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Porter/ Valet

Center For Strategic And International Studies

Porter/ Valet

Washington, DC
  • Responsibilities

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan policy research organization. CSIS was founded in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of foreign policy and international economics across the globe.


    CSIS seeks a research intern to support the Economics Program. The Economics Program’s mission is to illuminate the role of economics in foreign policy and national security and to offer practical economic policy ideas to enhance U.S. and global prosperity and security. We work on the practice of economic statecraft, from trade agreements and investment treaties to financial sanctions and export controls, as well as global economic governance and the domestic foundations of U.S. economic power. Much of the Program’s work is centered on the Asia-Pacific region, with specific emphasis on U.S. economic strategy toward the region and relations with China, Japan, and other key regional players. We also work on U.S. economic cooperation with allies, including EU countries and Asian allies, with a particular focus on the intersection of international economic cooperation and technology policy. Because of the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters who enjoy a wide variety of analytic and logistical tasks and have strong written and oral communications skills. Interns will be part of a tight-knit and dedicated team where they will have the opportunity to make serious and substantive contributions to the work of the program. This internship is remote and paid.


    Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Conduct research across a broad topical and geographic scope • Daily monitoring of foreign and economic policy developments in Asia and the activities of relevant economic institutions and forums, including the G20, G7, and APEC • Support ongoing projects on U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Japan relations, U.S. economic strategy toward Asia, and the intersection between technology policy and economic statecraft • Identify, attend, and take notes on virtual internal and external events relevant to the work of the Economics Program


    Candidates should have the following skills:

    • Strong English-language writing and research skills • Effective critical and creative thinking • The ability to work well in a team • Effective oral and written communication • Effective time management • Willingness to learn

    Practical and/or academic background in at least one of the following areas is desirable:

    • Political economy • Economics and economic policy • International relations • International trade and/or finance • Technology policy • History


    The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. 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.


    Interested candidates should submit a resume and, in place of a cover letter, applicants should submit a statement that answers the following two questions: What do you think will be the most impactful economic change over the next five years? And, why are you interested in this internship? Your answer to each question should be no more than 200 words.

    Interested candidates should apply no later than 5:00pm EST on Monday, November 30. For more information on the Economics Program, please visit

    Required Skills Required Experience

  • Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree in related field required – Supply Chain, Operations, Distribution
    • 3+ years’ experience in related field - Supply Chain, Operations, Inventory Management a plus
    • 3+ years’ experience in B2B distribution a plus
    • Experience in demand planning/inventory planning systems required (e.g. GAINSystems, SAP)
    • Exceptional attention to detail, problem solving and critical thinking skills
    • Creative thinker – the ability to see the big picture and not just follow the process, the ability to solve the right problem, not just the obvious problem
    • Natural curiosity and not satisfied with the quick answer, continues to ask why and dig into the details where needed
    • Process oriented, with a focus on time management and managing multiple priorities
    • Strong stakeholder management skills, keeping informed those who are involved in key topics as they progress
    • A desire to progress in her/his career, an interest in learning and being coached
    • Able to multi-task and work in a deadline-driven environment
    • Strong communication and able to tailor message accordingly based on the audience
    • Collaborative and does not hesitate to solicit input or work with others to better understand the task at hand
    • Passion for process improvement and willingness to lead change initiatives
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel
  • Industry
    Transportation / Trucking / Railroad