Center for Strategic and International Studies
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Updated Apr 7, 2014
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Center for Strategic and International Studies President John Hamre

John Hamre

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Good Think Tank with Opportunities to rub shoulders with world leaders

Research Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsOpportunities 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.

ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementConduct more collaborative sessions involving interns as well. Keep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Prestigious Internship

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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 Senior Management-pay interns more please :)

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Informative and useful intern experience

Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsHands 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThe new building is great

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great internship

Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

Prosinteresting work, get to work with really smart people

Consalmost no chance for advancement unless you are an accomplished academic or had a distinguished career in foreign affairs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place for an internship

Researcher (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsGreat opportunity to see the thinktank community at work. Some departments/programs are more active than others depending on their director and funding. Generally respected everywhere and a lot of name recognition if you want to add it to your resume. Opportunity to go to a lot of interesting events not in your field of interest.

ConsNot a lot of jobs available. This place runs on the backs of free intern labor. It's part of the whole distorted DC job market where an abundance and demand for internships mean that very little hiring actually takes place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great organization - a fabulous stepping stone for a career in international public service

Multimedia Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou'll meet amazing people
When you demonstrate efficacy in your job, your responsibilities grow
The organization has a very flat culture
The network is unparalleled in the IR field

ConsThe fundraising woes that all non-profits experience are apparent at CSIS as well. Additionally, when I was there, there was very little opportunity to move from junior staff positions to mid-level positions internally.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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'you knew what this was'; have no disillusions

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat to have on resume, publication opportunity, knowledgeable and well connected staff, strong springboard for career, free lunch

Conspay is on lower end of median for middlers, even worse for interns who get paid little to nothing to do the work of middlers, few growth opportunities

Advice to Senior Managementthe move to the new building is questionable at best, new and creative revenue streams may be needed so that the departments don't carry the burden themselves.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place for an internship

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies as an intern for more than a year

Pros-Great name recognition; an internship here will help you advance
-Access to events
-Primarily substantive work

Cons-Hard to get hired out of internship -- a position has to be opening up
-Some programs are very hierarchical

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place for an internship

Research Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

Pros- Lots of interesting events held at CSIS with important statesmen and figures. You will have the opportunity to meet many renowned figures while
- John Hamre is a really awesome guy who acknowledges the work of his interns.
- Relatively little "grunt work" is assigned to you. While you might have to stuff namecards for a big event, this is not too common. A much greater proportion of your time will be devoted to proper research. Usually you will be finding and packaging information (scholarly articles, publications, etc) for projects requested by government agencies and large businesses.
- Going to Congressional Committee hearings to take notes and write summaries can be interesting, sometimes you will get a laugh seeing the utterly idiotic questions asked by members on these committees.

Cons- Some of the work you do might not feel very useful. I felt that a few internal documents I wrote had no real audience and were just work done for the sake of work.
- Internship is unpaid.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent place for an internship

Research Intern (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsNon-partisan research center doing very interesting work; opportunity to conduct substantive research with real policy implications; excellent networking opportunity; lots of great events to attend

ConsInternships seldom pay, and if they do it is not very well; wide variation in internship experience depending on the program or project you work for

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more formal networking events for interns, especially things taking place after work hours and outside the building

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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