Sichuan University, West China School of Public Health

FSI Faculty Mentor:


About the Organization:

The Rural Education Action Program (REAP) is a team of economists, under the directorship of Scott Rozelle, who work exclusively in China to research and evaluate interventions that assist students and families in rural China. REAP partners with corporate, NGOs, & governmental organizations to impact Chinese policy by providing scalable solutions to decrease the gap between rural and urban China.

The West China School of Public Health at Sichuan University is one of our long-term trusted partner organizations. Led by faculty director Huan Zhou, the team at the West China School of Public Health collaborates with REAP to work on projects related to maternal and child health, as well as health care quality in rural China.



You will spend the first three weeks in China working together with REAP staff to conduct interviews, execute research programs and communicate with rural villagers who have participated in REAP projects. Along the way, you will learn about what China’s development means for local families, gain valuable hands-on field research experience, and contribute to our various projects targeting rural education and health.

The remaining seven weeks will be spent conducting research at the West China School of Public Health offices in Chengdu. You will be immersed in the office and in the field working alongside local faculty and graduate student researchers. Some of the tasks you may participate in include:

  1. Meeting with local government officials
  2. Hosting international visitors
  3. Preparing project outreach materials
  4. Presenting research results to an academic audience
  5. Providing project and field support to local faculty and research staff on an as-needed basis
  6. Providing general research support – literature reviews, translating key project documents into English, website assistance, drafting project reports

Eligibility and Skills Required:

  • Demonstrated interest in development issues, especially rural health and education
  • Ability to live and work in a Mandarin-speaking environment
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • Ability to work with a large degree of independence
  • Language Requirement: Advanced (second-year college-level) proficiency in Mandarin.
  • Stanford Undergraduates only


This internship is based in Chengdu, China.

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.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends average $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Patrick Laboon directly.



Due February 7, 2020
Students will be asked to submit:
  • One page resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Budget
  • 3-5 page analytic writing sample
  • 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?”
  •  A letter or statement from the language center or a language teacher indicating level of Mandarin language fluency. If you are a native speaker and do not have documentation, please provide a brief statement of your language background.

Contact: Any questions regarding this fellowship should be directed to REAP communications associate Heather Rahimi

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