The World Food Prize Foundation

China - CAU

China Agricultural University

The China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, China has hosted eleven high school interns since 2004.

Established in 1995, the CAU strives to promote worldwide academic exchange and collaboration.

The CAU carries out research and development in agriculture, biology, engineering, veterinary medicine, economics, management, humanities, and social sciences.


Interns at CAU work alongside renowned international researchers and experts - Dr. Li Zhaohu, Lin Jian, and Wu Tingting - in the CAU'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, 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 & Consulates Contact:

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

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

Emergency:+(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.



Who will pick me up at the airport?  Where exactly should I meet this person?  Who would I contact and at what phone number if my flight is behind schedule and extremely late in arriving? 

A staff member from CAU will pick you up from the airport. 

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

Summer,  25-35°C (77°F)

Describe the range of attire required during the internship:

Is the dress code business or casual?


General description of accommodations:

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

You will own an individual room in an apartment with two graduates together. You are going to have your meals at University Hall with the graduate student. The Graduate student will be with you most of the time.

Individual or common bathrooms?


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

Yes, graduates and undergraduate are in the lab.

Computer access/usage and telephone access:

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

Yes, you can use your laptop anytime.

Will I have access to a work computer?

Yes, you can use the computers in the lab. 

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?

The mentor will be around all the time and graduates will be of assistance.

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

Your schedule is quite flexible.  8 hrs are our work time for five days.

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

Yes, there is a medical facility close to the center.


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