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Intern - Scholl Chair in International Business (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 an independent, non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of 250 employees working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe. We are guided by a distinct set of values – non-partisanship, independent thought, innovative thinking, cross-disciplinary scholarship, integrity and professionalism, and talent development. CSIS’s values work in concert toward the goal of making real-world impact.

The Scholl Chair in International Business seeks two research interns to support the work of the Scholl Chair. Since 1981, the Scholl Chair has examined the relationship of international trade and investment to economic growth, innovation, and development. America’s role on the world stage is influenced by its ability to effectively integrate trade and international economic objectives into its broader foreign policy. Currently, the global trading system and its institutions are undergoing tremendous change, and much of the Scholl Chair's work focuses on analyzing those changes and developing tools for dealing with existing and emerging issues within the international trading system.

The position is a full-time internship. We are seeking an undergraduate (junior standing or above), graduate, or recent graduate candidate who has completed coursework in international trade, has a background in trade and economics, and possesses good research and writing skills.

This internship is paid an hourly rate.

Essential duties and responsibilities
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following

  • Work directly with the Scholl Chair team on ongoing and future projects, including analysis of supply chains, climate change and trade, sustainable development, digital trade, trade and economic arrangements, global economic governance, multilateral institutions, trade facilitation, and foreign investment.
  • Conduct research and assist with writing reports on trade and international business topics.
  • Produce content on trade related subjects for the Scholl Chair.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships within CSIS and with other organizations under the guidance of the program.
  • Identify, attend, and take notes on virtual internal and external events relevant to the work of the Scholl Chair program.
  • Assist as needed on ad hoc projects or requests, as directed by program staff.

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Candidates must have strong English-language writing and research skills and be detail-oriented under pressure.
  • Candidates should be critical and creative thinkers who thrive in an independent working environment with tight deadlines.
  • Candidates must be able to function well as part of a friendly, small, and close-knit team.
  • Practical and/or academic background in the following areas is desirable but not required
International trade and investment policy
International economics
International finance
International relations
Climate change and sustainability policy

This candidate will be working alongside colleagues internal to CSIS but also with external parties, including domestic and foreign government officials. Candidates must have strong communication skills, be self-disciplined, and be detail oriented. Prior professional experience is required.

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. This job can be fully remote, fully onsite, or hybrid.

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 single combined PDF of their résumé and cover letter at