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  • 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
  • Management cares very little about junior staff and despite seeming like a great place for (in 4 reviews)

  • Full time positions are not plentiful and sometimes the work will make you lose a little steam because interns are everywhere (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Internship

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to learn about how think tanks work and non-profits work. Everyone is really nice and helpful and you get the opportunity to attend a lot of interesting events.

    Cons

    Good internship experience but they take a lot of interns to basically fill full-time employee positions and if they take on too many interns, there can be a lot of sitting and waiting for assignments from your supervisors.


  2. Range of projects, some boring and some more interesting

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    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Networking
    -High profile organization
    -Interesting projects to work on if you have an advanced degree

    If you meet the right people, this can be a fruitful opportunity. Graduate students will get more use out of the experience than undergrads.

    Cons

    -Work environment not very fun
    -May not be doing substantive work
    -No career opportunities after internship, unless you are lucky

    Daily tasks range from the mundane to the more exciting. Be prepared to take lots of notes and have them read by no one, spending most of your day controlling social media, and the rest of your day doing small jobs for staff. No pay unless you receive a stipend.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure interns are not wasting their time.


  3. Intern--Didn't have too many responsibilities :(

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC

    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

    Great international reputation, intelligent leadership, access to so many awesome DC conferences and events held right at the Center, cool experience to highlight on resume

    Cons

    I wanted to take on more responsibilities and projects than were given to me. During the summer DC can become kind-of a ghost town where real work isn't really prioritized. I felt a bit trapped by this and by the fact that there were several other younger interns in my department who got there first and were given more work than me. I just wish I could have taken away more from the experience than I did.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the interns better. Even if there isn't a current project to do, give them some research work or a small report to write in order to keep on top of current events.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A good place to work...for a while

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

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    Pros

    At CSIS, you are always dealing with very interesting and important issues. It is definitely nice getting paid to take an objective look at some of our nation's most important problems.

    Cons

    This is not a long-term career. Unless you have a Ph.D. and are a leader in your field, you will never be a scholar. Basically, you will never advance beyond an assistant position in which a significant portion of your time is filled with administrative work.

    Advice to Management

    Research associates should receive more competitive pay. Also, the organization should better utilize associates' expertise, which is often pretty considerable.



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