Center for Strategic and International Studies
The CSIS Global Food Security Program offers policy-relevant insights and serves as an independent forum for discussion on food security challenges internationally and domestically. The project studies and highlights the impact of global food security on critical U.S. strategic interests, such as political stability and economic prosperity, through desk and field research, analytical publications, and public and private events.
By engaging and collaborating with practitioners, scholars, and policymakers in Washington, D.C. and beyond, the program aims to increase the level of dialogue surrounding challenges to food security and to help develop both the policy solutions and political will to address them. Analyzing global food security trends and developing policy solutions for decisionmakers are important aspects of the program’s goal to strengthen and sustain U.S. leadership in food security and agricultural development.
CSIS seeks a full-time Research and Social Media Intern to provide research, writing, and administrative support to the Global Food Security Program. The intern will be an integral part of a small team and will often be required to produce written products in short timeframes. Research will focus on trends in food systems and food security, including impacts of Covid-19; additional areas of research may include U.S. and foreign agriculture sectors, U.S. foreign assistance, U.S. global food security policy and legislation, and trends in hunger and malnutrition. The Research and Social Media Intern will also provide administrative support to the program, including supporting private and public events to highlight global food security issues and assisting the coordination of communications and social media platforms. The program is looking to hire someone available to work from July through December of 2020. Interested applicants should submit both their resume and a cover letter at https://careers.csis.org/opportunities. For more information on the Global Food Security Program please visit: http://csis.org/program/food.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Assist with monitoring events and trends in agricultural development and food and nutrition security.
- Conduct spot and background research.
- Attend off-site events and meetings and compile notes to share with program staff.
- Maintain and update program data, including research materials and program mailing lists.
- Assist with the design and implementation of social media outreach plans, particularly leading the program’s Twitter account.
- Assist in event planning and staffing, as well as preparatory research.
- Provide general administrative support for program staff.
KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Ability to work both independently and as a cohesive member of a small team.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Strong qualitative analytical skills and strong communication skills.
- Demonstrated interest in food and nutrition security, agricultural development, and international affairs.
- Comfort working under tight deadlines and quick turnarounds.
- Familiarity with social media platforms and podcast production a plus.
- Master’s degree and/or one to two years of experience.
- Must have at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution, or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
This is an unpaid position. There is an opportunity to complete this internship for institutional credit.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK CONDITIONS:
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 to finger, 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.