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Current Employment and Internship Opportunities



Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship I—Full-time, Washington, D.C.

Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship I—Part-time, Washington, D.C.

Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship II—Full-time, Washington, D.C.

Publications Internship, Seattle, WA




Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship I—Full-time
Washington, D.C.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a paid, full-time (25+ hours per week) intern to be a member of the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) team for 3-6 months, extendable. The internship will include contributing to key projects and programs, such as the Strategic Asia Program, the China Security Studies Program, The Future of U.S. Alliances and Partnerships initiative, and other PSA projects. This position is supervised by PSA directors and managers.

Responsibilities

  • Project Assistance: drafting and proof-reading project descriptions, concept papers, etc.; helping maintain project documentation, web-pages, and filing systems
  • Research Support and Writing: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, providing market research, summarizing research papers, undertaking literature reviews, and performing other research and writing assignments as needed
  • Publications Support: reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading and formatting publications; assisting with publications distribution (including mailings), etc.
  • Database Administration: maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • Event Planning: providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • Phone Support: answering incoming calls to the organization
  • Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed

Qualifications

  • Current BA/MA student or recent graduate, working towards or holding a relevant degree
  • Excellent written, oral, and research skills are required, as well as substantive expertise and interest in contemporary U.S. foreign policy towards Asia
  • The intern should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team, pays acute attention to detail, is organized, and works well under pressure
  • Advanced Asian language skills a plus, especially Japanese, Korean, and Chinese
  • U.S. work authorization (by time of application deadline)

Benefits

  • Supervision: gain experience working for directors and managers and collaborating in a team setting
  • Think tank exposure: learn how a think tank works and have the opportunity to talk with staff across the organization about their roles and departments
  • Networking: make professional connections with people in your field
  • Application of academics: use your degree or what you’ve learned to date in the classroom in a professional setting

Application Process

The deadline for applications is September 12, 2014; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Application Form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Human Resources Director, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.



Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship I—Part-time
Washington, D.C.


Would you like to be involved in programs that foster collaborative solutions to common challenges— energy security and policy; energy and the environment; and trade, investment, and economic engagement—that face the United States and Asia? Are you interested in gaining professional work experience, developing skills in the project management and Asia policy fields, and building your professional network? If so, apply for NBR’s TEEA Internship!

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking one unpaid, volunteer, part-time (12–16 hours per week) intern for 1-2 academic quarters to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group. The intern will focus on a variety of TEEA programs, including but not limited to the Energy Security Program and the Pacific Energy Summit. This internship is ideal for a student seeking to gain project management skills, office experience, and exposure to research projects in Asia policy while also working at a nonprofit research institution. Mentorship is provided by Trade, Economic, and Energy assistant directors. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Key Responsibilities

  • Event Planning: provide support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; tracking participation and stakeholder follow-up; note-taking, etc.).
  • Project Assistance: draft and proofread project materials including agendas, concept papers, web content, and interviews, etc.; maintain and track project documentation, web pages, and filing systems.
  • Research Support and Writing: provide substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars; provide market research, summarize research papers, undertake literature reviews, and perform other research and writing assignments as needed.
  • Phone Support: answer incoming calls to the organization
  • Other: participate in and support other NBR programs and activities as needed.
  • Professional Development Potential: Interns will work with NBR assistant directors to develop new skills and hone academic interests. Assistant Directors will also work with applicants with language skills to identify opportunities to engage these skills in a professional environment.

Qualifications

  • BA student with demonstrable leadership and exceptional background or current MA student, working towards a relevant degree.
  • The ideal applicant will be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team; pay acute attention to detail; be organized; work well under pressure; and have excellent written, oral, and research skills.
  • S/he must be developing a substantive expertise on specific countries and issues (relevant to NBR’s mission and research.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is August 28, 2014; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:

  • application form: PDF or MS Word
  • cover letter that details your interests and availability
  • resume
  • a brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • contact information of three references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail)

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.



Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship II—Full-time
Washington, D.C.


Would you like to be involved in programs that foster collaborative solutions to common challenges— energy security and policy; energy and the environment; and trade, investment, and economic engagement—that face the United States and Asia? Are you interested in gaining professional work experience, developing skills in the project management and Asia policy fields, and building your professional network? If so, apply for NBR’s TEEA Internship!

