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Job Description

Fall 2019

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 Strategic Asia, China's Vision for a New Order, the Military and Security Implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative, the Maritime Awareness Project, and projects related to specific countries such as Taiwan and North Korea. 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 (6-month) internship located in NBR's Washington, D.C. office. The ideal candidate will be available to start in September. The Intern will be supervised by the Director of Political and Security Affairs and the Project Managers. 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 in order 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, 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: compiling grant and CRM information, 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 Relations, Political Science, or a related field, preferably a current or recent M.A. graduate
* Some in-office experience with research, writing, editing, 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 Chinese foreign policy, Taiwan, maritime security issues, and/or nuclear issues
* Reading proficiency in an Asian language (especially Mandarin Chinese) preferred

Application Instructions

This position will be open until filled. To apply, submit the following materials through NBR's employment site (https://nbr.applicantpro.com/jobs/):

* 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.