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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): The Golden Bridges Foundation

Project Pengyou Logo
The Internship: This internship combines communications, media, international relations, and the Chinese language to help a project aimed at improving U.S.-Chinese relations.

Number of Spots Available: 2

Duration: 2-3 months

Start Date: Flexible

The Organization: Project Pengyou is the flagship program of the Golden Bridges Foundation and aims to empower and mobilize a rising generation of U.S.-China bridge builders to serve, inspire, and transform lives.  In 2011, they were called on by the U.S. Department of State to build an alumni network for President Obama's 100,000 Strong Initiative, connecting and supporting Americans who had lived, studied, and worked in China to further their engagement beyond the classroom.  To address concerns of growing xenophobia, bilateral tensions, and a widening exchange deficit (educational and otherwise), the Golden Bridges Foundation is building Project Pengyou chapters across the United States to serve as hubs of U.S.-China exchange and friendship.

The Location: Beijing is an exciting, fast-paced city steeped in history, but interwoven with many modern elements.  There, you will not only find a thriving community of Chinese people chasing dreams of a better life, but also a friendly and welcoming expat community.  For a peek at both China's past and its future, delicious food and fascinating cultural experiences, go to Beijing!

Internship Details

Interns at The Golden Bridges Foundation will:
  • Outreach to the community (online and offline) for campaigns and for liaising with Project Pengyou Campus Chapters
  • Engage the online community through growing their jobs, events, and Q&A resources
  • Research, scan, and compile social media reports related to their programs and missions
  • Pitch and write content on U.S.-China topics for the Project Pengyou blog and marketing copy
  • Perform administrative support duties
  • Prepare logistics and participate in strategic team brainstorms
  • Assist in event management duties
  • Complete web development and design assignments
  • Assist with video production
Interns can expect to work from 10:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internship at The Golden Bridges Foundation also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Ability to handle own travel and accommodations in Beijing
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Self-starter but works well with a team
  • Bilingual, with either English or Chinese as native language
  • Passion for the Project Pengyou mission of service and building constructive relations between the U.S. and China
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Strong writer, especially for online content
  • Avid social media user
  • Natural sense of how to deliver a fun, smooth user experience online
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Photoshop/Adobe Illustrator
  • Video/film editing skills

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Beijing, ChinaStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  The Golden Bridges Foundation will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.


Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,300 Estimated cost PHL - PEK
Accommodation $2,000 Estimated cost 8 weeks - 1 bedroom apartment
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,100 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $150 US citizen (approx. cost) - could increase if processed through CIBT
Local Transport $80 Public transport (monthly pass)
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $4,630  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.