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Intern - International Security Program/ Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy (Summer 2024)


Washington, DC
ID: 1508-233

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 working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.
CSIS seeks a part-time intern to support the International Security Program and the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy. This program focuses on issues related to Indo-Pacific security, U.S.-China military competition, and U.S. defense planning. This intern will conduct research to support a CSIS wargame on a future war over Taiwan and assist with the physical production of the wargame. The intern will also provide administrative support for public and private events hosted by the International Security Program on the changing character of war. Interns should be highly motivated, a focused problem-solver, and able to navigate in a fast-paced working environment. This position will be considered on a rolling basis through July 5, 2024.
Start date will be in early August and last through the fall. The hired candidate will work in-person and for up to 28 hours a week. They will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience ($17.50/hour for current undergraduate hires, $18.50/hour for hires with a bachelor’s degree, and $19.50/hour for hires with a master’s degree). 
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Supporting high-level meetings and public events including prepping materials, set-up, event registration, and more.

• Note taking for wargame sessions and other events.

• Spot and background research on the Ukraine War, Israel-Hamas War, and Chinese nuclear development.

• Independent long-term research projects.

• Administrative support to program.

• Other administrative tasks as necessary. 


• Strong academic record with a demonstrated interest in security and war studies. Competitive applicants should be in their junior year of undergraduate study or above. 

• Must have at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution 

• Experience attending meetings and taking notes for principals 

• Strong research skills  

• Ability to work independently  

This position will be based out of our Washington DC headquarters and is expected to be in-office 3+ days per week. 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.
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 college transcript at