Internship Opportunities


Are you ready to work hard and experience one of the most rewarding internship programs in Washington, DC?

KEI takes three classes of interns each year. Expectations for interns are high. In return, interns can expect a challenging environment which will give them a look in the inner-workings of the Washington, DC policy community.
While we do not pay our interns, we promise to provide them with maximum exposure to the major issues and players in US-ROK relations and professional growth in a number of valuable areas.

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Why Intern at KEI?

  • KEI interns are provided maximum exposure to the issues and major players in the field of Korea-US Relations via: report publication, attendance at events, and both peer-to-peer and VIP networking opportunities.
  • KEI interns are directly active in the practice of US-ROK diplomacy.
  • KEI interns gain experience in the areas of event planning, data collection, economic analysis, office management, and professional writing development.
  • KEI interns are on the cusp of current events, hearing the news before it is released, and organizing the very interviews that are shown on the evening news.


Internship Description

Interns at KEI do not answer to a single department. Our internships provide a breadth of experience in Asia-related areas of research, professional development, and programming administration. Internships may include the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Attend conferences, programs, and hearings in the Washington area of interest to Korea;
  • Prepare short reports on events;
  • Assist with the event planning and conduct of various KEI-sponsored conferences and programs;
  • Provide research support to full-time staff;
  • Administrative activities which will contribute to a fuller understanding of the inner workings of KEI;
  • Work as a team with members of staff and other interns on major events and projects;
  • Track specific issues in the media.



  • Graduate student, or candidate with (at the minimum), a Bachelors Degree with a background in political science and/or economics as well as an interest in Asia-Pacific issues, especially Korea.
  • Excellent attention to detail, good organizational abilities and writing skills, professional demeanor, general office skills, strong computer skills.
  • Must be able to work full-time for a minimum of 3.5 months.

Applicants are not expected to have specialized expertise, but should be highly motivated and sincere in their desire for an internship that is challenging and professional in nature. Interns can expect close and constant interaction with program staff, up to and including the KEI management.

While KEI does not sponsor visas for its interns, KEI does provide documentation of the internship.

How to Apply
Internships will be recruited for three separate cycles. The approximate start and end dates for the respective cycles are given below:



Application Deadline


May/June - August/September

May 4


August/September - December/January

August 5


December/January - May/June

December 2

To apply, please click here to use our internship application form.