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Intern - Korea Chair (Spring 2023)

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The Office of the Korea Chair is devoted to building an active policy research program in Washington, DC on the Korean peninsula. The CSIS Korea Chair conducts independent policy research on issues critical to the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Asia more broadly; convenes public and private sector stakeholders in Washington and Seoul; and advances a greater understanding of Korean policy issues to policymakers and the public at large. Korea Chair interns gain experience in the areas of professional writing development, policy-research, data collection, and event planning. Due to our fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters able to engage in a wide variety of logistical tasks, event management assistance, and research/writing work. We are hiring three full-time interns. Only in extraordinary circumstances will part-time interns be considered.

The Winter/Spring 2023 internship will largely focus on work for the Korea Chair and also the Korea Chair’s project, Beyond Parallel Bringing Transparency and Understanding to Korea http// We are specifically looking for interns with experience or coursework in at least one of the following areas:

1. Compiling and coding qualitative data
2. Mapping and satellite imagery

Please indicate in your cover letter which of the above skill sets you have.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Compile and code qualitative data
  • Contribute to the development and management of databases for Beyond Parallel
  • Gather, organize, and input data on infrastructure projects and related primary source documents
  • Monitor current events related to the Korean peninsula and write weekly policy issue briefs on topics including, but not limited to, unification planning, South Korean domestic politics, trade, & economics, the U.S.-Korea alliance, North Korea, and regional relations
  • Provide logistical and administrative support, including social media outreach and contact database management
  • Assist in event planning, preparations, and staffing
  • Assist in spot and background research for staff
  • Assist in research and writing for articles, conference reports, event summaries, grant proposals, and other such projects as dictated by program needs

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Excellent attention to detail, good organizational abilities, professional demeanor, general office skills and strong computer skills
  • Have a demonstrated interest in the Korean peninsula and Asia
  • Experience or coursework in compiling and coding qualitative data.
  • Background in mapping and satellite imagery.
  • Good social media (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram), Photoshop, Canva, and Excel skills preferred
  • Possess strong writing and research skills
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess good understanding of the research with and usage of primary sources
  • Willingness to complete administrative and logistical tasks
  • Ability to work independently as well as closely with a team with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Be at least a junior in an undergraduate degree program and have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Ability to commit to working 35 hours per week
  • Korean language abilities strongly preferred

Physical requirements and work conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply

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