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


Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship - Fall/Winter 2015
Washington, D.C.


Other Opportunities

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA




Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship - Fall/Winter 2015
Washington, D.C.


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking paid full- and part-time interns for 3-6 months to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group starting in the fall or winter of 2015. 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 the TEEA director and manager.

Project & Work Descriptions: 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. Each year, the Summit engages more than 200 senior policy and industry leaders, representing over 25 countries. Key deliverables include the annual Summit, working papers, policy interviews, final report, and Capitol Hill report launch. TEEA interns provide administrative, outreach, and logistical support for the annual Summit; the Capitol Hill discussion and launch of the Summit findings; and roundtables and briefings. Core responsibilities include: conducting background research as necessary, preparing event materials, maintaining registration lists, drafting and tracking invitations, and assisting with travel and event logistics.

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

Interns also support TEEA on other initiatives, including India’s IP and Innovation Policies, The Globalization of China’s Life Science Sector, and others.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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, 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, etc.
  • Database Administration: Maintaining and updating project databases; supporting 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 is a motivated self-starter who 1) can work both independently and as part of a team; 2) pay acute attention to detail; 3) is organized; 4) works well under pressure; and 5) has 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 September 25, 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 available on our website available in 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 of Human Resources, employment@nbr.org, (206) 632-7370. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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


Job Description: The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) seeks a Project Associate to contribute to our robust research agenda and help inform and influence U.S. policy and strategy toward the Asia-Pacific. The Project Associate will be responsible for project management and program support within the PSA group. This is a full-time, hourly, non-exempt, staff position reporting to the Director of the Political and Security Affairs group.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will have project management experience and/or a strong interest in project management, excellent communication skills, solid analytical skills and intellectual creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. S/he will work effectively and collaboratively within an active and motivated team, and contribute to NBR’s culture of professionalism, integrity, and teamwork. Additionally, s/he should be familiar with a wide range of countries and policy issues in the Asia-Pacific, and possess substantive knowledge of the region, its geopolitical dynamics, and relevant U.S. strategies and policies.

M.A. in international relations or a related field required. A working knowledge of an Asian language(s) also preferred. Prior work experience of at least a year at a think tank or similar research or non-profit organizations is a plus.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Project Management: liaising with project experts; managing project deadlines and monitoring budgets; writing project materials, web-content, and grant reports; coordinating project documentation
  • Project Development: helping to develop project concepts and grant proposals
  • Event Planning: planning conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; coordinating invitations, assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements)
  • Research Support: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars; undertaking literature reviews; summarizing research papers
  • Publications Support: reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading, formatting, and editing publications
  • Staff Management: assist with managing interns and fellows: delegating tasks, setting deadlines and communicating expectations
  • 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

Application Process:
The deadline for applications is Friday, August 28, 2015 but applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on a relevant topic
  • Application form available on our website available in PDF or MS Word
  • Contact information of three references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail)

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director of Human Resources, employment@nbr.org, (206) 632-7370. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



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 Thursday, September 10, 2015, to Ms. Creigh Agnew, Gorton Center President, at employment@nbr.org. 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 by the end of 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 http://sladegortoncenter.nbr.org/.

Staff Openings

Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs Internship (Fall/Winter 2015), Washington, D.C.

Project Associate, Political and Security Affairs, Washington, D.C.


Internship and Fellowship Openings

There are currently no internship or fellowship openings.


Other Opportunities

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA


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