Student Experience

A global perspective for a changing world

Schwarzman Scholars will build invaluable professional and personal connections in Beijing and beyond through a dynamic Student Life Program. This program is an essential part of leadership development and will expand students’ knowledge of China while introducing them to a broader global network.

Learning beyond the classroom

Students will have the opportunity to pursue internships at prominent institutions, corporations and nonprofit organizations. These opportunities offer practical experience that advances students’ academic interests, builds professional relationships in China, and accelerates students' path to leadership.

Students will be matched to specific opportunities based on their concentrations and professional interests after their arrival in Beijing.

Invaluable mentorship opportunities

Each student will have a mentor during the academic year.  Mentors will include government officials, entrepreneurs and business executives, artists, scholars, NGO leaders, and officials of international organizations who are willing to provide guidance and inspiration to gifted young people. Mentors are encouraged to draw on their experiences and networks to help the Scholars learn as much as possible about different aspects of Chinese society, culture, and work/life experience. 

Learning from experienced leaders is a key programmatic element in training future leaders to bridge cultural differences, backgrounds, and experiences and to learn new insights and information about China and China’s role in the world.

Experiencing the real China

Beyond daily life in Beijing, Schwarzman Scholars will travel throughout China to explore themes related to their academic concentrations and professional interests. Led by faculty and local guides, students will immerse themselves in different regions, where they will meet government, business and social leaders. From these trips, students will gain a more intimate understanding of the many opportunities and challenges stemming from China’s development and its role in the world.

Events on campus and beyond

Academic life will also be enriched by a range of extracurricular opportunities, from interactions with high-level visiting speakers at Schwarzman College to casual social activities at the student pub and extraordinary evenings with performing artists.

Opportunities after the program

The inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, diverse in their backgrounds, experiences, and countries of origin pursued post-program endeavors that reflect these diverse interests and experiences.  For example, 75% have entered the public, private, and non-profit sectors, across myriad industries and geographies, joining organizations such as

  • Bain & Company
  • Boston Cosulting Group
  • Bridgewater Associates
  • Deloitte
  • Delta
  • Facebook
  • Hillhouse Capital
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Lenovo
  • McKinsey & Co.
  • National Committee on U.S. – China Relations
  • The Belfer Center
  • The Wilson Center

In addition, almost 19% of the class continued their education, from PhD’s, to law degrees, to medical schools; destinations include the University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University, Harvard Medical School, and the Columbia Law School. Finally, 3% of the class are fulfilling military commitments and 3% are pursuing personal endeavors such as writing professionally and running for office.