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  • "The Harvard China Student Internship Program (HCSIP) seeks to create transformational experiences for Harvard students as they prepare for a lifelong engagement with China. The program is open to undergraduate students from all concentrations with no Chinese language requirement."

    I was one of about 50 students chosen to participate in the 10-week summer 2010 program. I received an internship offer, along with three other Harvard undergraduates, to work in Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan in South China.

    The company was called Broad Air Conditioning and its mission was to sell heating and cooling equipment to mostly office buildings and factories. However, what made this privately-owned company distinct was that it aimed to sell sustainable, non-electric equipment, thus positioning itself as the leader in the sustainable energy sector in China as of 2010. It was even given the honor to host a pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

    Pictured is an article from the Atlantic that all four of us interns probably read on the plane en route to Changsha.
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