Type: Internship
May 10, 2011 to Dec 31, 2016
Deadline: Jul 31, 2015

We are currently seeking interns for Fall 2015.

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.

Communications and Design Intern 

This internship is designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an environment that combines graphic design, communications, and public policy. The internship also provides opportunities to attend events within the Wilson Center and around Washington DC. The intern will collaborate with staff, scholars, and CEF partners from the public and private sectors to conceptualize visual representations of research, publications, and other data. The individual will also manage the social media channels, contact database, and website to support CEF’s growing online presence.


Graphic Design 60%

  • Use Adobe Illustrator to create clear, accurate, original charts, maps and other static and interactive infographics for our flagship publication, China Environment Series, and various China environment related topics for multiple distribution channels (CEF website, social media, presentations, publications, etc.)
  • Assist in the preparation and design of publications and/or outreach materials

Communications and Social Media 40%

  • Find, curate, and share social media content for our Facebook and Twitter channels
  • Monitor and engage CEF supporters and partners through social media channels
  • Update and manage contact databases in Marketo
  • Assist with content management of website
  • Administrative tasks as needed

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Possess skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and strong knowledge of information graphics and data visualization best practices
  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented with ability to work independently, multi-task, prioritize and deliver against deadlines with minimal guidance
  • Have strong research skills and capacity for data comprehension and analytic ability to capture and illustrate the essence of data for a lay audience
  • Be skilled in major social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Have strong interpersonal communication, writing, and editing skills

Education/ Experience

Bachelor’s degree or advanced coursework in Graphic Design, Journalism, Data Analysis, or related equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Research interest in China, environment and energy, international affairs, and public policy is a plus.

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

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
  • Prior knowledge of managing social media - Facebook/Twitter - is desirable


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. a) portfolio/sample works or link to your online portfolio (if applying for communications and design internship)

b) writing sample (max of 5 pages)  (if applying for research internship)

Susan Chan Shifflett
Program Associate, 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.


Type: Internship
May 10, 2011 to Dec 31, 2016
Deadline: Jul 31, 2015