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Current Employment and Internship Opportunities


Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship
Washington, D.C.

Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.

Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship
Washington, D.C.



Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship
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 (25-40 hours/week) intern for 3-6 months to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group starting immediately or in spring semester. 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 2015 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 2015 Summit. 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.


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 Friday, February 6, 2015, however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:

  • resume
  • cover letter that details your qualifications and suitability for the position
  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • 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, Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone: (206) 632-7370.



Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Congressional & Media Outreach Intern to support congressional and media-related initiatives in our Washington, D.C. office. The intern will help communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers and the media, and have the opportunity to contribute to publications for congressional staff. This unique experience provides intensive exposure to NBR’s research programs and network of scholars.

The Congressional & Media Outreach Internship is an unpaid, volunteer, part-time position (8-16 hours per week). The intern will be a key member of NBR’s Outreach team for approximately 3-6 months, beginning in February or March 2015. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Outreach. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

  • Develop content and programming for NBR’s partnerships with the Senate India Caucus, U.S.-China Working Group, Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group, etc. This includes interviewing Asia policy experts, writing and editing content, and developing NBR’s congressional newsletters
  • Provide research and planning support for meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill, including NBR’s annual Engaging Asia conference
  • Assist with media outreach, including drafting press releases, placing op-eds, and developing media plans for NBR’s 25th anniversary and NBR’s Pacific Energy Summit in Beijing
  • Write social media posts and implement strategies to increase NBR’s visibility
  • Support creation of NBR’s congressional outreach webpage, track meetings with congressional staff, etc.

Qualifications

  • Current BA/MA student, working toward a relevant degree
  • Strong interest in government relations, U.S.-Asia policymaking, and social media
  • Excellent written, research, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as substantive expertise and interest in U.S. policy toward Asia and/or media and government relations
  • Motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who pays acute attention to detail
  • Experience using social media tools in a professional setting preferred but not necessary
  • Knowledge of web/graphic design is a plus

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 13, 2015; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Brief application form available on our website in PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample, if possible, related to the position you are applying for
  • 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, Director, Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone: (206) 632-7370.



Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship
Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in international affairs and political and security studies? Would you like to use your knowledge of international relations to support activities that inform and strengthen U.S. policy towards Asia? If so, apply for NBR’s PSA Internship!

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a volunteer, unpaid (the internship pays a nominal stipend), part-time (8-16 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 China Security Studies Program, Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future project, the Future of U.S. Alliances and Partnerships initiative, and other PSA projects.

Responsibilities

  • Project Management Assistance: tracking contracts for project contributors, filling out project reimbursement requests; supporting project development; helping maintain project documentation and web-pages
  • Research Support and Writing: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, summarizing research papers, undertaking literature reviews, and performing other research and writing assignments as needed
  • 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.)
  • Database Administration: maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • 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

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 20, 2015; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Application Form available on our website in PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and interest in the position
  • 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.

Staff Openings

There are no openings at this time.

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Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship Washington, D.C.

Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.

Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Internship
Washington, D.C.

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