Intern- Technology Policy Program (Fall 2019)
Washington, DC 
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Job Description

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.


CSIS seeks a technology policy intern to support the Technology Policy Program. The Technology Policy Program conducts research on the social, economic, and security challenges created by emerging technologies to inform effective policy solutions and best practices. The Technology Policy Program is a leading voice on technology policy policy, partnering with the private sector and governments to provide pragmatic, data-driven analysis and recommendations on topics such as cybersecurity; 5G networks and telecommunications; intelligence, surveillance, and privacy; emerging technology and innovation; and the political effect of the internet, written for a global audience. The program draws on expertise from technologists, business leaders, policymakers, and civil society from around the world. Due to the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters that enjoy a wide variety of analytic and logistical task work.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assisting with monitoring developments in the technology policy arena
• Assisting with ongoing research projects as needed in both the national and international arena
• Briefing program leadership on research and policy issues as needed
• Compiling research and data into literature reviews, summaries, backgrounders, and short publications to support the program’s research portfolio
• Assisting with development and maintenance of research databases
• Supporting events and other administrative tasks as necessary


• Must hold bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field. Graduate degree preferred. Current graduate students will be considered.
• Proficiency with data analysis and visualization highly desirable (experience with statistical software such as R, Stata, SQL)
• Experience in policy research, particularly in technology policy
• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis
• Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
• Demonstrated interest in technology policy issues
• Foreign language working proficiency useful, but not required


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.


Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, college transcript, and writing sample no more than 5 pages at

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.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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