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Research Intern - Humanitarian Agenda (Spring 2022)


Washington, DC
ID: 1016-233


At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The CSIS Humanitarian Agenda seeks to leverage the humanitarian community, help shape U.S. government strategic planning and policies, and increase understanding of both the vast challenges and new innovations in humanitarian efforts. Through public and private events, a congressional task force, and policy briefs, the program examines opportunities for improving the delivery of humanitarian assistance and coordination between relevant actors.

CSIS seeks a full-time research intern to support the Humanitarian Agenda on general research, administrative, and event-planning initiatives. Research will include monitoring developments and providing analysis on regional humanitarian crises and broader U.S. foreign aid policy.

The Research Intern will also provide logistical and administrative support for public and private events that engage the government and non-profit communities on a wide variety of topics. This support will include compiling background materials, taking notes during meetings, and other logistical tasks necessary for the planning process. Because of the fast-paced work environment, intern should be motivated self-starter that enjoy a wide variety of research, analytic, and logistical work.



Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Monitoring developments in the humanitarian space and providing research and analysis for publications
• Curating the program’s Twitter content
• Coordinating logistics for public and private virtual events
• Supporting the editing process for written publications
• Attending and summarizing relevant external events
• Maintaining records of external engagement and meetings with partner organizations



• Applicants must at least be a Senior at an undergraduate institution. Preference for graduate students or recent graduates of a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in international relations, international development, public policy, political science, human rights, or related field
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with foreign and security policy research; ability to distill and synthesize information
• Ability to work independently
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of conflict, international security and development, and humanitarian issues
• Proficiency with Microsoft suite required



The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



The program is looking to hire someone available to work from January – June 2022. The intern is expected to work five days a week, Monday through Friday, for a total of 35 hours. The hired candidate will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience ($15.20/hour for current undergraduate hires, $16.20/hour for hires with a Bachelor’s degree, and $17.20/hour for hires with a Master’s degree.

Interested applicants should submit:

1. A resume and cover letter as two separate clearly labeled PDF documents.
2. A list of 3 references (including reference’s name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number) as a separate word document.

Applicants must correctly submit the requested documentation to be considered at Please submit using nomenclature such as [Last Name_First Name_Document type]. Other materials submitted will not be reviewed.