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Publications Internship—Fall 2016
Seattle, WA

Leadership Program Openings

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, Seattle, WA

Publications Internship—Fall 2016
Seattle, WA

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an unpaid, volunteer, part-time Publications Intern (8–12 hours per week) to assist with formatting, proofreading, and copyediting, as well as with 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 of $250 per quarter and provides an ORCA pass. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.


  • 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


  • Current student
  • 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 September 9, 2016. To apply, submit the following to Ms. Grace DeMun at

  • 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

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

"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

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 17 students in the Puget Sound area beginning October 2016 through June 2017. 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, 3-term Washington State Attorney General, 3-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.

"I am incredibly inspired that individuals with such high intellectual caliber as Senator Gorton and the guest speakers want to share their personal leadership experiences with us. I hope to spend my life and career living up to the high standards of intellect, motivation and inspiration that I have witnessed in the Global Leaders Program."

    —Jenny, 2015–2016 GLP Participant

The Global Leaders Program consists of three main components:

1. Leadership Roundtables

Student participants will meet for two hours, once a month, starting October 2016, 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
  • Andy Hill, Washington State Senator
  • Matt Johnson, CEO Source Security Group & former CIA Counterterrorism Operations Officer
  • Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
  • Dr. Rich Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • John McKay, Chief of Team, U.S. State Department Rule of Law Project in Palestine; Seattle University Law Professor
  • Colleen Chapman, Vice President Global Responsibility & Public Policy, Starbucks
  • Mike McKay, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington & partner in McKay Chadwell Law Firm

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 lessons I have learned in the Global Leaders program will serve me well throughout my career and my personal life."

    —Jennifer, 2015–2016 GLP Participant

    "The values that the Global Leaders Program emphasized include hard work, public service, integrity, leadership and inspiration. This experience has motivated me to lead a career that is centered on those values."

      —Kevin, 2015–2016 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.

"The Global Leaders Program has only added fuel to fire in my pursuits to study partnerships, collaboration and innovation."

    —Sean, 2013 GLP Participant

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, August 12, 2016 to Senator Slade Gorton, 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?

Interviews will occur in person, by Skype, or on the phone during the month of August. Successful candidates will be notified by September 1, 2016.

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

Staff Openings

There are no staff openings at this time.

Internship and Fellowship Openings

Publications Internship—Fall 2016, Seattle, WA

Leadership Program Openings

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, Seattle, WA

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