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Intern - Economics Program (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 seeks three full-time, paid research interns to support the Economics Program. The Economics Program’s mission is to illuminate the role of economics in foreign policy and national security and to offer practical economic policy ideas to enhance U.S. and global prosperity and security. We work on the practice of economic statecraft, from trade agreements and investment treaties to financial sanctions and export controls, as well as global economic governance and the domestic foundations of U.S. economic power. Much of the Program’s work is centered on the Asia-Pacific region, with specific emphasis on U.S. economic strategy toward the region and relations with China, Japan, and other key regional players. We also work on U.S. economic cooperation with allies, including EU countries and Asian allies, with a particular focus on the intersection of international economic cooperation and technology policy. Because of the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters who enjoy a wide variety of analytic and logistical tasks and have strong written and oral communications skills. Interns will be part of a tight-knit and dedicated team where they will have the opportunity to make serious and substantive contributions to the work of the program.

The intern will be paid an hourly rate.

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

  • Conduct research across a broad topical and geographic scope.
  • Daily monitoring of foreign and economic policy developments in Asia and the activities of relevant economic institutions and forums, including the G20, G7, and APEC.
  • Support ongoing projects on U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Japan relations, U.S. economic strategy toward Asia, and the intersection between technology policy and economic statecraft.
  • Identify, attend, and take notes on virtual internal and external events relevant to the work of the Economics Program.

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Candidates should have the following skills
  • Strong English-language writing and research skills
  • Familiarity with the intersection of international economics and foreign policy
  • Effective critical and creative thinking
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Effective time management
  • Willingness to learn
  • Practical and/or academic background in at least one of the following areas is critical
  • Political economy
  • Economics and economic policy
  • International relations
  • International trade and/or finance
  • Technology policy
  • Chinese economic stagecraft

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 and cover letter addressing why the candidate is interested in this internship to Résumés and cover letters must be submitted as one PDF names FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME.SPING2023.pdf. Applications not submitted in this format will not be considered.

  • This internship will be in person at our headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • Exceptional applicants will be considered for virtual internships.
  • The preferred duration of the internship is from January 16, 2023 to mid-June 2023.
  • Current graduate students and recent undergraduates are preferred. However, we will consider applicants who have completed at least two full years of undergraduate education.
  • Application will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For more information on the Economics Program, please visit