The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.
The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) is hiring a research intern for a 35-hour per week, paid position. DIIG provides analysis on the critical issues at the cross-section of the Department of Defense, its industrial base, and long-term strategic competition. With a focus on defense acquisition trends, technological innovation, manufacturing capacity, foreign interdependence, and security cooperation, DIIG monitors important developments in the global defense industry. Through years of analytical research, DIIG has strengthened its capabilities to draw from large databases to present information in a clear, meaningful way. DIIG also collaborates with the broader International Security Program on a variety of research topics.
DIIG’s research efforts focus on a variety of topics, including
• Defense acquisition trends
• The defense industrial base
• Global supply chains and economic statecraft
• Foreign military sales and defense trade
• Export controls
• Emerging technologies, innovation, and national security
The research intern will be paid an hourly rate of $16.10–18.10, commensurate with experience.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Interns at DIIG bolster the team with a variety of core research and analytical skills. Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following • Assists with research and analysis
• Writes comprehensive reviews of background literature for projects
• Copy-edits papers
• Assists with data collection and management
• Note-taking and writing summaries of events and meetings
• Assists with event planning and staffing
Knowledge, education, and experience
• In pursuit of a bachelor’s degree (preferably at the junior or senior level) or of a master’s degree. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.
• Must 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
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with quantitative analysis or training in qualitative social science methods
• Ability to carry out tasks without ongoing oversight
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research and present information clearly and efficiently SUCCSESFUL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE SOME OF THE FOLLOWING SKILLS
• Familiarity or demonstrated interest in defense research, acquisition, or supply chains
• Interest in national security, emerging technologies, economic statecraft, and innovation
• Background in national security, science, engineering, economics, econometrics, organization science or statistics
• Experience coding (preferably with R, Python, and/or Stata)
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, STATA, and/or SQL Server
• Experience with GIS Mapping
• Mandarin Proficiency