Language study overseas and in the United States and research for the honors thesis can be partially financed from a number of sources both inside and outside the university. You'll want to begin your search for funding by perusing the extensive listing of Harvard's Asia Related Grants and Fellowships. Also be sure to check with the Office of Career Services and subscribe to the EAS Newsletter for additional study and work abroad opportunities.
Summer internships in Japan, Korea, and China for undergraduates
The Reischauer Institute coordinates the Harvard College Japan Summer Internship Program. Since 1988, over 400 Harvard College students have worked in consulting and financial firms, on the campuses of top Japanese universities, in the offices of parliamentary members and NGOs, in leading science labs, and even in a propeller factory, a hotel bakery, and an antiquarian bookstore. Internships last 8 weeks or longer, usually from early June until early August. Preference is given to students enrolled in Japanese language courses and to first-time Japan internship holders.
Since 2005, The Korea Institute has commonly placed student interns in the fields of government, media/journalism, and in the corporate business field. As interns, students learn about Korean culture while contributing professionally to their internship employer. The Program does not guarantee placement and acceptance is contingent on finding a fit between available positions and applicants. Undergraduate students from all years of study and all concentrations will be considered.
The Harvard China Student Internship Program (HCSIP) is offered in partnership with Chinese corporations, NGOs/NPOs, and multinational companies in China. Students experience modern China through their internship placements and gain an introduction to Chinese history and culture, all while learning first-hand about life in the workplace. The structure of the program includes a nine-week internship, a week-long field trip, and numerous cultural events. Since 2008, HCSIP has grown into one of the largest and most successful summer internship programs at Harvard.