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Junior Associates in Asian Affairs

The Asia Foundation

Program Description

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, open, and just Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance and law, women's empowerment, economic reform and development, and international relations. Drawing on over 50 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research. With a network of 18 field offices in Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level.

The Asia Foundation invites graduate students and recent graduate degree holders to apply for a limited number of opportunities as Junior Associates in Asian Affairs in the Foundation’s offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. These short-term affiliations are to further the professional development of individuals specifically interested in Asia. Successful applicants will gain further knowledge of the region and an understanding of the Foundation’s work through specific assignments such as the following: conducting research; contributing to proposal development; assisting with the design and implementation of programs; preparing reports on Foundation projects; and other tasks as needed.
Associates may be invited for full or part-time positions for three months (October-December) during the fall with a monthly stipend.


Positions for the fall are expected to be very competitive. We are seeking talented, high-energy individuals who will benefit from their affiliation with the Foundation and contribute to the organization as well. One Junior Associate position is available in Washington, D.C. and 2-3 Junior Associates positions are available in San Francisco.

Candidates should have the following:

-Graduate student status or recent graduate degree
-Graduate studies in Asia-related areas; international relations; international development; public administration; public policy; and law, political science, economics, or sociology with work experience in Asia
-Strong written and verbal communication skills
-Good organizational skills
-Good computer skills


AUGUST 31, 2006

Application and further information

  • Application Form
  • Cover letter describing interests and skills
  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages)
  • Sealed recommendation letters from two faculty
    members and, if applicable, one employment
    Mr. Jon Peterson
    Office of the President
    The Asia Foundation
    465 California Street, 9th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    (no telephone, fax, or email inquiries, please)

    Download complete application (pdf document 456 KB)

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