The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 19-20 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

NBR offers a competitive benefits package of 17 annual paid holidays, 2 personal floating holidays, paid sick time, and transit reimbursement options.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a part-time Editorial Assistant (12 hours per week). This paid internship will run from January 3, 2023, to June 30, 2023. This position can be based in either NBR's Seattle or Washington, D.C., office, and a hybrid remote/in-office schedule option is available.

The Editorial Assistant position offers current MA and PhD students the opportunity to acquire professional experience in publishing while working at a nonprofit research institution that focuses on U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific. The Editorial Assistant will support the Managing Editor of Asia Policy and the Publications Director in the administration and editing of NBR publications, including the peer-reviewed journal Asia Policy and the NBR Special Report series, while also helping with distribution and marketing.


  • Assisting with formatting, fact-checking, copyediting, and proofreading manuscripts for Asia Policy, NBR Special Report, and the NBR website
  • Providing research and clerical support for the managing editor of Asia Policy, including communicating with prospective authors and reviewers, drafting contracts, tracking manuscripts, researching new projects, and conducting journal outreach
  • Assisting with the distribution of NBR publications, including fulfilling orders


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • Current MA or PhD student
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Positive work ethic and the ability to work both independently and as part of a group
  • Interest in editing/publishing; interest in Asia studies and international relations is a plus
  • Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style is a plus

Application Process

Submit the following materials through NBR's employment site (

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
    • The cover letter should explain your qualifications and interest in the position and NBR, and when you would be available to begin work
  • Writing sample
    • The writing sample must be a piece that has not undergone external editing, such as a paper for school or a draft of a published piece.
  • Three references
    • Name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, contact info (email and phone)

A proofreading test will be given to applicants at the interview stage.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

About NBR

The National Bureau of Asian Research is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific. NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. To learn more about NBR, please visit

NBR is committed to a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We're an equal opportunity employer and strive to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy or parental status, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry, or national origin, disability, or other status or characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during either the application or the recruiting process, please email your request to

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