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True Life: I’m a CET Intern

Are you interested in jumpstarting a career in International Education and Study Abroad? Apply for our fall internship! First, meet our current interns:

Meet Lauren Dismore!

Meet Lauren Dinsmore!

1. Why did you decide to intern with CET?

I recently graduated from college, and I knew I wanted to work in Washington DC with a company that deals with academic travel. Studying abroad cemented my interest in working with American companies who aimed to build good relationships with foreign countries by helping students build those relationships as well. Because I have the opportunity to work with a wide array of teams in the office, I can explore my passions in the study abroad field.

2. Are you a CET alum? If so, where did you study abroad?

Yes! I studied abroad with CET in spring 2013 on the Chinese Studies and Internship Program in Beijing. Besides the language classes, the program allowed me to explore many places in Beijing I might not have seen without CET. For example, my internship at a local community center gave me the chance to meet a wide array of local, retired Beijingers who had a unique perspective on China’s rapidly changing history.

3. Where is the CET office? What is it like working there?

CET headquarters are in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Working at CET has been an enjoyable experience because I’m  learning the ins and outs of how a large company works. Although I studied abroad with CET, I didn’t think about how all of the offices, both domestic and abroad, work together to give the students a great study abroad experience. Also, living in DC is great because there are so many interns working around the city and a plethora of opportunities for events, talks, music, free food, etc. The CET office is near a lot of great restaurants and a short metro ride to anywhere in the city.



Meet Shelby Bourgault!

1. Why did you decide to intern with CET?

When I got back from my study abroad experience in December of 2013, all I could think about was what a great experience I had abroad. I spent a lot of time thinking about the next time I would be able to go back. I am deeply committed to the importance of study abroad. When I saw that CET was hiring an intern for the summer, I jumped at the chance to be in an international atmosphere again. I loved the idea that I could help facilitate other students’ study abroad experiences.

2. Are you a CET alum? If so, tell us about your program.

Yes! I attended CET Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing for the summer and fall semesters in 2013.  I went to China with relatively low fluency in Mandarin, but left sounding like a local. This is all thanks to the strict Language Pledge and the dedication of the Chinese teachers. Through my CET experience I also got to see some of the most beautiful and famous sites in the world including the Terracotta Soldiers in Xi’an and three trips to the Great Wall.

3. Tell us about daily life at CET. What’s your favorite part of the day?

My favorite part of the day is corresponding with students, either on the phone or through email. I love being able to directly interact with students as they prepare for this major step in their education. As a former CET student, I know exactly how new students are feeling and try to do my best to answer questions and dispel any anxieties. I feel most useful when I can use my own experiences to help others who are going through similar situations.


Things you may not know about the CET Internship:

  • CET is part of a larger company called Academic Travel Abroad.
  • You don’t have to be a CET alumnus to be an intern.
  • CET interns receive extensive training on several computer platforms (i.e. marketable skills!)
  • Interns work with every department, from marketing to operations! They are valued colleagues at CET and contribute to the organization in meaningful ways.
  • There are sometimes lunch meetings that entail delicious, free food and informative talks.
  • The conversations in the lunch room can get extremely interesting – we’re talking combustible beached whales and heavy metal rock bands.
  • D.C. has a community of interns so there’s always someone new to meet in the city.
  • The location of the office is near many other companies, restaurants, and bars. There is always something new to see.
  • The position is paid!



Choosing My Program: CET Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai

Written by Ellen Kim, (Smith College) Student Correspondent
CET Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai, Summer 2014

Dearest people of the Internet,

Hello, and congratulations on clicking on what is going to be the best blog post you ever read. No, I’m absolutely kidding. What I really want to say is thank you for choosing to read my blog post. I may not be the most eloquent, but I hope you will be patient as I attempt to do justice to the experience that is Shanghai.

Shanghai – one of the biggest cities in the world that boasts a fusion of modern day success and China’s long history. It is a unique mix of Western and Asian society as the city is seen as a beacon of commercial and cultural opportunity. *

I mean, how cool that does that sound? Isn’t that statement enough to convince you to hop on a plane and jet on over to Shanghai right now?

yesBut in all seriousness, Shanghai and what the city offers is one of the reasons why I decided to attend the CET program. While I have declared my major and am working towards completing it, I still am unclear on what I want to do in the future. CET’s internship program is going to help me bring some clarity onto my dilemma, as I will be able to work at an institute that does what I may want to do in the future.

