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Intern – Australia 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.

CSIS is seeking paid research interns who are highly motivated, professional, and have a keen interest in the U.S.-Australian alliance, Australian foreign policy, Pacific Island’s affairs, and international security. Australia Chair works to broaden the reach and impact of the U.S.-Australia alliance. We operate a fast-paced, dynamic program, and require interns who are detail-oriented and can work independently and as part of a team.

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

  • Assist with ad hoc and long-term research projects and organize relevant information for the program’s various ongoing projects.
  • Draft memos, event summaries, and other materials for program staff
  • Track events related to Australia’s current political climate and foreign policy.
  • Contribute to the program’s social media presence.
  • Provide support coordinating meetings, workshops, panels, and other events.
  • Have a positive attitude, outstanding communication/interpersonal skills, and ability to work with a team under tight deadlines.

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Enrolled in a master’s or bachelor’s program (third or fourth year students only); B.A., B.S., M.A. or equivalent;
  • Must be at least a college junior, a recent graduate, or a graduate student with a demonstrated interest in the U.S.-Australia alliance, Indo-Pacific affairs, Australian politics, alliance management, and democratic resilience.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate strong writing, research, organizational, communication, time management, and interpersonal skills, and attention to detail; editing experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

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