Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Volunteers for Diwali Reception

The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) is looking for volunteers for the DC government’s 2ndDiwali Reception to celebrate the Hindu Diwali Festival. The program will feature opening remarks from Mayor Bowser, MOAPIA Director David Do, GW representative, Indian cultural performances, a lamp lighting ceremony, and networking opportunity.

The event is open to the public. An RSVP is required: https://happydiwali.eventbrite.com

Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers are needed for set up (3:30 to 6pm), registration (6 – 6:50 pm), food serving, and clean-up (7 – 9 pm)

What: 2016 Diwali Reception
WhenWednesday, November 96:30-8:30 pm
Where: George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW Suite 602 Lindner Commons
(near Foggy Bottom and Farragut North/West Station )

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Jo Panero via email at jo.panero@dc.gov or via phone at 202-727-3756.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spring 2017 Internship Opportunity

Spring 2017 Intern, Asia Program
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) 
Preferred starting date: January 11, 2017 
Preferred time commitment: At least 25-35 hours per week, Monday–Friday between 9 AM to 5 PM
Washington, D.C.

The Asia Program addresses the implications of Asia’s rise for the West—in particular, how Asia’s resurgence will impact the foreign policy, economic, and domestic challenges and choices facing the transatlantic allies—through a combination of convening, writing, strategic grants, study tours, fellowships, partnerships with other GMF programs, and partnerships with other institutions. The intern will benefit from exposure to GMF’s network, its high level events and interactions with various policy actors. Since the internship takes place in Washington, interns are often able to attend various related events on behalf of GMF staff.

The Asia Program autumn internship is unpaid, but offers an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in public policy or international affairs. 


  • Providing administrative and research support for the Asia program on issues pertaining to U.S. and European Asia policy
  • Assisting in the coordination of our mid-scale convening activities, as well as small scale Washington based events
  • Helping maintain the program's database of contacts

  • Excellent analytical, writing skills and previous research experience
  • Fluency in English is required; Additional European or an Asian language is a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Comfortable multi-tasking, and working independently and as part of a team
  • Should be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in International Relations, International Development, Regional Studies, Economics  or Security Studies.
  • Previous experience in a think tank, foundation, NGO, government body, media outlet, or similar organization preferred
  • Strong interest in Asian security issues; a background in South Asian, East Asian or transatlantic security issues

Application Process
To apply: http://gmfus.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=451967&&cust_sort1=-1&&nohd# 

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spring 2017 Internship

South Asia Program Intern

Stimson Center
Deadline: October 14th, 5pm EST
Approximate Hours Per Week: 20-30+
Duration: Spring Semester

About the Program: 

The South Asia Program at the Stimson Center offers fall, summer, and spring internships to highly motivated and talented undergraduate and graduate students. The vast majority of the intern's time would be spent working on issues related to security in India and Pakistan, including strategic stability, deterrence challenges, crisis management, and confidence-building and nuclear risk reduction measures, as well as on projects related to the global nonproliferation regime. Interns will assist with editing pieces for the program's online policy platform, South Asian Voices, featuring contributors from the subcontinent. Interns will also be responsible for attending and reporting on events in Washington related to program interest areas.

This internship provides an excellent opportunity for individuals with a demonstrated interest in these topics to enhance their understanding of the issues and the South Asia policy community in Washington. The Stimson Center South Asia Program offers a uniquely substantive research-heavy experience. The intern will engage in life at Stimson, and gain from interacting with other staff, meeting fellow interns, and participating in Stimson's events. 

Internships are volunteer experience only. All internships are unpaid.


  • Reading and analyzing research documents
  • Assisting the Director, Deputy Director, and Associates with substantive research and writing projects
  • Editing analytical pieces related to security, politics, and economics of South Asia
  • Conducting original qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Providing social media support
  • Drafting an op-ed for an external publication
  • Organizing and taking notes in meetings
  • Tracking and reporting on developments in the field
  • Representing project staff at meetings and events at think tanks, NGOs, and on Capitol Hill
  • Minimal administrative support


  • Strong interest in South Asia or nuclear issues
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills
  • Experience with design (Adobe Photoshop, MS PowerPoint, Piktochart or related), audio/video editing (Audacity, Garage Band, Adobe, or related), and geographic information systems (ArcGIS or related)
  • Familiarity with statistical programs (e.g. Stata, R, and Python), web scraping/web data extraction tools, and programming languages desired.
  • A record of academic excellence
  • Precise editing skills - attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Full-time interns are preferred
  • South Asian language skills, especially Urdu and Hindi

Application Process: 

Deadline: October 14, 5 pm EST

Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference may be given to those available 30+ hours per week. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a PDF by 5 pm EST on Friday, October 14. To apply, please visit: https://stimson.applicantpro.com/jobs/328813.html

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Summer 2017 Volunteer Opportunity

Global Community Fellowship
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2017

Approximate Hours Per Week: 40
Duration: 13-15 months
Stipend: $200-1000/month
 Schools and NGOs in Japan, China, and throughout Southeast Asia
DEADLINE: November 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST
Program Dates: Summer of 2017 – Summer of 2018
The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for young and established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Education-focused posts: As a teaching fellow you'll advance student development using critical thinking, peace and conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication curriculum. You'll also help students to access future education and professional opportunities.

