Stimson Center
  • 17-Jun-2019 to 31-Jul-2019 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Intern - Full Time

China Foreign Policy Internship


The Henry L. Stimson Center's China Program closely examines the strategic thinking and practices of the People's Republic of China (PRC) toward the region and the world. Key issues include the making and evolution of Chinese foreign policy; U.S.-China relations; and China's policy toward the Korean Peninsula, Japan, Taiwan, and Southeast Asian nations. The China Program staff conduct research for publications as well as hold public seminars to discuss timely topics.


Responsibilities of the intern may include:

  • Providing high-quality research memos and (copy)editing in support of current projects
  • Writing reports on seminars and external events
  • Assisting in the coordination of program events
  • Tracking developments regarding Chinese foreign relations, especially U.S.-China relations, maritime disputes, and the interactions between China and regional players
  • Monitoring the program's active and engaged social media presence
  • Self-publishing original analysis of research related to Chinese foreign policy


Generally, a strong candidate for this position will have:

  • A strong interest in Chinese foreign policy and East Asian security/political issues
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work in both research and administrative tasks
  • A record of academic excellence and an academic background in China studies
  • Chinese language skills preferred and recommended, but not required


Although a successful candidate often is in an M.A. program, undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference may be given to those available 30+ hours per week. The internship is unpaid.


To apply:

  • Use the online system to create an application.
  • In the application, upload a single PDF labeled "Your Name China Program Internship" with the following documents:
    • A cover letter
    • Your resume
    • A 3-5 page writing sample on a Chinese foreign policy-related topic


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