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Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Updated 10 April 2015
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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. Great experience working on Southeast Asia and Pacific foreign policy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting work. Flexible enough to allow you to research and write about issues of interest in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Events bring in a wide range of senior officials from around Asia.

    Cons

    Social media work can wear thin.

  2. Overall great place to intern if you're trying to learn about a new area of interest.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Pros

    CSIS seems to genuinely care about helping interns grow professionally.

    Cons

    No major cons that I can name.

  3. Research Intern

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, flexible pace, opportunity for publication, friendly working environment

    Cons

    Limited full-time hiring opportunity for international students

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    Great office with like-minded, very intelligent, and knowledgeable people!

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

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am in a regional office so have gotten to really strengthen my knowledge of that region. The directors and senior staff at CSIS are very smart, well-connected, and approachable. The overall atmosphere of CSIS is very dynamic and laid-back. They do a good job at fostering the feeling of being part of a community.

    Cons

    The work can be a little monotonous and some days are a bit slow, but I feel like that that is the nature of working at a think tank. not all full-time internships are paid.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a standard amount of pay for all full-time interns, regardless of office. Otherwise, really enjoy working at CSIS.

  6. Overall good experience working as a research intern at CSIS

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good introduction to DC non-profit and political world, opportunities to research current political challenges, networking

    Cons

    Some internships are challenging while others aren't very stimulating. Not a strong investment in junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time, effort, and funds into developing and strengthening the junior staff rather than underpaying and overworking them.

  7. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interns aren't just given busy work

    Cons

    Difficult to get back into company following graduation

    Advice to Management

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

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Raise more money!

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great events with high-level policymakers, competent staff

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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