Bachelor's Level Research Assistant - Chinese Language Specialist

RAND Corporation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,850 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $315 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, international organizations, and foundations. We rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

Limited duration position; not to exceed 3 years.

RAND seeks a highly motivated Research Assistant to work with our research staff on a number of China related projects in a variety of areas, with an emphasis on national security issues. Research Assistants work directly with and under the guidance of RAND researchers. Responsibilities will involve collection of information in Chinese and English using public and proprietary sources.  There will be a heavy emphasis on translation of Chinese language sources focused on national security and military issues.  Tasks will also include preliminary reduction and analysis of this information and, over time, preparation of draft documents and presentations.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have advanced Mandarin reading skills, demonstrated on a RAND-sponsored language test.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of quantitative applications (SAS, SPSS, STATA, etc.) or programming skills (C++, R, Java, SQL etc.) is desired.

Education Requirements

This position is for Bachelor's level applicants only.  Master's level applicants should look for Defense Analyst positions.  Bachelor's degree in China/Asian Studies, Public Policy, Economics International Relations or a related degree is required. 


0-2 years of related research experience.

Security Clearance

Preference given to those applicants who hold an active U.S. government security clearance.  Those without security clearances should be eligible for a clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, and willing to go through the security clearance process.

Positions Open


Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position. For example, one upper division research paper or a chapter from a senior thesis.

  • Attachments may be in pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, htm, html, ppt, or pptx format
  • Writing samples must be in English
  • Newspaper articles are not appropriate writing samples 

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