Monday, December 14, 2015

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Research Intern, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies

Position Title:              Research Intern, Spring 2016
Program/Dept.             Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies
Position Location:       Washington, DC
Reports To:                 Associate Director, Southeast Asia Chair
FLSA Status:               Non-Exempt
Revision Date:             November 4, 2015

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and policy solutions for decision-makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. A bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.

The Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS provides substantive research and dialogue on Southeast Asia policy and regional issues. Since the program began in 2009, the need for a serious and sustained policy focus on Southeast Asia continues to grow. As strategic interest in Asia rises, CSIS remains committed to its position as a premier outlet for research, analysis, and dynamic policy dialogue with Southeast Asia.

CSIS offers full and part-time internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. The Southeast Asia program is looking for full-time and part-time interns. The position is paid.

The Sumitro Chair is recruiting interns who are highly motivated, professional, and have a strong foundation in Southeast Asia studies and international relations/political economy. We operate a fast-paced, dynamic program, and require interns who are detail-oriented and can work independently or as part of a team. Strong preference will be given to candidates who:
                    Demonstrate excellent writing and research skills
                    Possess a deep grasp of Southeast Asia’s current political climate and history
                    Have a positive attitude and outstanding communication/interpersonal skills

Interns will contribute to long-term research projects, assist with events hosted by the program, compile the “Southeast Asia from Scott Circle” newsletter, contribute to the program’s social media presence, and provide general support.


·         Must be at least a college junior in good standing, an advanced student, or a recent graduate.
·         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 able to work in the United States.
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Application materials must be submitted by COB on January 4, 2016, to Interested applicants please submit the following:

·         Please include your name on all application materials.
·         A resume, preferably in lieu of or addition to the online application resume.
·         A one page cover letter
·         A short writing sample of 500-1,500 words. This may be taken from a larger work, but please do not include submissions above 1,500 words. Writing samples relating to Southeast Asia are strongly recommended. 
·         Unofficial Transcripts
·         PDFs are preferred for all documents

You can find out more about the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies on our website,  FacebookTwitter, and blog. Videos of recent events and the latest publications are also available on the website. 

Questions about the internship can be directed to the Southeast Asia Program, at

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