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The Alliance provides several opportunities for U.S. undergraduates to build their resumes through a credit-bearing internship in China or India. All internships are supervised by a faculty advisor and require a final paper and oral presentation.
In Beijing and Shanghai, the Alliance's internships are designed to accommodate a variety of language levels and academic or professional interests, though placements may vary according to each student’s Chinese language proficiency. Placements may include Chinese or foreign-owned companies, NGOs, research and government organizations, or media and art studios. Part-time internships are available as a 3-credit elective course as part of a 15-credit semester on the following programs:
Full-time internships are available only as a 6-credit required component for a 9-credit summer term on the following programs:
Summer Internship Program (Beijing, China)
Summer Internship Program (Shanghai, China)
21st Century City, Summer Program (Shanghai, China)
International Business in China, Summer Program (Shanghai, China)
Popular Culture and Social Change, Summer Program (Beijing, China)
In Pune, the Alliance arranges placements within the city's most forward-thinking NGOs, as well as multi-national businesses, research institutes, and think tanks, to address a variety of social and economic development issues. Part-time internships are available to fulfill the required 3-credit field study component of any 15-credit semester or 6-credit summer term on the following program:
Contemporary India: Development, Economy, Society (Pune, India)
The Alliance encourages students to enroll for more than one term and to consider studying with more than one Alliance program. Students who opt to complement a spring semester in China with the Alliance by pursuing a full-time internship during the summer term will receive an $800 discount in place of the standard $500 continuer discount.
The Alliance makes every effort to place student interns at companies or organizations that match their interests. The placements depend on the employers’ needs, what each student can bring to the company/organization, each student’s background, prior experience, performance during interview, and skill sets. The placement process begins with the submission of the Internship Intent Form during the program application process, and placements are typically finalized after arrival in country. Although the Alliance makes every effort to accommodate student preferences during the placement process, applicants are also encouraged to be flexible. Certain fields and industry sectors may limit the types of work available to undergraduate interns.