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Current Employment and Internship Opportunities


Political and Security Affairs Internship—Full-time
Washington, D.C.

Political and Security Affairs Internship—Part-time
Washington, D.C.

Publications Internship - Summer 2015
Seattle, WA

Administrative Assistant Internship
Seattle, WA

Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.


Political and Security Affairs Internship—Full-time
Washington, D.C.


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a paid, full-time (25+ hours per week) intern to be a member of the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) team for 3-6 months beginning in May. The internship will include contributing to key projects and programs, such as the Strategic Asia Program, the Approaching Critical Mass project, the Cyber and Space Strategic Stability initiative, the Maritime Commons project. This position is supervised by the PSA director and manager.

Responsibilities

  • Project Management Assistance: drafting and proof-reading project descriptions, concept papers, etc.; helping maintain project documentation
  • Research Support and Writing: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, providing market research, summarizing research papers, undertaking literature reviews, and performing other research and writing assignments as needed
  • Database Administration: maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • Event Planning: providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • 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
  • Some experience with the responsibilities of the internship preferred
  • 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, especially Japanese and Chinese
  • U.S. work authorization (by time of application deadline)

Application Process

The deadline for applications is May 8, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Application Form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • 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.



Political and Security Affairs Internship—Part-time
Washington, D.C.


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a volunteer, unpaid (nominal stipend is provided), part-time (8-16 hours per week) intern to be a member of the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) team for 3-6 months, beginning in May. This educational and training opportunity will include exposure to key projects and programs, such as the Strategic Asia Program, the Approaching Critical Mass project, the Cyber and Space Strategic Stability initiative, and the Maritime Commons project. This position is mentored by the PSA director and manager.

Training

  • Project Management Assistance: tracking contracts for project contributors, filling out project reimbursement requests; supporting project development; maintaining project documentation
  • Website Management and Content Development: updating website content, compiling data for infographics, and providing support for project webpages
  • 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; 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

Benefits

  • Professional skills: learn and develop office and project management skills in a nonprofit, policy-research setting
  • Mentorship: gain experience working for directors and managers and working in a team setting
  • Networking: make professional connections with people in your field
  • Think tank exposure: learn how a think tank works and have the opportunity to talk with staff across the organization about their roles and departments
  • Application of academics: use your degree or what you’ve learned to date in the classroom in a professional setting

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 May 8, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Application Form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • 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.



Publications Internship – Summer 2015
Seattle, WA


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an unpaid, volunteer, part-time Publications Intern (12–16 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. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 May 1, 2015. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:

  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • cover letter that details your 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
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director, Human Resources, email: employment@nbr.org, phone (206) 632-7370.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2015; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



Administrative Assistant Internship—Part-time
Seattle, WA


Do you enjoy customer service, excel in the areas of organization and communication, and have a passion for details? The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is recruiting an Administrative Assistant Intern for its Seattle office. This is a paid, half-time (with full-time potential), temporary (6-month) internship position beginning in June. The Administrative Assistant Intern reports to the Director for Operations and Human Resources, the Executive Assistant to the President/Office Manager, and the Accounting Manager to assist with administrative and accounting activities that facilitate the smooth running of NBR’s Seattle office.

Office Administration (25%)

  • answering the phones and covering the front desk
  • taking inventory of and maintaining office equipment and supplies
  • maintaining NBR’s internal information and contact database (CRM)
  • maintaining NBR’s institutional filing and storage systems
  • assisting in the planning and coordination of office events
  • supporting special projects and events
  • mailing packages and sorting mail

Operations and Human Resources (25%)

  • assisting with recruitment, hiring, staffing, benefits, office policy and procedures, and contracts administration
  • building and maintaining Microsoft SharePoint sites and libraries
  • using Microsoft’s InfoPath Designer to create and maintain forms
  • managing the day-to-day activities of the Japan-U.S. Discussion Forum, including subscribing and unsubscribing members and monitoring posts using LISTSERV
  • updating intranet and website content

Accounts Payable (50%)

  • preparing accounts payable for payment by checking the accuracy and propriety of all invoices and working with other staff members to verify that they have been approved by authorized personnel and have adequate support documentation
  • processing contractual payments and maintaining records of contractual payments
  • maintaining contracts and supporting contractor documents and tax forms
  • processing reimbursements
  • answering inquiries from vendors concerning invoice payment status and resolving issues with unpaid invoices
  • preparing monthly expense reports
  • preparing 1099s and other financial reports to federal and state governments

Qualifications: S/he must exercise excellent judgment and possess outstanding organizational and communication skills. As the Seattle office’s first point of contact (in person, over the phone, and by email), the Administrative Assistant Intern must advance a welcoming, professional demeanor and appearance. The ideal candidate should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently and as part of a team, pays acute attention to detail, and is not afraid to roll up his/her sleeves and undertake a variety of responsibilities. S/he must have a knack for learning technical skills for software and applications such as SharePoint, InfoPath Designer, Microsoft’s Customer Relationship Management system (CRM), QuickBooks, HTML, LISTSERV, and other technologies that support NBR’s administration.

Application Process

This deadline for applications in Friday, May 8, 2015. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Application Form: PDF or MS Word
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 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.



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 May or June 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

  • 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, including NBR’s annual Engaging Asia conference
  • 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
  • Phone Support: answering incoming calls to the organization

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, May 8, 2015; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority.
To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Brief application form available on our website at 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.



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Political and Security Affairs Internship—Full-time
Washington, D.C.

Political and Security Affairs Internship—Part-time
Washington, D.C.

Congressional & Media Outreach Internship
Washington, D.C.

Administrative Assistant Internship
Seattle, WA

Publications Internship - Summer 2015
Seattle, WA

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