Policy Analyst Intern - Indonesia (Jakarta)

Based in: Jakarta


The US-ASEAN Business Council is the premier advocacy organization for U.S. multinational corporations operating within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore. The Council’s members include the largest U.S. companies working in ASEAN and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in ASEAN for more than 100 years.

We are currently accepting internship applications for our Indonesia office. The intern will undertake substantive work, consisting largely of research and other projects in support of the Council's goals. Council internships offer a wealth of enriching opportunities, such as access to our high-level conferences and events with ASEAN policymakers and business leaders.

The Indonesia intern will assist the Country and Industry Team in providing forward-looking research and support to the Council's 170+ members. Our members consist of the world’s leading multinational corporations from a wide range of industries, including but not limited to ICT, health and life sciences, energy, and financial services.

The internship is on a full-time basis and based in Jakarta. The intern should be available to work 40 hours per week. Please note that the position is in the Indonesia office and no relocation assistance will be provided. All applicants must be eligible to work legally in Indonesia.

The US-ASEAN Business Council believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce drives innovation and creates a culture of respect and understanding. We are committed to fostering an environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or background. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to bring their unique perspectives to our organization.


The successful candidate will support the delivery of projects and development of policy research and written updates out of Jakarta office. The successful candidate will work directly with both Jakarta and D.C.-based staff and is expected to provide operational support to the wider team’s stakeholder engagement efforts.

  • Policy research function: Assist in preparing written regulation and policy reporting, news clipping collection, and intelligence updates for a business audience to support the Council’s goals.
  • Project management function: Assist Council staff with programming run out of the Indonesia office including member meetings, business missions, and special projects, which include offline and/or online roundtables, briefings and workshops. Daily administrative tasks include notetaking, logistical coordination and meeting scheduling arrangement.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Law, International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, or a related field.
  • 1 year of work and/or internship experience, ideally in the field of legal, compliance, government affairs, business journalism, political risk, and/or think tank. Knowledge of and experience working with and/or for the Indonesian government, the ASEAN Secretariat, law firm, trade association, think tank, and/or English news outlet is a plus.
  • Must be fluent in English and Indonesian, with excellent written and verbal communication skills on both languages.
  • Strong interest in writing and research, with ability to write clearly and concisely in English - preferably proven by writing and/or research portfolio.
  • Good understanding of Indonesia’s political economy and regulatory landscape, with strong desire to learn current industry trends.
  • Comfortable working on multiple tasks concurrently, including on various project management tasks, in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment. Candidates must be organized, analytical and detail-oriented.
  • Exposure to American companies, multinational corporate environment, and/or education in the United States is desirable.
  • Must be willing to occasionally work beyond normal business hours to speak with colleagues in the United States, participate in global staff calls, and consult with both U.S.- and Southeast Asia-based Council members.

Application Procedures, Deadlines and Internship Periods

To apply to the Council’s internship program, please submit the following documents to heidi@usasean.org

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Brief Writing Sample on any topics pertaining to current Indonesian public policy, regulatory affairs and/or foreign investment issues (no more than one page)

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 [Job Application: Policy Analyst Intern, Indonesia]. The position timeframe is flexible, but the ideal candidate should be available from March through late August 2023 (with the possibility of extension through 2023). Deadline for submission is on February 17.

We highly encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible as the applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be closed once the role has been filled.