Monday, April 21, 2014

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Internship

About NBR
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution that 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. To learn more about NBR, please visit 

India Intellectual Property Rights Internship
Washington, D.C.

Are you interested in international affairs and Asian studies? Would you like to be involved in programs that foster collaborative solutions to common challenges—trade, investment, and economic engagement—that face the United States and Asia? If so, apply for NBR’s India IPR Internship! The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking one paid, full-time (~40 hours/week) intern for a 9-12 month term to join the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs (TEEA) group. The intern will focus primarily on an India-focused intellectual property project. This internship is mentored by TEEA project managers.
Project Description
The India Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) project seeks to assess the state of intellectual property protections in India within the context of the broader U.S.-India relationship, and then to develop recommendations for policy makers in both countries that might enhance IP protections in India.  The India IPR project is a follow-on to the widely-acclaimed Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) which launched its Report in May 2013.
Key responsibilities include:
  • Working closely with the TEEA team and principal investigator on all aspects of the India IPR project, including: conducting background research as necessary, preparing materials for study team members, supporting the research of external scholars and specialists, and contributing to final report drafting.
  • Providing administrative, logistical, and outreach support for the India IPR project, including: preparing workshop materials, maintaining registration lists, assisting with travel and event logistics, and supporting program research needs. Core Program activities include small group briefing sessions, roundtables, and several large public launch events.
  • Supporting TEEA on other initiative-related activities, roundtables, logistics, and outreach, particularly on trade and economic engagement.
Detailed responsibilities include
  • Project Assistance: Drafting, reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading, and formatting documents related to TEEA programs, including but not limited to briefing materials, agendas, website content, key thematic issues, and related publications and/or other materials as appropriate
  • 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
Application Process
To apply, submit the following to NBR:
  • Cover letter that details your qualifications 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, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address
Please send applications by email to: Ms. Amanda Keverkamp, Office Manager, email:, phone (206) 632-7370.  

Incomplete applications will not be considered.