beverage, education chemicals, and autos. Analysts on the ground in China conduct research to help companies determine: Market Entry Strategy, Competitor Analysis, Consumer Insights, Target Account Profiling, Venture Capital/ Private Equity Due Diligence, and Hedge Fund/ Stock Analysis. IIP interns will learn how to conduct research and analyze data in many sectors in China (the specific sectors will depend on when the intern starts)--e.g., fashion, cosmetics, chemicals, luxury goods, food and beverage, hedge funds--and will get a good understanding of business trends in China. Responsibilities include data gathering from one-on-one interviews, surveys, focus groups, and telephone interviews; working directly with CMR's senior management to analyze data to develop strategic recommendations for clients; amd supporting CMR team members’ administrative functions. Intern should have strong oral Mandarin skills (written Mandarin skills ideal). Familiarity with statistics and data analysis is appreciated. IIP candidates from all majors and areas of academic interest welcome; interest in pursuing a career in strategy consulting is a plus. Three placements have been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Performing Chinese-language research. Preparing Powerpoint "decks" for clients. Interviewing Chinese consumers.
Location: Shanghai, China
Collective Responsibility is is one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation, and responsible leadership. Founded with the fundamental belief that that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst, and facilitator between stakeholders. Through consulting, research, training, and enabling cross-platform discussions, they aim to: create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia; develop tangible interests, engagement and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal); build bridges between local and foreign resources to ensure knowledge transfer, program scalability and growth; and develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises. IIP candidates with interests in sociology, economics, civil affairs, environment, or other sustainability-related fields are encouraged to apply. Advanced Mandarin is recommended but not required. Three placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Possible projects for IIP interns include:
- Researching social, environmental, and economic issues
- Development of knowledge base is key to inform and advise corporate decision makers.
- IIP interns will be tasked with a research project (in-line with his/her educational background and interests) which will then be used in other programs, events, and key highlights sent to Collective Responsibility's member network.
- This can include primary research in Shanghai, as well as office-based research.
- Some research will be done individually, but interns are encouraged to work as a team.
- Conduct interviews and write profiles of people and programs
- To understand the requirements of Collective Responsibility's clients, they meet and speak with them about the challenges they are facing as well as the opportunities that they have identified but need help with executing these meetings.
- IIP interns will help with designing and conducting interviews with leaders in corporate sustainability, and then writing up the interviews to be published on the website and newsletter.
- IIP interns will also research and add to a database of sustainability leaders to interview across Asia-Pacific.
- Assist in developing a partnership strategy
- Working with the business development team, IIP interns will be involved in development strategy with corporate and academic partners across the Asia-Pacific region.
- IIP interns will help find new opportunities, and create proposals for current and potential clients.
Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)
Location: Shanghai, China
JUCCCE is a non-profit think tank that catalyzes transformative change in the greening of China by
convening coalitions of cross-border and cross-sector influencers around precise collaborative action that trigger tipping points in sustainable energy, urbanization, and consumption. JUCCCE has already helped catalyze key tipping points in the way China creates and uses energy by introducing Smart Grid to China, training over 800 government officials on eco-cities, creating a national conversation about "China Dream," the start of China's mainstream green consumer media coverage, and creating early awareness of energy-saving light bulbs. Three placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. This year, IIP interns will work on one or more of the following areas:
Research: IIP interns will contribute to policy research and workshop management on a sustainable food program called "A New Way to Eat," where they teach sustainability to primary school students. The IIP interns may also conduct research for their mayoral training programs, which has previously featured smart grid, waste management, eco-tourism, pollution and climate resilient cities. The research the IIP interns produce will be used in the curriculum during the training classes which take place bi-annually. IIP candidates for this placement should have skills in graphic design, Photoshop, In-Design, Final Cut Pro, and strong research skills.
Marketing and Communications: IIP interns will work on JUCCCE's projects that aim to help corporations understand how to engage consumers around sustainability. The IIP interns will create case study videos of sustainability project developments, develop eco-tourism training materials for their mayoral training program, and conduct research for a city urban planning project. IIP candidates with previous experience in marketing and communications and skills in design software and videography are encouraged to apply.
