Public Affairs and Communications Internship


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world’s leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas. NBR disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide. NBR also provides exceptional internship opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students for the purposes of attracting and training the next generation of Asia specialists.

Position Description

NBR is recruiting a Public Affairs and Communications Intern for its Washington, D.C. office, to support activities that interact with Congress, the media, the corporate sector, the diplomatic community, and the Obama administration. This unique experience provides exposure to a range of NBR research and programs, as well as introduces the intern to NBR’s network of scholars and stakeholders. Interns will learn how to effectively communicate research on critical Asia issues to U.S. policymakers, the media, and the corporate community, as wellas help contribute to the policy-relevance of NBR’s work. The Public Affairs and Communications Internship is unpaid, volunteer, andpart-time (~15-20 hours per week).  The intern will be a key member of NBR’s Outreach team for 3-9 months, beginning January 2014. S/he reports to the Assistant Director for Outreach as his/her supervisor. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend of $350 per quarter. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide background research for staff meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill and with the corporate community
  • Assist with planning Outreach events, including briefings, discussions and conferences
  • Draft social media posts and implement social media strategies to increase NBR’s reach
  • Assist with media outreach, including drafting press releases and other materials
  • Develop new content for NBR’s website
  • Support NBR Washington, D.C. public events and other office needs as necessary
  • Answer incoming calls to the organization

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Current BA/MA student or recent graduate, working toward or holding a relevant degree
  • A strong interest in learning about public affairs and communications
  • Excellent written, oral, research, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as substantive expertise and interest in U.S. foreign policy toward Asia
  • Motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team, pay acute attention to detail, and demonstrated organizations skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Experience working with Congress, the corporate sector and/or academia prefered
  • Experience using social media tools in a professional setting preferred

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 25, 2013; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Application Form, avialable at
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address

Please send applications by email to Ms Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources, email:, phone (206) 632-7370