Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Summer 2021 Research and Communications Internship Korea Economic Institute of America

Position description

KEI is an established public policy institute focused on the Korean peninsula and the U.S.-Korea relationship. KEI is currently seeking graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students with a clear interest in the U.S.-Korea bilateral issues for its Spring 2021 intern class. Interns will develop a deeper understanding of the major policies concerning the economic, political, and security aspects of U.S.-Korea relations. Interns also gain valuable experience in the areas of professional writing, policy research, data collection and analysis, and event planning.

KEI is looking to hire 2 Research interns and 1 Communications intern this summer. Please indicate which position you're applying for. The internship will run for a minimum of 4 months and interns are required to work full-time. KEI offers a monthly stipend to interns.


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

·        Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on political, economic, and security issues related to the Korean peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations

·        Draft weekly newsletter covering the important domestic and international trends in South Korea

·        Contribute to KEI’s The Peninsula blog

·        Track daily news relevant to the Korean peninsula

·        Attend and draft reports on conference and seminars

·        Provide administrative and event support

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP: Main duties and responsibilities include, but 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 weekly 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 preferred but not required

·        Ability to work remotely and independently with good organization skills

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

Internship Contact: Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs & Internship Coordinator -

Application instructions

Please fill out the application form on our website along with a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. 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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[For best consideration, apply by April 30.]