Open Position: Program Coordinator (2.5 month internship)

Organization: US-China Strong Foundation


Location: 2101 L Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20037

Time Commitment: Full-time (40 hrs/week) June through mid-August 2018

Salary: $4,000 stipend for the program duration

Start Date: June 1, 2018

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018


Company Description

The US-China Strong (USCS) Foundation’s mission is to strengthen American capacity to understand China through Mandarin language learning, study in China, and other programs.

The Foundation engages U.S. and Chinese government, business, and academic communities to expand the number and diversity of Americans studying abroad in China and learning Mandarin. We invest in strategic partnerships at the state and local level, and empower student ambassadors to promote the Foundation’s mission at the grassroots level. USCS enjoys the strong support of U.S. and Chinese private and public sector partners.

US-China Strong leads three signature campaigns that focus on supporting the full spectrum of American youth, spanning from our youngest students through young professionals entering China-related careers.

  • 1 Million Strong: 1 Million Strong is a national campaign to expand fivefold Mandarin language learning in US K-12 schools from approximately 200,000 to 1 million by 2020. Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced this ambitious effort in
  • 100K Strong: Announced in 2009, 100K Strong is a presidential initiative whose initial goal of seeing 100,000 Americans studying in China by 2014 was surpassed. US-China Strong continues to work with both Washington and Beijing to expand and diversify US study abroad to
  • US-China Alumni Ambassador Network: The Foundation’s robust and growing US-China Alumni Ambassador Network engages American and Chinese youth who have participated in cross-cultural exchange programs, connecting and cultivating these future leaders as they pursue professional

Basic Functions

The Program Coordinator will be responsible for organizing and executing a weeklong itinerary of activities for a delegation of 30-40 Chinese graduate students who will spend three weeks in the United States as part of the “Youth Leadership Symposium” scheduled for July 30-August 3. The Program Coordinator will be part of a three to four-person team of summer research assistants and will report to Avonda Fogan, Director of Administration. Specifically, the Program Coordinator will perform the following activities:

  • Lead a combined group of up to 60 American and Chinese students for a week-long program
  • Design, plan, and execute a week-long series of activities that may include but not be limited to policy roundtable discussions, UN crisis simulation, tours of local universities, meetings with government officials and business leaders, outdoor outings, community service project, career development seminar
  • Recruit 20 American students to participate in select activities and other engagements with the Chinese student delegation
  • Report to and coordinate closely with appropriate US-China Strong staff members
  • Liaise directly with the Chinese student delegation program coordinator


 Current graduate student


 Interested in and general understanding of US-China relations. A student currently focusing on US-China relations is preferred. Basic proficiency in Mandarin is required.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative with minimal supervision
  • Leadership experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Team player mindset
  • Mandarin language skills
  • Familiarity with Washington, D.C. area geography preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • A good sense of humor appreciated!


Submit cover letter and resume to:

Call 202.903.0764 with questions