Summer Internships in China

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Congratulations to Bryan Nguyen's Fulbright Award!

Bryan was a China intern in 2018 summer. He will be graduating from his Master's program at Portland State University in June 2019. Over the past two summers, he has had the privilege to research dockless bikes-hare and transit systems in Shenzhen, China, and study sustainable transportation in the Netherlands. These international experiences led him to apply for a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Vietnam, his parents’ native country.
In Da Nang, Vietnam, recycling and materials management planning is an integral component of their sustainable development policies to become zero waste. During his fellowship in Da Nang, Bryan will work to integrate his CES experience and prior knowledge regarding waste management into the Vietnamese school institution context, to help The University of Da Nang achieve their goals to expand their campus sustainability program. His research work would involve helping to assess the current state of recycling at the University through material waste audits and assess their accountability standards for recycling their waste. In addition, he would foster an exchange of information and expertise on campus sustainability, materials management, and waste reduction initiatives with fellow researchers at the University. In his future career, Bryan hopes to be a voice for the Vietnamese community to address urban planning issues relating to climate change, food accessibility and food waste challenges, and transportation accessibility.

2018 China Summer Interns are back from China!

2017 China Summer Interns are back from China!

China interns 2017 summer

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. 

View answers to frequently asked questions from applicants to the program.


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.