Program and Communications Intern (Summer 2020)

Position Start Date: On or about June 1st, 2020

Time Commitment: 32 hours per week preferred, minimum of 20 hours per week.

Compensation: Unpaid (Academic Credit Available)

Application Deadline: April 15th



The US-China Education Trust (USCET) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to strengthening mutual understanding between the United States and China through education and exchange for next-generation leaders. USCET works with Chinese academic institutions that comprise its 54-member American Studies Network and 39-member Media Education Consortium. Through conferences, seminars, fellowships, and professional training, USCET helps China's policymakers, university faculty and students understand American society in the context of the political, cultural, and economic forces that have given rise to America and its values.


Position Description

The Program and Communications Intern is responsible for assisting with conducting research and contributing to the design of new initiatives, including working closely with senior staff in brainstorming sessions, writing concept notes, and grant proposals. He or she will play a key role in the day-to-day operations of USCET and create meaningful content for USCET’s social media accounts to engage our audiences.



  1. Program implementation - Assist in the implementation of program activities:
    • Support the planning, implementation and monitoring of program activities.
    • Assist in the logistics of program implementation, including fielding consultants and speakers.
    • Coordinate with partners in China and the US on program design and implementation.  
  2. Communications and Outreach
    • Conduct online communications - Write blog updates for USCET website, draft new website text/pages, draft announcements and newsletters for partners, and other online content.
    • Engage with USCET’s alumni network through interviews and other online content.
    • Manage USCET social media accounts - Including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Weibo.
    • Create dynamic written, graphic and video content, including invitations, brochures, and other materials for programs and events.
  3. Reporting and Grant writing - Contribute to the design and development of new initiatives:
    • Conduct research to inform the development of new initiatives related to US-China relations.
    • Write concept papers and develop grant proposals.
    • Draft reports for internal records as well as to Advisory Council members and donors. Donors include individuals, foundations, and government agencies.

Ideal Candidate

  • Self-starter who takes initiative with projects and cooperates well with others.
  • Superb writing skills with creative ideas for new initiatives or ways to improve upon existing programs.
  • Tech savvy and able to leverage a variety of software and online tools to assist in communications and outreach; Proficient in Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, and Adobe Suite software.
  • Responsible, punctual, organized, and able to work well in a small office environment.
  • Senior Undergraduate student, Graduate student or recent graduate with strong Chinese linguistic and cultural knowledge.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States (Citizen, Green Card Holder, or F-1 student with OPT) Note: We do not sponsor work visas.


Although this internship is unpaid, there are many benefits to being an intern at the US-China Education Trust:

  • Opportunity to earn academic credit.
  • Play a major role in the operations of an established US-China education NGO – you won’t just be making photocopies or coffee runs.
  • Autonomy and the opportunity to pursue independent projects.
  • Attend events at think tanks, embassies, and other venues.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Unlimited tea & coffee!

Read what our former interns have to say about their experience at USCET, here!

Application Process

  • Browse our website to learn more about our organization and programs.
  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (not exceeding three pages) to for evaluation.
  • If selected, complete an in-person and/or Skype interview with USCET staff to discuss your qualifications and organizational fit.


  • 2101 K Street, NW. Second Floor. Washington, DC 20037.
  • Near Farragut West Metro Station/George Washington University campus.