Professional placements

Below is a list of some of the professional placements that are offered in Washington DC. Students will intern four days a week, Monday through to Thursday for the duration of the program.

Though the skill set for each internship will vary, the same core requirements will hold for all: professionalism, integrity, strong oral and written communication, research skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Jenny Chen
"Working on Capitol Hill was one of the best experiences of my life. There was never a dull moment and just being in a congressional office I learnt so much about American politics. The staffers I worked with were down-to-earth and inspirational and I made some lifelong friends." Jenny Chen

Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Foundation will host up to two interns to work in its Washington office to staff its program series of lectures, roundtables and conferences with policy makers from the region.

Capitol Hill

There are number of placements available with members of Congress and Senators. These include Congressman Peter Roskam (R) Congressman Mike Bost (R), Senator James Inhofe (R) and Senator Tim Scott (R). Students interning on the Hill will do a range of duties from responding to calls from constituents, giving Capitol tours, research for staff, and working on special projects.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. Since 1962, CSIS has been dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world. After 50 years, CSIS has become one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration.

Downtown Business Improvement District

The Downtown Business Improvement District, is a private non-profit organisation that provides capital improvements, resources and research to enhance downtown Washington DC. The organisation will host up to three interns to work on special projects assessing the state of the downtown area and strategies for raising funds to improve it.

East-West Center

The East-West Center established by the US Congress in 1960, works to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. It will host up to two interns to support the mission of its Washington office - to prepare the US for an era of growing Asia-Pacific prominence.

International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council, a non-profit membership organisation dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively, will host up to three interns to work on their disaster recovery and sustainability programs of research and policy implementation.


PartnersGlobal (previously Partners for Democratic Change), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society, and a culture of peaceful change and conflict management worldwide. PartnersGlobal specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 18 independent, local Centers around the world that comprise the Partners Network.

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and metals company. Our focus is on finding, mining and processing the Earth's mineral resources in order to maximise value for our shareholders. We have the people, capabilities and resources to supply a world hungry for metals and minerals. Construction, communication, recreation, transport, healthcare and renewable energy: all these industries, and many more, rely on the products we supply.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin is a global law firm, with 17 offices around the world. The student on this placement will work primarily with Sidley Austin's international trade and dispute resolution practice group, which provides services to clients in the area of: customs, export controls and economic sanctions; trade remedies; trade and investment policy and negotiations; foreign investment reviews; disputes arising under the World Trade Organization or free trade agreements; disputes arising under international investment treaties; international commercial arbitration.