Internships in Washington, D.C.


Applications are now CLOSED for Winter/Spring 2017 internships at the East-West Center in Washington! The application deadline was 11:59pm Eastern time on December 4th, 2016. Decisions will be made in late December and internships will start in January.

The Center seeks interns each semester who are interested in gaining a first-hand training experience in a US-Asia research and education organization in Washington, D.C. Internships are open to students and recent graduates; graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. We do not sponsor visas for interns, so applicants should be already authorized for such a position through US citizenship/permanent residency or existing visas sponsored by a university or other valid third party.

For the Winter/Spring 2017 internship period, we are specifically interested in applicants with the following proven skillsets:

  • Researching and writing articles on contemporary US-Asia issues for the Asia Mattes for America initiative (
  • Strong Excel and spreadsheet skills and the ability to worth with large amounts of data
  • Experience with tracking multiple media sources for new stories on a particular topic
  • Development of infographics for use online and in print form in support of various research, policy dialogue, publication and outreach projects
  • Conducting long-term, in-depth research on assigned topics

Interns all participate in a variety of activities that support Center programs, including work in research, writing, and program support. Interns also have the opportunity to network with experts in their chosen fields through public forums held at the Center and at external organizations.

Interns are involved in many aspects of the Center’s work, including:

  • Research for Center projects and publications
  • Writing briefs of events at the Center and external organizations
  • Tracking foreign policy events and issue areas in the media in Asia and Washington
  • Research assistance to visiting fellows, many of whom are well-known experts in their fields
  • Creating content for the Center’s website, blog or other outlets
  • Support for public events

Applicants typically have a strong interest in US-Asia relations and may be studying international relations, Asia studies, international economics, public policy, international business or other similar areas of study.

We strive to provide interns with a broad range of education and training opportunities in the course of their activities. Interns are occasionally called on to assist in administrative duties. Preferred computer skills include Microsoft Office, including Excel, and graphics and publications software. Please make a special note if you have specialized computer skills as noted above, including familiarity with audio and video recording and post-processing.

Stipends may be available for internships, depending on funding. All internships can be offered for university credits if your school permits. Internship hours are flexible but we ask that interns commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. During the summer, we prefer interns who are available 32-40 hours a week.


Application Requirements


  • Online Application Form (see below)
  • Resume with GPA
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Optional: Writing Sample (2-3 pages)



To Apply


The Winter/Spring 2017 application window is now CLOSED. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern time on December 4th, 2016 to be considered. Selections will be made in December and internships will begin in early January. The online application form can be found here.