Stimson Center
  • 18-Jun-2018 to 18-Jul-2018 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Intern - Full Time


The South Asia Program at the Stimson Center seeks highly motivated and talented undergraduate and graduate students to work on research related to security and politics in India and Pakistan, including: strategic culture, inter-state rivalry, deterrence challenges, crisis dynamics, great power competition, and patterns of political violence. Depending on skill sets and interests, interns will be assigned to ongoing program research projects and have an opportunity to lead a subset of a project. They may also work as an assistant editor for the program's online policy platform, South Asian Voices, featuring short-form analysis from South Asian scholars. Interns will also be responsible for attending and reporting on events and hearings in Washington related to program interest areas.


This internship provides an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to enhance their exposure to and understanding of the program's issues and the South Asia policy community in Washington. The Stimson Center South Asia Program offers a uniquely substantive internship experience that is research-oriented and may involve the opportunity to publish. The intern will also engage in organization life at Stimson, learning from broader interactions with staff, interns, and participation in Stimson events.

Internships are volunteer experience only. All internships are unpaid.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Reading and analyzing research documents and/or data using qualitative and/or quantitative methods
  • Assisting Co-Directors, Analyst, Associates, and Assistants with substantive research and writing projects (including single or co-authored publication opportunities)
  • Editing and designing publication of analytical pieces related to the security, politics, and economics of South Asia
  • Representing the program and reporting on events at think tanks, universities, and on Capitol Hill
  • Organizing and taking notes at Stimson events and meetings
  • Tracking and reporting on developments in the field
  • Minimal administrative support


Strong candidates for this position will have several of the following qualifications:

  • Strong interest in South Asia and/or strategic (especially nuclear) issues
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills
  • The ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Experience with statistical analysis and platforms (R, Stata)
  • Familiarity with programming languages, web scraping/web data extraction tools (Python)
  • Relevant language skills, especially Urdu, Hindi, and Chinese
  • Experience with design (Adobe Photoshop, MS PowerPoint, Piktochart), audio/video editing (Adobe, Audacity, iMovie, Garage Band), and geographic information systems (ArcGIS)
  • Precise editing skills - attention to detail (work experience in university writing center a plus)
  • A record of academic excellence

Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a single PDF. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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