Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development. (At left, Dr. David Abshire, who founded CSIS in 1962 with Admiral Arleigh Burke, meets with a group of CSIS interns.)
CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.
- Must be at least a college junior in good standing, an advanced student or a recent graduate.
- Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
- Must be eligible to work in the United States.
CSIS accepts applications on a rolling basis for every position listed on our career page. The listing will be available until the hiring manager for the open position has found an applicant to fill the position, or the hiring manager has received more than enough qualified applications and has started the interview stage of the hiring process.
CSIS only accepts applications sent electronically through the online applicant tracking system. We do not accept direct mailings or in-person paper submissions. To apply for an internship, go to https://csiscareers.silkroad.com/.
Many of our internships are unpaid, however, we do have some stipends that we award each semester based on an applicant’s demonstrated financial need. After you have been awarded an internship you must complete the financial aid questions listed on the application in order to be considered for a stipend. Disclosure of this information is voluntary and will be kept strictly confidential.
Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy
In addition, interns will participate in programs offered by the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA), the in-house leadership development program at CSIS. The Academy’s programming supplements the substantive work of CSIS interns with practical discussions on leadership in international affairs and training in key policy skills. Unique among Washington think tanks, AILA helps CSIS to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders.