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Help the State Department’s in-house intelligence agency track and analyze open source Chinese-language material.
The China Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)’s Office of East Asia and the Pacific seeks an intern with excellent Chinese skills and research experience to monitor a wide array of online Chinese-language materials. The intern will take on a series of projects working with analysts covering various China-related portfolios over the course of the year and maintain online resources that the office uses throughout the course of the year. The specific projects will vary depending on the needs of policymakers, but will likely include tracking Chinese-language foreign policy journals, researching official data and government statements concerning human rights issues, researching the uses of certain terms in domestic politics, and/or compiling information about environmental or health issues. The intern will be expected to design and maintain spreadsheets or other tools to facilitate analysts’ quick and systematic access to primary source materials; to identify and evaluate new information sources; to draw conclusions based on the primary sources; and to communicate their findings both in writing and through briefings. They may also be asked to provide gists or full translations of Chinese-source material. The intern will gain an understanding of how the China Division supports the Department’s voracious demand for analysis on China as well as the unique roles that INR plays within the State Department and the Intelligence Community.
• Analytical writing
• Political Analysis
• Speaking Proficiency: Minimum professional proficiency
• Reading Proficiency: Full professional proficiency
• Required: Yes
Applicant’s should be proficient in reading Mandarin; the strongest applicants will be capable in both traditional and simplified characters.