Social Media: IIP interns in this role will help research and develop the social media strategy for JUCCCE, as well as create memes to virally share the message of the importance of sustainability. IIP candidates with social media and online data analysis are encouraged to apply.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Worked on urban development proposal for 10,000 people and created movie. Wrote 20 page paper on sustainable eating choices. Edited website.View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Location: Beijing, China
The Nature Conservancy is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in more than 35 countries to protect the lands and waters upon which life depends. For over 15 years, the Nature Conservancy has been working in China with communities, governments, academia, and the private sector to design conservation strategies that benefit nature and people. They provide training, scientific expertise, and leadership on a broad range of strategies throughout the country. This IIP placement is with the Conservation Beyond Borders initiative that works to implement strategies that strengthen the environmental performance of Chinese investments in key geographies (Latin America and Africa) and in key sectors (infrastructure and natural resources). IIP interns on this project will work to build the business case for sustainability in China that ultimately delivers benefits for biodiversity and environmental conservation.The Nature Conservancy China Program also has new initiatives in marine conservation, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, combating illegal ivory trade and new forms of water protection. Each IIP intern work in one of these areas and will participate in the creation of research reports and assist in various aspects of conservation project management, including meeting with internal and external partners (established organizations, start-ups, and entrepreneurs), policy analysis, developing work plans, and evaluating project outcomes. IIP candidates with interests in environmental studies, economics, political science, East Asian studies, ecology, and international relations are encouraged to apply. Skills in research, multitasking, meeting deadlines, and data analysis would be an asset. Mandarin proficiency is recommended and Spanish or Portuguese would also be an asset. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Here are more details on the specific projects for their IIP interns:
- TNC Marine & Fisheries Program- The Conservancy in China initiated a marine and fisheries program in 2013. Globally, TNC has extensive marine & fisheries science expertise with a strong partnership with UCSB, a top university in fisheries science & economics applying information analysis to help improve monitoring systems and overall management of fisheries and oceans. IIP interns may be asked to support the New TNC Marine & Fisheries Program to advance fisheries reform through ongoing research of APEC (an important multinational organization for the Asia-Pacific region) as well as other bilateral and multilateral agencies and evolving conditions in China, focused on enhancing the dialogue on sustainable development as well as creating partnerships that can help further TNC efforts on marine conservation and sustainable fisheries.
- US-China EcoPartnership & TNC China Fresh Water Program- IIP interns may be asked to support and expand on our ongoing work in this Program, which the Conservancy joined in 2012. Students may be asked to help us find and develop collaboration with U.S.-based partners to expand conservation efforts in China. Currently, the Conservancy’s Yangtze Rivers Fisheries Commission (YFC) partners are also working to help the U.S. effort to combat the spread of invasive species like the Asian Carp in the Mississippi Basin. Other plans that may require assistance include support of the Conservancy’s “Global Sustainable Hydropower Center” as China’s international impact is becoming increasingly felt in hydropower.
- Public Funding Support - IIP interns may be asked to facilitate the Conservancy’s engagements with international public funding agencies, Chinese and other government agencies, autonomous government-sponsored entities, corporations, NGOs, and green growth organizations. Ongoing projects for which we may seek increasing funding support include: Securing Water, the Global Sustainable Hydropower Center and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
Location: Beijing, China
Octagon is one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment marketing, representation, and event management firms. With 1,000+ employees in 45 offices worldwide, Octagon has helped more than 500 of the world's top companies and organizations and more than 800 athletes and personalities tap into their passions for sports and entertainment to drive impressive business results. Worldwide, Octagon manages more than 3,200 events. Internships are available in Events and Consulting, as follows:
- Events: assist in sports event registration and media communication; translation or proofreading of documents; research according to request
- Consulting: marketing intelligence research in the sports marketing industry; translation of documents or proofreading; other duties as assigned
IIP interns in both positions will have opportunities to acquire practical experience in the sports marketing field through close cooperation with sports marketing specialist from China and around the world. Applicants must be fluent in Chinese (with basic Chinese writing skills) and possess good communication, research, and analytical skills. Sports and marketing knowledge are assets. Two placements have been created for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Compile market research for various Chinese industries; Scout clients for potential business expansion and generate potential business partnerships for them; Help to create and edit decks for existing and potential clients. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Princeton Alumni Association of Beijing
Location: Beijing, China
Interns will help organize existing and develop new initiatives for the Princeton Alumni Association of Beijing’s (PAABJ) and the Tsinghua Center for Innovation to promote Sino-U.S. entrepreneurial activities and raise Princeton's profile in China. IIP interns will be involved in maximizing the impact of the PAABJ-Tsinghua Innovation Center cooperation by organizing events, speakers, and other platforms for collaboration; assisting in organizing the Tsinghua Innovation Center's delegations to the U.S. and Princeton delegations coming to China; building out a framework to facilitate recent Princeton grads working in China following graduation; coordinating on-the-ground events for the PAABJ in Beijing; organizing venues, speakers, and other alumni clubs for joint events; kickstarting philanthropic/charitable efforts for PAABJ; building out PAABJ's summer internship and post-grad fellowship programs; securing funding for a year-long fellowship; generating China-facing Princeton content online, including but not limited to the PAABJ website, blog, and Weibo account; and web development work. Strong working proficiency in spoken Mandarin Chinese is required, and candidates with written Chinese skills are preferred. Candidates should possess good networking skills. One placement has been created for an International Internship Program (IIP) intern.
Smart Agricultural Analytics
Location: Beijing, China
Smart Agriculture Analytics is a business intelligence resource that evaluates China's market landscape for foreign agritech suppliers and investors. They enable leading agritech to successfully navigate this difficult market, opening new market channels while helping China's quickly modernizing agricultural system to move toward a sustainable model. The IIP intern will be assigned to assist editorial staff with producing the weekly e-newsletters SAA Weekly and SAA Weekly Premium, to be distributed to suppliers of sustainable agricultural technology and investors of sustainable agritech who are based globally outside of China. Under the direction of the CEO and Managing Editor and in partnership with a local Chinese speaking intern, the IIP intern(s) will be responsible for the following scope of work duties:
- Monitoring news media and compiling relevant articles as relates to the business of agritech
- Remaining informed about Chinese government policy-making as relates to the business of agritech
- Participating in weekly editorial meetings to select articles to be included in SAA Weekly; helping with CN-EN translation, cataloging, writing English language summaries and doing key-point analyses of Chinese language articles
- Participating in review of final submissions from contributing editors
- Mapping out the Chinese media landscape as relates to agriculture business, agriculture policy, and agritech
- Helping develop strategy and timelines for editorial coverage of diverse geographies and issues in China
- Contributing to short- and long-term research projects for various White Papers
- In addition, intern may assist with web page development, web content management, database support, new media activities, electronic document management system (EDMS) projects.
IIP candidates with interests in science, communication, engineering, economics or social sciences, with specific interests in environment issues, food safety, agriculture and/or China are encouraged to apply. Mandarin proficiency is required. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns. View a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf) by a past intern.
Tsinghua University, Department of Precision Instrumentation and Mechanology
Location: Beijing, China
The Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology (DPIM) originated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Tsinghua University, which was founded in 1932. With a high reputation, the department is the earliest engineering discipline department in China, mainly engaged in talent cultivation and scientific research in the field of advanced manufacturing, including Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, and Instrument Science and Technology. Adhering to the advanced educational conception of Tsinghua University, i.e. “cultivate talents with a sound character of state and social services”, the DPIM always treats talent cultivation as its primary task, with the aim of cultivating outstanding “research, managerial, innovative, international” personnel in advanced manufacturing who master the trends of the times and pursue academic excellence. The IIP placement is within the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology and will focus on the project “Observation on the velocity profile of blood flow in microchannel using micro-PIV system": The motion of the red blood cells (RBC) in microvascular is strongly dependent on time, flow and geometries, and the microfluidics provide a good platform to study the blood flow in complex geometries. In this study, a T-junction microchannel is to be designed and fabricated based on soft lithograph technology, to observe the red blood cells (RBC) motion in the daughter branches. The velocity profiles of the blood flow is to be measured by the micro-PIV system using the RBCs as tracers, and the effect of the size ratio of the daughter branches on the motion of the RBCs is to be investigated. The IIP intern will participate in the experimental research related to microfluidic systems, and he/she will be responsible for the design and the proceeding of the experimental work. This IIP placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Bio Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience and/or skills in technical drawing and common computer software, and basic experimental skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP intern): Research pulsatile flow and steady flow of red blood cells in a bifurcating microchannel and their clotting effects. This includes designing the experimental setup, acquiring the necessary equipment and blood, fabricating microdevices, and running experiments.
