Internships

David Abshire meets with interns

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.)

Internships

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.


Application Deadlines
 

CSIS accepts incoming applications during the time frames listed below. You will not be able to access the online application system during periods of time that fall outside these established windows.

  Accepting Applications through Closing Deadline
Fall Semester May 14, 2014 -- August 01, 2014
Spring Semester September 10, 2014 -- November 29, 2014
Summer Semester  January 14, 2014 -- March 14, 2014

CSIS only accepts applications sent electronically through the online system.  We do not accept direct mailings or in-person paper submissions. For more information on the internship process please visit Internship FAQ page. To apply for an internship, go to www.csisopportunities.org.

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. To be considered for a stipend, you must complete the financial aid questions listed on the application. 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.