Internships in Washington, D.C.

Young Professionals Program

Applications are now CLOSED. Please check back in the fall for Spring internship 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 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 may be available depending on funding.

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
  • 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. 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.