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Center for Strategic and International Studies Reviews

Updated May 4, 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 8 reviews)

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  1. "Associate"

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

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time

    Pros

    Best young professional community in Washington, DC

    Cons

    Salaries are low but that's typical of all think-tanks / non-profits. Value is measured not my personal salary but exposure and experience at the center of foreign affairs


  2. "Executive Secretary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to learn and exchange knowledge

    Cons

    overloaded works and pressure of deadline. be sensitive with relations with government agencies.

  3. "Program management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun place to work and great colleagues

    Cons

    Slow salary growth and limited career opportunities


  4. "RA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center for Strategic and International Studies full-time

    Pros

    Great teammates if you get lucky

    Cons

    You have to get lucky to have good teammates

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your junior staff -- retention is a good thing


  5. "Research Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    - Network access
    - Specialist events/discussion groups

    Cons

    - Not that much research opportunity
    - Monotonous work


  6. "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.


  7. "CSIS is only a springboard to bigger and better opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Substantial learning on content, interesting and kind colleagues.

    Cons

    Hierarchical organization with almost no room for advancement. Slow pace with little direct impact on the public.

  8. "CSIS review"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator & Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator & Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience and organizational culture, access to experts and ability to have a direct impact on foreign policy issues. Many aspects of the job vary depending on the program you work for.

    Cons

    Can be high stress at times, and pay is not always commensurate with amount of responsibility. The nature of the think tank environment means that there is not a lot of opportunity to advance which results in high turnover at lower levels within the organization.


  9. "Great Network"

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

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

    Pros

    access to great contacts, great reputation worldwide

    Cons

    for non-US citizens doesn't present good employment options for after the internship

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. "intern very good went well for me"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Always something new and interesting

    Cons

    The lack of pay but no amount of pay could account for experiences made


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