The Asia Foundation, Washington, D.C.

The Asia Foundation fellowship is offered in conjunction with the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Karl Eikenberry, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, APARC

About the Asia Foundation in Washington D.C.:

The Asia Foundation in Washington, D.C. represents the broader interests of the Foundation to the U.S. government, policy community, and Asian diplomatic community.  Its government relations functions include providing information and visibility for the Foundation with relevant government agencies including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Foundation also regularly interacts with U.S. Congressional members and staff. 
The Foundation’s office in Washington manages an active array of programs, specifically programs aimed toward bringing Asian voices to the policy community through its Asian Perspectives Series. The Foundation also sponsors, with support from the Chevron Corporation, a monthly Southeast Asia Roundtable, and twice yearly Asian Ambassadors dinner series. The Foundation regularly features its country representatives and senior staff to highlight Foundation views of development in Asia and the Foundation’s programs.


The Asia Foundation will provide an opportunity for a fellow to work for a period of about ten weeks during the summer of 2018. The fellow’s project may include research on the role of civil society in development, regional economic cooperation or the role of women in Asia, and/or on regional and cross-border issues.  The fellow will also back stop programs in the Washington office of the Asia Foundation. Specific activities will include attending policy programs in the think-tank and policy communities, writing reports, assisting with Asia Foundation sponsored programs and attending Congressional hearings and meetings as assigned.
The intern will be a member of the core team led by Ms. Nancy Yuan, Vice President. Ms. Anna Bantug-Herrera will be the intern’s mentor.  Working with the core team in the Washington, D.C. office may also provide opportunities to interact with program staff of the Foundation’s International Relations and Women’s Empowerment Programs.  

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate students. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants must have an interest in issues related to Asia, and in general, areas of the Asia Foundation’s work in governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation, including security and defense issues.

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Some course of study or experience/exposure related to Asia
  • Professional demeanor and ability to act with discretion in any interactions with the political and policy communities


Language Requirement:




The internship is located in Washington, D.C.


Visa Requirements:



FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints.  FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer.  These stipends average $6,400 per student.  Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application.  If you have financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Gina Gonzales directly.

Special Note:

The Asia Foundation welcomes the selected fellow to visit its San Francisco headquarters for a brief overview of the Foundation’s operations and programs prior to commencing the internship in Washington, D.C.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

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