Apr 01, 2019 to Apr 15, 2019
Deadline: Apr 15, 2019

Thank you for your interest in our work! CEF is no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2019 intern positions. 

Spring applications are due by December 8.

Summer applications are due by April 15.

Fall applications are due by July 1.

The China Environment Forum offers internships for students with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on topics of environmental and energy challenges in China.

CEF typically selects 2 research interns and 1 communications and design intern for each academic semester (i.e., for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms of approximately three to four months); however, appointments can be made throughout the year for periods of varying length. No internship will exceed one year in duration.

Research Interns 

These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. The intern will gain valuable experience in:

  • Writing
  • Events management
  • Library, Internet and interview-based research
  • The preparation of digital and/or print publications and grants
  • Curating social media content and managing website content
  • Preparing and designing publication and outreach materials

Internships also provide opportunities to attend events within the Wilson Center and around Washington

Successful applicants should:

  • Possess a high fluency in both written and spoken Mandarin Chinese (with a comfort level enabling translation of documents) OR conversational Chinese and strong English editing and writing skills
  • Possess strong research skills
  • Be detail-oriented
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a group
  • Be enrolled in a degree program, recently graduated (within the last year) and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year
  • Have a documented interest in China, environmental studies or both
  • Be skilled in major social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Prior experience and skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and strong knowledge of information graphics and data visualization best practices preffered.


Other Information

CEF is only able to provide unpaid internships. As a general rule, we expect individuals to be able to devote 20 - 35 hours per week, depending on your schedule.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

To apply, please submit via email:

1. Resume

2. Cover letter 

3. Writing sample (maximum 5 pages) 

China Environment Forum
Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Apr 01, 2019 to Apr 15, 2019
Deadline: Apr 15, 2019