The East Asia Program Summer 2018 Internship

Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jan 12

Position description

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy.  The organization was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism.  FDD combines policy research, investigative journalism, strategic communications, and democracy and counterterrorism education.

About FDD's Internship Program 

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of summer internship opportunities available.  All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting.  FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff.  FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship.   All internships are unpaid.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.

The East Asia Program is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the summer to focus on developments in East Asia, particularly North Korea. The intern will work closely with former U.S. government official and FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero to assist with research on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs/proliferation; the relationships between China, South Korea, and Japan; and emerging issues such as China's aggressive actions in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Projects may include research on North Korea's strategic programs and efforts to evade sanctions, as well as the effectiveness of sanctions as a foreign policy tool to address conflicts in the region. Interns must have previous research experience. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language especially Korean or Mandarin Chinese is a plus, but not required.  If there is a particular Asia-related issue of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter. 


  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application instructions

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