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Design Intern - iDeas Lab (Summer 2022)


Washington, DC
ID: 1098-233


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 in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of more than 200 employees working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The iDeas Lab, the award-winning creative and digital production department at CSIS, seeks a highly motivated and creative candidate for a full-time, 6-month design internship in a dynamic and fast-paced environment beginning in March 2022 (ending September 2022). This is a paid internship.

The iDeas Lab enhances CSIS's policy research and analysis with the latest in web products, design, video, and audio. You can see some of our work at The iDeas Lab is a creative environment made up of three major sub-teams—video/audio production, web development, and design. We are a highly collaborative team, and many of us use our skills and passion in many different creative arenas.

The successful candidate will work closely with our design team on print, web, and graphics projects covering a spectrum of CSIS issue areas. We are looking for a creative, energetic, self-starter who has a strong desire to experience the many different facets and phases of design and digital media production. Working closely with our experienced and talented team, interns are involved in the entire design process from concept to final products. The internship is structured to provide aspiring professionals with practical experience and hard-skill building.

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

• Assist the design team on a spectrum of design projects, including print/digital publications, graphics, data visualizations, branded templates, brochures, logos, email banners, event materials, newsletters, satellite imagery markups, and other CSIS marketing materials.
• Research and compile assets for design, multimedia, and digital projects, including photo research.
• Support design and publications team, other iDeas Lab creative staff, and External Relations outreach team as needed.



• B.A./B.S. in relevant field (or rising senior) or relevant work or internship experience
• Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite and specifically solid experience with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
• Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, including operating in a fast-paced environment and managing competing priorities
• Strong attention to detail, initiative, and follow-through skills
• Interest in global affairs and public policy a plus
• Experience with HTML, CSS, and other web tools/languages is a plus
• Eligible to work in the United States



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job 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.

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 cover letter, resume, and a link to a portfolio or samples of past work. Finalists will be asked for references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications materials must be submitted via the online portal, here: