Please note: The United States–China Economic and Security Review Commission is a Legislative Branch and only uses Pay Plan/Series/Grade information as a point of reference.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (the Commission) was created by the United States Congress in October 2000, as a nonpartisan, legislative branch commission. The Commission's mission is to monitor, investigate, and make recommendations to Congress about matters of concern in the relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China in the following areas: 1) weapons proliferation practices, 2) economics, 3) energy and natural resources, 4) investment and capital markets, 5) China's military, 6) China's cyber capabilities, 7) China's fiscal and monetary policy, 8) China’s foreign policy, 9) China's compliance with the World Trade Organization, 10) freedom of speech and information in China, and 11) food, drug, and other product safety in China.
Location – Washington DC
The work requires the ability to:
- Research, monitor, and conduct analysis on developments primarily in China, Taiwan, and the western Pacific Region.
- Complete independent, original research projects.
- Draft, fact check, and edit material for the Commission's Annual Report, and perform related duties as assigned.
- Attend seminars, meetings, and events on behalf of the Commission, and write memorandum to Commissioners and staff members.
- U.S. citizen, or have applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization.
- Graduate-level student or graduate of a Master's or J.D. program.
- GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at the current or last institution attended.
- Must have coursework in economics and trade (See "Other Information")
- Chinese language skills (See "Other Information")
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team or independently, multi-task, and maintain awareness of and adherence to varying priorities.
- Demonstrated ability to present information clearly and concisely - verbally and in writing - to include preparing reports, briefings, and memoranda.
Must be a current graduate-level student, or a graduate of an accredited Master's or J.D. program.
Applicants must submit all required documents by the closing date of this announcement.
How to Apply
A complete application package containing ALL required documents, as described below, must be sent via email to Opportunities@uscc.gov. Please send all documents in PDF format. Incomplete packages will not be considered.
Your application package must include a:
1) COVER LETTER:
In the cover letter please list the following in bullet format:
- Your basic contact information:
- Email address
- Most convenient phone number
- Permanent address
Brief statement outlining your interest in the Commission and our Research Fellowship Program.
Brief statement addressing your research skills, knowledge, and effective utilization of electronic and print information, especially sources relating to China, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific region.
If you are interested in completing this internship for-credit with your academic institution, please answer the following:
- Name of the program, or class, and the affiliated academic institution
- Contact information for a program administrator
- Start/End dates of registration
- Any other applicable information
Provide concise, point-by-point responses to the following questions:
- Are you a United States citizen, or have you applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization? When applying, include: (a) date of citizenship if naturalized; and (b) if you have or have ever had a Federal security clearance identify the level and dates held.
- Are you proficient with using Microsoft Office Suite software applications?
- What is your level of experience conducting economic research and analysis?
- Are you able to read and/or speak Mandarin Chinese? If yes, please indicate which and at what level: (a) beginner, (b) intermediate, (c) advanced, (d) native fluency.
- Have you ever lived, traveled or worked in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong? If yes, please elaborate on where, when and the circumstances.
- How did you hear about this position?
2) PROFESSIONAL RESUME:
Be sure to include all applicable work history, educational achievements, completed coursework, special honors/awards, and anything else that you feel will help in our evaluation.
3) WRITING PROMPT:
Discuss the five most important issues in the U.S.-China trade and economic relationship today that relate to the Commission's legislative mandate as outlined at: http://www.uscc.gov/about/uscc-charter.
Your submission must be your own work, not more than 5 pages, double spaced, and in 12-point font. Please include footnotes and sources for your work.
4) ACADEMIC WRITING SAMPLE / RESEARCH PAPER:
Preferred topics include: Chinese or broader Asian business, economics, international relations, and/or foreign affairs. Your submission must be your own work.
5) 2 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:
Please instruct your recommenders to email their letters directly to Opportunities@uscc.gov. Recommendations will be attached to their respective applications upon submission. Include in your application email the names of your recommenders.
6) COPY OF ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS:
Unofficial academic transcripts are acceptable. Please include the academic transcript from your current institution, or, for recent graduates, the transcript from the school last attended.
Deadline – March 17, 2017