Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Updated April 10, 2015
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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
  • 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. Great experience working on Southeast Asia and Pacific foreign policy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Interesting work. Flexible enough to allow you to research and write about issues of interest in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Events bring in a wide range of senior officials from around Asia.

    Cons

    Social media work can wear thin.


  2. Research Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Research Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, flexible pace, opportunity for publication, friendly working environment

    Cons

    Limited full-time hiring opportunity for international students


  3. Great "starter job"

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

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be responsible for a variety of project management tasks. Interaction with high-level government officials and few IR "celebrities." Plenty of eager interns.

    Cons

    The budgets are always tight and salaries are low. The offices are small and there is a good change that you will end up in a cubicle.

    Advice to Management

    Raise more money!


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  5. A great learning experience

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Got a great window into how the think tank works works and honed my writing and analytic skills.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but expect to work hard.


  6. Amazing people, great think tank

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people, extremely intelligent and focused, but also fun
    - Good work-life balance
    - Access to Senior Fellows who took your comments seriously and valued your input in meetings
    - Ability to propose research projects

    Cons

    - Depending the chair you work for, the team can either be extremely academic and uptight or much more relaxed
    - Very focused on events, which, while important, can sometimes replace actual research
    - Limited opportunities to advance


  7. Great think tank that can open up the world of Washington to junior staff

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work on projects of consequence
    Access to world-class scholars, government officials, etc.
    Smart and dedicated co-workers
    Good camaraderie among junior staff
    Ability to work across programs if one demonstrates proper knowledge and interest

    Cons

    Junior staff hit a ceiling from which they usually cannot be promoted


  8. Intern and then Research Assistant at CSIS

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very prominent and well-resected organization in DC.
    Great opportunities to meet scholars and politicians from across the world.
    Potential to work closely with prominent scholars and have a hand in their work.

    Cons

    A great deal of the experience is completely dependent upon which program you are in, since each program is its own little fiefdom. If you intern or work for a great director/fellow, than you will have a great experience. Otherwise, your experience may vary.
    Doesn't pay particularly well, even when compared to similar positions elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Potentially develop some kind of infrastructure internally for employees to grow, since CSIS's employment structure (like that of most think tanks, unfortunately), is shaped like an hour glass. A lot at both the top and bottom, but very little chance to grow internally.


  9. Summer Intern - interesting work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern
    Former Intern - Summer Intern

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very interesting work and collegial atmosphere with engaging co-workers

    Cons

    Demanding boss and low pay


  10. Great internship, but little prospect of employment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The nature of the internship depends on which chair you work for, but generally they take you seriously and give you substantive work- no coffee and copying!

    Cons

    Again it depends on the chair, but the expectations on interns can be very high and it often feels like an actual job. When it ends, it can be a bit of a come-down if you get attached.Promotion into full time work is uncommon but not impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps standardize conditions/pay for interns across all chairs. This would require some pretty major financial restructuring but it would be worth it in the long run.


  11. Great internship.

    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart people, great exposure and location

    Cons

    Can get boring if your program isn't working on a project

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work



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