Spring 2021 Intern, Korea Chair, CSIS (Remote; Washington, DC)


The Office of the Korea Chair is devoted to building an active policy research program in Washington, DC on the Korean peninsula. The CSIS Korea Chair conducts independent policy research on issues critical to the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Asia more broadly; convenes public and private sector stakeholders in Washington and Seoul; and advances a greater understanding of Korean policy issues to policymakers and the public at large. Korea Chair interns gain experience in the areas of professional writing development, policy-research, data collection, and event planning. Due to our fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters able to engage in a wide variety of logistical tasks, event management assistance, and research/writing work. We are hiring two full-time interns. Only in extraordinary circumstances will part-time interns be considered. Please also include a writing sample with your application. (The topic of your writing sample should preferably be Korea or Asia related issues.)

The Spring 2021 internship will largely focus on work associated with the Korea Chair’s project, Beyond Parallel Bringing Transparency and Understanding to Korea http//beyondparallel.csis.org/. We are specifically looking for interns with experience or coursework in at least one of the following areas

1. Compiling and coding qualitative data
2. Opinion polls and surveys
3. Mapping and satellite imagery

Please indicate in your cover letter which of the above skill sets you have.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following

• Compile and code qualitative data
• Research and author brief biographies of important individuals related to current events
• Contribute to the development and management of databases for Beyond Parallel
• Gather, organize, and input data on infrastructure projects and related primary source documents
• Monitor current events related to the Korean peninsula and write weekly policy issue briefs on topics including, but not limited to, unification planning, South Korean domestic politics, trade, & economics, the U.S.-Korea alliance, North Korea, and regional relations
• Provide logistical and administrative support, including social media outreach and contact database management
• Assist in event planning, preparations, and staffing
• Assist in spot and background research for senior staff
• Assist in research and writing for articles, conference reports, event summaries, grant proposals, and other such projects as dictated by program needs


• Experience or coursework in compiling and coding qualitative data.
• Background in mapping and satellite imagery.
• Excellent attention to detail, good organizational abilities, professional demeanor, general office skills and strong computer skills
• Have a demonstrated interest in the Korean peninsula and Asia
• Good social media, Adobe Creative Cloud, MS Publisher and Excel skills preferred
• Possess strong writing and research skills
• Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Possess good understanding of the research with and usage of primary sources
• Willingness to complete administrative and logistical tasks
• Ability to work independently as well as closely with a team with a strong work ethic
• Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
• Be at least a junior in an undergraduate degree program and have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
• Eligible to work in the United States
• Ability to commit to working 35 hours per week
• Korean language abilities strongly preferred


For more information and to apply, click here.

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