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Intern - Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics (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 Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics is dedicated to providing thought leadership for the policy community about the dynamics of China’s economy and its implications for industries and other countries. Our work – research, publications, events & outreach – focuses on the overall trajectory of China’s economy, their high-tech innovation drive, and America’s China policy.

The Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics is seeking two full-time or part-time paid research intern who can provide dedicated support for research and analysis, during the period from January 2023 until May 2023. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, professional, and has a strong interest in Chinese politics and economics. The research intern supports the research agenda of the program, engagement events, and promotional activities. Specific tasks include

  • Assisting in quantitative research, analysis, and writing for articles, and event summaries.
  • Assisting in curating Trustee Chair social media.
  • Providing logistical and administrative support for ongoing programs and projects.
  • Performing a variety of other Trustee Chair related duties as assigned.

 The intern is paid an hourly rate.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Must be at least a current undergraduate senior. Current graduates and recent graduates preferred. Applicants currently enrolled in or those that have recently completed a master’s degree are preferred. Must 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.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must be able to commit to 20 or 35 hours a week.
  • Must have strong research, analysis, and writing skills.
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have the ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Must demonstrate academic or professional background in Chinese political economy, China’s macroeconomy or financial markets.
  • Experience curating social media platforms preferred
  • Experience in econometrics or statistics preferred
  • Familiarity with data visualization preferred.
  • Chinese-language skills strongly preferred.

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Minimum BA/BS degree
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Strong analytic and writing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to write, think, and operate both independently and on a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Interest and knowledge of issues related to nuclear weapons
  • Hybrid or in-person candidates are 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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please apply by no later than December 16, 2022. All applicants must submit the following in PDF format

  1. Resume.
  2. Cover letter.
  3. Writing sample. A short (no more than 3 pages) and complete writing sample related to Chinese political economy.
  4. School transcript.
  5. List of 2 references (including reference’s name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number).