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CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.


Must be at least a college junior in good standing, an advanced student or a recent graduate.
Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Deadlines

CSIS accepts applications on a rolling basis for every position listed on our career page. The listing will be available until the hiring manager for the open position has found an applicant to fill the position, or the hiring manager has received more than enough qualified applications and has started the interview stage of the hiring process.

CSIS only accepts applications sent electronically through the online applicant tracking system. We do not accept direct mailings or in-person paper submissions. To apply for an internship, go to the Employment Listings page.

All of our internships are paid. Each intern is paid a monthly stipend.

Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy

In addition, interns will participate in programs offered by the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA), the in-house leadership development program at CSIS. The Academy’s programming supplements the substantive work of CSIS interns with practical discussions on leadership in international affairs and training in key policy skills. Unique among Washington think tanks, AILA helps CSIS to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders.