Thursday, June 28, 2018

Internship with the U.S. Treasury Department -- East Asia Office

Internship Announcement
International Economic Policy Analysis
East Asia Office, U.S. Treasury Department

The East Asia Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury helps develop and guide U.S. economic policy engagement with Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Koreas, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and Taiwan. The office’s primary objectives include promoting strong, balanced, and sustainable growth in the region; advancing policy measures that support open trade and investment; encouraging the development of strong financial systems; and ensuring that all countries in the region fully participate in systems for global economic cooperation. It also plays a significant role in managing U.S. engagement with China and other Asian regional initiatives. Treasury’s activity in Asia is led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Kaproth, and the East Asia Office is directed by Leslie Hull.

The successful candidate will help the office by performing economic analysis to assist Treasury officials in the development of U.S. international economic policy toward East Asia.  Specific tasks will include:
  • Collecting, analyzing, and presenting financial and economic data in support of policy priorities;
  • Assisting with preparing reports and memos for senior Treasury officials;
  • Preparing regular updates of regional financial and currency market activity;
  • Conducting background research on relevant economic and financial issues;
  • Attending and reporting on official meetings in and outside of government;
  • Coordinating with other Treasury offices; and
  • Assisting with trip preparation and briefing books.

The fall 2018 internship will take place from September 10 – December 7, 2018.  Interns are expected to work on a part time basis (15-20 hours a week, with flexibility depending on coursework schedule).  The internship is unpaid.

Candidates should have a solid understanding of international economics, finance, and development policy.  Candidates should also have strong quantitative, research, writing, organizational, spreadsheet, and communication skills; the ability to meet tight deadlines; talent in constructing well-reasoned arguments and extracting key data/information from large documents; and the capacity to work independently and as part of a team.  Specific knowledge of the region or an East Asian language (particularly Chinese) is helpful.  This position is unpaid and open to U.S. citizens only.  Applicants must be current students.

What students will learn:
This internship will provide candidates the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the formation of public policy.  Students will become proficient at researching and compiling data using Bloomberg and Haver, as well as analyzing and presenting the data.  Students will learn how to draft memos and prepare briefing materials, as well as how to make a point succinctly to busy senior officials.  Students will also have an opportunity to attend and report on relevant financial and economic seminars and conferences around Washington DC. 


Candidates should first apply to the following online posting, noting interest in the Office of International Affairs no later than July 20, 2018:

Candidates should concurrently submit their resume and a short policy-oriented writing sample (1-3 pages) to Shannon Ding (  Materials must be directly emailed to the office; we do not accept materials submitted through third-party applications (e.g. Handshake).