REAP Field Research Internship, Chengdu, China

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REAP Field Research Internship, Chengdu, China

Faculty Lead: Scott Rozelle
Focus: Urban-Rural Divide; Access to Healthcare and Education; Human Capital Development
Duration: 3 weeks
Field Dates: June 15-July 2
Language Requirement: Mandarin helpful but not required
Number of Students: 1

Program Summary:

Summer field research interns in China work with FSI's Rural Education Action Program (REAP) for their Summer Internship Program. The students are mentored in the field by FSI faculty member Scott Rozelle and his skilled research team. The group is joined by students and peer researchers on the ground in China. Working with this established research program, the team will spend three weeks on location conducting research, analyzing findings, and developing oral and written reports to be shared with REAP's research team. Travel, accommodations, insurance and incidentals in the field will be fully funded.

Students will spend three weeks in China working together with REAP staff to conduct a series of household interviews with rural Chinese families who have participated in REAP projects. Along the way participants will gain a unique opportunity to learn about China’s development and REAP's many projects targeting rural education and health. 

During their time in China, students contribute to our blog to track their experiences and observations. 

At the end of the internship, students will give a group presentation sharing their interview experience and project results. Reports from past interns have been used in academic papers, new project proposals, and outreach materials about our work. Students may also have the option of creating web pages featuring the results from the team's research.

Learn more about REAP internship here


This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who intend to co-term with a minimum GPA of 3.3. Exceptional freshman will be considered. Mandarin language skills are helpful but not required. Students who are interested in applied social science research and contemporary China are encouraged to apply but all majors are welcome! Preference will also be given to students who have taken or are currently taking at least one of the recommended courses (listed below). The selection committee seeks applicants with diverse academic backgrounds from applied, natural and social sciences in order to assemble an interdisciplinary research team.

Members of the student research team will be expected to commit to the following:

  • participate in the international service preparatory workshop in spring quarter (date TBD);
  • attend orientation meetings to prepare for the trip;
  • complete required readings before departure;
  • obtain any required visas for travel to China;
  • travel from San Francisco International Airport to China to carry out the research under the supervision of Stanford faculty members and researchers;
  • submit blog posts or video during field research;
  • write a project report analyzing and interpreting the team's research findings; and
  • prepare a poster describing the research project that will be presented at FSI's Welcome Reception and SURPs.

Recommended Courses:

Students interested in participating in the China Field Research Program are encouraged to consider the following courses: 


 The approximate trip dates are June 15-July 2, 2020


This internship is based in Chengdu, China. The interns may also travel with local students and researchers to research sites in surrounding provinces.

Visa Requirements:

The student must be eligible to travel to China and must have a passport valid until at least March 2021. Non-Chinese nationals will be required to get an F (visitor) visa to China and will be responsible for obtaining that visa him or herself. REAP will advise on visa procedures and provide an invitation letter from the host institution in support of the visa application.

Financial Support:

FSI directly covers all travel expenses for summer interns, including roundtrip airfare from San Francisco International Airport to Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport, visas, lodging, ground transportation, and food while in China. FSI is committed to making opportunities available regardless of financial need.


Online applications are due by February 8, 2020. Application requirements will include:

  • Cover letter stating why you want to intern with REAP, and what you can bring to the team
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • No more than a 300-word answer to the question: “If you wanted to improve the educational outcomes of rural Chinese schoolchildren, what kind of project would you encourage REAP to add to its portfolio, and why?”


Learn more about REAP online at Find more information about the REAP Summer Internship Program here.

Questions specific to the China Internship can be directed to REAP Communications Manager, Heather Rahimi

Please note: You may apply for an FSI Field Research Internship and one Global Policy Internship.

Stanford Students Click here to apply on SOLO

External applicants please apply on REAP's website here