Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Applications closed on March 14, 2022
SCCEI Summer Research Internship
Faculty Lead: Scott Rozelle
Focus: China’s Economy; Education; Health; Environmental Sustainability; Firms & Productivity; Demography; Political Economy; Human Capital Development
Duration: 3 weeks
Field Dates: June 20-July 8 (tentative)
Language Requirement: Mandarin helpful but not required
Number of Students: 1 or 2
The Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) is Stanford’s home for empirical, multidisciplinary research on China’s economy. We aim to foster path-breaking research, create transformative student experiences, and advance public understanding of China’s economy and its impact on the world.
Summer research interns work with FSI's StanfordCenter on China’s Economy and Institution as part of their Summer Internship Program. Students will be mentored by FSI faculty member Scott Rozelle and his experienced research team. Working with this established research center, as well as students and peer researchers from around the world, the team will spend three weeks conducting research, analyzing findings, and developing oral and written reports to be shared with SCCEI’s research team.
Students will spend three weeks working together with SCCEI staff to conduct new research related to economic development and specific human capital challenges facing China. Students will be assigned to a small project team tackling a research question related to one of SCCEI’s many projects in China. Along the way participants will gain a unique opportunity to learn about field research methodologies, how to conduct economic analyses using primary data, how to write an academic paper for publication, and participate in lectures and discussions with top experts on China.
At the end of the internship, students will give a group presentation sharing their 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.
This program is open to sophomores and juniors 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:
Complete required readings before departure;
Actively participate in large and small group discussions;
Write a project report analyzing and interpreting the team's research findings; and
Students interested in participating in the program are encouraged to consider the following courses: