PLEASE NOTE: ASU will not be offering this program in summer 2020.
This program is a month long English-speaking internship program in Beijing, China where students are able to gain valuable work experience. The program provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chinese workplace, visit ancient historical sites, and learn about Chinese language and culture.
May 27 - June 24, 2020
Enhance your resume with valuable personalized internship experience in Beijing, China!
English-speaking internships; no prior knowledge of Mandarin needed (survival Mandarin, Chinese lessons included).
Camp overnight at the Great Wall of China, Tour the Forbidden City, view a Chinese Acrobatic show, visit the Temple of Heaven, attend a business networking seminar and more.
Earn 6 college credits in one month
Honors projects available for non-internship course!
Optional 21-day travel program around China following the internships (not included, but available as an add-on for interested students)
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.
Electronically sign our standard signature documents:
Interview with the Faculty Director (Dr. Brent Scholar)
GPA of 2.25 or higher
Photo Credit: Andrew Dixon
Beijing is China’s capital city and is an eclectic mix of both the modern and the ancient. The city features awe inspiring and historically interesting sites such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer Palace. It is a thriving metropolis and a unique fusion of both old and new. The city is the heart of China and is an important political and cultural center. As China’s capital, Beijing serves an important role in government, commerce, economics, and social services - making it an excellent internship location.
China is the world’s second largest economy and gaining valuable work experience in China will enhance your resume and help make you a stronger candidate when applying for jobs after college. Beijing is an ideal location to intern because of its historical, cultural, and economic significance. As an intern in Beijing, you will be able to gain hands-on work experience and an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and history.
One of the most amazing parts of this trip is camping on the Great Wall of China. It provides a chance to get out into nature and experience some breathtaking views. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that no one should go to Beijing and not experience.
It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.
PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.
From CRCC Asia:
All visa processing are included in the program fee and are handled by our partner CRCC Asia. Students will be notified by CRCC Asia on visa application instructions following their phone interview with CRCC Asia. They will be assisting students on visa processing along with several other pre-departure assistance. Visa applications must be completed by April 30 to ensure participation on this program. If your visa application is submitted later than April 30, you face the possibility of being withdrawn from the program while still being subject to the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies.
This program is open to all majors. This program is great for Marketing, Engineering, Leadership, and Computer Science majors!
2.25 GPA (otherwise, letter of recommendation and a writing sample are required)
No prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed!
Students choose TWO courses from the following options for a total of 6 credits:
Course #1: IDS 401: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (125 hours of Internship) IDS 484: Internship (135 hours of Internship) OGL 484: Internship (135 hours of Internship) OGL 365: Chinese Organizations (125 hours of Internship) (SB) MKT 484: WP Carey Internship (135 hours of Internship) OGL 584: Masters Internship
Course #2: IDS 315: Senior Seminar: The Global Workplace (SB) OGL 350: Diversity and Organizations - Spotlight on China (L & C) IDS 499: Individualized Instruction OGL 482: Pro-Seminar II (L) OGL 598: Special Topics (for Masters students only)
Students will be responsible for pre-departure work. This work will be available beginning May 18 and will be due prior to arriving in Beijing.
Students may be eligible to earn SGS credit as part of their graduation requirements while on this program. In order to do so, students must contact their academic advisor as part of the application process to discuss this option. Students will not be awarded SGS credit retroactively.
Students participating on this program may wish to enroll in the Gateway to Chinese course offered during the spring session B semester preceding the summer program. This course is designed for non-speakers to gain basic language skills to help them during their study abroad experience. For more information, please consult this flyer. Please note that enrollment in this course is entirely separate from the study abroad program.
Dr. Brent Scholar
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 223 (Tempe)
Phone: 480-965-9047 or 480-420-4724 (cell)
Dr. Paula Veach
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 226 (Tempe)
ASU students stay in serviced apartments that are within walking distance of public transportation. The apartments are located in the Embassy district, which is only a few stops on the subway from Beijing’s Central Business District.
Students will stay with one or two other students of the same gender. Each person will have a bedroom and will share a bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Apartments have air conditioning, internet access, and television. Bed linens and towels are provided and are changed weekly.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in China, students will encounter a lack of support for people with visible and non-visible disabilities and they may encounter a lack of understanding and therefore support. Improvements have been made in public transportation, hotels and airport travel, but students with mobility disabilities may still encounter challenges with accessibility (especially in rural areas) and at some of cultural sites and attractions in Beijing.
In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in China, students do experience overt and covert racial discrimination, from staring and hair-touching to harboring prejudicial beliefs and derogatory comments. Despite these, most students report that they feel the statements are made without menace and are the product of myth and ignorance.
You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on ourRacial and Ethnic Minority Students page.
The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $7,420.
Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for six credits, housing in student apartments, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, internship placement and visa services, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance.
Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, passport fees, meals, independent travel, and personal expenses.
Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.