Internships in Washington, D.C.

Young Professionals Program

Applications are now CLOSED. Please check back in April for Summer opportunities.


The Center offers a chance for students and recent graduates (graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply) each semester to gain a first-hand training experience in a US-Asia research and education organization in Washington, D.C. We do not sponsor visas for this program, so applicants should already be authorized for such a position through US citizenship/permanent residency or existing visas sponsored by a university or other valid third party. Stipends may be available depending on funding. For this term, we are considering applicants to start in January or in mid-march.

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
  • Asian language reading fluency, and particularly experience wiling in or researching Pacific Islands
  • Experience writing press releases, policy analyses, or other professional communications
  • Public relations/ brand management experience

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 encouraged to attend foreign policy-related events in the District.

All participants can be offered for university credits (as an internship) if your school permits. Full time (40 hours/week) participation preferred.





To Apply


Applications are now CLOSED. When open, the online application form can be found here.