Research Assistant, China and North Korea

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 07

Position description

The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to help their countries solve their own problems peacefully. The Institute provides expertise, training, analysis, and support to those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.

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The Research Assistant will support the China and North Korea programs on a wide range of research tasks including but not limited to conducting background research and providing other support.

Pay: $14.00 - $14.75

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week from June through August; approximately 15-20 hours per week from September through June.

Period of Performance: June 2020 – June 2021 (with the possibility of extension)


  • Assist with a wide range of research projects conducted and commissioned by the China and North Korea Programs
  • Support the editing process of research publications
  • Support the tracking and maintaining of contacts database
  • Provide administrative and logistical support in planning events

Performs other duties as assigned. 


  • Current M.A or Ph.D. student studying international relations, conflict resolution, political science, economics or a related field.
  • Knowledge of China and North Korea, including political, social and cultural dynamics.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Ability to read and do research in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Must have the ability to work in a team as well as independently.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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