Project Code: STATE-USA-INR-66
|Project Title||Trends in Chinese Environment, Science, Technology, and Health|
|Project Summary||The Bureau of Intelligence and Research seeks a student intern to assist with tracking domestic and foreign Chinese writings and official websites related to developments in the areas of China’s environmental, science and technology, and health issues.|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||1|
Project description Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research seeks a student intern to assist with tracking Chinese policy initiatives and pronouncements related to environment, science and technology, and health issues. Examples could include tracking soil pollution reports; Chinese science and technology presentations in international forums; and health insurance coverage. The student will be provided with guided research projects on these issues and should be able to do research on both central and local level websites, national yearbooks and social media in Chinese.
Desired Skills and Interests Chinese political economics, data analysis, writing and analysis
Language requirements Mandarin Chinese: Advanced working level reading proficiency and knowledge of use of technical dictionaries required
● Language requirements – Fluent in reading and typing Mandarin Chinese and fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English
● This project will help virtual student foreign service interns develop writing and communications skills, analysis, and research skills in technical subject areas that touch on developments in the environmental, technological, and health (ESTH) fields.
Compile ESTH related data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics and other annual yearbooks into an editable and sourced Excel sheet
● Conduct research on emerging slogans, programs, financial support funds and developments in ESTH fields;
● Compare and contrast coverage from various sources, including local and central government websites, technical journals, social media, and official media and speeches; for example, Chinese government (local and central) websites and official media outlets are important conduits for regime messaging and project updates, both internally and externally;
● Write/compile weekly briefers (in written and/or graphic form) describing major trends;
● Other duties as required.
Such writings can be related to policy initiatives, bureaucratic proposals, and foreign policy outreach and agreements. The student should have Chinese language ability sufficient to read official Chinese websites, newspapers, technical journals, newspapers, and social media.