East-West Center: Young Professionals Program

The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) offers a chance each semester for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, to gain first-hand training experience at a US-Indo-Pacific research and education organization in Washington, DC.

We strive to provide participants with a broad range of education and training opportunities during their time with EWCW. These may include acquiring and analyzing large datasets for our Asia Matter for America publications, writing articles for AsiaMattersforAmerica.org, attending webinars or seminars, and delivering briefs.

Applicants typically have a strong interest in US-Indo-Pacific relations and may be studying international relations, Asia studies, international economics, international political economy, public policy, international business, or other similar areas of study. However, all students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about US-Indo-Pacific relations are encouraged to apply.

The following proven skillsets are beneficial (though not required):

  • Research experience with open-source data and working with data in Excel.
  • Experience analyzing quantitative data and concisely communicating data outputs.
  • Experience living in, studying, or researching the Indo-Pacific
  • Experience tracking multiple media sources for news or developments about a particular topic
  • Interest in researching and communicating complex international relations topics (i.e., international trade) into a local perspective (i.e., Maine exports of lobster to China).
  • Developing graphs/charts/infographics for use online and in print form in support of various research, policy dialogue, publication, and outreach projects
  • Basic understanding of economic data analysis (FDI and Greenfield investment)
  • Asian language reading fluency
  • Experience writing policy analyses, briefs, press releases, or other professional communications
  • Public relations/brand management experience

We do not sponsor visas for this program, non-US-citizen applicants should already be authorized for such a position through US citizenship/permanent residency or existing visas sponsored by a university or other valid third party.

Full-time (40 Hours/week) participation in the Young Professionals Program comes with a $2,000 per month stipend, subject to applicable taxes and withholding. Stipends are prorated for part-time participation, and may count as university credits if your school permits.

Applicants located both inside and outside of the Washington DC area are welcome, though residence in the DC metro area is preferred. Participants located in the DC area for the summer term will join either remotely, in-person, or hybrid depending on COVID-19 restrictions. COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots are required per East-West Center policy for all staff and participants. Participants must be able to attend at least one weekly zoom meeting, dedicate 20-40 hours per week to the program, and be able to be online for the majority of Eastern Time working hours (9am-5pm).

Please click here to access the Program’s flyer.