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Please join us in offering a dynamic summer internship for a University of Michigan student!

Providing a summer internship position offers employers access to enthusiastic and talented undergraduates, while giving students invaluable, hands-on work experience that will propel them into a fulfilling career following graduation. With many major partnerships between the University and China we seek to increase internships in China for U-M students.

We hope you will join us on this exciting journey next summer!

When and for how long are interns available?

Internships are usually for 8 weeks, but can be different lengths if the employer and student intern both agree to a different length. The minimum is 6 weeks. Interns typically work 25 - 40 hours a week.

Normally the interns work within the period of approximately May 15 to August 15.

What is the usual procedure?

  1. You provide job description(s) and other relevant details using the China Internship Employer Information form.
  2. We post the information on our website and promote it throughout the University.
  3. In November – December, students apply to us. (Students do not contact you directly.)
  4. In January, we send you the best CVs for your consideration.
  5. You may interview one or more candidates using Skype or phone. You inform us of any candidates you are interested in and we offer them the positions, in your order of preference.
    Note: There is no obligation to accept any candidate. Filling out the form is not a commitment to take student interns, just an indication of interest.
  6. The student has one week to decide. Final selections are usually made in February. We inform you when a candidate accepts the position and then help both parties with any arrangements that are needed.

What are my responsibilities if I accept an intern?

  • Work: Provide something useful and interesting for the intern to do. Be available to provide guidance and support the student when needed. Introduce the student into the work and culture of your organization.
  • Non-paid: Due to complications obtaining Working Visas most of our internships in China will be unpaid. Of course, interns appreciate compensation when it is offered, and in some situations employers are able to assist with local transportation, housing, or meal expenses.
  • Housing: If employers are able to provide housing for the student that is very appreciated. If the employer cannot provide or pay for housing for the student, any assistance or connections to suitable housing is appreciated by student interns.


Please fill out the China Internship Employer Information Form and return it to Neal McKenna at


Please contact Neal McKenna, Project Coordinator at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

Email:  |  Phone: (734) 764-7539  |  WeChat: nealxm