The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 14.00
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

transportation benefit, sick leave

Position Summary

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is looking for a team player interested in developing office skills and professional experience in a nonprofit, policy-research setting. The Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Intern will be exposed to various NBR projects, such as the People's Liberation Army Conference, the Maritime Awareness Program, and projects related to Taiwan programing. This opportunity allows for the individual to develop skills in writing, research, event planning, publications, and general office and project support through on-the-job experience.

This is a paid, full-time (40 hours per week), temporary (3-6-month) internship located in NBR's Washington, D.C. office. The ideal candidate will be available to start in February. The Intern will be supervised by both the Senior Director and Assistant Director of Political and Security Affairs. This internship position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to apply and expand his/her skills and build a portfolio in project management, research, writing, and editing to advance career opportunities.  

About NBR

NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, energy, and health issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world's leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas. NBR disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide.

The Intern will work on the following:

  • Project Activities: drafting and proof-reading project descriptions, concept papers, etc.; and maintaining project documentation, web-pages, and filing systems
  • 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
  • Publications Support: reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading 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
  • Event Planning: providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • Phone and General Office Support: answering incoming calls to the organization and provide general office support as needed
  • Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed


  • Degree holder preferably in Asia Studies, International Studies, Political Studies, or a related field
  • Some in-office experience with research, writing, event planning, or other responsibilities listed above preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a relevant geographical or topical area of Asia studies and/or US-Asia policy, particularly Taiwan or nuclear issues; proficiency in an Asian language preferred

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is Sunday, January 14. To apply, submit the following materials through NBR's employment site (

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • writing sample related to NBR's research agenda
  • references

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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