Research Assistant Internship

Institute for China America Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Mar 01

Position description

The Institute for China-America Studies seeks three research assistants specializing in research, social media and web management to support our scholars. The application deadline is Monday, April 23, 2018. The internship will begin on May 21, 2018 and conclude on August 25, 2018. These are part time, 20 hour per week internships at minimum.

Candidate Profile

Competitive candidates will be have an interest in U.S.-China relations, and be pursuing, or recently have obtained a bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree from an accredited institution. We are looking for problem solvers who can think on their feet and anticipate tasks ahead of time. Candidates with previous research experience at a D.C. think tank are preferred. Professional fluency in English and Mandarin is highly desired. 

This is an excellent opportunity for young professionals interested in U.S.-China relations. We offer a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship, and selected candidates will have access to our scholars and network. We offer all our research interns the opportunity to co-author with our scholars and encourage solo publication. We also offer our interns the opportunity to publish a commentary in the ICAS Bulletin on relevant topic.


Research Assitant: 

  • Deep understanding of U.S.-China relations with area specific knowledge of one or more of the following:
    • Maritime security and the South China’s Sea dispute.
    • The crisis on the Korean peninsula/nuclear weapons policy.
    • Trade & Economics.
  • Research: fluid navigation of Internet search engines, primary and secondary resources.
  • Excellent writing skills and analytical ability.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office & Google Docs.
  • Outstanding communication/interpersonal skills.

Social Media & Research Assistant

  • Experience using third party social media tools such as Hootsuite.
  • Professional knowledge of Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube.
  • Ability to provide basic research support to scholars.
  • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copy editing and fact-checking.
  • Photoshop, and web-based social media analytical tools.

Web Management Assistant

  • WordPress: knowledge of basic editing functions.
  • HTML and basic coding.
  • Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher.
  • Experience with graphic design and creating content for digital publication.
  • Ability to redesign page layouts, tabs and drop down menus.
  • Search engine optimization of content.

Application instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample/portfolio as a single PDF to our website.

PLEASE NOTE: ICAS encourages applicants to think outside the box when drafting their cover letter. Don’t tell us “I am writing to express my interest in your internship.” We already know that. Instead, consider telling us a story that highlights your experiences, and details what exactly makes you the best fit for the task. For an idea about what we are talking about, please refer to this excellent article from NPR on best practices in cover letter writing.

Questions about the internship can be addressed to our research associate and program officer, Will Saetren.

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