Campus: Long Beach -- November 15, 2007

CSULB 1 of 3 U.S. Universities Selected to Take Part in U.S.–China Bilateral Trade Internship Program

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been selected as one of only three U.S. universities whose students are eligible to take part in The Washington Center’s new U.S.-China Bilateral Trade Internship Program. The program is funded by The Boeing Company.

Each spring semester for the next three years, this honors program will bring 20 student leaders (10 from each the United States and China -- all with full scholarships) to Washington, D.C., for an intensive semester of internships, academic study and additional programming.

Participants will be brought together to learn about the U.S. and Chinese business cultures and bilateral trade issues. By doing so, they will become better equipped to manage collaborations across cultures, and, specifically, to contribute to the growing and sometimes challenging partnerships between their home countries.

“This is a great opportunity for many of our students to get a first-hand and up-close look at how the U.S. and Chinese cultures collaborate in business,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “Studying together will be of particular importance for our students as we become more global in thought and practice.”

Along with CSULB, the other two U.S. universities eligible to participate in the program are the University of Washington and Washington University in St. Louis. Similarly in China, students from only three universities -- Beijing University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University -- will take part.

All selected students will receive a scholarship which covers The Washington Center’s program and housing fees, contributions toward health insurance and airfare, and a monthly stipend to offset living expenses. In addition, Chinese students will be reimbursed for the J-1 visa SEVIS fee.

To qualify, U.S. students must be enrolled as juniors or seniors at one of the eligible universities, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, receive academic credit from their university and have the endorsement of their campus liaison or faculty sponsor. Students from China must meet similar qualifications. All students should have a strong interest in issues surrounding bilateral trade, business practices in the United States and China, and cross-cultural collaboration.

Possible internship placement sites include, but are not limited to, the U.S.-China Business Council, Asia Society D.C. Chapter, U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission, and International Finance Corporation, China Relations.

For more information, contact Robin Lee, associate director of CSULB's Career Development Center at 562/985-5826.

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