Research Internship – Center for Strategic & International Studies – Washington, DC

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.


CSIS is seeking several research interns to support the China studies program during the fall (September-December 2014). The Freeman Chair in China Studies is dedicated to delivering informed public policy debate, expert briefings, and strategic policy recommendations on greater China and East Asia. Key research areas as they relate to the available internships include U.S.-China relations, China-North Korea relations, cross-Strait relations, U.S.-China-Taiwan relations, Asian maritime disputes, Chinese domestic politics, and economics. Because of the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters that are able to engage in a wide variety of analytic and logistical task work.

• Assisting in research, writing and analysis for articles, conference reports, event summaries, grant proposals, and other such projects as dictated by program needs
• Assisting in spot and background research
• Monitoring events in Northeast Asia and China, and reporting daily
• Providing logistical and administrative support with ongoing programs and projects
• Assisting in event planning and staffing
• Assisting with any special tasks, presentations, projects, reports. Performs a variety of other Freeman Chair related duties as assigned



• Must hold bachelor’s degree or higher
• Applicants currently enrolled in or those that have recently completed a master’s degree are preferred
• 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
• Must be eligible to work in the United States
• Must be able to commit to at least 25-35 hours a week
• Must have strong writing and research skills
• Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Must have strong analytical skills
• Must have the ability to work independently
• Must have the ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
• Must demonstrate academic/professional background in Chinese foreign policy and national security issues
• Mandarin language ability not required but highly desirable


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Application instructions

Interested applicants, please apply online by clicking below. All applicants must submit the following:

1. A resume and cover letter in one PDF document
2. A short (no more than 5 pages) writing sample on one of the key research areas listed in the job summary above
3. One letter of recommendation

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