Paid internships available at Congressional-Executive Commission on China

I have received the following announcement. I think the occasional references to “summer” in the first paragraph are probably a mistake and that “fall” is intended (except in the last paragraph).


Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China ( is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is July 1, 2017 for the Fall 2017 internship, which runs from approximately September 2017 to December 2017. Summer internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, institutions of democratic governance, environmental issues, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women’s rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and help draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also perform research for the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

Fall 2017 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Fall 2017 internships may apply for the Spring (January-May) or Summer (May-August) internships. Further details are available on the Commission’s website at


  • Interns must be U.S. citizens.
  • Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on websites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
  • Our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, but others are also welcome to apply.

Application instructions for Fall 2017:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of two references to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration, at by July 1, 2017. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on July 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission’s legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls, please.