The Office of the Korea Chair is devoted to building an active policy research program in Washington, DC on the Korean peninsula. The CSIS Korea Chair conducts independent policy research on issues critical to the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Asia more broadly; convenes public and private sector stakeholders in Washington and Seoul; and advances a greater understanding of Korean policy issues to policymakers and the public at large.

Korea Chair interns gain experience in the areas of professional writing development, policy-research, data collection, and event planning. Due to our fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters able to engage in a wide variety of logistical tasks, event management assistance, and research/writing work. We are hiring THREE full-time interns. Please also include a writing sample with your application. (The topic of your writing sample should preferably be Korea or Asia related issues.) This will be a paid internship as interns will be receiving a monthly stipend. If you have any questions about the internship program, please contact Andy Lim at

Application for the Summer 2022 Internship at the Korea Chair is now open! Apply here.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitoring current events related to the Korean peninsula and writing weekly policy issue briefs on topics including, but not limited to, South Korean domestic politics, trade, & economics, the U.S.-Korea alliance, North Korea, and regional relations
  • Research and authoring brief biographies of important individuals related to current events
  • Providing logistical and administrative support, including social media outreach and contact database management
  • Assisting in event planning, preparations, and staffing
  • Assisting in spot and background research for senior staff
  • Assisting in research and writing for articles, conference reports, event summaries, grant proposals, and other such projects as dictated by program needs

Summer 2021 Research Interns


Daniel Choi
M.A. in Pacific Asia and Conflict Resolution/Negotiation Candidate
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2022


Seongjoon Hwang
B.A. in International Studies
Rhodes College, 2021


Jimin Kim
MALD Candidate at The Fletcher School
Tufts University, 2022


Sharon Kim
M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences, Class of 2026


Suyoung Kim
MIS (Master of International Studies) Candidate in Korean Studies
Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, 2021


Natasha Kossovsky
B.A.S. in Decision Science and Cross-Cultural Communication
University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, 2022


Irene Eunjung Oh
Master of Public Policy Candidate
Yale University, 2022


Spring 2021 Research Interns


Jaehyun Han
B.S. in Data Analytics and International Studies
The Ohio State University, 2020


Maika Jones
B.A. Candidate in International Relations
Stanford University, 2023


Seung Ho Jung
M.A. in Political Science (International Relations)
Vanderbilt University, 2020

B.A. in Economics, Political Science, Geography
Northwestern University, 2018

Jaejoon Kim
M.A. Candidate in Security Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University, 2022

B.A. in Political Science
University of California, Berkeley, 2018

Fall 2020 Research Interns


Jong Hyeok Choi
M.S. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Georgetown University, 2020


Young Hyun Lily Joo
M.A. in International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University, 2020


Ahyoung Shin
M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, School of International Service
American University, 2020

M.A. in International Peace and Security, Graduate School of International Studies
Korea University, 2019

Rebecca Spencer
B.A. Candidate in East Asian Studies, Human Biology
Stanford University, 2022