Internships in Washington, D.C.

Young Professionals Program

Applications are now CLOSED, please check back in April for applications for summer.


The Center seeks young professionals each semester who are interested in gaining a first-hand training experience in a US-Asia research and education organization in Washington, D.C. The Young Professionals Program is open to students and recent graduates; graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. We do not sponsor visas for this program, 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. Stipends are available.

The following proven skillsets are beneficial (though not required):

  • Strong Excel and spreadsheet skills and the ability to work 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
  • Experience with audio/visual technology
  • Experience with economic data is a plus
  • Asian language reading fluency is a plus

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

Young Professionals Program participants are involved in many aspects of the Center’s work, including:

  • Researching and writing articles on contemporary US-Asia relations issues for the Asia Matters for America initiative (
  • 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 staff and 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 participants with a broad range of education and training opportunities in the course of their activities. Participants are occasionally called on to assist in administrative duties. Preferred computer skills include Microsoft Office, including Excel, social media, 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 program participants, depending on funding. All participants can be offered for university credits (as an internship) if your school permits. Hours are flexible, but we ask that participants commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week (40 is preferred for summer participants).





To Apply


Applications are now CLOSED. The online application form can be found here.