Intern (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 8, 2018
Working as an intern at CSIS was a fantastic and rewarding experience. My job tasks were flexible and communication within my program was excellent; I really felt like part of a supportive and dedicated team. Although the environment is fast-paced and deliverables of the highest quality are expected, for anyone who is an international relations wonk and can thrive by working at a think-tank with the best of the best, CSIS is the place to apply.
Research Intern (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – September 3, 2017
As an intern, I have a lot of responsibility and potential to hone various professional skills. It can be a bit tense with the amount of work that I have to get done on a regular basis but the deliverables are meaningful and worth the effort.
Lots of free food after events. Interns are paid. Management is friendly. CEO is fantastic.
Sometimes it is a bit hard to access higher-ups, no publishing credit as an intern, sometimes associate researchers treat interns in a disrespectful manner.
Associate Director (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – June 27, 2017
Think tanks allow for stimulating work, even at low pay. The young professional community is vibrant and management is dedicated to long-term development. CSIS is a top rate institution with global influence.
Researcher - Chair for Southeast Asia Studies (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 21, 2017
Great management team, strong bipartisan academic reports. I had opportunities to work with thought leaders, heads of state and political figures, advance my own career through mentorship opportunities and have fun at the same time.
Membership Groups Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – August 22, 2015
Beautiful building with a great workplace culture that was fun, friendly and welcoming. My superiors were always helping me improve my skills and guiding me through new processes. I never felt unappreciated as an intern and due to my high work performance, I was awarded hourly pay after 1 month working at CSIS. Lots of networking opportunities and endless interesting events available for staff to attend.
Research Intern (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 28, 2015
As the top think-tank for defense and national security, CSIS is full of brilliant, experienced experts and current/ former practitioners. It does a great job of providing its interns the opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of different policy areas; however the pay and prospects for advancement within the organization for entry-level employees is a bit disappointing.
RA (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 18, 2015
Think tanks are very compartmentalized, so you will have a different experience depending on who you work for; for entry level jobs, there is no real career development in the company-- however, it is an excellent opportunity to learn and build relationships
Program Manager/Analyst, ISP (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – September 24, 2014
I loved my time at CSIS. The work was meaningful and the people were professional and great to be around. There is not much negative to say about it with exception to the pay is below what you would make at a for profit organization, but you do not go there to make a profit. You go to CSIS to make a difference.
It is the best Organization. anybody can work for!
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – August 24, 2012
Prepare briefs for meetings involving top-level government officials and experts
• Conduct research and write analysis on: -Iran's nuclear diplomacy -the crisis in Syria -the leadership transition in China -Russia's force structure, military capabilities/doctrine, and modernization efforts -the Phased Adaptive Approach, non-strategic nuclear weapons, and U.S.-Russia “reset” -the future of NATO -geopolitical dynamics between Russia, Iran, and Turkey -European security policy and defense posture
• Monitor current events daily • Assist with planning and carrying out of events involving high profile government officials and experts • Provide administrative support