Internships at the Schoolhouse are tailored to each student’s interests and background. All interns should expect to spend about 20 hours/week on operations and guest services (reservations, check-ins, hosting, event support, etc). Most interns will also work on a special internship project, such as in one of the proposed areas below. Opportunities in education (especially adult ESL) and village outreach are also encouraged, and applicants are not limited to suggestions listed here.
Sustainable Foods Program Intern
Interns will work on the Schoolhouse’s Sustainability Programs, including composting, recycling, gardening, and food sourcing. There are two main gardens at the Schoolhouse as well as many small garden patches and fruit trees. Homegrown vegetables and fruits are incorporated into the restaurant menus, and all organic waste is composted.
This position requires a proactive individual with gardening experience and a passion for sustainability, and someone with the initiative to take an already functioning program to the next level. Chinese is a must as the position requires working closely with local staff to grow and improve the programs. Interns will have the unique opportunity to enter into a position of responsibility where their efforts can make an immediate and tangible difference.
Business Development and Event Management Intern
Interns are needed to help establish and cultivate relationships in sustainable-minded communities, organizations, and businesses in and around Beijing – as well as beyond – with the scope of pursuing partnerships and creating events that add value to the Schoolhouse and promote issues of sustainability. The intern would be given space to envision, plan and execute events that fit into plans to expand and grow the business. This position would be a wonderful introduction to the sustainable tourism industry. Highly-motivated individuals with a keen interest in strategy and business development will do well in this role, and should be prepared to go out and establish contacts in Beijing. Fluency in Mandarin is strongly preferred, as many interactions will take place in Chinese.
Sustainable Accounting Intern
Interns with an accounting background are needed to help measure and monitor the triple bottom line impact the Schoolhouse has, taking into account both environmental and societal performance. Aside from measuring current performance, the intern will be responsible for providing a plan to help improve procedures – from food input to energy practices – as well as reduce costs, lessen environmental impacts, and improve overall social performance.
Senior Sales and Customer Relations Intern
Interns who can help with sales initiatives and customer relations, specifically with regards to tour operators are encouraged to apply. The intern will be responsible for creating a database of existing tour operators, standardizing communications procedures with these operators, as well as expanding the database by envisioning and implementing a strategy to pursue new relationships with tour operators, both in China and abroad.