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:

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit 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 over-arching 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, D.C. 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 2015, we provided more than $95 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 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.

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 2017. The fellow’s project may include research on the role of civil society in development, strategies in a new U.S. policy focus on “countering violent extremism” 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.


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 Katie Kuruc 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.


Applicants will be asked to submit:

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