Monday, June 26, 2017

Research Internship Center For Strategic And International Studies

CSIS seeks a research intern to support the Simon Chair’s Reconnecting Asia Project. The Simon Chair focuses on the theory and practice of economic statecraft and the intersection between economics, geography, and foreign policy. Together with the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy, the Simon Chair focuses on the evolving connectivity infrastructure of the Eurasian landmass and bordering seas and assessing the implications of changes in the region’s economic geography. Because of the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters that enjoy a wide variety of analytic and logistical tasks and have strong written and oral communications skills. Interns will be part of a tight-knit and relatively flat organization where they will have the opportunity to make serious and substantive contributions to the shape of a final product. Applicants should be evidence-based thinkers who are willing to engage in productive, Socratic discussions. 

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

  • Conduct and manage research within a well-defined geographic and topical scope 
  • Gather, organize, and input data on infrastructure projects and related primary source documents according to a set of project schemata 
  • Contribute to the development and management of databases and website user interfaces 
  • Identify, attend, and take notes on internal and external events relevant to the work of the Simon Chair 
  • Train other CSIS programs on contribution to and use of project resources 


  • Candidates must have strong English-language writing and research skills, be effective critical thinkers, and be detail-oriented under pressure 
  • Must be able to function well as part of a team 
  • Practical and/or academic background in at least one of the following areas is desirable: 
  • International relations 
  • Intelligence analysis/forecasting 
  • History 
  • Geography 
  • Economics 
  • Computer Science 
  • Engineering 
  • Proficiency in any of the following languages is preferred, but not required: Urdu/Hindi, Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, South Slavic languages, French 
  • Curiosity, a sense of humor, and a strong interest in U.S. foreign policy all preferred 

Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and college transcript at