CCI seasonal internship program

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Summer 2019 internship

Gain transferable professional skills, give back to the Chinese adoption community, and shape the Chinese adoptee space that you want to see…


Meet our summer Interns 2019


Hannah-Mei Grisley: CCI Summer Intern 2019

Hello - my name is Hannah and I am the CCI Intern for Summer 2019. I was adopted at 9 months from Guangdong Province and grew up in the UK.

I have always had a fascination and interest in reacquainting myself with my birth country: from my childhood obsession with Adeline Yen-Mah and Mulan, to learning Mandarin at school. I have been lucky enough to return to China for a total of 4 times since my adoption, the first being a “homecoming” tour in 2007 with my family, and have visited my SWI twice. As a recent graduate in French, Mandarin and Business Management from the University of Birmingham (UK), I was able to study at Tsinghua University in Beijing and travel across China.

I have been involved with Chinese adoption organisations in the UK and discovered the CCI Facebook group as a result. Having lived in Hong Kong this past year, I am very thankful for CCI as it has helped me connect with fellow adoptees, and now good friends, in the Greater Bay Area. This is my first time working CCI and I am focusing on increasing awareness of CCI’s international presence and creating resources for adoptees who return to China.

Join Hannah-Mei’s CCI UK Adoptees Facebook Group!


Ally Lamb: CCI Summer Intern 2019

Hi, my name is Ally Lamb. I was adopted from Chenzhou, Hunan when I was about 10 months old. I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and I am currently a rising senior at Skidmore College. In addition to interning at CCI, I am working at a Chinese restaurant and working as a tour guide for my school. I’m a Sociology major, music minor (violin) and I tutor introductory level Chinese classes.

I became the most interested in my adoption when I started studying Sociology. It can be very challenging to face cultural and racial issues when living a Chinese and American identity. Raising awareness of this topic and creating a constructive dialogue is something I’m passionate about and hoping to share.

Check out Ally’s Chinese Names of CCI Project.

CCI is excited to launch our seasonal internship program.

Our seasonal internship program allows adoptees to make a 3-4 month commitment to working part-time at CCI on various projects and under close supervision of a CCI board member. It provides interested adoptees with an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of CCI, play a role in shaping the growing Chinese adoptee movement, give back to the adoption community, pursue professional goals, and hone transferable leadership and communication skills.

We are opening three seasonal intern positions a year at this time: one in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. The number of interns that will be chosen will vary by season, but will be announced at the time that applications open. Interns are chosen through written application and a 15-20 minute video chatting interview.

**Please note: this is a REMOTE internship done completely online. Remote internships not for everyone, so please think about whether this will suit your working style and personality. We do NOT have in-person internships yet and cannot provide housing. Unfortunately it is also still unpaid, and we cannot provide stipends. But at least you’re not alone; All of CCI works volunteer.**


Open to Chinese Adoptees ages 18+. College students highly preferred. Chinese adoptees only please.


Become a part-time intern for a time-limited period for a global community organization created by and for Chinese adoptees and work with CCI to complete a project of your choice.

There is no one task that the seasonal intern is limited to; this is both the beauty and the challenge of the internship. Seasonal interns work on various projects that fit their personal goals and are decided upon mutually by the intern and their supervisor. They may also take up miscellaneous tasks as needed.

We want the internship to be a valuable experience for both CCI and the intern. Before the internship begins, we will have a discussion about the professional goals of the intern and how CCI can best support them in achieving these goals during their time at CCI. We then tailor the internship towards the individual’s professional development goals. The internship will include an orientation meeting at the beginning and a reflection meeting at the end.

past examples:

In the past our seasonal interns have worked on the following projects:

  • Researching, compiling, and editing a comprehensive adoption related resource packet. See more here.

  • Working with our birth parent search resources team to conduct interviews and write an open-access birth parent search manual


Fall: August 1- January 31st of next year

Spring: February 1 - May 31st

Summer intensive : June 1- July 31st

Approximate time commitment is 10-15 hours a week.

**Time periods are generally non-negotiable. If you have extenuating circumstances that you believe warrant further consideration, we will decide on a case-by-case basis, but for the most part, you must conform to the time periods provided above.**


  • You must be able to commit for the internship time period.

  • You must be able to schedule and attend Skype meeting every other week with a CCI supervisor to check in on projects and set new goals. You will also need to be able to access your email and the internet since the internship is a remote one. That means you need reliable access to stable internet; we will unfortunately not be able to work with those who know they are traveling to areas with spotty WiFi access or who are uncertain as to their whereabouts during the time period. If you will be in China, you need reliable access to a VPN to participate in this internship.

  • You must be able to complete projects in a timely manner.


You do not need the following skills to apply, but we would especially appreciate those will skills in:

  • Social media marketing

  • Fundraising / grant writing

  • Management of large-scale projects with many moving parts


If you fulfill all of the above requirements and are interested in this opportunity, we will ask you to fill out a written application and take part in a 15-20 minute Skype interview. Please fill out the written application first; video interviews will be scheduled with you after we receive the written portion of your application.

The application does not require references, but it does ask you to think about your motivations for applying to the internship and realistically consider your ability to make a significant time commitment.


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Hear from Past Summer Interns

It was such an amazing experience working as an intern for CCI! Having a chance to work for them allowed me to not only gain work experience, but has also gave me the privilege to learn more about CCI as an organization. By becoming more aware about the improvements that are still needed to be implemented in order to better cater to adoptees’ needs, it motive me to contemplate what I can do to help resolve various challenges, as well as what kind of project (regardless of whether it already exists or not) I would be most passionate about working on. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the adoptee community, I definitely recommend for you to consider applying for CCI’s future intern positions!
— Ariel Ervin, Summer Intern 2019
Ariel, CCI Summer Intern 2019. Learn more about her resource compilation project     here    .

Ariel, CCI Summer Intern 2019. Learn more about her resource compilation project here.