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking one paid full-time (40 hours per week) intern for 3-6 months to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group. The minimum is three months, but priority is given to those who are available longer. The intern will focus on a variety of TEEA programs, including but not limited to the Energy Security Program and the Pacific Energy Summit. This internship is supervised by TEEA assistant directors.

Project & Work Descriptions

NBR’s Energy Security Program convenes senior policy and industry leaders and Asia energy specialists to engage in high-level discussions of Asia’s energy policies and their implications for geopolitics. Experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including roundtables, a spring workshop, NBR’s annual Energy Security Report, and a public fall launch.

TEEA interns have the opportunity to work closely with project managers and senior experts on all aspects of the 2014 Program, including: preparing program and event materials; maintaining registration lists; assisting with travel, outreach, and event logistics; and supporting program research needs.

Launched in 2009, NBR’s annual Pacific Energy Summit is an invitation-only event that convenes leaders from government, business, and research to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and climate change. Every year, the Summit engages more than 200 senior policy and industry leaders, representing over 25 countries. By bridging the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors, the Summit informs policy and inspires collaboration to help support sustainable economic development. Key deliverables for the series include the annual Summit, working papers, policy interviews, final report, and Capitol Hill report launch.

For the Summit series, TEEA interns provide administrative, outreach, and logistical support for the 2014 and 2015 Summits. Core responsibilities include: conducting background research as necessary, preparing event materials, maintaining registration lists, tracking and following-up on invitations, and assisting with travel and event logistics.

Additionally, interns will support TEEA on other group-related activities, and work closely with project managers and senior experts in developing and managing roundtables, logistics, and outreach, particularly on energy and economic engagement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Event Planning: Providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas and invitations; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.).
  • Project Assistance: Drafting, reviewing, fact-checking, proofreading, and formatting documents related to TEEA programs, including but not limited to briefing materials, agendas, website content, key thematic issues, and related publications and/or other materials as appropriate.
  • Research Support: Providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, including gathering articles on current events and background on key individuals, attending and summarizing local events on trade and energy, conducting an interview with an expert in the TEEA field.
  • Publications Support: Reviewing, fact-checking, proofreading, and formatting publications; assisting with publications distribution (including mailings), etc.
  • Database Administration: Maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases.
  • Phone Support: Answering incoming calls to the organization.
  • Other: Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed.

Qualifications

  • Upperclassman BA student, current MA student, or recent graduate preferred, working towards or holding a relevant degree.
  • The ideal applicant should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team; pay acute attention to detail; be organized; work well under pressure; and have excellent written, oral, and research skills.
  • S/he must have substantive expertise on specific countries and issues (substantive knowledge and/or language skills) and must be able to understand each project’s scope/relevance in order to work effectively with scholars and other stakeholders.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is August 28, 2014; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:

  • application form: PDF or MS Word
  • cover letter that details your interests and availability
  • resume
  • a brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • contact information of three references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail)

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.



Publications Internship - Fall 2014
Seattle, WA


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an unpaid, volunteer, part-time Publications Intern (10–12 hours per week) to assist with formatting, proofreading, and copyediting, as well as the distribution of NBR publications.

This entry-level internship position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to develop office skills and professional experience in publishing while also working at a nonprofit research institution. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting with formatting, proofreading, and copyediting manuscripts
  • Assisting with distributing NBR publications, including processing and shipping orders
  • Providing general office support for other NBR activities, including answering incoming calls to the organization

Qualifications

  • Current student whose studies are related to publishing, editing, and/or Asia studies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail, positive work ethic, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • Interest in publishing; interest in Asia studies and international relations is a plus
  • Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style is a plus

Application Process

Applications for this position are due August 31, 2014. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:

  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • cover letter that details your interests and availability
  • resume
  • a brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, email address

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.


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Internship and Fellowship Openings

Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship I—Full-time
Washington, D.C.

Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship I—Part-time
Washington, D.C.

Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship II—Full-time
Washington, D.C.

Publications Internship, Seattle, WA

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