Monday, May 17, 2021

Research Assistant, Economics and Trade with the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission for May or Recent Grad

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (the Commission) was created by the United States Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor, investigate, and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action.

In accordance with its mandate, the Commission focuses its work and study on the following eleven areas: proliferation practices, economic transfers, energy and natural resources, foreign investment, military and security affairs, cyber activities, economic conditions, foreign affairs, compliance and enforcement, freedom of information, and product safety.

You can review the Commission’s mandate in detail at


Under the direction of the Director for Economics and Trade or Executive Director, the position is responsible for policy and issue analysis primarily in the fields of economics and trade. This position requires the ability to:

  1. Monitor, investigate, and assess developments relevant to the Economics and Trade Team’s portfolio including, but not limited to, the topics identified in “requirements and qualifications” below.
  2. Draft detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Economics and Trade Team’s portfolio.
  3. Provide support to Commission staff planning hearings, writing the Annual Report or other research reports, preparing testimony or other products by conducting research, drafting correspondence, writing, or fact checking.
  4. Work with designated hearing co-chairs, senior staff, and team members to plan, organize, and provide administrative support to Commission hearings.
  5. Serve as a subject matter expert on assigned issue areas within the team’s portfolio for Commissioners, Member staffs, and Congressional committee staffs.
  6. Research and draft assigned portions of the Commission’s Annual Report.
  7. Attend seminars, meetings, and events on behalf of the Commission, and write memoranda to Commissioners and staff.
  8. Assist with developing and sustaining a professional network of China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Strong and demonstrated ability to present information clearly and concisely through memos, reports, briefings, and other presentations.
  2. Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues.
  3. Knowledge of international economics and the application of economic principles in U.S. bilateral and multilateral trade, financial and economic relations.
  4. Knowledge of China’s economic policies and practices, including the drivers, actors, and conduct of China’s economic policies.
  5. Knowledge of U.S. trade and economic policies and goals pertaining to China and Taiwan and, more broadly, to the Indo-Pacific.
  6. Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Economics, Law, International Relations, or Asian Studies.


(Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)

  1. Experience in a Congressional or Executive Branch office, particularly with responsibilities for issues pertaining to China, Taiwan, or the Indo-Pacific Region.
  2. Experience living and/or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  3. Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information.

Apply on the USCC website.