Stimson Center
  • 02-Jul-2019 to 23-Jul-2019 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy and research center, seeks a dynamic, self-motivated, and detail-oriented Fellow to develop and lead a new Congressional study group for Korean Peace and Security. The study group aims to support U.S. Senators and their staff (with an option to expand to the House) by providing balanced information about the Korean Peninsula, building understanding of the human and material costs of the status quo, and providing a space for reflection on the steps Congress can take to support efforts to build greater peace and security on the Korean Peninsula. This study group will be part of Stimson's larger Congressional education program, Security for a New Century (SNC), and affiliated with the leadership of 38 North, Stimson's program focused on Korean affairs. 38 North provides high-quality research, analysis, and commentary on a broad range of topics related to the Korean Peninsula, especially North Korea. 

Primary responsibilities of the Fellow will be to design, develop, and execute regular study group meetings for Congress. The successful candidate must be able to organize seminar sessions to bring attention to the issues of the study group and find new voices and innovative perspectives to bring to the Hill.

Study group roundtables, seminars, and technical and policy briefings will touch on the following topics, among others: U.S. strategic interests on the Korean Peninsula; the evolving nature of the U.S.-ROK alliance; the status and stakes of nuclear negotiations with North Korea; the implications of a Korean peace process to U.S. interests in the region; the role of regional stakeholders and international organizations; evolving dynamics inside North Korea that may affect North Korean decision making; and the necessary interplay between the Administration and Congress in developing sustainable solutions.

The study group will draw on the expertise and expert networks from the Stimson Center's 38 North Program. All sessions will be off-the-record, interactive, and aimed toward developing clear analysis and concrete options to address the present crisis. The working group is intended to educate and provide Members and their staff with the background, facts, and analysis to craft smart policy and exercise appropriate oversight.  

Fellow Responsibilities & Qualifications

The Congressional Fellow will design, develop, establish the study group and conduct regular group meetings for Congress. The Fellow will work closely with colleagues at the Stimson Center, including a Congressional Fellow in the Security for a New Century program who is developing programming for the House. Candidates should be able to work independently and with limited supervision.

Stimson seeks candidates with a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of a broad range of international security and foreign policy issues, including some expertise on North Korea's WMD programs, US-DPRK diplomatic history, and the US-ROK alliance, as well as some understanding of broader regional security considerations in Northeast Asia. Prior experience working on the Hill or closely with Members of Congress is strongly preferred. Candidates should demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in interdisciplinary approaches; offer a sophisticated sensitivity to political and international issues; enjoy both academic and policy discussions.

Stimson seeks candidates with good judgment and an ability to ensure that SNC offers programming that is in the long-run representative of a range of viewpoints. Fellows must also have seasoned communication skills and a demonstrated ability to foster and facilitate open discussion on challenging subject matters.

The fellowship is a one-year appointment with an optional second year for renewal upon agreement between the Fellow and the Stimson Center. 


  • Knowledge of international peace and security issues, preferably with experience in policy-making;
  • Familiarity with North Korea's WMD programs, US-DPRK diplomatic history, and the US-ROK alliance, as well as some understanding of North Korea's evolving domestic situation and broader regional security considerations in Northeast Asia;
  • Knowledge of the legislative system and/or prior experience on Capitol Hill;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and a demonstrated ability to manage time efficiently and under limited supervision;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proficiency in grammar, editing, and proofreading;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain relationships across party lines on controversial or highly partisan issues;
  • An interest in developing solutions to the grand transnational challenges of our time;
  • A calm-under-pressure and flexible approach when things move quickly;
  • Accountability, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence; and
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and academic/foreign policy research.
  • An ability to organize meetings, seminars and to host discussions.

Education & Experience:

  • Master's degree and at least five years of work experience; or, commensurate work experience; and
  • Preferably substantive experience working with or on the Hill; existing relationships with policymakers and staff highly desirable.

Application Requirements:

  • Please submit your resume and cover letter as PDF documents.


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