The World Food Prize Foundation

China - CAAS

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, China has hosted fourteen high school interns since 2002.

Established in 1957, the CAAS strives to solve fundamental and strategic technological issues in agriculture and rural economic development.

The CAAS carries out research and development agriculture, natural sciences, engineering, and management science.

Interns at CAAS work alongside renowned international researchers and experts - Dr. Pan Jia Rong, Dr. Long Mao, Professor Fan Yunliu, and Ms. Pang Donfang - in the CAAS's research labs in Beijing.

The students also have the opportunity to travel around China with their host families and colleagues to see the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Palace Museum, Teracotta soldiers, the silk markets, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Olympic Stadium.

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Travel Information for China

Suggested Travel Link:

Visa Required: Tourist Visa Required

Passport: Required

Travelers health & Vaccinations: Visit the CDC website at

Embassies & Consulate Contact:

  • U.S. embassy Beijing - No. 55 An Jia Lou Road Chaoyang district, Beijing 100600 China

Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Emergencies: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan - New World International Trade Tower 1, No. 568, Jianshe Avenue Hankou, Wuhan 430022 China

Telephone: +(86)(027) 8555-7791

Emergencies: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Geography: Refer back to “International  Internship Sites”

Cellular Apps (highly suggested to download prior to departure): US Embassy. Airlines the intern will be traveling through. WeChat. Whatsapp does not work here.



What is the weather usually like during the period June through August?

It is summer, usually hot, sometimes humidly hot and rainy.

Describe the range of attire required during the internship:

Is the dress code business or casual?

The dress mainly is casual, except in some specific situations.

Are shorts allowed on and/or off campus?


Will there be a need for more formal clothing?

Not necessary. However, one formal outfit is suggested for formal situation.

General description of accommodations:

Dorm-style housing?  Home-hosting with a family?

Dorm-style/two beds per room with full-furniture provided.

Will I need an electrical adapter for my small appliances? 

It is suggested to bring one.  The voltage is 220 V. 

Where are meals taken? 

Restaurants, student cafeterias on campus or you could prepare your meals by yourself at the kitchen of the International Student’s Dormitory

Will there be other high school or college students living and working there this summer?

There are not any high school and undergraduate students, but about 260 international students carrying out their Master and PhD study on campus.

Computer access/usage and telephone access:

Is it advisable for me to bring a laptop computer with me? 

Yes, it should be helpful and convenient.

Will I have access to a work computer?

Yes, you will have access to a work computer in the lab.

Will I have a telephone in my room? 


Will I receive an orientation to local customs, where I should and should not go, wise safety practice for the area, etc.?  Would such guidance/mentoring throughout the summer come from a person other than my direct project supervisor?  If so, who is the person and how do I contact her/him?

A member of the Graduate School of CAAS will provide you a comprehensive safety notice when you come. Graduate students will give you an orientation around the campus and the city. 

Is the workweek Monday through Friday?  The typical workday consists of how many hours? 

Yes. Monday to Friday

Work hours: 8:00-11:30, 13:30-17:30.

What churches are available in the area of the research center?

Christian church.

How can I access currency?  (Is there a bank near the center?

There are several banks near the campus.

In case of a medical need or emergency, is there a clinic or medical facility near the place I will be working?

GSCAAS clinic is located inside the campus.

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