Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Paid Spring 2023 Research and Communications Internships with Korea Economic Institute of America

Position description

KEI is currently seeking graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students with a clear interest in the U.S.-Korea bilateral issues for its Spring 2023 intern class. This is a great opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding and gain practical experience in the major policies concerning the economic, political, and security aspects of U.S.-Korea relations. Interns also participate in various activities and events held at KEI, including policy research and writing, data collection and analysis, and event planning.

KEI is looking to hire 2 Research interns and 1 Communications intern in Spring 2023. Please indicate which position you're applying for. 

The part-time internship will run for a minimum of 4 months. While KEI tries to accommodate interns’ academic commitments, interns are required to work 28 hours per week. Interns will be working a hybrid schedule from KEI’s Washington, DC office. This position pays $16.10 per hour.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP: Main duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Under the supervision of staff members, conduct qualitative and quantitative research on political, economic, and security issues related to the Korean peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations
  • Draft a bi-monthly newsletter covering the important domestic and international trends in South Korea
  • Contribute to KEI’s The Peninsula blog; there will also be opportunities for interns to co-author with KEI staff on external platforms
  • Track daily news relevant to the Korean peninsula
  • Attend and draft reports on conferences and seminars
  • Provide administrative and event support

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP: Main duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with various multimedia projects, including the identification of appropriate images and video clips
  • Help draft collateral for KEI's public-facing social media platforms, including graphic and video materials
  • Participate in discussions to shape the direction of the organization's public-facing multimedia products
  • Assist with collecting data for inclusion in KEI's measurements of its performance in traditional media and social media
  • Contribute to drafting segments of KEI's newsletter



    • Graduate student and exceptional undergraduate student with a background in political science, economics, international relations, or Asian studies
    • An interest in international affairs, especially issues regarding the Korean peninsula
    • Excellent attention to detail, professional demeanor, and strong computer skills
    • Excellent writing and analysis skills
    • Statistical, data science, or other data analysis skills are desirable
    • Korean language skills are preferred but not required
    • Ability to work remotely and independently with good organizational skills
    • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

    COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP (Not required but preferred):

    • Experience with managing social media platforms, particularly creating and scheduling social media content
    • Experience acquiring multimedia materials from creative commons
    • Copywriting experience
    • Experience with open-source research
    • Experience with graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite or Canva
    • Journalism or communication background
    • Must be eligible to work in the United States

    Internship Contact: Sang Kim, Director of Communications -

    Application instructions

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

    The Application Deadline for the 2022 Spring Internship is December 5, 2021.
    Due to the high volume of applications, KEI recommends that you apply early as applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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