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Intern - External Relations (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.

CSIS’s Office of External Relations (ER) seeks highly motivated candidates for a full-time, paid, in-person, internship to join our dynamic and fast-paced team beginning in January 2023 and through May 2023. Candidates should be motivated self-starters who are passionate about communication. Interns support Center-wide outreach efforts and play an active support role in a range of outreach, communication, and social media efforts, working closely with the ER team and other CSIS staff. Additionally, interns support ER-led events and provide general administrative support.

Interns will be paid an hourly rate.

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

  • Support social media efforts, including drafting content (including short videos) from CSIS materials (publications, events, etc.) for various social media channels
  • Support with metrics and analytics compilation;
  • Support various long term projects (outreach research, proposal writing, data gathering) for the ER team and Chief Communications Officer;
  • Monitor CSIS social media channels, tracking followers, engagement, and site referrals;
  • Prepare media advisories and event announcements;
  • Support with event preparation and staffing;
  • Draft and format ER mailings, and support accuracy of mailing lists;
  • Provide general administrative support to the full ER team.

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Bachelors’ degree in a relevant field;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to provide strong customer service;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, track, and accomplish multiple tasks simultaneously in a dynamic and fast-paced environment;
  • General knowledge of international affairs and an interest in the news cycle.
  • Previous communication experience and familiarity with social media analytics a plus.

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

Applicants must submit both a cover letter and resumé to the CSIS website at Finalists will be asked for writing samples and references. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.