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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide insights and policy solutions to decision-makers. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of more than 240 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security and U.S. foreign policy.
The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) at CSIS was launched in June 2014 and is the only program of its kind in the Washington think tank community. The HRI brings together key actors in a cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach, seeking to catalyze game-changing solutions to the most pressing global human rights challenges. Expected areas of research and analysis in 2022 include the impact of technology on human rights, effective regulation of supply chains to prevent goods made with forced labor from entering U.S. markets, and the role of human rights in maintaining healthy democratic systems in the United States and around the world, among issues.
The CSIS Human Rights Initiative (HRI) seeks a full-time, paid Research Intern to provide administrative and research support to the HRI’s Program Manager and Director.
The intern should be a motivated self-starter with demonstrated knowledge of human rights issues, as well as strong written research and oral communications skills. The Intern will be part of a small, dedicated team where they will have the opportunity to make serious and substantive contributions to the work of this growing program.
The start date for this internship is Monday, January 10, 2022. The internship will last until the end of April, with the option of extending to the end of June. Candidates must apply by Friday, November 12, 2021.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
• Monitor critical human rights developments relevant to the HRI’s work, and compile a weekly HRI newsletter for internal use
• Undertake research on topics relevant to the HRI’s work as assigned by the Director or Program Manager.
• Manage the HRI’s Twitter account, including developing engaging content and increasing follower engagement.
• Attend in-person and online events of relevance to the program and provide concise written summaries to inform HRI research and analysis
• Assist with the organization and execution of in-person and online events hosted by the HRI.
• Support other ad hoc requests from the Director or Program Manager as needed.
Knowledge, education, and experience:
• Applicants must be currently enrolled junior or senior in college or have recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree. An academic focus in foreign policy, international studies, political science, or other related disciplines is highly preferred.
• Applicants should demonstrate a background in studies or work experience related to human rights.
• Applicants must possess strong research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills, and must demonstrate these in their application.
• Applicants should be self-starters, with the ability to work both independently and as productive members of a small team. Applicants should demonstrate professionalism, a team spirit, and, ideally, a sense of humor.
Physical requirements and work conditions:
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 of hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires the 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 the 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.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should submit a single PDF document that contains a 1-page cover letter and 1-page resume to https://careers.csis.org/. Applicants should have a writing sample available upon request.