Winter/Spring 2015 Internship – Korea Economic Institute of America – Washington, DC

Position description

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) is a not-for-profit policy and educational outreach organization focused on promoting dialogue and understanding between the United States and Korea. Established in 1982, KEI began by concentrating on economic issues, but over its thirty year history, has become the premier U.S.-Korea policy institute in Washington, DC covering all aspects of the alliance, including national security, broader regional affairs and Korean American issues. Every year, the institute commissions dozens of Korea-related research papers, publishes books on Korea policy issues and organizes numerous forums and conferences across North America. KEI is an affiliate with t he Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, a public research institute in the Republic of Korea.

KEI provides internship opportunities for candidates with a background in political science, economics international relations and/or Asian studies. Candidates must also have an interest in Asia-Pacific issues, especially Korea.

Duties include attending conferences, programs, and hearings in the Washington area that are of interest to Korea; preparing short reports on these events; assisting with the logistical organization and execution of various KEI-sponsored conferences and programs; and providing research support to full-time staff.

Interns at KEI do not answer to a single department. Our internships provide a breadth of experience in Asia-related areas of research, professional development, and programming administration. Internships may include the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Attend conferences, programs, and hearings in the Washington area of interest to Korea;
  • Prepare short reports on such events;
  • Assist with the event planning and conduct of various KEI-sponsored conferences and programs;
  • Provide research support to full-time staff;
  • Administrative activities which will contribute to a fuller understanding of the inner workings of KEI;
  • Work as a team with members of staff and other interns on major events and projects;
  • Track specific issues in the media.


KEI is looking for:

  • Minimum degree: Bachelors
  • Background in: political science, economics, Asian studies, international relations, etc.
  • Interest in Asia-Pacific issues, especially Korea.
  • Excellent attention to detail, good organizational abilities and writing skills, professional demeanor, general office skills, strong computer skills.
  • Strong writing skills.

Applicants are not expected to have specialized expertise, but should be highly motivated and sincere in their desire for an internship that is challenging and professional in nature. Interns can expect close and constant interaction with program staff, up to and including the KEI management.

Application instructions

Please fill out the application form on our website along with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

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Due to the high volume of applications, KEI recommends that you apply quickly as admissions will be rolling.

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