PPD Research Internship

CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change.

The Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD) is a 3-year-old initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). It focuses on leveraging all U.S. assets – the private sector in particular – to promote economic development, improve livelihoods, and reduce poverty worldwide.

The Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD), studies the central role of the private sector, private actors, and emerging actors in development with the U.S. Government. Trade and free enterprise are the engines of prosperity and development. Governments play an essential role in providing public good provisions that underpin freedom and prosperity. However, the majority of products and services will be and are delivered by an increasing number of non-state actors. The project engages U.S. civil and military officials, the private sector, civil society, philanthropic actors, academics, faith-based groups, diasporas, research institutions, multilateral organizations, and media. PPD provides recommendations to ensure that the United States possesses the tools necessary to remain the preeminent player in global development in the 21st century and, by extension, is better positioned to achieve its foreign policy and national security goals.

Position Description

PPD is recruiting interns who are highly motivated, professional, and have a strong background and interest in international development and political economy. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

Strong preference will be given to candidates who possess:

  • Interest and general knowledge of international development policy, particularly on the role of the private sector;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and writing skills skills;
  • Strong work ethic and a sense of humor.
  • Priority will be given to interns that can commit 30 hours per week for an internship lasting a minimum of 4 months. This internship will be unpaid but interns will receive a travel stipend.

Position Requirements

  • Past professional experience, preferably in a research or non-profit environment. Enrolled in or recent graduate of undergraduate program on or related to political science, international development, foreign policy, or a regional specialization.
  • Must have at least a 3.4 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

How to Apply

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please visit: http://csis.org/about-us/internships.