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Intern - Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies (Summer 2024)
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
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Job Description
At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.
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.
The CSIS Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies (India Chair) aims to unlock the full potential of the U.S.-India relationship and leads the Center's work on India. The India Chair serves as an independent platform to pursue policy changes that strengthen bilateral ties, placing special emphasis on accelerating economic development in India and promoting greater business and economic engagement between the two countries. The CSIS Chair has also become the world’s leading authority on state-level political-economic issues in India, leading multiple funded projects to expand subnational engagement with India.
CSIS is currently seeking candidates for full-time, paid internships with the India Chair. There is a 3-month tenure to the internship, though extensions are occasionally possible. The role will primarily focus on (but not limited to) our work related to promoting growth-oriented state-level business and economic reforms in India. Secondary focus areas include federal economic reforms in India, U.S.-India commercial relations, defense ties, and technology partnerships. Work will be on a hybrid basis. The intern will be expected to be in the office for 4 days (Monday to Thursday) per week and has the flexibility to work from home on Fridays. However, interns must be prepared to shift to working from the office 5 days per week if CSIS management fully re-opens operations.
The hired candidate will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience ($17.50/hour for current undergraduate hires, $18.50/hour for hires with a bachelor’s degree, and $19.50/hour for hires with a master’s degree).
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:
The intern will be responsible for consistent engagement, coordination, and communication with a variety of stakeholders in organizations and governments in India and the United States and across CSIS projects.  
• Database maintenance for the programs website.
• Preparing articles from our Indian States Weekly newsletter for uploading to the CSIS Indian States website.
• Drafting social media posts highlighting key policy reforms captured in our Indian States Weekly newsletter.
• Assist team’s senior staff in research for longer papers and briefs.
• Contribute to the CSIS internal “Asia Daily News;” lead team-wide preparation of the Asia Daily News every few weeks. 
• Prepare written pieces on key state-level reforms in India for the CSIS blog “New Perspectives on Asia.”  
• Assist in drafting newsletters, press releases, briefing materials, event invitations.
• Applicants recently graduating from a college degree program are preferred. 
• Applicants with a degree in International Economics, International Relations, International Business, Finance, or related field(s) preferred. 
• Computer and mobile phone / technology sufficient to work from home. 
• Solid knowledge of the Indian economy and main policymaking bodies required. 
• Baseline understanding of the character of U.S.-India commercial ties is helpful. 
• Understanding of the political economies of Indian states is helpful.
• Strong writing skills are critical – a background in editing is preferred.
• Must be eligible to work in the United States and commit at least 35 hours per week
• Must have strong communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills 
• Must have the ability to work independently with minimal oversight
• Must have demonstrated experience managing competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
• Ability to work in a team environment
This position will be based out of our Washington DC headquarters and is expected to be in-office 3+ days per week. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.   
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and college transcript at
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