Internship Experience and Placements

“I feel more culturally literate, more confident in my abilities to be a compassionate caregiver, clearer in my professional public and global health goals, and more excited to continue serving communities and exchanging experiences.” – Cynthia Chan, 2014 & 2015 Community Service Exchange Intern

About the Community Service Exchange

The Yale-China Community Service Exchange is a summer internship program run in conjunction with New Asia College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • Each Yale intern is assigned a Chinese partner for the whole summer. Partners live together, providing significant opportunities for cross-cultural exchange both at work and at home.
  • Pairs spend half the summer in New Haven working at local nonprofit organizations.
  • Pairs spend the other half of the summer in Hong Kong working at local nonprofit organizations.
  • For each pair, the American and Chinese organizations are linked by a theme, such as Education, Mental Health, or HIV/AIDS.

This internship structure allows Chinese and American students to engage in a cross-cultural comparison of approaches to issues being addressed in their communities. 

All Community Service Exchange Interns receive free housing, international airfare, and a stipend to offset the cost of basic expenses. Pre-departure orientation is held in New Haven in the spring.

2017 Placements

HIV/AIDS Care and Education (Hong Kong Placement)

One Yale student will be paired with a student from New Asia College to work in the field of HIV/AIDS care and education. The pair of interns will spend four weeks in New Haven, where they will work together at Leeway, Inc., a nursing home for people living with HIV/AIDS. At Leeway, the students will work with residents, helping organize activities and teaching work and life skills. The pair will then travel to Hong Kong, where they will work at the Red Ribbon Centre, an AIDS education, resource and research centre established by the Hong Kong Department of Health. Chinese language skills are not required for this internship.

2017 interns: Marah Maayah (Yale) and Hei Man Kwok (New Asia)

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Education (Hong Kong Placement)

One Yale student will be paired with a student from New Asia College to work in the field of education. The pair of interns will spend four weeks working for New Haven Reads and New Haven Literacy Volunteers, tutoring local students and adults to help increase their literacy skills and academic performance and helping out with educational administrative duties. The pair will then travel to Hong Kong and work at a primary or secondary school. Chinese language skills are not required for this internship, although native-speaker level English fluency is a must.

2017 interns: Maheen Zakaria (Yale) and Helen Ling (New Asia)

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Mental Healthcare (Hong Kong Placement)

One Yale student will be paired with a student from New Asia College to work in the field of mental healthcare. The pair of interns will spend four weeks in New Haven, where they will work at Marrakech, an organization that provides residential, educational, and job placement services to people facing economic challenges and that serves more than 1500 children and adults with developmental, physical, and behavioral health disabilities through housing, employment, and community integration services. The pair will then travel to Hong Kong together and work at New Life, a psychiatric rehabilitation center. Chinese language skills are not required for this internship.

2017 interns: Nancy Lu (Yale) and Maggie Li (New Asia)

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Environment (Guangdong Province Placement)

One Yale student will be paired with a student from Lingnan College to work in the field of environment. The pair of interns will spend three weeks in New Haven at Common Ground High School to learn farming, animal care, food and health education in the local organic agricultural school. Then they will travel to Guangzhou, where they will work at the Guangzhou Green-Point Public Welfare and Environmental Protection Association. At Green-Point, interns will participate in programs of Garbage Classification, Kitchen Waste Treatment, and Environmental Education. Chinese language skills are required for this internship.

2017 interns: Andreas Greiler-Basaldua (Yale) and Athena Wang (Lingnan)

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Health (Guangdong Province Placement)

One Yale student will be paired with a student from Lingnan College to work in the field of health. The pair of interns will spend three weeks in New Haven together and work at Marrakech, an organization that provides residential, educational, and job placement services to people facing economic challenges and that serves more than 1500 children and adults with developmental, physical, and behavioral health disabilities through housing, employment, and community integration services. The pair will then travel to Guangzhou, where they will work at Inno Community Development Organisation, an advocate of innovative community development in China. Chinese language skills are required for this internship.

2017 interns: Kacey Fang (Yale) and Kay Yu (Lingnan)

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Migration (Guangdong Province Placement)

One Yale student will be paired with a student from Lingnan College to work in the field of migration. The pair of interns will spend three weeks in New Haven together and work at Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services, an organization that helps 200 refugees a year with their transition to living and working in New Haven. The pair will then travel to Guangzhou, where they will work at Guangzhou Qichuang Social Work Service Center to conduct social services for children of migrant workers and their families of Haizhu District. Chinese language skills are required for this internship.

2017 interns: Chris Leege (Yale) and Ivan Liu (Lingnan)

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