Political and Security Affairs Internship - 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, beginning in November in Washington DC. The internship will include contributing to key projects and programs, such as the Approaching Critical Mass project, the Cyber and Space Strategic Stability initiative, the U.S.-China relations in Strategic Domains project, and the Maritime Commons project. This position is supervised by the PSA director and manager.


  • Project Management Assistance: drafting and proof-reading project descriptions, concept papers, etc.; helping maintain project documentation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Some experience with the responsibilities of the internship preferred
  • 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
  • U.S. work authorization (by time of application deadline)

Application Process

The deadline for applications is October 22, 2015. 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

How to Apply

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Human Resources Director, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.