Work With Us

Engage your talents, expertise, and determination to promote U.S. – China relations while exploring economic solutions to environmental challenges and creating a healthy natural environment.

csuteam_july2016A “think and do” tank, our work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe. Our programs include Climate and Sustainable Urbanization, Conservation, and Cross-Border Investment and Race to Zero, in addition to our Think Tank and Green Finance Center. We are a non-profit, non-partisan institute devoted to the principle that the world’s most pressing economic and environmental problems will be easier to solve if the U.S. and China work in complementary ways.

Our mission is to strengthen U.S.-China relations by advancing sustainable economic growth and environmental protection in both countries.

We value:

  • Innovation – creativity, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills
  • One Institute – team work, respect and supportiveness
  • Transparency – open communication and proactive information sharing
  • Diversity – an environment of inclusiveness and how a range of different backgrounds makes us more effective in our work
  • Integrity – accountability to the highest standards

We seek people who have an interest in U.S.-China relations and are driven to help us achieve our mission. Exceptional writing, research and analytical skills are important in our work. Headquartered in downtown Chicago, we have offices in Beijing, China and Washington, D.C. If you’re looking for an opportunity to affect real change, join us!

Job Opportunities

Be part of our small, energetic team that encourages sharing ideas and continuous learning in order to support and promote our work. We offer a flexible, collaborative work environment with competitive compensation and benefits.

Student Internships

Student internships are offered in the U.S. and in Beijing throughout the academic year as well as over the summer session in several different fields of study, including but not limited to public policy, economics, environmental science, and communications. Our interns are not only paid, but also gain hands-on experience in their area of expertise while contributing to the work of the Paulson Institute. The internship program is aimed at undergraduate or early-stage graduate students who have demonstrated potential for success in their careers. Due to the Institute’s partnership with the University of Chicago, we encourage those students who are enrolled to apply.

Students of the University of Chicago should visit Career Advancement’s UChicago Handshake online job portal. If there are no Student Internships currently listed, please submit your resume and cover letter to for future consideration.

Student Fellowships

hmp_5yearsStudent Fellowships are offered in partnership with the University of Chicago throughout the academic year as well as over the summer session to undergraduate and graduate students interested in public policy, economics, political science, and contemporary China studies. These are paid positions. Students work closely with our Think Tank team on projects which may involve the collection and analysis of economic, political, and other data from the U.S., China and other countries. Other projects may include assistance in writing, editing and designing papers for publication.

Students of the University of Chicago should visit Career Advancement’s UChicago Handshake online job portal. If there are no Student Fellowships currently listed, please submit your resume and cover letter to for future consideration.

Predoctoral Fellowships – Think Tank

The Paulson Institute’s think tank fosters China-related doctoral research at the University of Chicago through fieldwork support and sponsorship of graduate students doing dissertations on contemporary China. Students receive a stipend of $10,000 to help cover expenses and relevant research costs. To qualify, students must have completed all requirements of their Ph.D. program, with the exception of their dissertation, and be prepared to do field research. The predoctoral fellowships are non-residential and based in the social sciences, business, public policy or law. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply, please submit a research proposal and plan (including a fieldwork budget), three faculty letters of recommendation, your CV and a writing sample to Houze Song at