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Beijing Office Intern

International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with some 130 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict worldwide. Widely recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to governments and intergovernmental bodies on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict, Crisis Group is seeking an Intern in the Beijing office. 

Crisis Group Beijing internships are full-time with a small subsistence stipend, and require a minimum commitment of 3 months. The Beijing office expects interns to possess the abilities to fulfill the responsibilities listed below and flexibility to assist with a variety of tasks based on the needs of the office at the time of the internship. 


  • Undertake research and draft background materials on the role of China in conflict issues in the region and around the world;
  • Contribute to preparing Crisis Group reports for publication by gathering information, fact-checking, and drafting material; 
  • Review the Chinese and Western press and conduct Chinese-language research incorporating not only Chinese media but also analysis pieces, journal articles and monographs;
  • Attend meetings in Beijing with government officials, diplomats, international organisations, academic institutes, think-tanks, and NGOs, as requested;
  • Provide limited administrative assistance to Crisis Group staff.


  • Undergraduate degree in international relations, political science, conflict studies, public policy, or Asia studies (or a related subject), with a preference for those with a postgraduate degree;
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English;
  • Professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, with the ability to quickly and accurately conduct Chinese-language research (a language assessment will be required for short-listed applicants), proven knowledge of other relevant languages (Russian, Korean, Japanese) is helpful but not required;
  • Proven research skills in political analysis or international relations;
  • Good understanding of Chinese foreign policy, particularly relating to conflict areas in the region and around the world;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Highly organised and able to pay close attention to detail;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and often demanding environment;
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office, email and internet applications; 
  • Self-motivated, flexible and reliable;
  • Previous experience living in China preferred.

If you wish to apply, please send your CV, a 3-5 page writing sample, and a statement of purpose to, clearly stating “Intern to the Beijing office” in the subject line, and the date you would be able to start. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to each individual candidate.


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