Internships at the Center for the National Interest can be full-time or part-time positions depending on the candidate's interest and the needs of the particular program. Duties differ from program to program but generally involve research, administrative support, and event organization.
To apply, please send a cover letter, one-page resume, and writing sample (no more than five pages) to the attention of the intern coordinator by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should include the name of the program you are applying to in the subject line of your email.
Internship deadlines are listed below.
Internships typically last for approximately 3-4 months. However, shorter periods are possible under certain circumstances (e.g. Washington Study programs.)
The Center and is currently seeking interns for the following:
U.S.-China Relations Program: China and the Pacific: This position supports both Lt. General Wallace "Chip" Gregson, Senior Director, China and the Pacific and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs at the Department of Defense and Ms. Joanna Yu Taylor, Research Fellow, China and the Pacific. Key research areas as they relate to this internship include U.S.-China relations, Northeast Asia security issues, and U.S. strategies in the Asia-Pacific region. Interns should be motivated self-starters that are able to engage in a wide variety of analytic and logistical task work. This position does NOT require Mandarin Chinese fluency, although proficiency in an East Asian language is strongly preferred.
U.S.-Russian Relations Program: This position supports Paul Saunders, Executive Director of the Center. Interns will assist Mr. Saunders with research on various issues in U.S.-Russian relations, Russian domestic politics and other issues. Interns in this program will also assist in organizing occasional panel discussions, luncheon seminars, and briefings. Russian language ability and background in Russian politics and/or foreign policy are a plus.
Energy Security and Climate Program: This position supports the Center project on energy and climate change. Duties will focus on research, programs, and special projects. Background in international energy or economics helpful.
Energy Innovation: The Energy Innovation Reform Project (EIRP), an independent non-profit organization working with the Center for the National Interest, seeks an intern to assist with a wide range of research and operational tasks. We seek an individual with an undergraduate or graduate degree and a background in energy and environment issues. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and capable of working independently. A modest stipend will be offered. EIRP develops market-oriented policy options to promote energy innovation.
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Communications and New Media: This individual supports Laura Bate, Assistant Director of the Center for the National Interest. This is an ideal position for a self-starter to have a major impact on how a major DC think tank presents itself and its work to the world. This intern will work to develop and implement a new communications strategy which will include a social media campaign, press relations, and A/V support to events. This individual will also work closely with the editorial staff of The National Interest magazine. Experience with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms is necessary. Experience with Final Cut Pro is highly desired, as is a background (educational or professional) in communications and/or public relations.
We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
We regret that we cannot respond to all individuals who have submitted applications. Only successful applicants will be contacted and invited to an interview.
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Fall Deadline: August 20
Spring Deadline: December 15