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Intern - Global Food Security Program (Spring 2023)

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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 CSIS Global Food Security Program serves as an independent forum for analysis of food security in the United States and around the world. By engaging practitioners, scholars, and policymakers in Washington, D.C. and beyond, the program aims to increase the level of dialogue surrounding food security and to help develop policy solutions and political will to address today’s challenges. The program conducts original research and writing, and hosts public and private events on issues relevant to domestic and global food security. Special areas of focus include impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war on global food security, climate change, global nutrition, alternative proteins, and food security among U.S veterans and military families, among others.

For more information on the Global Food Security Program please visit

CSIS seeks a full-time Intern to provide administrative, strategic communications, event coordination, and research support to the Global Food Security Program. The intern will be an integral part of a small team and will often be required to complete a variety of tasks in short timeframes.

The intern will work closely with their supervisors in managing communications around program publications and the program’s social media platforms, including supporting the CSIS production staff in the editing and development of promotional materials for the program’s podcast, Reset the Table. The Intern will also provide administrative support to the program, including assisting the coordination of scheduling and calendars as well as supporting coordination of internal public and private events. Additional tasks include prepping background information on food security experts and organizations ahead of meetings, media engagements, and events.

The intern will be paid an hourly rate.

Essential duties and responsibilities
Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following

Social Media

  • Draft tweet language and visual materials to publicize the program’s publications and events on a regular basis on Twitter.
  • Draft monthly GFSP newsletter , highlighting recent program engagements and activities.
  • Aid in scheduling/recording, content editing, and publicizing of the GFSP podcast.
  • Track engagement data to create and maintain an effective social media strategy.


  • Monitor media for events and trends in food security on a daily basis.
  • Contribute to preparatory research for media, meetings, and/or publications.
  • Attend events and meetings and compile notes to share with program staff.


  • Assist in the management of calendars and scheduling of high-level meetings.
  • Assist in event planning, outreach, and day-of coordination for events.
  • Maintain and update program data, including research materials, program mailing lists, and webpages.
  • Provide general administrative support for program staff.

Knowledge, education, and experience
Successful candidates will have

  • Comfort working in a hybrid setting, including managing concurrent tasks with minimal supervision under tight deadlines and quick turnarounds.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and coordination skills.
  • Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a cohesive member of a small team.
  • Familiarity and experience with social media platforms in professional settings. Podcast editing/production and graphic design experience are a plus.
  • A strong interest in food security as evidenced by academic or professional experience in food security or a related field.

Additional requirements include

  • Eligibility to work in the United States.
  • At least two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree; candidates may have a Bachelor’s degree and up to two years of experience.

Physical requirements and work conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. 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.

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.

How to apply

The program is looking to hire someone available to work from January to June 2023. The intern is expected to work five days a week, Monday through Friday, for a total of 35 hours. The hired candidate will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience ($16.10/hour for current undergraduate hires, $17.10/hour for hires with a Bachelor’s degree, and $18.10/hour for hires with a Master’s degree . There is an opportunity to complete this internship for institutional credit.

Interested applicants should submit

  1. A resume and cover letter as two separate, clearly labeled PDF documents.
  2. An example of promotional materials that you would create for a Global Food Security Program publication. This could be for a report, an event, or a podcast episode. The submission should include a sample Twitter post (max 280 characters) AND a visual using Adobe Photoshop/Canva. Please submit this as a PDF document.
  3. A list of 3 references (including reference’s name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number) as a separate Word document.
  4. Applicants must correctly submit the requested documentation in order to be considered at Please submit using nomenclature such as [Last Name_First Name_Document type]. Other materials submitted will not be reviewed.