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Updated 10 February 2015
Updated 10 February 2015
60 Reviews
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Center for Strategic and International Studies President John Hamre
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities to meet scholars and politicians from across the world (in 3 reviews)

  • Very interesting work and collegial atmosphere with engaging co-workers (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The internship is unpaid, though they do give (in 3 reviews)

  • Management cares very little about junior staff and despite seeming like a great place for (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interns are Valued Members of Team

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    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Pros

    Interns aren't just given busy work

    Cons

    Difficult to get back into company following graduation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit more of a mechanism for Interns to get back in as employees would be helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great "starter job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will be responsible for a variety of project management tasks. Interaction with high-level government officials and few IR "celebrities." Plenty of eager interns.

    Cons

    The budgets are always tight and salaries are low. The offices are small and there is a good change that you will end up in a cubicle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise more money!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work environment, little room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Pros

    Great events with high-level policymakers, competent staff

    Cons

    Little room for transition into full-time, positions are usually acquired internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    When you find the right research project, the opportunities here are incredible

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    Former Contractor - Research Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Contractor - Research Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a research associate/consultant at CSIS, you are given the opportunity to develop expertise, find areas of interest and prepare for higher levels of education. Work-life balance in great, opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Very slow pace of life, no opportunity for promotion, quiet and individually-oriented work environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Recommended if you're pursuing a career in international security/relations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You're surrounded by really smart people, develop a good network, and you learn a lot about international relations and security issues.
    As it's a non-profit, you need and learn to do a lot of the project processing things on your own. You can find good mentors though, if international relations/security is where you want to build your career in.

    Cons

    High turnover especially with the younger staff, pay isn't that great since it's a non-profit organization, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place if you land well

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some pretty amazing people at CSIS, and if you are able to work with them, you'll have a great experience. My director was totally committed to us interns, to his staff, to scholarship, and to making a difference in the public realm. I learned more from him in a semester than I learned in 2 years of graduate school.

    Cons

    Every program is totally independent, so experiences are all over the board. My friends on the Asia team rarely saw their bosses. There are some other programs that don't seem to do much. Another friend ended up ghost writing stuff for his boss without much guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more consistency among programs would make CSIS even better, especially if experiences were consistent with the experience I had.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience and learned a ton, but no upward mobility possible

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    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet and work with top people, comfortable and friendly office culture, lots of opportunities to attend events and learn something new, great for resume building

    Cons

    There aren't any opportunities to move into a permanent position unless someone else leaves, and that's very rare. Further, some interns are paid and others aren't, which strikes me as unethical even by internship standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of your resources to retain good people who fit in well, which will also reduce transition times between internship pools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great learning experience

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern

    Pros

    Got a great window into how the think tank works works and honed my writing and analytic skills.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but expect to work hard.

  10.  

    Amazing people, great think tank

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great people, extremely intelligent and focused, but also fun
    - Good work-life balance
    - Access to Senior Fellows who took your comments seriously and valued your input in meetings
    - Ability to propose research projects

    Cons

    - Depending the chair you work for, the team can either be extremely academic and uptight or much more relaxed
    - Very focused on events, which, while important, can sometimes replace actual research
    - Limited opportunities to advance

    Recommends
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