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China Program Internship — Beijing, China

Organization: International Rivers

Job Title: China Program Internship 

Location: Beijing, China

Hours and Compensation: Part-time and paid (based on experience)

Application Deadline: open until filled – applications reviewed starting on Feb. 18, 2013

Position Dates:  six months (with the possibility of extension) starting in March/April

Posted On: Jan. 23, 2012

Organization Overview

International Rivers is a non-profit research and advocacy organization headquartered in Berkeley, California, with staff and consultants currently working in Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Thailand. International Rivers supports communities around the world in protecting their rivers and rights. We work to halt destructive dams and encourage better methods of meeting needs for water, energy and protection from floods. International Rivers’ China Program investigates China’s domestic and global environmental footprint through the lens of dam building.


We are seeking a part-time China Program Intern for 16-20 hours per week for six months (with the possibility of extension) starting in March/April to assist with program activities in Beijing, China. The ideal candidate for this position is bilingual, web savvy, possesses solid communication, writing and editing skills, and is committed to our mission. The intern will be an integral part of the China team, will communicate with International Rivers’ global staff and partners, and will contribute to print and web publications. There may be opportunities to travel within China.


  • Program support to our China team around the issues of river protection in China
  • Support for Chinese environmental NGOs within the river network
  • Monitoring China’s global role in dam-building
  • Providing capacity building support at events for civil society actors in China and abroad
  • Some administrative and logistical tasks
  • Short translation assignments


  • Commitment to environmental integrity, social justice and the mission of International Rivers
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Chinese
  • Strong research skills in English and Chinese
  • Communication skills: experience in Chinese social media communications, written publications and basic website maintenance
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Willing to travel to visit partner organizations or conduct site visits

Preferred qualifications:

  • A background in hydrology, environmental science, environmental law or engineering
  • Completed bachelors degree or on track to complete studies by summer 2013
  • Experience interacting with Chinese environmental NGOs
  • Experience translating between Chinese and English
  • Flexible self-starter. Strong ability to set priorities, respond to shifting priorities, and manage a variety of time-sensitive activities simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational, planning and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and within a team

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send your cover letter, resume, and a 3-page writing sample to the Intern & Volunteer Coordinator,, with“China Program Intern” in the subject line. NO CALLS PLEASE. This position will be open until filled, review of applications will begin on February 18th.

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