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The US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Program and Research Internship offers interns the opportunity to work with staff, Visiting Scholars, and affiliated researchers on research projects, attend and report on events throughout Washington, DC on relevant policy issues, conduct personal research projects on issues relevant to Korean affairs and provide logistical and administrative support for USKI events and initiatives. In many cases, high-performing interns have been hired as staff when positions become available.

Current areas of research include: North Korean political, economic, and social development, North Korean WMD issues, US-ROK nuclear cooperation, US-ROK cooperation on nuclear security, US foreign policy to both Koreas, energy security cooperation in Northeast Asia, ROK energy policies, ROK domestic politics and more.

USKI internships are unpaid and applicants must be able to commit to at least 4 days a week.


Interns generally are asked to work on a variety of tasks including research assistance, event attendance and memo reporting, providing logistical supports for events and projects, and other activities supporting programs led by USKI staff and/or Visiting Scholars.


Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong interest in Korea and/or East Asia policy
  • Be at least a junior in college or higher; graduate students and post-grads are encouraged to apply
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize assignments, meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Foreign language skills are a plus
How to Apply

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (2-3 pages) in PDF to [email protected]. Please use the subject line, “Application: Program & Research Internship.”

Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No inquiries please.
Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and are thus strongly encouraged to apply early.