The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • unpaid, volunteer
  • Volunteer

$240 stipend

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), a nonpartisan think tank that conducts advanced research on U.S.-Asia policy, is seeking a Volunteer, Part-Time Congressional and Media Relations Intern for the period of July-December 2018.

The intern will receive orientation and training focused primarily on learning and developing new skills and gaining a deeper understanding of how think tanks deliver research on critical policy issues to U.S. policymakers and the media through hands-on activities. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to publications for congressional staff and will be exposed to NBR's research programs and network of scholars. Apply what you are learning in school and gain practical experience at a research think tank! 

This is an unpaid, voluntary, part-time (12-16 hours per week), temporary (3-6 months) internship that aims to develop skills in engaging and understanding Congress as well the media. This position is mentored by the Director of NBR's Washington, D.C. office. The internship, though volunteer, pays a $240 stipend for each 3-month period completed. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution. Learn more about NBR here:

Learning Objectives

  • Gain practical research and writing skills directed towards a policy and media audience
  • Learn how events are managed from an outreach perspective and work with senior level staff with planning and organizing meetings at NBR and on Capitol Hill, including the U.S.-China Working Group, Senate India Caucus, and the Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group)
  • Build your network and establish professional contacts in the Asia policy community


  • Current student working toward a relevant degree (e.g., Asia studies, international affairs, communications, government/public affairs, political science)
  • Strong interest in U.S.-Asia relations and congressional and media outreach
  • Strong writing, proofreading, research, and interpersonal skills are required
  • Experience using social media in a professional setting is a plus
  • Motivated learner with strong organizational skills who pays attention to detail

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 20. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following materials through NBR's website: (

  • 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 the voluntary internship
  • 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)
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