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Updated August 24, 2017
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  1. "A Positive, and Challenging Mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The EastWest Institute full-time

    Pros

    This unique non-profit headquartered in New York works with governments and other thought leaders on a global basis to address security issues and reduce conflict. That's exiting, and challenging. So, you feel good when you go to work, and you feel challenged given the size of the problem and the small organization.

    Cons

    Main downsides are lower salaries (non-profit scale) and heavy workload. You have to believe in it to work there!

    The EastWest Institute Response

    Jan 23, 2017 – HR Director

    Thank you for your comments. We certainly are working hard to have a balanced Total Rewards program and competitive salaries. Just as an example: we will increase entry level salary by approx. 20% by... More


  2. "Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The EastWest Institute as an intern

    Pros

    If international politics/development is really your thing, you'll be exposed to as much top-of-the-line research and knowledge as your little heart can handle. So much reading material to your disposal and you're basically required to stay on top of the news.

    Cons

    This NGO takes itself & its internship program waaay too seriously. Most of the employees seem totally miserable with how much they're being compensated and it's just not a particularly positive place to work. This NGO pays its interns $10/day-- and should expect to receive a corresponding amount of effort from its interns.

    Advice to Management

    Don't waste your interns' time.

  3. "Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The EastWest Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, tight-knit work environment. Workload varies from week to week and differs depending on the department you're in but most of the time you'll be assigned a modest amount of work and they're all pretty standard intern assignments. Stipended $10/day which isn't much but better than most non-profits.

    Cons

    A lot of actual work is done behind the scenes which we don't get to see.


  4. "The Intern-Industrial Complex"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The EastWest Institute full-time

    Pros

    Better than poking yourself in the eye with a sharp stick.

    Cons

    Despite their highfalutin rhetoric about changing to world, they are just as bad as every other NGO which function to give its president/board members something pretty to put on their resume and feel important about but does nothing to actually fulfill its mission statement or treat its employees right. If you feel like experiencing the all-encompassing void which is the non-profit industry in 21st century American capitalism, work here. If you want to feel good about yourself or have hope for the future, don't.

    Advice to Management

    Shut the whole thing down, purge yourselves from the company, or run away from this trash fire if you'd like to retain some dignity.

    The EastWest Institute Response

    Jan 23, 2017 – HR Director

    We are very sorry that your experience was not a good one. It might have helped if you spoke to somebody and shared your concerns.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The EastWest Institute as an intern

    Pros

    interesting possibilities but ultimately a poor execution of ideas and projects from the executive level down through the project teams, could really make an impact with its level of endowment

    Cons

    their mission seems to be poorly organized and the scope and goals of the organization are ultimately unclear, seems to be little opportunity for advancement within the organization

    Advice to Management

    better organizational structure and a re-framing of the organization's ultimate mission and goals for east-west cooperation, more focus on Russian aspect versus a monopoly of China-oriented policy

    The EastWest Institute Response

    Jan 23, 2017 – HR Director

    Dear former Intern,
    We have listened to you and took our time in 2016 to better structure our organization and also re-balanced our mission and goals. Just as a side note I would like to add that... More


  6. "Great people, nice experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - STBI in New York, NY
    Former Intern - STBI in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The EastWest Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    To intern at the EWI helps you get to work with experts in foreign affairs and have a general idea how NGO works.

    Cons

    The internship is basically unpaid, though stipend is provided. Tasks are mostly entry-level, wish there could be more. Inter-team work wasn't quite enough.


  7. "Second to none Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The EastWest Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great organization with great staff and a supportive workplace environment. Working at EastWest exposes you to the cutting edge of US Russia and US China relations at the NGO level. I learned a lot and had fun doing it.

    Cons

    The Intern stipend could do with an increase, or perhaps an hourly wage. This is wishful thinking given the financial limitations of a non-profit NGO.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on expanding the organization in order to provide more opportunities to retain talent through the internship program with permanent or contract employment later on.

  8. "It was ok"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Mount Sinai, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in Mount Sinai, NY

    I worked at The EastWest Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get familiarized with general non profit operations. It is a good place to try, if you want to know if that type of work is for you.

    Cons

    You have to hound your supervisor in order to get work. Constantly feeling like you are imposing by asking for assignments and general lack of organization were frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better plan for interns. Overall improvement in organization and morale adjustment was needed for the entire institute.


  9. "great learning expereince"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great networking, great working skills

    Cons

    there are no obvious ones


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The EastWest Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Middle to High turnover for their own employees

    Cons

    They had around 10 interns staggering to show up in a week. Even though they ask for your feedback, they did not invest in you.