Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chinese Tea-Time schedule has been updated.
See the Sigur Center events calendar for more info here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Internship Opportunity: Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship Washington, D.C.

Would you like to be involved in programs that foster collaborative solutions to common challenges—energy security and policy; energy and the environment; and trade, investment, and economic engagement—that face the United States and Asia? Are you interested in gaining professional work experience, developing skills in the project management and Asia policy fields, and building your professional network? If so, apply for NBR’s TEEA Internship!
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking one paid, full-time (25-40 hours/week) intern for 3-6 months to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group starting immediately or in spring semester. The minimum is three months, but priority is given to those who are available longer. The intern will focus on a variety of TEEA programs, including but not limited to the Energy Security Program and the Pacific Energy Summit. This internship is supervised by TEEA assistant directors.

Project & Work Descriptions
NBR’s Energy Security Program convenes senior policy and industry leaders and Asia energy specialists to engage in high-level discussions of Asia’s energy policies and their implications for geopolitics. Experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including roundtables, a spring workshop, NBR’s annual Energy Security Report, and a public fall launch.
TEEA interns have the opportunity to work closely with project managers and senior experts on all aspects of the 2015 Program, including: preparing program and event materials; maintaining registration lists; assisting with travel, outreach, and event logistics; and supporting program research needs.
Launched in 2009, NBR’s annual Pacific Energy Summit is an invitation-only event that convenes leaders from government, business, and research to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and climate change. Every year, the Summit engages more than 200 senior policy and industry leaders, representing over 25 countries. By bridging the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors, the Summit informs policy and inspires collaboration to help support sustainable economic development. Key deliverables for the series include the annual Summit, working papers, policy interviews, final report, and Capitol Hill report launch.
For the Summit series, TEEA interns provide administrative, outreach, and logistical support for the 2015 Summit. Core responsibilities include: conducting background research as necessary, preparing event materials, maintaining registration lists, tracking and following-up on invitations, and assisting with travel and event logistics.
Additionally, interns will support TEEA on other group-related activities, and work closely with project managers and senior experts in developing and managing roundtables, logistics, and outreach, particularly on energy and economic engagement.

  • Event Planning: Providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas and invitations; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • Project Assistance: Drafting, reviewing, fact-checking, proofreading, and formatting documents related to TEEA programs, including but not limited to briefing materials, agendas, website content, key thematic issues, and related publications and/or other materials as appropriate.
  • Research Support: Providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, including gathering articles on current events and background on key individuals, attending and summarizing local events on trade and energy, conducting an interview with an expert in the TEEA field.
  • Publications Support: Reviewing, fact-checking, proofreading, 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.
  • Phone Support: Answering incoming calls to the organization.
  • Other: Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed.
  • Upperclassman BA student, current MA student, or recent graduate preferred, working towards or holding a relevant degree.
  • The ideal applicant should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team; pay acute attention to detail; be organized; work well under pressure; and have excellent written, oral, and research skills.
  • S/he must have substantive expertise on specific countries and issues (substantive knowledge and/or language skills) and must be able to understand each project’s scope/relevance in order to work effectively with scholars and other stakeholders.

Application Process
The deadline for applications is February 6, 2015, however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:
  • resume
  • cover letter that details your qualifications and suitability for the position
  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • contact information of three references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail)
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director, Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone: (206) 632-7370.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First Korean Tea Time of the semester today at 4:00 PM!

Looking to practice your Korean and get to know other students who speak the language? Come to Korean coversation club and tea time at the Sigur Center! The first meeting will take place today from 4PM-5PM at the Sigur Center's Chung-wen Shih conference room, Elliott School Suite 503. Tea and cookies will be provided!

