17JUL - Intern, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


Washington DC

Job Description

The CSIS Global Food Security Project provides long-term, strategic guidance to policy makers to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance programs are efficient, effective, and sustainable. The project studies and highlights the impact of global food security on critical U.S. strategic interests, such as political stability and economic prosperity, through desk and field research, analytic publications, and public and private events.

By engaging and collaborating with thought leaders in Washington, DC and beyond, the project aims to increase the level of dialogue surrounding challenges to food security and to help develop both the policy solutions and political will to address them. Analyzing President Obama’s legacy in food security and creating a roadmap for the next administration are important aspects of the project’s goal to strengthen and sustain U.S. leadership in food security and agricultural development.

CSIS seeks a Research Intern to support the Global Food Security Project. The Research Intern will provide research and administrative support. Research will focus on global agricultural production, nutrition, and climate change and how it relates to U.S. global food security policy and legislation. The Research Intern will also provide administrative support to the program as needed.

Job Responsibilities

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assist with monitoring developments in agricultural development and food security.
• Track legislation as it relates to global food security and agriculture.
• Attending off-site events and meetings and compiling notes to share with project staff.
• Research and author short publications.
• Conduct spot and background research.
• Maintain and update program data, including program mailing lists.
• Assisting with the design and implementation of social media outreach plans, particularly leading Twitter account.
• Assisting in event planning and staffing.
• Providing general administrative support for project staff.

Job Requirements


• Experience with qualitative analysis and writing.
• Strong analytic and communication skills.
• Demonstrated interest in agricultural development and food security.
• Ability to work independently as well as a cohesive member of a small team.
• Must be at least a rising college junior.
• Must have at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution, or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. 

There is an opportunity to complete this internship for institutional credit. 


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Interested applicants please submit your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample at https://www5.apply2jobs.com/CSIS. For more information on the Global Food Security Project, please visit: http://csis.org/program/food.