Project Code: STATE-USA-INR-6

Trends in Hong Kong Political and Economic Developments

Project Title Trends in Hong Kong Political and Economic Developments
Project Summary Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research seeks a student intern to assist with tracking Hong Kong politics and social media and domestic Chinese propaganda regarding Hong Kong.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 1
Project Description

Hong Kong political developments have been changing rapidly over the last year.  Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research seeks a student intern to assist with tracking social media in Hong Kong, Hong Kong government and civil societies’ responses to the changing political landscape, and domestic Chinese propaganda and pronouncements regarding Hong Kong. The student will perform comparative analysis on changes over time.  The intern also will be asked to compile economic and trade data.   
Desired Skills and Interests Hong Kong and Chinese politics, Writing and analysis 
Language requirements Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese: Working level reading proficiency required 
Additional Information:  
● Language requirements – Fluent in reading and typing Cantonese and 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, as well as gain an understanding of the political and economic developments in Hong Kong via social media, news, trade data, and government pronouncement, and of the nuances of reading Hong Kong and Chinese media and the level and frequency of official pronouncements. 
● Indicators of cross-strait and China-Hong Kong relations: support ongoing analysis with statistical datasets of HK investment, transportation/tourism and other data.  
Conduct research on emerging social and political environment; slogans; and political developments; 
● Compare and contrast coverage from various media outlets; 
● Compile weekly briefers (in written and/or graphic form) of major trends; 
● Produce briefers, one page documents, or other research papers and analysis on topics related to the Bureau’s topics of interest relevant to developments amongst various actors in Hong Kong and the territory’s relationship with China; 
● Other duties as required. 

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Data analysis
Data visualization
Political Analysis
Additional Information

Cantonese required; Mandarin Chinese strongly preferred. Ideally, the student should have Chinese language ability in both Mandarin and Cantonese sufficient to read Hong Kong newspapers and social media and official Chinese newspapers and pronouncements.