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Center for Strategic and International Studies Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
54 Reviews
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Pros
  • 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
  • The internship is unpaid, though they do give (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great experience and learned a ton, but no upward mobility possible

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

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

    Pros

    Meet and work with top people, comfortable and friendly office culture, lots of opportunities to attend events and learn something new, great for resume building

    Cons

    There aren't any opportunities to move into a permanent position unless someone else leaves, and that's very rare. Further, some interns are paid and others aren't, which strikes me as unethical even by internship standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of your resources to retain good people who fit in well, which will also reduce transition times between internship pools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Grants good experience in the international affairs and policy sector

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Lack of projects in certain terms

  3.  

    Had a good experience here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Have a lot of chances to meet important people. Good environment. Work/Life balance. Everyone is very friendly. Learn a lot and have many chances to talk to different program and department.

    Cons

    It is not a perfect place for long-term career development. There is a high turnover rate. Every week I can receive farewell emails. A lot of employees choose to go to another organization or company or seek for a high degree.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great organization overall, but YMMV depending on your program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time

    Pros

    Hard-working, fast-moving environment that attracts very qualified, capable people. CSIS produces top quality research, attracts amazing speakers, and has real influence in the policy community. Depending on your program, junior/mid-level staff can have a significant amount of research, writing and management responsibility.

    Cons

    Many programs have to work hard to make budget every year, so the financial stress level can be high depending on your program. The operations departments are relatively small, so sometimes it can be difficult to get answers to administrative questions and there is not as much opportunity for collaborative work with different program areas as there could be.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, especially for young people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work directly with leading experts in your field
    Many opportunities to network and interact with colleagues at other think tanks and in government
    Fairly good young development programs
    Lots of room for advancement if you look for it
    Really smart coworkers

    Cons

    Mid-level salaries
    Lots of turnover with changing administrations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Think Tank

    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are a ton of interns who work here, and, depending on the department, you can get a lot of experience working at a foreign policy think tank. There are lots of opportunities to attend policy lectures.

    Cons

    It's a very academic place and so it's not a very relaxed environment. There's definitely a clear hierarchy at CSIS, but as you work your way up, I'm sure, it becomes more exciting.

  8.  

    Interesting place to work, but Payment is terrible compared with private sector

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Your coworkers are intelligent and interesting.
    2. Lots of events going on; lots of opportunities to meet big figures.
    3. Saying that you work at the CSIS makes you networking easier.

    Cons

    1. Some programs are quite hierarchical.
    2. Payment is miserable.

  9.  

    Good Think Tank with Opportunities to rub shoulders with world leaders

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

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to run into and rub shoulders with some of the top government officials of the world. CSIS is a major influencer of government policy, and several of the top staff played key roles in either previous or current administrations.

    Cons

    It can be boring if you are not one of the senior staffers, and if you are in an inactive department with less funding. The key departments are the ones with lots of funding, e.g. the Energy department. In my own department, interns were mostly neglected to cater to themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct more collaborative sessions involving interns as well. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Prestigious Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Pros

    -lots of opportunities for interns to develop their skills, like Debate Clinics, brown bag lunches with the professionals at CSIS, and opportunities to meet with high level thinktank, government, NGO leaders during events
    -my supervisor encouraged us to attend thinktank events around DC, so I went to quite a few every week and learned a lot about the different trends
    -opportunities to publish in CSIS "New Perspectives" journal for young professionals
    -great place to meet and interact with leading professionals in the field among CSIS staff!
    -chance to conduct your own research
    -CSIS is a top notch thinktank and well-known, so it looks great to have interned here

    Cons

    -low stipend, but some departments don't pay interns at all, so it's good to be paid even if it's a small amount
    -positions for research assistants/program assistants don't open up very frequently (at least when I was there). you need to have good timing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -pay interns more please :)

  11.  

    Informative and useful intern experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hands on time with top level executives from various backgrounds was great. CSIS is a convergence point for a lot of thought leaders in DC, and being part of that was amazing.

    Cons

    Work assignments for interns could be intermittent. Sometimes I spent an hour or two waiting for a new task from my program director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new building is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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