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Your college experience does not have to be confined to campus. Through the Asian Studies Department and the Shriver Center at UMBC and its internship program, you have the opportunity to step outside the boundaries of the classroom and experience the real world.

Once you have graduated, there are manty opportunities for employment using your degree (see our career guide, “What Can I do with my Asian studies Degree.”)  You may also elect to continue your studies in a graduate program.

Click on this link for the UMBC Asian Studies Program Internship Contract Form

Asian Studies Internship Opportunities

Community Outreach

ASIA 399 – Field work related to Asian Studies. Course requires permission of the Program Director. To receive that permission the student must complete the Asian Studies Program Internship Contract Form and have it signed by the Asian Studies Program Director. Internships are open only to juniors and seniors.

A current internship opportunity for our students is at the Longwood Apartment building in Columbia, Maryland.  Composed of approximately 60% Korean and approximately 30% Chinese low income senior citizens, Asian Studies students are assisting with translation between the building manager and residents, between the senior center employees and residents and with community meetings.  Asian Studies students have established an English language course which they teach to the residents.

Learn more about the Longwood Apartments internship.

A.  Government

Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, D.C.) – has listings for many different internships related to Asia.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Maryland Governor’s Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs (Contact Dr. Vaporis for more details:

MD Department of Business and Economic Development (Contact Dr. Vaporis for more details:

Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees

U.S. Department of State

US Foreign Service Internship:  During the summer of 2014, The Department of State launched a new internship program, the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP), which offers a limited number of two-summer ten-week internships to interested candidates to familiarize them with diplomacy and the Foreign Service. The first USFSIP summer entails a few weeks of classroom instruction in U.S. diplomatic history, professional writing, foreign policy operations and career skills. That is followed by an internship on a policy desk at the State Department in Washington, D.C. The second summer involves an internship at a U.S. Embassy overseas. Selected students are paid an entry level salary and qualify for transit benefits in Washington. This program also pays for travel and assists with housing.

The USFSIP is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college and are currently enrolled in a degree program. To apply, students must submit the USFSIP application on USA Jobs, which will include a transcript and a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). Applicants must also arrange for two letters of recommendation.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Diplomat-In-Residence for their area to discuss their interest; see deadline for applying to the USFSIP for 2016-17 is October 2, 2015. In line with the State Department’s commitment to foster a diverse and representative workforce, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The USFSIP operates in the summer except for a few small requirements during the intervening year. This program is in a pilot phase; so it is subject to change.


B.  Museums

Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, D.C.) (Deadlines: Spring – October 15; Summer – March 15; Fall, July 15).

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

The Walters Art Museum (Hackerman House), Baltimore: Students should express an interest in curatorial or education work, and within the application express a specific desire for work on or with Asian materials.


C.  Non Government Organizations (NGO’s)

Amnesty International  The International Secretariat recruits interns for 3-6 months for administrative  and project-related work in its offices in Beirut, Dakar, Geneva, Hong Kong, Kampala, London, Moscow, New York and Paris.

Asian American Justice Center

Asian Society Intern Opportunities (Washington D.C.):  Intern will support the Asia Society Policy Institute’s research and outreach work in Washington.  Application Deadlines are Nov. 14 (for spring semester), March 20 (for summer) and July 17 (for fall semester).

Center for Strategic and International Studies;  General Information; The Asia programs East-West Center, Washington, D.C. – Internships: The East-West Center in Washington seeks interns each semester who are interested in gaining a first-hand training experience in a US-Asia research and education organization in Washington, D.C.  Internships are open to students and recent graduates; graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Internships at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China: The CECC seeks interns for three periods of the year:

Summer – June 1 – August 15 – Applications must be received by their office no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time March 1

Fall Semester – September 1 – December 15 – Applications must be received by their office by no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time July 1

Spring Semester – January 20 – May 15 – Applications must be received by their office no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time November 1

Please see the website for more detailed information.

Internships at the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore, Maryland:  Jump-start a career in foreign affairs, international relations and global business!  Internships at the World Trade Center Institute offer unique hands-on experience and unparalleled networking opportunities.  As an intern, you will gain insight into the world of non-profits and international business, learn from industry leaders and get to know about the local professional and business community.  All interns are assigned real life tasks and given professional titles and business cards to be used throughout the semester.  WTCI’s interns attend all of our prestigious events and get a chance to practice valuable networking skills.  Some of our best interns go on to full-time positions with many of our clients — some of Maryland’s most prestigious institutions.

Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW)  and click on “Intern at JASW”
Internships with the Society are available to a limited number of college students each term. Internships are unpaid positions. Depending on the university’s internship program, credit sometimes is offered. Interns must pledge to work a minimum of three full days a week for a period of no less than eight weeks.The Japan-America Society is not a think tank, or policy or research institution. Because we are a membership society that produces many programs and events each year, interns should expect that in addition to Japan-related content, their workday will include a number of administrative and managerial tasks. At the same time, interning with the Society is a good introduction to the world of non-profit organizations, allows you to interact with both Americans and Japanese, and is a lot of fun as well! In addition, interns can develop skills that will assist them in their future search for employment.We also look for interns to fill positions related to the Society’s Sakura Matsuri–Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan Bowl, as well as to support the Society’s other cultural and educational programs.

List of Internship Positions:

JASW Internship Program
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
1819 L Street, NW, B2
Washington, DC 20036

Interns may become eligible for a special $5000 scholarship to study in Japan. For more details:

National Association of Japan-America Studies

Radio Free Asia: Occasionally advertises for a New Media Intern (no Asian language necessary).  Regular, three-month internships available to speakers of Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, among others.

The United States-China Policy Foundation (USCPF): a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization dedicated exclusively to broadening awareness of China and U.S.-China relations in the Washington, DC policy community. The USCPF Internship Program provides students with a unique opportunity for hands-on experience in the field of U.S.-China relations. During their time with the Foundation, students will play in active role in researching and writing reports on current issues related to U.S.-China relations, assisting with educational programming and events, and managing the USCPF website.

The U.S.-Japan Council  The U.S.-Japan Council in Washington, D.C. is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and interns to assist with projects and ongoing initiatives. If you’re interested in volunteering or serving as a summer or fall intern, please contact

D.  Corporations

Under Armour (summer internships):   Application deadline typically is in late September or early October for internships to be held the following summer (please check the website for the exact date in any given year). The application is a two-step process. If you pass the first step you will be given the opportunity to express your top three choices from the list of opportunities given on the summer-league webpage. Those who elect “business opportunities” may have the chance to work with an international team. Under Armour has a well developed market in Japan and is making great efforts to expand in China and other parts of Asia. Subsidized housing is available for those who live 50 miles or more from their Baltimore headquarters.