Previously open only to students from Hong Kong and Taiwan, this year, ten students from Chongqing will be selected to participate in a month-long White House internship program. It’s not entirely clear what the program is, as the English-language press hasn’t exactly picked this one up yet.
Supposedly funded by the
Harvest Foundation US Harvest Center, this Youth Ambassadors Eagle program has been sending Asian interns to the White House for ten years. This will be the first year that mainland students can apply.
The requirements sound stringent – they want independent, lively, cheerful, sociable students with leadership and debate skills who enjoy challenging others’ viewpoints and defending their own. So if you know anybody like that AND they just so happen to be an English-speaking Chongqing-based high school student, then they have until March 11 to submit a 1,500 word application essay. Good luck! [Udpate: Global Times clears up a few of the details: the program is called the Washington DC Eagle Leadership Program, and sounds more like a month-long DC visit with tours and activities than an actual internship in the actual White House. High school and college students ages 12-25 can apply, and the program could potentially cost the students 200,000 yuan each!]