Program Assistant

Center for the National Interest
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 20

Position description

The Center for the National Interest seeks a program assistant to support programs focused on Russia, the Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.  The program assistant will report to the Center’s senior staff and be available to the management for other assignments as needed.

Duties include

  • Organizing seminars and other events (which take place in-person or online), note taking, and writing summaries of meetings and events;
  • General administrative support, such as keeping schedules, making travel arrangements, filing, submitting expense reports, placing telephone calls, and typing and editing correspondence;
  • Updating and editing the website and preparing social media posts;
  • Writing and editing articles and helping to edit reports, books, and other published products;
  • Coordinating the activities of program interns;
  • Providing research support
  • General receptionist duties, including answering telephones and greeting visitors; and
  • Completing other tasks as necessary.


B.A or B.S. is required. M.A. or M.S. is desirable. Office experience preferred. Experience in a policy institute or similar environment and demonstrated interest in international affairs are strongly preferred. Familiarity with MailChimp or other bulk-mailing services is highly desirable, but not required. Familiarity with Zoom or other video conferencing services is highly desirable, but not required. Russian language skills are also a plus. Salary is competitive.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and one or two writing samples (each sample should be no longer than five pages) to Matt Reisener, the Center for the National Interest’s Chief of Staff, at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The ideal start time for this position is mid-December 2019 or early January 2020.

No calls please.

About the Center for the National Interest

The Center for the National Interest is a non-partisan foreign policy institute founded by former President Richard Nixon to promote strategic realism in U.S. foreign policy. The Center’s principal programs focus on regions including China and East Asia, the Middle East, and Russia and Eurasia, as well as functional issues such as defense policy, energy security and climate change, and intelligence and national security. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign affairs magazine The National Interest, which appears online at