Intern - Congressional & Government Affairs (Spring 2023)

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  • Added Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the worldโ€™s greatest challenges. We aim to define the future of national security. We are guided by a distinct set of valuesโ€”non-partisanship, independent thought, innovative thinking, cross-disciplinary scholarship, integrity and professionalism, and talent development. CSISโ€™s values work in concert toward the goal of making real-world impact. CSIS has grown steadily throughout its nearly sixty years, most notably during the last two decades. Its programmatic breadth and impact, expertise and policy influence, annual revenue, and reputation and brand have all deepened during this time. With the adoption of a new strategic plan, CSIS is seeking to stay ahead of changes to the international environment, as well as in the Washington policy ecosystem.

CSIS Congressional and Government Affairs seeks highly motivated candidates for a part-time paid internship to join our dynamic and fast-paced team beginning in February and through August 2023. The Congressional Affairs Intern will serve as an integral part of the team, helping to strengthen CSISโ€™s relationships with Congress, support briefings, and promote CSIS research to Capitol Hill. They will advance CSISโ€™s mission of providing targeted, useful, and timely support to help inform the decisionmaking of key policymakers. This is a fast-paced work environment, so interns should be self-starters with strong attention to detail who enjoy a wide variety of analytic and logistical tasks. The intern will be paid an hourly rate.


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

โ€ข Drafting and copyediting official correspondence
โ€ข Assist with event preparation and staffing for both public and private events;
โ€ข Support program research and analysis of congressional activities
โ€ข Tracking relevant congressional actions and legislation
โ€ข Support various long term projects (background research, proposal writing, data gathering) for the Congressional Affairs team;
โ€ข Draft and format program mailings, and support accuracy of mailing lists;
โ€ข Provide general administrative support to the full Congressional Affairs team.


โ€ข Must be at least a college sophomore.
โ€ข Excellent research, writing, and copy-editing skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in written and verbal communication.
โ€ข Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, track, and accomplish multiple tasks simultaneously in a dynamic and fast-paced environment;
โ€ข Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability and willingness to work in a team environment
โ€ข General knowledge of international affairs and an interest in the Hill.
โ€ข Able to exercise effective professional judgment, sensitivity, and creativity to changing needs and situations
โ€ข Political or nonprofit experience is a plus
โ€ข Strong background in Excel, database management, and/or email marketing platform desirable.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This is currently a fully onsite position. You are required to report to our DC office location Monday โ€“ Friday. Hybrid and/or remote work will be re-evaluated after the first year in this role.

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.


Applicants must submit cover letter and resumรฉ to the CSIS website at Finalists will be asked for writing samples and references. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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