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Internship Opportunities at CSIS

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Have you ever wanted to shake hands with the Secretary of State? Or play host to a foreign head of state? With an internship at CSIS, you’ll find yourself at the intersection of policy and strategy right in the heart of DC. Apply here: https://csis.org/about-us/internships


David Abshire meets with interns

Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development. (At left, Dr. David Abshire, who founded CSIS in 1962 with Admiral Arleigh Burke, meets with a group of CSIS interns.)


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 incoming applications during the time frames listed below. You will not be able to access the online application system during periods of time that fall outside these established windows.

Accepting Applications through Closing Deadline
Fall Semester May 15 August 31
Spring Semester August 18 November 30
Summer Semester January 15 March 15

CSIS only accepts applications sent electronically through the online system.  We do not accept direct mailings or in-person paper submissions. For more information on the internship process please visit Internship FAQ page. To apply for an internship, go to www.csisopportunities.org.

Many of our internships are unpaid, however, we do have some stipends that we award each semester based on an applicant’s demonstrated financial need. To be considered for a stipend, you must complete the financial aid questions listed on the application. Disclosure of this information is voluntary and will be kept strictly confidential.

Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy

In addition, interns will participate in programs offered by theAbshire-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.

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