NGO-focused Posts: As an NGO fellow, you'll support community development and international communication efforts by supporting NGOs to access resources, networks, and collaboration opportunities.


  • Each fellowship program requires different qualifications, which are listed on our website.

    Some desired qualifications include but are not limited to:
    -Interest or experience in teaching
    -Self-starter, able to proactively find ways to contribute to an organization
    -Ability to work independently and in a team

  • Vientiane, Lao People, Democratic Republic
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Karuizawa, Japan
  • Long Xuyen City, Tra Vinh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, Viet Nam
  • Guangzhou and Hunan, China
  • Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake, Myanmar
  • Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Application Process
DEADLINE: November 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

Starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree (must graduate June 2017). Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, we do accept applications from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection.

Please submit your application on our website: http://viaprograms.org/expand-your-boundaries/global-community-fellowship/

Position Functions: Diplomacy, Education - Administration and Teaching, International Development, Teaching

Friday, October 7, 2016

Job Opportunity

Administrative Assistant 

The George Washington University Confucius Institute

Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University Confucius Institute (GWU C.I.) promotes the study of Chinese language and culture, supports Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and encourages increased research in the area of China studies. Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.), the Confucius Institute is one of 360 worldwide and the first in Washington, D.C. Additional information can be found at the following link: https://confucius.columbian.gwu.edu/.
The Global Initiatives Division, within the Confucius Institute of the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS), is searching for a full-time Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant position will provide the overall administrative support to the Executive Director of Global Initiatives.
Responsibilities include:
• Provides day-to-day administrative support to all personnel housed under the GWU C.I.
• Serves as the receptionist and the point of contact of the institute, schedules meetings, arranges for travels, orders supplies, pays invoices, and coordinates facilities maintenance for the program space, etc.
• Answers all general inquiries from the public and organizes visits and tours for parties who are interested in the program.
Drafts and conducts correspondences on behalf of the supervisor.
• Responsible for bookkeeping all revenues and expenses and creating and maintaining records as needed for events, confirming appointments, performing basic researches, and requesting reports from central development as needed.
• Works with the CCAS Technology and Marketing teams to develop and maintain the Confucius Institute website, designs and orders public information materials such as brochures, drafts press releases and any other materials to publicize all GWU C.I. activities within and outside of the University.
• Assists in troubleshooting and solving routine administrative or procedural problems with other departments, as assigned; helps with various publications.
• Aid in all general office-related tasks such as filing, typing, faxing, picking up and distributing mail, and ordering office supplies.
• Contact other University departments to request housekeeping and maintenance services; give or solicit operational information; arranges for meetings, conferences, and social events.
• Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  High school diploma/GED, or equivalent combination of training and experience, is necessary plus 1.5 years of relevant experience.

Job Details:

Full-time/ 40hrs. per week 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Spring 2017 Freeman Scholarship

 Spring 2017

STUDENT DEADLINE: October 20, 2016
ADVISER DEADLINE: October 27, 2016

About the Program 
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
From its inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions.
With generous funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is grateful to have relaunched Freeman-ASIA in 2016.
Award Benefits:
A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
Grant amounts are:
Summer Award
up to $3,000
Semester/Quarter Award
up to $5,000
Academic Year Award
up to $7,000

Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application.
Award funds are distributed to the award recipient's checking account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in one lump sum for summer and semester awards and in two installments for academic year awards.
Students may apply for institutional/program-based Freeman Foundation grants and the Freeman-ASIA Awards simultaneously, but may only accept one Freeman-sponsored grant per proposed study abroad term should the student receive multiple offers.
Service Projects
  • Within one month of returning from studying abroad, Freeman-ASIA Award recipients are required to provide feedback on their study abroad experiences by completing an online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey.
  • Additionally, Freeman-ASIA Award recipients are required to fulfill their service project requirements, based on their initial service proposal stated in their Freeman-ASIA applications, within the first semester or term immediately following their return from studying abroad.
  • Service proposals, approved by Study Abroad Advisers, are the students' own ideas as to how they plan to share their overseas study abroad experiences and promote interest in study abroad in East and Southeast Asia on their college campuses and/or in their communities. In designing their service projects, students should consider their skills and interests in addition to the publicity needs of their campus and/or community.
  1. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
  2. Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. The applicant is required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) figure, calculated through FAFSA, with the statement of financial need through the online Freeman-ASIA application.
  3. Must be an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree (or associate's degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
  4. Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
  5. Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
  6. Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term.
  7. Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study. A summer term applicant must not have spent more than 4 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years. A semester or an academic year term applicant must not have spent more than 6 weeks in the proposed country of study within the last 5 years.
  8. Must submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
  9. Must submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States.
  10. Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.

For Advisers

Important Information for Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers

Each applicant is required to secure the certification of their application from their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers. Applications without these certifications will be disqualified. Applicants will register their Advisers as they complete the Embark online Freeman-ASIA application itself, and the Advisers will then receive log-in instructions via email, which will allow them to access their student's application to complete the certification process. Other than this registration, there is no specific sign-up process to become a Freeman-ASIA certifier.

Please note that although applications do not have to be submitted to be certified, students must have completed the relevant information pertaining to each Adviser in order for their application to be certified.

Study Abroad Advisers

Applicants are required to reach out to their Study Abroad Adviser to discuss their study abroad plans, and confirm that their program meets the Freeman-ASIA eligibility requirements. It is important that students identify and communicate with the individual on campus best suited to certify their application. This person is normally a campus Study Abroad Adviser, or the individual who is most familiar with the study abroad program to which the student is applying. Other faculty or staff members who are not familiar with the study abroad program should not be asked to certify the application.
When students have completed (but not submitted) their portion of the application, they will be asked to register their Study Abroad Adviser using the recommendations portal of the Embark application. The Adviser will then receive an email with login information and instructions for completing the certification. They will then review the academic and programmatic information provided in the application, offering corrections or clarification to the student's responses where necessary. The application will be considered certified when the Adviser confirms in her/his response and/or corrections that the applicant and the program are eligible, and that the program is approved by the home institution.

Financial Aid Advisers

Each Freeman-ASIA application requires the certification of the applicant's Financial Aid Adviser. Applicants should plan to meet with their Financial Aid Adviser to discuss their financial need for study abroad. When students have completed (but not submitted) their portion of the application, they will be asked to register their Financial Aid Adviser using the recommendations portal of the Embark application. The Adviser will then receive an email with login information and instructions for completing the application certification. Financial Aid Advisers will review the financial aid and financial need information provided in the application, and offer corrections or clarification if necessary. The application will be considered certified when the Adviser confirms in their responses that the applicant meets the financial need requirements.

For applicants whose Financial Aid and are the same person, the application will contain an option for dual certification from a single Adviser.

Be aware that both Advisers must meet the adviser deadline (normally one week following the student deadline) in order for the application to be considered.


Application Process
STUDENT DEADLINE:October 20, 2016
ADVISER DEADLINE: October 27, 2016

The summer application generally opens in mid-January, with a late February/early March deadline. The fall and academic year application generally opens in mid-February, with an early April deadline.

Applications and certifications must be submitted by 11:59pm (Eastern time) on the day of the respective deadline.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers have the necessary information to complete and submit their certification to IIE by the adviser deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers may set earlier campus deadlines for submission of the Freeman-ASIA Applications. Applicants should contact their advisers about specific campus deadlines before proceeding with the Freeman-ASIA Applications.
This part provides detailed instructions for completing the Freeman-ASIA scholarship application. It is important that you read this information carefully in order to understand the application requirements and procedures.
Potential applicants should:
  1. Review the Freeman-ASIA eligibility requirements.
  2. Identify a Study Abroad Program in East or Southeast Asia that qualifies for a Freeman-ASIA Award. Please note, the program must be approved by you home institution.
  3. Contact the Study Abroad Adviser who will certify the programmatic and academic portions of your Freeman-ASIA application. You must ensure that you are requesting certification from the appropriate individual on campus; in most cases, this will be your campus Study Abroad Adviser. In general, faculty or other staff members who are not serving as an adviser for your study abroad program would not be the appropriate person to certify your application. This individual must be familiar with the study abroad program, and must be able to confirm that you (and your program) meet the eligibility requirements.
  4. Contact the Financial Aid Adviser who will certify your financial need to study abroad. You must have a FAFSA on file for your Financial Aid Adviser to complete the certification.
  5. If your Study Abroad and Financial Aid Adviser are the same individual, please use the dual adviser option in the Embark application. Do not submit two separate registrations for the same person.
  6. Follow up with your Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers to ensure they have received their registration email to access your application.
  7. Submit your application by the student deadline.
  8. Check with their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers to ensure that their certifications have been submitted by the adviser deadline.
Completing the Freeman-ASIA Application

