Summer Internships in China
About the Summer Internships
The China summer internship program is specifically for MURP students (those enrolled in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program) who are seeking an internship overseas, and are open to new experiences and adventure. 2016 is the eighth year of this internship program. The first-hand experience and knowledge gained through this internship in China provide excellent opportunities to extend your urban planning curriculum outside of the classroom. The opportunity to work in Chinese megacities as planners dealing with unprecedented rates of growth and development is a highly unique opportunity that would not be available on the same scale in the United States.
As part of this opportunity through the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program, PSU Interns are placed in planning institutes throughout China to work on projects alongside Chinese planners. Host institutions offer a stipend towards a variety of in-country living expenses, including lodging, food and work-related travel, China program will cover the visa application cost, while students are required to arrange travel to and from China. Past interns have received significant support through travel grants to cover these expenses. Chinese language ability is not required for this internship. Staff at these institutions speak English and seek English speakers to work with. Any area of specialization within the MURP program will be considered.
All our past interns have highly valued their experiences in China. Students considering the internship program are advised to read Intern Reports written by previous interns, read the Transplanet Intern Blog maintained by the last two summers' interns, and attend the China Seminar.
Top Reasons to Consider the Summer Internship Program
1. Exciting Work
This is a unique opportunity to work on large and interesting projects not available through most internships in the US. 2013 interns worked on a central city long-range plan, metropolitan greenspace framework, and regional land use projects, among many others.
2. Build Your Network, Get Jobs
Network with firms in the international planning community who are interested in hiring American planners. Each summer interns receive job offers to work in Asia. Alternatively, use your experience working on large projects to find jobs with US firms doing similar projects in North America or doing work in Asia. Past interns have borrowed extensively from their projects in China to build their portfolio and secure jobs at Portland area firms and agencies.
3. Internship Credits
Take care of all your internship credits during a single summer break. Interns in China work full-time for 8 or more weeks satisfying all 400 hours of internship credits required by the program. This is particularly important for those working at GRAs which typically do not count towards these credits.
4. Earn Up To Six Elective Credits
Combine it with a field area project and you can get up to 6 credits in addition to your internship credit and undertake some truly exciting research on the fastest growing cities and regions in the world. We'll work with each intern on pre-internship preparations including establishing contacts at Chinese universities to ensure you are prepared to carry out your project upon arrival.
5. Get Paid To Travel And Live In China For Two Months
In the past, interns received $1000 grants for flights, and our Chinese partners pay generous salaries and cover lunches, transit, and housing during the internship. Many interns have been sent on all expenses paid work trips to other cities. Click here to view more funding opportunities available to MURPs.