Research Intern- Stephenson Ocean Security Project (Summer 2018)

Center For Strategic And International Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 23

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and policy solutions for decision-makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. A bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.

The Stephenson Ocean Security (SOS) Project at CSIS explores international maritime policy and the intersections between ocean conservation, transnational threats, and geopolitics. The SOS Project seeks to shed light on the environmental and security implications of under-explored or poorly understood challenges in the maritime commons.  

CSIS offers full and part-time internships for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy. The internship with the SOS Project is full-time, and paid.


The SOS Project seeks a highly motivated professional with a strong foundation in maritime studies (maritime policy, law, or ocean environmental science) and international relations. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • A deep understanding of current ocean environment debates, maritime policy, fisheries management, and/or maritime security issues;
  • Relevant work and/or educational experience;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Relevant regional expertise in the Arctic, Horn of Africa, Gulf of Mexico or Pacific;
  • Knowledge of web design and content management, and social media expertise a plus.


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

This newly created program requires interns who are highly motivated, professional, and can work both in teams and independently, with minimal supervision on research tasks. The interns will contribute to a variety of short-term and long-term research, and provide general program support.


Strong candidates will be able to commit to a full-time internship (35 hours/week), and possess the following attributes:  

  • Strong academic background and a demonstrated interest and knowledge in the area of study of the SOS Project;
  • Ability to work independently; 
  • Strong research, communication, and interpersonal skills; 
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously;
  • Must be at least a college senior in good standing, an advanced student, or a recent graduate;
  • 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;
  • Must be able to work in the United States;
  • Proficiency with the full suite of Microsoft Office.


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 hands to finger, 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.

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