Internship: Fellowship Program & China Center (Summer / Fall 2022)

What We Do: The mission of the Berggruen Institute is to ask questions and develop foundational ideas about how to reshape political and social institutions in a transforming society. We work across cultures, disciplines, and political boundaries to engage great thinkers in developing and promoting long-term answers to the biggest challenges of the 21st Century.

Our Values:

Respect the human dignity of all
Cultivate future-oriented solutions
Inquire with an open mind
Build a collaborative environment
Invest in people and relationships

Our Fellowship Program has a summer/fall internship opportunity. This is a paid internship at $18.50 per hour and will go for 12 weeks starting in early August 2022. The internship will require some in-office work in our downtown Los Angeles offices. The internship will be between 10 – 14 hours per week.

The internship is a wonderful opportunity for anyone wanting to be exposed to innovative ideas and research. The Berggruen Fellowship program partners with premier research universities throughout the world, including Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford. The fellows in the Berggruen Fellowship program produce books, scholarly workshops, and deliver lectures in a wide range of academic disciplines. Additionally, the intern will also support our China Center team.

This is a great internship opportunity for anyone who is interested in gaining more experience in project management tools and methodologies, research, working with scholars and learning/being exposed to Chinese culture and Chinese business writing.


  • Assist in organizing programs and events
  • Assist in drafting event promotion documents and agendas
  • Coordinate working group lunches
  • Take notes during meeting(s)
  • Provide research support to fellow(s)


  • A self-starter who can multi-task, take initiative, and problem solve
  • Has extensive computer skills (Microsoft Office a must), impeccable phone etiquette, and people skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Either third or fourth year in the bachelor’s program or in a master’s program
  • A plus —not required, Chinese language skills.

Please send a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Berggruen Institute is a proud equal opportunities workplace. We firmly believe employing a diverse workforce is important regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Berggruen Institute is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.