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Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.

Other Opportunities

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

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 3-6 months, beginning in the summer and fall of 2015. The minimum time commitment is 3 months. 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.


  • Writing and Research: develop content and contribute to NBR partnerships, including the Senate India Caucus, U.S.-China Working Group, and Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group
  • This involves interviewing Asia-policy experts, writing and editing content, and developing NBR’s congressional newsletters
  • Congressional Outreach Support: provide research, planning, and logistical support for meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill
  • Media Outreach: assist with media outreach, including drafting press releases, placing op-eds, and developing media plans for NBR’s 25th anniversary, NBR’s Pacific Energy Summit, and the annual Strategic Asia book launch
  • Social Media: write social media posts and implement strategies to increase NBR’s visibility
  • Website Management: support creation of NBR’s congressional outreach webpage


  • Current BA/MA student, working toward a relevant degree
  • Strong interest in government relations, U.S.-Asia relations, and social media
  • Excellent written, research, and interpersonal skills are required
  • 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, August 14, 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 available 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 of Human Resources,, (206) 632-7370.

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

About the Program

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, located at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, a nine-month leadership development program for up to 15 students in the Puget Sound area beginning October 2015 through May 2016.

“My great legacy for generations to come will be the new and maturing young people who have worked for me throughout my career and who are participating in the next generation programs at NBR and the Gorton Center.”

—U.S. Senator Slade Gorton

The program is open to undergraduate (juniors and seniors), graduate, and law school students. The mission of the program is to enhance students’ ability to make a positive global impact in their respective fields of study. Students will have exposure to, and learn from, Senator Gorton’s extensive public service career and significant contributions to Washington State and the nation. It includes leadership lessons from his time as a Washington State legislator, House Majority Leader, three-term Washington State Attorney General, three-term U.S. Senator, 9/11 Commission member and Washington State Redistricting Commission member. All program costs are covered and students of any academic major may apply.

The Global Leaders Program consists of three main components:

“Having the opportunity to learn about leadership from Senator Gorton, as well as other civic leaders, has been an incredible experience.”

—Sarah, 2014–15 GLP Participant

1.) Leadership Roundtables

Student participants will meet for two hours, once a month, starting in October 2015, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. Each meeting will be a private roundtable session to discuss a leadership or public policy issue with Senator Gorton and a guest speaker. Last year’s speakers included:

  • Kent Patton, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department
  • Senator Andy Hill, Washington State Senator
  • Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
  • Dr. Rich Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Honorable Jamie Gorelick, 9/11 Commission Member & former Deputy U.S. Attorney General
  • Governor Daniel J. Evans, former Washington State Governor & U.S. Senator
  • Betsy Cowles, Chairman of the Cowles Company businesses, Spokane, WA
  • Honorable Mike McKay, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington

2.) Mentorship

    Students will have the opportunity to receive personal career guidance from Senator Gorton and Gorton Center staff. Through one-on-one meetings, career development training, and networking opportunities, the student will receive valuable career guidance and leadership training.

3.) Policy Events

    Students will be grouped into teams for the purposes of planning, organizing, and executing a policy event on a topic of their choice. Whether the program is a small roundtable or a large lecture, the event will be led by the students, under the guidance of the Gorton Center staff.

“ The Global Leaders Program taught me lessons in leadership and life and inspired me to pursue a career in public service.”

—Ben, 2014–15 GLP Participant

Program Benefits

  • Invitations to Gorton Center and select National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) events.
  • Networking and career development opportunities.
  • Access to Gorton Center and NBR publications.
  • Complimentary notebook of leadership and development materials specifically selected by Senator Gorton and Gorton Center staff.
  • School credit, pending approval from educational institutions.
  • Certificate of completion and letter of recommendation from Senator Gorton to participants who successfully complete the program.
  • Possible placement in a Washington State Congressional Office for any student who completes the program. Introduction and recommendation will be provided. Final decision up to individual offices.

Application Process and Deadline

To apply for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, please submit a resume, cover letter, and one letter of recommendation by Friday, July 31, 2015, to Ms. Creigh Agnew, Gorton Center President, at The cover letter should address the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be selected for the Global Leaders Program?
  • What are your career aspirations and goals for the future?
  • How do you plan to make a positive global impact in your chosen field of study?

Successful candidates will be notified in early September 2015.

About the Center

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, founded in 2010, is a policy research center established in honor of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton’s 55+ years of public service to Washington State and the nation. The Center sponsors world-class policy research and works to inspire the next generation of leaders. It is a core, permanent program of NBR with three focus areas: policy research, fellowship and internship programs, and the Gorton History Program (archives). The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, inspiration, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service. For more information on the Gorton Center, please go to

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Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.

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Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

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