CET Beijing: Internship

CET Beijing Internship students at a museum

Your Beijing Network

Getting to know Beijing is the best thing you can do for a career path that’s going to include China. CET uses its longstanding guanxi (connections) to introduce you to this city of movers and shakers. Meet journalists. Talk to researchers. Interact with policy experts. Liaise with alumni. Start creating your network now. It will be there waiting for you after you graduate.


Pursue an internship in a field you’re passionate about. Interested in business? You can work at an app startup, or at an organization that promotes women in entrepreneurship. Is your mission public health? Intern at a pediatric clinic. Want to go into media? We can set you up with Blue Ocean Network Satellite TV.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you how to set up your Chinese social media accounts, the best places to work out, the latest slang, and where to get steamed dumplings for lunch. What will you do with your roommate?

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/13/2018 08/12/2018 9 Weeks 8-10 $7,590
What’s Included
None March 1
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Daily Life in Beijing

Bargain for pearls at Hongqiao Market. Interview a journalist. Chat with a local artist. The best part of getting to know Beijing is that the Chinese and expat communities are intertwined—you’ll be practicing the language and interacting with the culture whatever you do and wherever you go.

Capital Normal University

The program is based at Capital Normal University. The CNU campus is filled with resources and close to public transportation. The Beijing subway is clean and efficient—a great way to explore the city.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room with a local roommate in an international students’ dormitory. This modern building offers it all: multimedia classrooms, stores, kitchens, laundry facilities, and even a swimming pool. For meals, take your pick of cafeterias and restaurants.

Hands-On Learning About China

You don’t have to choose between gaining work experience and gaining knowledge about China—you can do both. This well-rounded program strikes a perfect balance. Participate in an internship—we’ll set you up at a local Beijing organization or policy center. Study Chinese language—teaching Chinese is what we do best, and you’ll make huge strides. Take an elective—courses take you out the door and into the city, to see an acupuncture demonstration, to visit Tian’anmen Square, to interview merchants at a farmer’s market.

Internship Possibilities

We make every attempt to match you with a placement of your choice, but the actual projects you do will be determined by your host organization.

  • Guang’anmen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital
  • Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
  • China Development Brief
  • Beijing LGBT Center
  • Beijing Kundun (Kingdom) Law Firm
  • Tuanjiehu Senior Citizens Language Center
  • Beijing Cultural Heritage Preservation Center
  • Blue Ocean Network (BON) Satellite TV
  • Able Development NGO
  • WeConnect…Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship
  • Save the Children

Curriculum & Syllabi


If you choose to participate in an internship, you’ll work at your internship placement for at least 8 hours/week.

You also take this course:

CS/INTS211 Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice

2 credits for course + placement

Chinese Language

You are placed into one of these courses:

CL111 Beginning Chinese
5 credits
CL161 Advanced Beginning Chinese
5 credits
CL211 Intermediate Chinese
5 credits
CL271 Intermediate High Chinese
5 credits
CL311 Pre-Advanced Chinese
5 credits
CL411 Advanced Chinese
5 credits

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $5,950 goes to tuition & fees, and $1,640 goes to housing.


$7,590/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,850 for airfare and $850 for meals. Students typically spend about $900 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Housing with a Local Roommate

We arrange your housing in the dormitory, and find you a local roommate, too.

Internship Support

We don’t land you an internship only to walk away. We make sure you’re well prepared for your job, and we stay in close touch with your host organization…all semester long.

Visa Support

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll need to do the legwork, but we pay the consular fees if you obtain your visa through the service we recommend.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Beijing. We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term, too.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from China, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.