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Temporary Graduate Research Assistant - Global Health Policy Center

Research Programs & Projects

Washington, DC
ID: 1070-233


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 Temporary Graduate Research Assistant will provide research and administrative support to the staff of the Global Health Policy Center. This is a 6-month, part-time, in-person position for January through June 2022.

The Global Health Policy Center's goal is to generate independent, forward-thinking, and multifaceted analyses that reach a bipartisan audience and shape U.S. policy approaches on global health. We do this by undertaking policy-relevant research and bringing together diverse stakeholders–U.S. policy makers from across the aisle, global health experts, and global health and foreign policy practitioners–to discuss critical issues and develop recommendations regarding U.S. global health leadership, policies, and programs. To do this, we capitalize on our expertise in health security, infectious disease, and women’s and family health, as well as the expertise of the broader CSIS expert community on regional politics, national security, and development challenges, to examine the geopolitical issues affecting current and future global health activities.

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


• Provide substantial research support to the Global Health Policy Center junior and senior staff, including drafting research briefs and memos on a variety of global health policy issues and contributing to the preparation of multimedia products.
• Provide on-call research to support preparation for meetings, events, publications, multimedia products, and research trips.
• Attend relevant global health events in Washington, D.C. and provide a summary to Global Health Policy Center staff.
• Consult a wide variety of news services and peer reviewed journals and prepare memos to brief Global Health Policy Center staff.
• Support the execution of CSIS events.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Must be a current or rising master’s candidate in public health, international relations, public policy/administration, biology, or global health-related field or recent recipient of a Master’s degree (2021) with academic experience.
• Demonstrated interest and understanding of global health issues, particularly HIV/AIDS, health security, and immunization issues.
• Proficiency with the entire Microsoft Office Suite.
• Strong English-language writing and research skills.
• Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Willingness to learn.


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.

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, and a writing sample no longer than 5 pages, labeled with the applicant’s name and ideally in one PDF document at

This position will be based in-person at the CSIS headquarters, located in Washington, D.C.

Key words: Research, Administrative Support, International Health, Global Health

Candidates should apply no later than 5:00 pm ET on Friday, December 24.