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Center for Strategic and International Studies Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Many opportunities to network and interact with colleagues at other think tanks and in government (in 10 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
  • Limited full-time hiring opportunity for international students (in 9 reviews)

  • Most internships at think tanks are unpaid (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to create your own direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, great flexibility to do the kind of work you want to do.

    Cons

    Non Profit = lower budget

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to raise more money


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for young professionals."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of attention to young professionals - many lunch time talks and speakers brought in. Upper management is very accessible and open to meeting with younger staff. The organization is an exciting place to work and there is a lot of intellectual activities going on. Also, the location in downtown DC can not be beat.

    Cons

    Not a lot of interaction between different departments. Lower pay than other think tanks in DC.

    Advice to Management

    More thorough exit interview - it was nonexistent.


  3. "One of the better internships available to grow political research network and skills"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everybody is very professional and friendly.
    Access to a wide variety of conferences held by CSIS and other organizations in the DC area.
    Network at these events and make sure to attend as many as you can.

    Cons

    Not so much a con but you're still an intern and when the research associates are busy, you will be expected to do some of the more tedious work. But they do much of it as well and tend to avoid asking interns to do such things if they can.

    Most internships at think tanks are unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you, it was a great experience.


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  5. "Superb atmosphere, great people, excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of research, event coordination & writing experience
    Very friendly and engaging co-workers
    Chance to attend conferences and meet speakers from a wide range of professional backgrounds

    Cons

    Internship is unpaid - but if you are an undergraduate or recent college grad looking for professional experience and a resume boost, this is one of the best places to be.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the interns from different departments to meet each other more!


  6. "Administrative Assistant, Director of Programs, Pacific Rim"

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    Former Employee - Actually Employed Prior to Up to 2009 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Actually Employed Prior to Up to 2009 in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working conditions. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    I found no Cons re employment.

    Advice to Management

    Mangement very accessible. Open door policy.


  7. "Intern and then Research Assistant at CSIS"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


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

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  9. "Great "starter job""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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!


  10. "Great experience working on Southeast Asia and Pacific foreign policy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  11. "Great Internship"

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible requirements, especially for an intern. They give you every opportunity to grow and there are great opportunities for interns to go full time as program coordinators or research assistants.

    Cons

    If you're not careful, it's easy to be forgotten about. You just need to stay proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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