Policy and Research Internships (Washington D.C)

Based in: Washington, D.C.


The US-ASEAN Business Council is the premier advocacy organization for U.S. corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), serving as the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the United States and Southeast Asia.  ASEAN is the second-fastest growing economy in Asia at $2.4 trillion, and has attracted more U.S. investment than any other destination in the whole of Asia ($159 billion).  It is cradled between China, India and Australia, and today is one of the largest markets in the world – already 600 million consumers and almost $100 billion of U.S. goods and services exports.

The Council's members include more than 150 of the most successful and innovative corporations in the world, including Apple, Boeing, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Google, Harley Davidson, Microsoft and Procter & Gamble.  Combined, our member companies generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people worldwide.

For nearly a decade, the Council has sponsored an internship program in our offices situated near Farragut Square in Washington, DC, to provide individuals with a unique and practical opportunity to work in US-ASEAN business affairs. Interns will collaborate directly with country and industry teams, undertaking highly substantive work, including research, social media, program assistance and attendance, and various other tasks in support of our members.  Council internships offer a wealth of academically enriching opportunities, such as access to our high-level conferences and events with ASEAN government leaders and public policymakers, as well as a chance to work with well-skilled and deeply passionate individuals, some of the brightest stars and leading experts on Southeast Asia in the business, foreign policy and international affairs realm.  


The Policy and Research intern will assist the Country, Industry and Membership Teams by providing world-class and forward-looking research to the Council’s members.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Researching current national and regional economic policy issues in ASEAN affecting the private sector
  • Drafting weekly country and industry updates
  • Researching U.S. private sector activities in ASEAN
  • Assisting in the organization of events with senior government officials and private sector executives
  • Attending events with visiting delegations
  • Attending briefings and drafting memos on Council-related topics at institutions around D.C.


The Council selects up to six highly motivated candidates who are undergraduates, recent graduates or graduate students with a strong interest in Southeast Asia or trade policy to spend between 10 and 15 weeks in the Washington, DC office each winter/spring, summer or fall term.  We are seeking individuals with the following attributes:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work a minimum of 4 days per week

Foreign applicants are encouraged to apply for internships.  Please note that any visa requirements to legally work in the United States are the responsibility of the applicant, and visas must be valid throughout the entirety of an internship at the Council.

A confidentiality agreement on proprietary information is required, as well as compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The Council will also work with college programs to obtain credit where possible.  The position is unpaid but includes monthly WMATA SmarTrip benefits and free access to a fitness facility in the building.

Application Procedures, Deadlines and Internship Periods

To apply to the Council’s internship program, please submit a resume, two brief writing samples (no more than two pages each) and a cover letter to internships@usasean.org.  The cover letter should include information about your availability and a brief description of your academic and professional goals.  Please include in the subject line of your e-mail the term for which you are applying.

While the timeframes for the internships are flexible, deadlines are not.  If your materials are not received by a given deadline, you will not be considered for that term’s program.

Spring term: January 10 – May 10
Deadline: October 10

Summer term: May 15 – August 15
Deadline: March 10

Fall term: September 1 – December 10
Deadline: June 10

Any questions should also be addressed to internships@usasean.org.