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, Shorenstein APARC Fellow and Director, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative

About The Asia Foundation:

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2017, we provided $83.7 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $8.7 million.

The Asia Foundation’s mission is to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.


The Asia Foundation will provide an opportunity for an intern to work for a period of about ten weeks during the summer of 2019. The intern will assist with a variety of administrative, writing, program planning and event logistics tasks and work primarily with our Washington staff team, as well as with various Regional Cooperation, Women’s Empowerment, Leadership and Exchange, and field office colleagues as needed. Among the learning objectives of internships at the Foundation are: (1) gain a greater understanding of administrative and operational procedures of a non-profit international development organization, (2) broaden knowledge of Asian affairs and US-Asia relations, and (3) become familiar with the key issues and actors in the DC policymaking and civil society community.

The intern will be a member of the core team led by Ms. Nancy Yuan, Vice President. Ms. Alex Matthews will be the intern’s mentor. 

What you will do:

Specific tasks may include entering data, conducting background research, welcoming visitors to the office, preparing meeting materials, answering calls, assisting with preparations for public events and conferences held by the Foundation, and attending events held by the DC policymaking community and providing summaries afterward to senior staff. Interns will also be expected to meet with Washington-based staff to understand the role and operations of the office and how it monitors and communicates with Capitol Hill and the importance of the Congressional Appropriation.

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:

  • Full time undergraduate student in Asian Studies, political science, international development, international relations, or other relevant field of study.
  • Previous work experience related to Asia is beneficial but not required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; flexibility and willingness to learn.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Self-motivation and a strong attention to detail.

Language Requirement:



The internship is located in Washington, D.C.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per person. 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 FSI academic program manager Patrick Laboon directly.


Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

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Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.


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