Intern - Risk and Foresight Group (Spring 2020)
Washington, DC 
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Job/Internship Description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The Risk and Foresight Group housed within the CSIS International Security Program provides leaders in government and business with insights into the forces of change reshaping the global environment. This unit is charged with focusing CSIS’s cross-cutting analysis in mid- to long-term futures, as well as innovative use of foresight methodologies such as data analysis, modeling, simulation and gaming. The portfolio team delivers its findings in ways that are immediately useful in helping organizations navigate global risks and capture emerging opportunities.


CSIS seeks a full-time fall intern to join the Risk and Foresight Group housed within the International Security Program and help execute its research, events and communications missions. This intern is principally responsible for providing research into emerging global risks and trends for use in Risk and Foresight Group materials.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Closely monitors ongoing project work, events, and scholar ideas across CSIS and quickly and succinctly communicates findings to the program team.
• Provides background research on emerging global risks for use in a weekly publication distilling timely insights for a high-level audience.
• Supports the program’s research agenda through continuous horizon scanning of trends in international business and finance, geopolitics, technology, energy and climate, security, and demography and society.
• Other administrative tasks as needed.


• Strong knowledge and comfort across disciplines and issue areas including international business and finance, geopolitics, technology, energy, security, demography and society;
• Knowledge or interest in strategic foresight methodologies including scenario planning, wargaming and simulation, and quantitative modeling;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently;
• Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Superior writing and analytical skills, ideally with past publications experience;
• Ability to manage competing priorities under time pressures;
• Strong communication skills;
• Ability to write, think, and operate both independently and on a team.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


To apply, interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and university transcripts at For more information on ISP please visit:

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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