Center for Strategic & International Studies Internships

Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (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.

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.

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.

Many of the CSIS internships are unpaid; however, some stipends are awarded each semester based on an applicant’s demonstrated financial need. 

Deadline Information

Deadline: Ongoing

Accepts applications year-round

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 Process

CSIS accepts applications on a rolling basis for every position listed on its 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.  For more information on the internship process please visit the CSIS web site.