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CSIS Minority Internship in International Affairs

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


Internships in International Affairs are offered for minority students as part of the overall CSIS Intern Scholars program. The internships are intended to provide opportunities for minority students to gain experience and explore career interests in international affairs. Two internships are offered each semester (fall, spring, summer) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a public policy research center in Washington, D.C.


Internships are open to both graduate and undergraduate students of minority extraction with a U.S. citizenship and demonstrated record of academic excellence. An existing academic concentration in international studies or a related field is not a prerequisite. Applicants, who should be of at least sophomore standing, should also have strong written and oral communication skills and demonstrated leadership potential as indicated through their involvement in extracurricular activities. Financial need will also be a consideration. Former and current CSIS interns and staff are not eligible for the award.


About 50 internships are offered, and each internship carries a $3,000 stipend for living expenses and a $3,000 stipend for educational assistance (both prorated for interns available on a part-time basis only).


Applications must be received by March 1 for the Summer session and July 1 for the Fall semester. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

For more information

Submit the items listed below to the CSIS Intern Coordinator. Please mark your envelope "CSIS Internships in International Affairs":

* Resume and cover letter
* Official Transcript (original)
* Essay (no more than 850 words): Why should policy makers be concerned with the greater involvement of minorities in the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign policy? Give some examples from current events or recent history of how in your view U.S. foreign policy could be or could have been improved by more effective integration of minority perspectives. How do you feel you personally could bring an important minority perspective to the work of a policy research organization such as CSIS, and what would you expect to gain from this experience?
* Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a teacher, faculty adviser, or other academic colleague; the other letter can be from an employer).
* Statement of financial need (from financial aid officer)

For complete guideline and application information please contact:

CSIS Intern Coordinator
1800 K St.,
NW Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 775-3165
Fax: (202) 775-3199

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