University of Science and Technology Beijing, School of Mechanical Engineering
Location: Beijing, China
The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was founded in 1952 following the amalgamation of the best departments in related fields of five eminent universities as a result of a nationwide reorganization of the higher education system. Over half a century of growth, it has developed into one of the most influential key national universities sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. USTB is renowned for its study of metallurgy and materials science. Its main focus is on engineering; at the same time it maintains a balanced program of science, management, humanities, economics, and law. USTB is now working towards its goal of becoming one of the top-ranking research universities in China and an internationally renowned higher education institute with its own distinguishing features. The IIP placement is within the School of Mechanical Engineering and the IIP interns will contribute to a project entitled “Observation of the Cavitation in a Small Glass Venturi Channel": The cavitating flow through a converging-diverging nozzle has important impacts on the engineering pipe flow and biomedical heart valves. To understand the cavitation of the liquid in small channels, a glass Venturi shaped channel with the characteristic length of millimeter is to be designed and fabricated. Using this device, the cavitation phenomenon is to be observed by a fast camera under the controlled driven pressures. Then, the cavitation number and the effect of the liquid-solid interface are to be investigated. The IIP interns will participate in the experimental research related to microfluidic systems, and he/she will be responsible for the design and the proceeding of the experimental work. This IIP placement is ideal for IIP candidates with interests in Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Bio Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Experience and/or skills in technical drawing and common computer software, and basic experimental skills would be an asset. Two placements have been established for International Internship Program (IIP) interns.
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture
Location: Anhui Province, Gansu Province and Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, College of Architecture was established by two pioneers in modern architecture education in China. In 1956, during the third nation-wide restructuring of universities and colleges, the College of Architecture was established as a merger of the two departments. There are three undergraduate programs: architecture, urban planning, and landscape, among which urban planning is designated as the national specialty. The school has nine subsidiary institutes together with an innovative national research team for architectural environment and energy consumption control theory in West China, a key lab for architecture technology in West China, and the Shaanxi Research Center of Monuments and Sites Reservation Engineering and Technology. The school maintains the leading position in the following areas of research: human settlement in vulnerable areas in West China, human settlement of underprivileged people, and cultural heritage preservation. In partnership with Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation, they are working to create sustainable infrastructure for bridges in rural communities in Western China. Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong that encourages volunteers, especially university student volunteers from Hong Kong and Mainland China, to build footbridges and village facilities in remote and poor villages in the Mainland with green concepts. Their organization aspires to: foster better communication, mutual understanding and integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland; improve lives of underprivileged villages in remote areas of Mainland China; and inspire respect, appreciation and preservation of local culture and environment, and promulgate the concept of sustainability. In partnership with local volunteers, IIP interns will build footbridges and village facilities with the villagers and launch small scale village enrichment projects according to local needs. Throughout the project, IIP interns will need to understand the local livelihood, culture and environment; fully utilize local materials; and work closely with villagers to transfer practical skills and knowledge so that the villagers can take charge of maintenance work in the future. Over the past few years, the Foundation has successfully completed multiple bridge projects and one postquake village re-building demonstration. In 2014, specific projects will include:
- Rural demonstration construction in underserved villages: By utilizing locally available resources (especially earth material), IIP interns will help design and build public facilities not only to solve the local's issues in public service and activity, but also to demonstrate to the locals an affordable and sustainable way of rural construction. In mid-2014, a village center will be built by a team involving villagers and student volunteers in Macha village, Gansu Province. They have already completed the field investigation, experimental study, and initial design. Detailed construction design will be completed in early 2014. As proposed, construction will start in mid-2014 and will last for one year for a series of on-site work for building construction, landscape, and other on-site facilities. IIP interns will be involved in this series of on-site work.
- Laboratory design and construction: Wu Zhi Qiao is also a laboratory of MOHURD (the Ministry of Housing in Urban-Rural Construction) and recently received land on its campus to build an office and laboratory. Last summer a team completed the initial design and part of experiments. After further detailed work in the coming months, on-site design and construction will start next spring and last until summer. As planned, recycled containers will be used as structure by working with rammed earth walls. This project will be a great opportunity for an IIP intern to have a hands-on experience while learning about green architecture.
- Design and construction of earth-based villas and landscape: Through the use of earth-based materials IIP interns and local volunteers will work on the construction of a project for a private villa that has been launched recently by the Foundation. This project will rely on locally available material resources like earth and stones.
IIP candidates with interests in architecture and civil engineering are encouraged to apply. Since the earth-based technology is easy to handle, IIP interns can participate not only in the design scheme, construction experiments, and on-site design during construction, but also parts of construction work. Two IIP placements for each project have been established (for a total of six placements created for IIP interns).
View PowerPoint presentations (.pdf) from past interns: