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

Congressional and Media Relations Internship
Washington, D.C.



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

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking paid, full- and part-time interns for 3 to 6 months to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group starting in the fall of 2016. 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 senior director.

Project and 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 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 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, 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 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, 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, October 15; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to Grace DeMun:

  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications, 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

Ms. Grace DeMun
The National Bureau of Asian Research
Phone: (206) 632-7370
Email: employment@nbr.org



Congressional and Media Relations Internship
Washington, D.C.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting a Congressional & Media Relations Intern to support congressional and media-related initiatives in our Washington, D.C. office. The intern will help deliver 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 exposure to NBR’s research programs and network of scholars.

The Congressional & Media Relations 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 fall of 2016. The minimum time commitment is 3 months. This position reports to the Associate Director of Government and Media Relations. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

  • 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, taking photographs, and developing strategic media plans for flagship events such as NBR’s Engaging Asia, Pacific Energy Summit, and the annual Strategic Asia book launch
  • Social Media: track news, draft social media posts, and help develop and implement strategies to increase NBR’s visibility
  • Website Management: support updates to NBR’s congressional and media webpages

Qualifications

  • Current BA/BS/MA/MS student, working toward a relevant degree, e.g., international affairs, communications, political science
  • Strong interest in U.S.-Asia relations, communications, and government affairs
  • Experience using social media tools in a professional setting preferred, but not necessary
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, research, and interpersonal skills are required. Editing skills are a plus
  • Motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills who pays attention to detail
  • Knowledge of web/graphic design is a plus

Application Process

Applications for this position are due September 20, 2016; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. To apply, submit the following to Ms. Grace DeMun at employment@nbr.org:

  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications, 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







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There are no staff openings at this time.

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

Congressional and Media Relations Internship
Washington, D.C.


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