During the internship semester, participants attend the Chinese Development Course (CDC). The course consists of 32 one-to-one tutoring sessions with Nanjing University teaching staff covering topics such as how to engage in appropriate small talk for the Chinese workplace, how to draft professional emails and business correspondence, and how to conduct market research in Chinese, among other topics. The tutoring sessions are held primarily over Skype or WeChat. This course is mandatory for all participants and requires participants to prepare assigned topics in advance.
Participants are asked to contact their CDC instructors before the end of the first semester to schedule the first two sessions and exchange Skype/cell phone contact information. Class sessions must be scheduled outside of internship work hours and participants are reminded to be flexible, as each CDC instructor is coordinating tutoring sessions with multiple students. If a participant misses a session or arrives late without notifying the CDC instructor 24 hours in advance, the overall CDC grade may be lowered.