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.

2018 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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