Thursday, February 5, 2015

Internship Opportunity: National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship

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

Are you interested in international affairs and political and security studies? Would you like to use your knowledge of international relations to support activities that inform and strengthen U.S. policy towards Asia? If so, apply for NBR’s PSA Internship!

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a volunteer, unpaid (the internship pays a nominal stipend), part-time (8-16 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 China Security Studies Program, Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future project, the Future of U.S. Alliances and Partnerships initiative, and other PSA projects.

  • Project Management Assistance: tracking contracts for project contributors, filling out project reimbursement requests; supporting project development; helping maintain project documentation and web-pages
  • Research Support and Writing: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, summarizing research papers, undertaking literature reviews, and performing other research and writing assignments as needed
  • 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.)
  • Database Administration: maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • 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

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 20, 2015; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:
  • Brief application form available on our website at
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and interest in the position
  • 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, email:, phone (206) 632-7370.


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