Careers & Internship Opportunities in Asian Studies

“What can you do with a major in Asian Studies?"

Graduates of the Asian Studies program are qualified for a variety of careers or graduate studies programs. Students with Asian Studies majors can go on to careers with the US Government as a Foreign Service Officers, or work for other governmental agencies, such as the CIA, Immigration and Naturalization Services, etc. Since graduates have a firm foundation in Asian civilizations and languages, many go on to work in the private sector with businesses that focus on trade with Asia, or multi-national corporations, while some move on to non-governmental or non-profit agencies that focus on Asia. Others go to Asia to teach English or work, and continue improving their language skills before going on to graduate studies in Asian Studies, Asian History, Asian Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, Geography, or International Affairs, to name a few, and many go on to teach languages in US or International schools. With the linguistic and cultural background, Asian Studies graduates have many possibilities. Contact the Asian Studies Advisor for more information.

Internship Opportunities

Paid Internship: Teaching English in China with Mercan English Schools in Taiyuan, China

2013InternshipStudents with at least one-year of Chinese at UNC can apply through CIE and Modern Languages for a paid summer internship with Mercan English Schools in Taiyuan, China. Students spend 8-10 weeks working for a private Chinese company getting valuable skills-training in teaching English as a Foreign Language and in working within a Chinese business organization. Students will be trained in lesson planning and content delivery using Mercan’s textbooks, and will work alongside experienced teachers in a team-teaching format. Students also gain valuable experience living and working abroad in China for a short period. This is a paid internship, and includes housing in a one-bedroom furnished apartment with electricity and internet. Students are responsible for their own international airfare, local transportation costs and food, though the generous stipend should cover these costs.

Internship: Teaching English as a Camp Counselor at Guy Healy USA Summer Camp in Japan

UNC students can apply through CIE and Modern Languages for a summer internship at Guy Healy USA Summer Camp in Japan. Students serve as camp counselors and English language teachers, working alongside Japanese camp counselors. Interns gain experience working with children (mostly middle-school age), and teaching in an informal setting. Students live at the camp in camp cabins or tents most of the summer, and spend their days off with their Japanese host families at their homes, where they can improve their Japanese language skills, and gain an insider’s understanding of life in Japan. This internship is not paid, but Guy Healy covers all lodging and food in Japan, as well as international airfare to Japan. No prior Japanese language experience is necessary.

Internship: Access China Tours Denver office

UNC students may apply for a summer internship at Access China Tours Denver office. For 18 years ACT has created unique custom travel experiences to China and Asian countries. We have offices in Denver, Vancouver and Beijing.

This internship will provide the opportunity to learn all operational aspects of creating custom travel itineraries to Asia: booking international flights, accommodations, guides,  private vehicles, domestic air  train and ship travel, meals, special programs and assistance with tourist visas.  Interns will have the opportunity to create their own itineraries for clients based on their preferences.. Marketing and generating new business in group travel will be a component of the internship.  Some routine office work such as copying, surface mailing and emailing are required.

The internship seeks applicants with at least basic Mandarin Chinese coursework and some existing knowledge of China and Asian tourist destinations.

Skills sought include attention to detail, strong phone communication skills, marketing and sales background, social media familiarity, creative thinking and  Microsoft office applications.

The internship hours are flexible as agreed upon by ACT and intern but will not exceed 4 days or 32 hours per week. The internship  is unpaid but will give a daily gas and lunch cash stipend.  Interns are eligible for commission payments on tours where they source the travelers  themselves. This internship provides the opportunity for permanent paid employment based upon satisfactory performance during the summer internship.

Interested applicants should contact Joe Sinisi, 303-960-5935 or


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