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Research Assistant - Asia Program

Research Programs & Projects

Washington, DC
ID: 1020-233



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 Asia Program seeks a research assistant to work on a range of substantive and administrative activities in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The research assistant will be expected to assume various responsibilities including policy-oriented research, project management, event planning and logistics, copyediting, program coordination, and administration.

The successful candidate will be a team player, possess excellent administrative, communication, research, and writing skills, and demonstrate a keen interest in the international relations of Asia as well as global issues.



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

• Provide research and project management support for initiatives focused on Asia as well as global issues. Duties may include coordinating meetings, assignments, and deadlines; editing written products; and meeting project reporting requirements.
• Assist senior program staff with calendar management, event planning, and logistics.
• Assist Japan Chair when necessary.
• Perform other general tasks to support program functions.




Required qualifications:
• B.A. in International Relations, Political Science, or a related field; M.A. preferred.
• Knowledge of national security policymaking.
• Exceptional research, writing, and communication skills.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to work well independently and in groups.
• Oral proficiency in Japanese preferred.




The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to 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.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.




Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, college transcripts, and short writing sample via the “Apply” link below.