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Updated January 7, 2018
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Pros
  • Many opportunities to network and interact with colleagues at other think tanks and in government (in 11 reviews)

  • You can learn a lot in order to develop yourself (in 6 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. "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


  2. "Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work! Amazing and knowledgable staff.

    Cons

    They pay is very low - but I do appreciate the commitment CSIS has made to pay all interns

  3. "Review of CSIS"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to be part of a global team, accessibility to many opportunities, people, networks, events. Travel opportunities. Good retirement benefits - match after two years of service. Very diverse and stimulating place to work.

    Cons

    Very low salary, lack of strong leadership and management.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay employees a livable salary in order to afford (and survive) in today's economy.


  4. "Great events, environment, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting people and great events

    Cons

    The salary is quite low obviously because it is a nonprofit.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Most think tanks in D.C. do not pay their interns so the fact that CSIS does, is a huge pull for them. It also creates a very diverse work environment. Interns are able to conduct research with and without supervision and are encouraged to attend both internal and external events.

    Cons

    Despite being one of the only places in the international affairs world that pays their interns, they should still pay them more.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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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

    collaborative office culture, interesting work being done, good benefits, great upper management

    Cons

    pay average, hours can be long


  7. 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.

  8. "Amazing place"

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

    Pros

    Excellent, friendly staff. Many opportunities to learn and network

    Cons

    internship unpaid, DC is expensive!


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, interesting work, good schedule

    Cons

    Compensation, though consistent across think tanks


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Think tanks hold prestige and CSIS is no different. The employees are mostly alright people.

    Cons

    A basic manager position at Target pays more than most positions at CSIS. Program coordinators and research assistants tend to stay much longer than I would expect it to be economically feasible in a city like DC. These positions do not have upward mobility within CSIS as research fellows are recruited from individuals in government who can bring projects/funding with them. I was able to leave and start at an entry level position in government with a salary comparable to a CSIS director--which as you can see on glassdoor is not an impressive amount.

    I would advise international students to avoid CSIS as, beyond the poor salaries, they will not sponsor H-1B and I don't think an internship here will give them a leg up elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    In order to attract top tier employees, you need to offer competitive salaries.


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