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The Chinese Language Institute (CLI)

Submissions open: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Since December 2019, there has been an emerging public health concern regarding an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warningto avoid all nonessential travel to China. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State has elevated its travel advisory for China to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Stanford is concurring with CDC recommendations that travelers avoid all non-critical travel to China.

In the event that we are not able to sponsor Global Studies internships in China this summer, students are advised to consider applying to positions outside of China. Students who have already applied to positions in China are now eligible to apply to other positions outside if China, even if they have already applied to two positions.

The safety and wellbeing of our students are our top priorities, and Stanford University is actively monitoring the developing situation with respect to the spread of disease and potential impacts to university functions. Please visit this pageto see a list of frequently asked questions about Stanford’s response to, and prevention of, 2019 Novel Coronavirus on campus.

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Host Organization:      The Chinese Language Institute (CLI)


Organization Profile:

CLI was founded in 2009 and has since hosted thousands of Chinese language learners from over 45 countries at its center in Guilin. CLI employs 60 team members, runs intensive Chinese language programs in Guilin and custom faculty-led programs throughout China, and is comprised of a team passionate about intercultural exchange and global education.

City:      Guilin

Internship Department:  Marketing and Outreach

Department Profile:  CLI’s Marketing and Outreach Department raises awareness about and interest in CLI’s intensive language and China study abroad programs. Our outreach efforts primarily include developing useful online learning resources, reaching out to Chinese teachers in the United States and other select countries, and engaging CLI program alumni for our Campus Ambassadors program.

Work description:

As a member of the CLI team, CLI summer interns are expected to be engaged members of our learning community and interact with students and teachers on a daily basis. The focus of the internship will be producing online marketing content to provide Chinese learners worldwide with valuable language learning resources and guidance. In addition to Chinese language resources, the project also includes writing articles about life at CLI, life in Guilin, and life in China. The goal of all content production at CLI is to deliver value to our primary audience: students of the Chinese language.

Number of Opening(s):      4

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June

22 –August 14, 2020):    Full time/Five days a week

Housing Availability:   Nice boutique hotel (Junshe Boutique Guest House), two-minute walk from CLI, double occupancy with fellow intern

Other Benefits: Six weekly hours of small group Chinese language lessons

Work Attire:     Casual

Local Language:  Mandarin

Local Language level needed:  Intermediate level (Two-year level at Stanford)

Additional desired intern qualifications:   Strong writing and communication skills

China (PRC)
City or Cities: 
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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