Harvard China Fund Student Summer Immersion Programs

The Summer Immersion Programs are open to all returning Harvard degree students, no knowledge of Chinese required.

Summer Service and Learning Program in Rural China by Tsinghua University
Summer 2014

Program Overview: The Educational Poverty Alleviation, initiated by Tsinghua University in 2003, is a public project aimed at benefiting China's poverty-stricken areas. The goal is to provide people in underdeveloped areas with the opportunity to utilize high-quality educational and training resources through the support of modern technology. As part of the Project, the Summer Service and Learning Program in rural China, supported by the Wang Foundation and Tseng Hin Pei Charity Fund, has organized 1,429 Tsinghua University students, accompanied by 220 faculty members, and 432 American students and faculty members to teach English, conduct social research and provide lectures and forums to students in rural counties over the past six summers. The program promotes communication with local teachers and students, as well as communication and understanding between China and the United States. The 2014 program also includes Chinese culture and language classes for two weeks before the start of the service component.

Program Dates:
Chinese Language and Culture Program:
July 2 - July 5: Chinese language classes, discussions and visits to famous cultural and historical sites in Beijing
July 6 - July 9: Chinese language and history classes, and visits to famous cultural and historical sites in Xi'an
Service Program in rural China: Wednesday, July 9 through Tuesday, July 29, 2014

To learn more about the Summer Service and Learning Program, including program details and schedules, please review this brochure from Tsinghua University.

How to Apply: Harvard College, GSAS and Extension School students should apply through Crimson Careers https://harvard-csm.symplicity.com/students/, search for position ID# 51648. All other Harvard students should submit application materials directly to juliacai@fas.harvard.edu. Students should submit a completed application by Friday, February 28, 2014. The Harvard China Fund will interview candidates in mid-March and will notify students of their acceptance by April 15, 2014.

Please submit all of the following to complete your application:

1. Completed application form (download here)
2. Brief resume
3. Unofficial transcript
4. One-page essay explaining your interest in participating in this program
5. Recommendation letter

For all applicants, please send or have recommendation letters sent to Julia Cai by email (juliacai@fas.harvard.edu) or by mail:

Julia Cai
Harvard China Fund, CGIS S124
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard China Student Language and Culture Program
Summer 2014

Program Overview: The Harvard China Fund offers a Chinese Language and Culture Program in collaboration with Sichuan University for summer 2014. This 8-week Chinese language and culture summer program, organized by Sichuan University, will combine classes on intensive Chinese language, history, and social sciences with visits and field trips in Chengdu and to other nearby sites. Students will be able to immerse themselves in Chinese language study and the culture of southwest China. The program will also provide an opportunity for Harvard students to interact with other international and local students at Sichuan University.

Program Cost: Free tuition, food and housing on campus will be provided by Sichuan University. Students are responsible for international airfare which will cost roughly $2,000.

Funding: Eligible students should apply to OCS for funding to cover travel expenses: http://www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu/students/SIE_HRP.htm. Please note that the deadline to apply for OCS summer funding is February 12, 2014. Here is a sample budget for the funding application:

International Airfare: $2,000
Incidentals: $500
Total: $2,500

Other students may apply to the Harvard China Fund for a travel grant.

How to Apply: Harvard College, GSAS and Extension School students should apply through Crimson Careers https://harvard-csm.symplicity.com/students/, search for position ID# 51649. All other Harvard students should submit application materials directly to juliacai@fas.harvard.edu. Students should submit a completed application by Friday, February 28, 2014. The Harvard China Fund will interview candidates in mid-March and will notify students of their acceptance by April 15, 2014.

Please submit all of the following to complete your application:

1. Completed application form (download here)
2. Unofficial transcript
3. One-page essay explaining your interest in participating in this program
4. Resume
5. One recommendation letter, preferably from a professor, language teacher, proctor or resident tutor

For all applicants, please send or have recommendation letters sent to Julia Cai by email (juliacai@fas.harvard.edu) or by mail:

Julia Cai
Harvard China Fund, CGIS S124
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Independent Internship with Machik, NPO

Machik Overview: Machik seeks to help chart new pathways forward as communities on the Tibetan plateau approach uncertain times. By respecting the standpoint of others and appreciating our responsibility toward one another and to our collective human future, we have learned that meaningful change is possible, even under challenging circumstances. In our years of working directly with local Tibetan communities, these principles have enabled us to find our way across many uncertainties. Students may be placed as interns in either the Summer Enrichment Program or Social Entrepreneurship.

Summer Enrichment Program Overview: Machik's Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a one-of-a-kind learning program that offers Tibetan youth from across Tibet a dynamic and stimulating learning environment for four weeks every summer. Volunteer teachers offer daily instruction in classes ranging from English and social entrepreneurship, to participatory filmmaking, science and health. Hailing from across the Tibetan region, from top Chinese schools and from around the world, SEP's volunteer corps learn to appreciate and understand their differences through working together. Volunteer interns offer daily instructions in topics ranging from English and social entrepreneurship, to participatory filmmaking and science in health.

Click here to view a video from SEP 2013.

Social Entrepreneurship Overview: Machik has been at the forefront of promoting social entrepreneurship in Tibet. Building on our commitment to innovation and social impact, we have supported and worked with dynamic Tibetan entrepreneurs who demonstrate an uncommon dedication to making a measurable impact in their communities.

Machik has also worked to build a new global network for Tibetan social entrepreneurs. By connecting Tibetan innovators to the leading edge of global social venture capital, we provide a portal for developing new partnerships and synergies that can help develop solutions to social challenges on the Tibetan plateau.

Please contact Julia Cai at juliacai@fas.harvard.edu if you are interested in the Internship with Machik.

Contacts

Maggie Zong
Associate Director
Harvard China Fund
mzong@fas.harvard.edu
617-496-3982

Julia Cai
Program Coordinator
Harvard China Fund
juliacai@fas.harvard.edu
617-496-1587