Korean tea times will be held alternating Wednesdays at 4:00 PM on the following dates:
1/21, 2/04, 2/18, 3/04, 3/18, 4/01, 4/15, 4/29

Chinese tea times will be held every Friday at 4:00 PM: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/06, 3/20, 3/27, 4/03, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/01

Japanese tea times will be held every Monday at 4:00 PM: 1/26, 2/02, 2/09, 2/23, 3/02, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/06, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

Friday, January 16, 2015

Conversation Club & Tea Time

The schedule for Spring 2015 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 held from 4pm - 5pm in the Sigur Center's Chung-wen Shih conference room, Suite 503.
Chinese (Fridays) - 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/06, 3/20, 3/27, 4/03, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/01
Japanese (Mondays) -1/26, 2/02, 2/09, 2/23, 3/02, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/06, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Korean (Alternating Wednesdays)-1/21, 2/04, 2/18, 3/04, 3/18, 4/01, 4/15, 4/29
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!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Announcing Sigur Center 2015 Summer Language and Research Grants

 The Sigur Center for Asian Studies is pleased to announce grants for language study and field research for Summer 2015. Students with an interest in furthering their Asian language skills or conducting field research in Asia are highly encouraged to apply. All GW students are eligible for Language Grants. Asian Field Research Grants are open to MA and PhD students. Students may apply regardless of nationality.
All grant applications are due by February 27, 2015. Please find links to application materials and details for each grant below: 

Grant for Asian Language Study in Korea, Japan or China

Grant for Chinese Language Study in Taiwan

Grant for Asian Field Research

Please direct all inquiries regarding Sigur Center Language and Research Grants 
to Mary Howard, Asian Studies Program Assistant at asia@gwu.edu.

Job Opportunity: Project Manager, National Bureau of Asian Research

Project Manager, Political and Security Affairs (PSA)
Washington, D.C.

Job Description: The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) seeks a Project Manager to contribute to our robust research agenda and help inform and influence U.S. policy and strategy toward the Asia-Pacific. The Project Manager will be responsible for administering several projects and programs within the PSA group, ensuring the quality and timeliness of NBR research, and overseeing the budgets and production processes related to these initiatives. This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt, staff position reporting to the Senior Vice President of Political and Security Affairs.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will have excellent communication and project management skills, display strong analytical skills and intellectual creativity, and demonstrate an independent and entrepreneurial spirit. S/he will work effectively and collaboratively within an active and motivated team, and help contribute to NBR’s long traditions of professionalism and cordiality. Additionally, s/he should be familiar with a wide range of countries and policy issues in the Asia-Pacific, and possess substantive knowledge of the region, its geopolitical dynamics, and relevant U.S. strategies and policies.

B.A. in international relations or a related field required; M.A. in international relations or a related field strongly preferred, though may be supplemented with practical experience. A working knowledge of Asian language(s) also preferred. U.S. military veterans are encouraged to apply.

  • Project Management: managing the complete range of project activities on schedule, within budget, and according to expectations for timeliness and quality
  • Budget Management: maintaining budgets and budget reports, including tracking and coordinating payments, reimbursements, and other expenses
  • Project Development: working with NBR leadership to conceptualize, develop, and expand PSA’s research agenda
  • Team Building: Leading and motivating project teams to achieve specific objectives, and working within an active research team
  • Research: as opportunities arise, conducting research and writing for a wide variety of internal and external publications
  • Event Management: overseeing the design, logistics, and coordination of project meetings and related publications
  • Outreach: maintaining and updating content on relevant NBR websites; representing NBR before a wide range of audiences
  • Engagement: building and maintaining relationships with business leaders, scholars, government officials, and foreign interlocutors to facilitate research and new projects
  • Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed
Application Process:
The deadline for applications is January 2, 2015. To apply, submit the following to NBR:
·         Letter of interest
·         Resume
·         Three references with name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address

Please email application materials to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources, employment@nbr.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

Interested in studying a language and living abroad?? Apply for our Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants for study abroad in Korea, China, or Japan!
The George Washington University has been awarded funds from the US Department of Education to provide Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) academic year and summer grants. All GW graduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and enrolled as full-time students are eligible for these grants (undergraduates are eligible for summer grants.)
FLAS academic year grants cover full tuition and a modest living stipend. Summer grants cover $5,000 in tuition. Summer grants may be used at GW or at an approved overseas institution.
Students must study a modern regional language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) and take Asia-regional courses. The deadline for both Summer 2015 FLAS applicants and Academic Year 2015-2016 FLAS is January 15, 2015.
Application details can be found via the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships at