Friday, October 24, 2014

Exciting Spring 2015 Internship Opportunity!

Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Deadline: November 1, 2014
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China ( is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming spring in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is November 1, 2014 for the Spring 2015 internship that runs from January 15 to May 31, 2015. Spring internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.
CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.
Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women's rights, etc.).
Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission's Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).
The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.
Spring 2015 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Spring 2015 internships may apply for the Summer (June-August). Further details are available on the Commission's Web site at
  • Interns must be U.S. citizens.
  • Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
  • Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.
Application Instructions for Spring 2015:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at by November 1, 2014. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on November 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sasakawa USA is hiring!

To recent graduates, grad students, and soon-to-graduate undergraduate students in Asian Studies, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPFUSA) has job opportunities available!

Sasakawa USA is a 501c3 non-profit located in Washington, DC involved in U.S.-Japan relations, providing conferences and seminars, think tank analysis, people-to-people exchanges and coordination of high-level dialogue between the two countries through their in-house and grant-giving programs.

The opportunities currently available are:

Media Relations Manager

Sasakawa USA seeks an experienced communications professional to raise both public and elite awareness of the US-Japan relationship through media reporting, and to raise and maintain the organization's visibility with both domestic and international media outlets. 

Outreach Coordinator

Sasakawa USA seeks an Outreach Coordinator to identify and develop relations with members and staff of the U.S. Congress and the executive branch to build greater understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. The position will also include responsibility for organizing outreach activities for Sasakawa USA's former program participants as well as groups of Americans with significant past experience in Japan on issues of importance to U.S.-Japan relations including those who have studied or taught in Japan as well as military personnel who were based in Japan. 

Fellow, U.S.-Japan Common Challenges Program

Sasakawa USA seeks an experienced Fellow to lead the U.S.-Japan Common Challenges Program. The Common Challenges Program identifies areas in which the United States and Japan can cooperate to further the interests of the two countries, East Asia and the world as a whole. Ongoing projects include U.S.-Japan cooperation in Myanmar, democracy development, and science and technology. Sasakawa USA intends to develop additional new, unique and important programs on other key issues that would benefit from such cooperation bilaterally, regionally and globally.

Associate Fellow, U.S.-Japan Common Challenges Program

Sasakawa USA seeks an experienced Associate Fellow to help provide substantive and programmatic direction for the U.S.-Japan Common Challenges Program. The Common Challenges Program identifies areas in which the United States and Japan can cooperate to further the interests of both countries, the East Asia region, and globally. Ongoing projects include US-Japan cooperation in Myanmar, democracy development, and science and technology. Sasakawa USA intends to develop additional new, unique and important programs on other key issues that would benefit from such cooperation bilaterally, regionally and globally. 

Associate Fellow, U.S.-Japan Security and Foreign Policy Program

Sasakawa USA seeks an experienced Associate Fellow to provide substantive, programmatic and administrative support for its Security and Foreign Policy Program. This program includes work on an ongoing project on the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance and other new, unique and important projects covering key bilateral and regional issues in U.S.-Japan security and diplomatic relations. 
For more information, all jobs can be found on their organizational page:

Happy job hunting!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One Year Fellowship Opportunity in Asia: Applications are now open!

Interested in making a social impact abroad? How about in Asia? If so, take a look at the Dwight Clark Fellowship offered by Volunteers in Asia (VIA).

This service fellowship is a year-long program that allows its fellows to live in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, or Thailand to carry out community and social development programs, education, and anti-trafficking efforts. The fellowship begins each year in August and applications will be accepted through January 15th, 2015.

For information about this fellowship or VIA's other opportunities, visit their program homepage or follow their page on Facebook.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Change of Schedule: Korean Tea Time

To all of those who have been attending the Sigur Center's weekly Korean Tea Times or would like to give it a try and pratice your Korean with tea and cookies, please note that the timing has been changed.

Korean Tea Time will still be held every Tuesday, but now from 1:30-2:30 PM. The location is still the Chung-wen Shih Conference Room in Elliott School Suite 503.

This change was made due to input from current students, and further input is always welcome. The Sigur Center strives to make its resources as convenient and accessible as possible.

We hope to see you there!

Click here to check out the Sigur Center's updated events calendar.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Study Abroad Opportunity in Cambodia

Students in the International Studies Program interested in gaining meaningful, hands-on experience abroad can spend a semester in Cambodia learning about post-conflict recovery, Cambodian culture and history, international health, global poverty and Khmer Buddhism with Global Service Corps.

Global Service Corps’ Study Abroad Program in Cambodia provides students with an insider look into the world of international development in Southeast Asia. One of the most diverse regions of the world, Southeast Asia is composed of eleven countries that vary greatly in language, religion, history and culture. While the region as a whole has experienced economic growth, some countries still face a number of development challenges. Students studying abroad with GSC will become part of a movement to restore health, prosperity and growth to a society in recovery from brutal civil war and genocide.

Global Service Corps’ semester service-learning programs in Cambodia supplement classroom education with hands-on field work at local community development organizations. In partnership with the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) and Pa├▒├▒asastra University of Cambodia, GSC offers 15-credit Semester Programs and a 9-credit Summer Program focused on social, cultural, and community development in Cambodia.

The 15-credit, 15-week Fall or Spring Semester Program includes:  
·        3 weeks of academic training on Khmer language, social development in post-conflict societies, service-learning theory, Buddhism and meditation,  Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Cambodian culture and history
·        9 weeks of field work in the areas of public health, orphanage care, assistance of slum populations, HIV/AIDS prevention and/or English language instruction
·        3 weeks of Capstone projects, allowing students to synthesize their studies and field experience

The 9-credit, 9-week Summer Program includes:
·        1 week of academic training on Khmer language, social development in post-conflict societies, service-learning theory, Buddhism and meditation,  Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Cambodian culture and history
·        8 weeks of varied service-learning field work in any of the following programs: English Language Instruction, HIV/AIDS Prevention & Public Health Education, Buddhist Immersion, Orphanage Care, International Health, or an Integrated Program

Students participating in GSC’s Semester and Summer Service-Learning Programs are provided with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain a greater perspective on the issues surrounding Cambodian development, while making make a lasting global impact.

Applications are still being accepted for the upcoming 2015 Spring Semester!

To Apply: (Please Note: Students will need to apply through both GSC and SUNY)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Language Tea Time Schedule Now Available!

The schedule for Chinese, Japanese and Korean tea times is now available!

These are informal events designed to allow a time and place for students to practice their language skills, share study tips, learn about the Language Exit Exams, and get to know other language students. Tea and cookies will be provided! All tea times are from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the Sigur Center's Chung-wen Shih conference room, Suite 503.

Chinese - Thursdays: 9/04, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/02, 10/09, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20, 12/04

Japanese -Wednesdays: 9/03, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/01, 10/08, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/05, 11/12, 11/19, 12/03

Korean -Tuesdays: 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/04, 11/18, 11/25, 12/02

This schedule is based on previous interest in the various languages offered. The schedule may change later in the semester based on input from participants, so please let us know!

Download the current Fall 2014 Tea Time Calendar

Please RSVP for a Tea Time at

Fall Internship Opportunit​ies at The National Bureau of Asian Research

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a paid, full-time (25+ hours per week) intern to be a member of the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) team for 3-6 months, extendable. The internship will include contributing to key projects and programs, such as the Strategic Asia Program, the China Security Studies Program, The Future of U.S. Alliances and Partnerships initiative, and other PSA projects. This position is supervised by PSA directors and managers.

  • Project Assistance: drafting and proof-reading project descriptions, concept papers, etc.; helping maintain project documentation, web-pages, and filing systems
  • Research Support and Writing: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, providing market research, summarizing research papers, undertaking literature reviews, and performing other research and writing assignments as needed
  • Publications Support: reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading and formatting publications; assisting with publications distribution (including mailings), etc.
  • Database Administration: maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • Event Planning: providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • Phone Support: answering incoming calls to the organization
  • Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed
  • Current BA/MA student or recent graduate, working towards or holding a relevant degree
  • Excellent written, oral, and research skills are required, as well as substantive expertise and interest in contemporary U.S. foreign policy towards Asia
  • The intern should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team, pays acute attention to detail, is organized, and works well under pressure
  • Advanced Asian language skills a plus, especially Japanese, Korean, and Chinese
  • U.S. work authorization (by time of application deadline)
  • Supervision: gain experience working for directors and managers and collaborating in a team setting
  • Think tank exposure: learn how a think tank works and have the opportunity to talk with staff across the organization about their roles and departments
  • Networking: make professional connections with people in your field
  • Application of academics: use your degree or what you’ve learned to date in the classroom in a professional setting
Application Process

The deadline for applications is September 12, 2014; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:
  • Application Form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Human Resources Director,, phone (206) 632-7370.