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Pros
  • Many opportunities to network and interact with colleagues at other think tanks and in government (in 11 reviews)

  • I was able to learn a lot during my internship related to the areas that I want to specialize on (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Does not compensate it's full time staff enough (in 10 reviews)

  • Most internships at think tanks are unpaid (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to be young in DC"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A ton of independent management experience, connections, research opportunities.

    Cons

    Everything depends on your team. Teams vary widely across the Center.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented coworkers, great networking, exciting and interesting environment.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low, the hours are very long. Leadership will frequently let go of two positions and "reorganize" by consolidating work into one position so that the employee is left doing two full time jobs without adequate compensation. Leadership does not treat lower level staff with respect. H.R. does not enforce any kind of uniform standards across all departments. There are large disparities in pay and position title between people with similar qualifications and responsibilities across departments. They also will frequently give people a lower title than there actual responsibilities merit to justify paying the employee less money. Dr. Hamre is a wonderful CEO but he is shielded from many of the less than ideal situations that arise in the lower departments.

  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff that work at the center are great, there are excellent leadership opportunities, and amazing events that go on at the center every day

    Cons

    My internship was unpaid, although starting in the fall all interns will receive a stipend. The tasks that I were given were not the most challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate the interns into your activities more, although we do assist you often times I did not get to see what was done with the work that I was assigned, which would of been helpful


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organization overall hosts numerous great events.

    Cons

    I was not given much responsibility.


  5. "Good career starter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good for interns and entry-level. Lots of smart, young people.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to advance up to more senior positions.


  6. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great exposure to diverse issues and experts in the field. Good place to make connection if pro-active.

    Cons

    The scope of work is very limited. Good for undergrads.


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Chance to gain experience in the international affairs field; smart, knowledgeable colleagues; opportunities to publish

    Cons

    Despite the number listed on Glassdoor, there appears to be no pay for the vast majority of interns here, regardless of your background and skills. (Keep this in mind if/when applying.)

    Advice to Management

    There is an understandable desire for all employees to commit to full time, rigorous work, with no outside commitments. Please understand that if interns are not paid, these conditions are simply unreasonable, if not impossible altogether. By refusing to pay interns, you're both limiting the commitment an intern can make as well as missing out on some of D.C.'s most talented young people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Generally a good place for an early career job"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many workshops and career development opportunities. Surrounded by foreign policy experts--allows for networking opportunities and ample learning opportunities. If you can find the time to attend events for other program areas, they offer a great learning opportunity. Exposure to government agencies such as USAID, State Department, Department of Defense, as well as contractors.

    Cons

    CSIS is very decentralized in terms of operations, which means that each person's experience depends heavily on which program he or she works for and which program directors and fellows he or she works with. Pay is low. Lots of administrative and event planning tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Generally offers good opportunities to young, hard working people, However, certain programs are run much better than others, which can signifcicantly shape an employee's experience.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting subject matter.

    Cons

    Inconsistencies between central management and individual programs.


  10. "Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


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