Research Intern - Simon Chair Reconnecting Asia (Spring/Summer 2020)
Washington, DC 
Posted 13 days ago
Position No Longer Available
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Job/Internship Description

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 a full-time research intern from March to September 2020 to support the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project–an initiative that explores the evolving connectivity infrastructure of Eurasia. The team’s research has been featured in outlets such as the Financial Times, The Economist, and National Geographic. The position is research and data entry intensive and therefore requires excellent time management skills and careful attention to detail. Candidates should function well in a fast-paced team environment, adapt quickly to a wide variety of research and analytical tasks, and have strong written and oral communications skills. Team members will have regular opportunities to contribute research, input, and ideas for analytical pieces. Applicants must be able to commit to full-time availability for the full internship period (March 2020 – September 2020) in order to be considered.

Candidates with the following skills and experience are highly desired and encouraged to apply:

• Previous research or data collection experience related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
• Familiarity with digital infrastructure and digital connectivity (including 5G, smart cities, fiberoptic cables, data centers, etc.) including its physical components, economic and policy implications, and strategic risks.
• The ability to research proficiently in Chinese or Western Balkans languages.
• Data Analysis skills including advanced Excel functions (e.g. pivot tables and formulas), regressions, or other trend analysis using R or Python.
• Previous experience with the mapping and analysis functions of ArcGIS Pro.


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

• Conduct research and data entry tasks related to infrastructure and connectivity development.
• Compile daily newsletters and manage Reconnecting Asia social media outlets.
• Contribute to analytical products through research, ideas, and general awareness of relevant news, publications and international events.
• Assist with the online publication process for news and analysis updates.
• Various other research and logistical tasks as assigned


• Candidates must have strong English-language writing and research skills, be effective critical thinkers, and have strong attention to detail.
• Practical and/or academic background in at least one of the following areas is desirable:
o International Relations
o Regional Studies (specific to Asia)
o Economics
o Geography or Geographic Information Systems
o Data or Computer Science and Statistical Software
o Environmental Science


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.


Interested applicants please submit a resume, cover letter, a short writing sample, and a GIS sample (required for GIS applicants only) at For more information on the Simon Chair’s Reconnecting Asia Project, please visit:


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