To be considered for an award, all applicants must submit an application via Embark. When you register your Embark account, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Please read the Embark application instructions carefully as you navigate the application. In addition, please be aware of the following details and requirements:
  1. You must complete the pre-screening page of the application before proceeding with the rest of the application.
  2. In order for your application questions to be displayed correctly, you should complete them in the order in which they appear; do not skip ahead to other sections.
  3. You must formally register your advisers in the "recommenders" portal of the application, after you have input their details in the application itself. Please complete your portion of the application before you register your advisers, otherwise they will receive notification to review your application before it is complete, and will not be able to certify your application. Note, however, that you do not need to submit your application for them to certify it, but you must have input all the necessary information and saved it in your application.
  4. We do not request or accept academic recommendations. Please do not register additional recommenders. Only register your Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers.
  5. You are required to upload in PDF form an unofficial transcript from your current institution, as well as unofficial transcripts from any prior institutions you have attended since high school.
  6. No hard copy materials are required as part of the Freeman-ASIA application; the application is completed entirely online.
Online Application
Applicants must ensure that the certifications from their Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers have been completed and submitted to IIE via the Embark online application by the Adviser deadline. For the application to be complete, IIE must receive both certifications. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Study Abroad and Financial Aid Advisers may set early campus submission deadlines. Thus, applicants should contact their advisers for campus-specific instructions before proceeding with the Freeman-ASIA Application.

All applicants will be notified of the results of their application via e-mail within 5 - 7 weeks of the application deadline. Nominees will need to complete and submit additional paperwork to confirm their financial need and participation in their study abroad program.

Apply for a Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Now

Application Tips
Preference will be given to students who:
  • Participate in language study that will enhance their ability to engage with the host culture.
  • Enroll in a study abroad program with at least 20 hours per week of class time, incorporating the study of an East or Southeast Asian language, culture, and history.
  • Participate in a study abroad programs taught by host country faculty members.
  • Demonstrate sincere interest in incorporating East or Southeast Asian Studies into future academic and/or professional plans.
The three primary criteria used to evaluate Freeman-ASIA Award applications are:
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to and demonstrated interest in East or Southeast Asian Studies
  • Quality of the service project proposal
To find out more information, click here:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Spring Internship Opportunity

Spring Analyst
Desired Start Date: January 2, 2017
Approximate Hours Per Week: 40
Duration: 5 months
Stipend: $3000/month
Washington, D.C.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2016

The Asia Group, LLC (TAG) is accepting applications for spring analysts based in our Washington, DC office. Led by Dr. Kurt Campbell, Nirav Patel, and a team of partners (Brian Andrews, Rexon Ryu, Jing Vivatrat, and Sharon Yuan), TAG is an international strategic and capital advisory firm that supports Fortune 500 corporations and organizations with business interests in the Asia-Pacific region. TAG clients cover a broad range of industries, including: energy/extractives, ICT, aerospace and defense, autos, civil aviation, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transportation, entertainment, and hospitality.
The Asia Group is looking for highly motivated candidates who either have or are working toward an MBA or Master’s degree in international economics or a related field. Analysts work closely with partner-led client teams and play key roles in supporting the firm’s research, analysis, and client engagement. The ideal candidate commands a strong understanding of macroeconomics, political dynamics, and business climates across multiple Asian markets.

  • Conduct industry, political, and economic research and analysis
  • Draft memos, reports, and briefing materials for clients
  • Track market and industry developments impacting client equities
  • Assist in website and social media content management
  • Provide logistical and event support for client engagements

  • Outstanding research and writing skills
  • Self-starter and ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Strong grasp of business strategy fundamentals, particularly in emerging markets
  • Analytical expertise in several Asia-Pacific markets
  • Strong attention to detail and excel under tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications – demonstrated fluency in Excel and other statistical languages a plus
  • Team player with eagerness for professional development

Desired Focus and Expertise:
  • Demonstrated economic and political expertise in China, Japan, India, or Southeast Asia
  • Proficiency in Mandarin or Japanese a strong plus

Application Process
DEADLINE:November 15, 2016
For the spring period, analysts are expected to commit 40 hours a week from January to May. The position is paid and candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, a two-page analytical writing sample, and most recent academic transcript to info@the-asia-group.com by November 15, 2016.
Contact Information
Nadia Bulkin
Senior Associate
The Asia Group