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Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) Internship – Seattle, WA

Organization: The National Bureau of Asian Research

Position Title: TEEA Intern

Location: Seattle, WA

Hours & Compensation: 40 hours/week. Paid.

Position Dates: Minimum 3 month commitment. Up to 6 months.

Application Deadline: June 21, 2013, but applicants who apply and are available by June 12 may be eligible to participate in several NBR events that occur during the week of June 17.

Posted On: June 3, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The National Bureau of Asian Research is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific.

NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world’s leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas.

The institution disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide. NBR also provides exceptional internship opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students for the purposes of attracting and training the next generation of Asia specialists.


The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking one paid, full-time (40 hours/week) intern for a 3-6 month term (minimum 3-month commitment) to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group. The intern will focus primarily on two projects: the Energy Security Program and the Pacific Energy Summit series. This internship is mentored by TEEA project managers.

NBR’s Energy Security Program convenes senior policy and industry leaders and Asia energy specialists to engage in high-level discussions of Asia’s energy policies and their implications for geopolitics. Experts share insights and recommendations through a number of channels, including an invitation-only spring workshop, NBR’s annual Energy Security Report, and a public fall launch event.
Launched in 2009, NBR’s annual Pacific Energy Summit is an invitation-only event that convenes leaders from government, business, and research to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and climate change. By bridging the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors, the Summit informs policy and inspires collaboration to help support sustainable economic development.


  • Working closely with the TEEA team on all aspects of the 2013 Energy Security Program, including: preparing workshop materials, maintaining registration lists, assisting with travel and event logistics, and supporting program research needs. Core Program activities include briefings, roundtables, and the annual Workshop and Fall report launch.
  • Providing administrative, logistical, and outreach support for the 2013-2014 Pacific Energy Summits, including: conducting background research as necessary, preparing conference materials, maintaining registration lists, tracking and following-up on invitations, and assisting with travel and event logistics .
  • Supporting TEEA on other initiative-related activities, roundtables, logistics, and outreach, particularly on trade and economic engagement.

Other responsibilities include



  • Event Planning: Providing administrative support to conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas and invitations; assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.)
  • Research Support: Providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars, including gathering articles on current events and background on key individuals, attending and summarizing local events on trade and energy, conducting an interview with an expert in the TEEA field
  • Publications Support: Reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading, and formatting publications; assisting with publications distribution (including mailings), etc.
  • Database Administration: Maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases
  • Phone Support: Answering incoming calls to the organization Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed


  • Upperclassman BA student, current MA student, or recent graduate preferred, working towards or holding a relevant degree
  • Interns must have substantive expertise on specific countries and issues (substantive knowledge and/or language skills) and must be able to understand each project’s scope/relevance in order to work effectively with scholars and other stakeholders
  • The intern should be a motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team; pay acute attention to detail; be organized; work well under pressure; and have excellent written, oral, and research skills

How to Apply:

To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Cover letter that details your interests and availability
  • Resume
  • Application Form: available on our website at
  • Brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • Contact information of three references (name, title, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail)

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director for Human Resources,, phone (206) 632-7370. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 21, 2013; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information:

The National Bureau of Asian Research,

1414 NE 42nd Street, Seattle, WA 98105

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