I have studied Chinese for two years in college and spent the summer before my sophomore year doing Middlebury’s summer language program. I felt that after experiencing immersion of the Chinese language in the States, it seemed natural to want to study the language in the country where the language is predominantly spoken. Considering that there are a lot of study abroad programs available, I decided to ask a mentor of mine who has much information and expertise in the area of learning Chinese. The professor whom I went to guidance for immediately recommended me to apply to CET. He noted that the language courses were extremely rigorous and strong –a quality that we’re both fond of– and that my Chinese skills would immensely improve if I attended this program. I trusted his judgment and applied.

Overall, I hope that the internship program and language courses will help me grow mentally and academically. I am aware of the fact that studying abroad and living in a foreign country is difficult, especially as culture shock is often a common factor. I think being in China and challenging myself to understand and talk with the locals while absorbing everything I learn at my internship will do wonders for me. While I am nervous, excitement is pumping through my blood as I type this. I cannot wait to get officially start the program. And thank goodness I did.

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But keep in mind that studying and my internship are not the only things I plan to do. After exploring what Shanghai has to offer, I really want to do a lot of traveling to both touristy and more “authentic” places inside and outside of this city. I don’t know when the next time I’ll be in China again will be, so I want to take advantage of this opportunity and really dive deeply into what China has to offer.

I originally planned on vlogging, but my video camera bailed on me last minute, therefore I am presenting my thoughts through a blog format today. However, I’ll probably revert to my original plan in the future. I’m also an avid photographer, so hopefully my next blog post will have more photos.

(For example: Here’s a photo that I took when a bunch of the CET students and our roommates went to The Bund, one of Shanghai’s tourist hotspots. I hope I will be able to provide you with more photos like such.]


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*That entire statement is actually a part of the personal statement I wrote as part of my CET application. Yes, I really did quote my own personal statement.

CET Photo Contest

Send us your best photos from abroad for the chance to win a prize from CET’s headquarters in Washington, DC!

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All contestants must have completed a CET program in Summer 2013, Fall 2013, JanTerm 2014 or Spring 2014.


Each contestant may submit no more than two photos to each of the following categories:

  1. People and roommates– This can be candid shots of locals, a photo with you and your roommate or you and your study abroad friends exploring the city. Remember that a great photo tells a story. Candid shots that draw you in to figure out what’s occurring in the scene are highly encouraged.
  1. City life– You lived there for several months, so by now you’re a pro at knowing what places around the city are the most beautiful! A great city scene photo is usually one that was captured from a cool angle, shows a less-traveled spot and gives the viewer a new perspective of the city.

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How to Enter

Email no more than four high resolution photos to Danielle Ortiz-Geis at cetacademicprogramstv@gmail.com.

  • Subject: “CET Photo Contest”
  • Body: Your name, home university, program title, program semester and a caption for each photo.


June 30, 2014


Please note that CET reserves the right to keep any/all photos entered in the photo contest for promotional use. Promotional use includes, but is not limited to print, video and digital media. All photos will be credited when used. CET has the sole right to determine future use of all photos.


2014 Summer Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations Scholarship Winners!

This just in…These students have received external study abroad scholarships to attend a CET summer 2014 program. Find out more about the many scholarship opportunities for CET students.

Boren Awards

  • Isabel Shaw, American University, CET Jordan – Language
  • Michael Sutherland, Nebraska Wesleyan University, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China in Kunming
  • Elena Wicker, Cornell University, CET Jordan –  Internship

Diversity Abroad Awards

  • Dyan Castro, University of Michigan, CET Japan

Gilman Scholars

  • Chase Anderson, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Minnesota in Beijing
  • Katia Cardoza, University of Texas at Austin, CET Chinese Studies
  • Andrea Grace, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of Minnesota in Beijing
  • Tiffany Harvey, University of Michigan, CET Chinese Studies
  • Shuan Karim, University of Texas at Austin, CET Japan
  • Vinh Nguyen, Brandeis University, CET Vietnam
  • Joshua Payne, Washington State University, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China in Kunming
  • Justin Wright, University of Texas at Austin, CET Beijing
  • Jungeun Yoon, Wellesley College, CET Shanghai


  • Erin Collins, University of Michigan, CET Tunisia