East Asia Internships

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein-APARC) and the Division of International, Comparative & Area Studies (ICA) are excited to offer highly qualified Stanford students an opportunity to extend classroom knowledge of East Asia to real-life working and cultural experiences through the East Asia Internship Program. Internship positions will cover a wide spectrum of business, non-profit, media, educational, medical, technology and government activities.

In summer 2013, 32 students were selected to participate in the program including 8 freshmen, 7 sophomores, 6 juniors, 2 seniors, and 9 MA students in East Asian Studies.

Arirang TV, Seoul, Korea
The experience was immersive not only language-wise but friendship-wise. The internship work was highly collaborative.
- Caroline Bank (East Asian Studies, Sophomore)


  • Undergraduate East Asia internships are available to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms in all majors.
  • Graduate East Asia internships are available only to CEAS M.A. students.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors and M.A.'s 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.
  • Applicants must have have completed a minimum of one year of instruction in the language of the internship country by the start of the internship. In most cases, host organizations request at least second-year Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language skills.
  • Applicants must have taken at least one course at Stanford about contemporary China, Japan, or Korea before beginning the internship. Please refer to the CEAS course lists for examples.
  • Interns must commit to full-time work ( a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least eight (8) weeks, from June 18 to August 8, 2014.

Application and Selection Process

InterChina Consulting, Shanghai, China
From drafting project proposals to sector research, I was able to deepen my knowledge on topics of interest as well as hone my business skills.
- Aline Bass (International Relations/History, Sophomore)

Applicants must submit:
1) a completed online application form including resume and statement of purpose;
2) unofficial Stanford transcript;
3) one online letter of recommendation.
Stanford internship candidates will be selected based on overall fit with the program and with the position for which they are applying. Stanford will conduct the initial screening of applicants. The companies will then review the applications and, in some cases, conduct interviews to finalize their selection.

Caixin Media, Beijing, China
This summer was really rewarding for me on many levels. The internship was a perfect fit and I was even able to do some of my thesis research while at the company by talking to reporters and editors.
- Lilian Rogers (International Relations, Junior)

Stipend, Travel, and Health Insurance

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in this internship program will receive a small stipend from the program, the host organization, or both, to assist with airfare, housing, and living expenses. Amount varies by destination country and internship duration. Students are responsible for expenses beyond the stipend amount.
  • Though your stipend amount and housing arrangement will vary from company to company, at a minimum the compensation will be sufficient to cover local standard housing, local meals, local transportation, and other basic living expenses. In rare cases, companies provide airfare.
  • All students will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of their stay.
  • Most students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations abroad.

Orientation and Visa

METI, Tokyo, Japan
The highlight of my internship experience was getting to do work that was really valued that drew on my educational strengths while also improving my Japanese, so I was eventually able to have meaningful conversations about politics without having to switch to English.
- Sanaa Hafeez (East Asian Studies, M.A.)

  • Pre-departure orientation at Stanford and arrival orientations will be provided through the program.
  • You are required to make sure to have a passport, with at least one blank visa page, that is valid for at least six months after date of departure from the host country.
  • Documentation for applying for visas will be provided by the host companies. You will need to apply for visas with the proper invitation letters and visa papers; the visa application fee is your responsibility.
  • As always, international students should consult the Bechtel International Center about their individual visa status.

Internship Position Descriptions

2014 Internship Positions
Online Application Form
Online Recommendation Form

Important Deadlines

Application Becomes Available December 16, 2013
Applications Due 12:00pm NOON, February 17, 2014
Selection Committee Reviews Applications By March 6, 2014
Student Interviews By March 14, 2014
Selection Committee Results By March 14, 2014
Companies Conduct Review/Interviews Before March 28, 2014
Companies Confirm Offers By March 28, 2014
Students' Deadline to Accept Offer March 14 - 28, 2014
Internship Begins June 18, 2014
Internship Ends August 8, 2014


Please email your questions to Denise Chu, East Asia Intership Program Manager.