Research Assistant Internship

Institute for China America Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Oct 29

Position description

The Institute for China-America Studies seeks two research assistants and one research and social media assistant to support our scholars. The application deadline is Friday, November 16, 2018. The internship will begin on January 7, 2019 and conclude on April 29, 2019. This is a part time, 20 hour per week internship.

Research Assitant: 

Competitive candidates will be have an interest in U.S.-China relations, and be pursuing, or recently have obtained a bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree from an accredited institution. We are looking for problem solvers who can think on their feet and anticipate tasks ahead of time. Candidates with previous research experience at a D.C. think tank are preferred. Professional fluency in English and Mandarin is highly desired.

Duties will include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting primary and secondary research in support of scholarly research agendas.
  • Proofreading and copy editing.
  • Assisting in the bi-monthly publication of the ICAS Bulletin.
  • Office administration: Answer phones and receive visitors.

Research & Social Media Assitant: 

Competitive candidates will be in the process of completing, or hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in communications, journalism, marketing or a related field. Candidates who have an interest and understanding in U.S.-China relations are preferred. Native fluency in English is a must. Ability to speak Mandarin is a plus, but not required.

Duties will include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and assist with the development of ICAS’s social media presence.
  • Promote our experts and research products using social media.
  • Assist with the publication of ICAS research products, including the ICAS Bulletin.
  • Identify and maintain relationships with media personalities and area experts and NGOs on social media.
  • Draft targeted messaging based on content, platform and trending tags.


This is an excellent opportunity for young professionals interested in U.S.-China relations. We offer a small stipend at the conclusion of the internship, and selected candidates will have access to our scholars and network. We offer all our research interns the opportunity to co-author with our scholars and encourage solo publication. We also offer our interns the opportunity coauthor with scholars and publish a commentary in the ICAS Bulletin on relevant topic.


Research Assitant: 

  • Deep understanding of U.S.-China relations with area specific knowledge of one or more of the following:
    • Maritime security and the South China’s Sea dispute.
    • The crisis on the Korean peninsula/nuclear weapons policy.
    • Trade & Economics.
  • Research: fluid navigation of Internet search engines, primary and secondary resources.
  • Excellent writing skills and analytical ability.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office & Google Docs.
  • Outstanding communication/interpersonal skills.

Research & Social Media Assistant

  • Experience using third party social media tools such as Hootsuite.
  • Professional knowledge of Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube.
  • Ability to provide basic research support to scholars.
  • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copy editing and fact-checking.
  • Photoshop, and web-based social media analytical tools.

Application instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample/portfolio as a single PDF to our website.

PLEASE NOTE: ICAS encourages applicants to think outside the box when drafting their cover letter. Don’t tell us “I am writing to express my interest in your internship.” We already know that. Instead, consider telling us a story that highlights your experiences, and details what exactly makes you the best fit for the task. For an idea about what we are talking about, please refer to this excellent article from NPR on best practices in cover letter writing.

Questions about the internship can be addressed to our research associate and program officer, Will Saetren.

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