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Intern-China Power Project (Summer 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 CSIS China Power Project is seeking an intern to support the program’s work. There is one (1) available full-time position for late-May 2023 through September 2023. Our project examines the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries through quantitative and qualitative analysis. We publish data-driven features regularly on the China Power research website ( In addition to our work on Chinese power, our experts also conduct research on Chinese foreign and security policy, U.S.-China relations, maritime security, and the broader Indo-Pacific security architecture, amongst other issues. Because of the fast-paced work environment, we are looking for a motivated self-starter that can engage in a wide variety of analytic and logistical work.

The research intern will be paid an hourly rate of $16.10–18.10, commensurate with experience.

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

  • Conduct research and data analysis for website content
  • Assist with research for articles, presentations, and podcast series
  • Proofread and edit assorted content
  • Maintain the program’s active social media presence
  • Monitor, track, and report on events across the Indo-Pacific region, especially those dealing with China
  • Provide logistical and administrative support
  • Assist with virtual event planning
  • Perform a variety of other project-related duties as assigned

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Applicants that have recently completed or are currently enrolled in a Master’s program 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 and commit 40 hours per week
  • Must have an academic or professional background in Chinese foreign policy, economics, and/or politics
  • Must have exceptional writing skills
  • Must have previous experience with collecting, curating, and analyzing data
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have the ability to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Must have demonstrated experience managing competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Native or highly proficient Mandarin language skills are strongly desired
  • Previous experience in copy-editing 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, college transcript, and 3-5 page writing sample at The deadline for applying is Friday, March 31.