Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

Program Assistant Intern

Mansfield Foundation interns meet Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki at a reception for Mansfield Fellows

The Mansfield Foundation is proud to support the professional development of young Asia policy professionals through its Internship Program. This program is open to undergraduate students, recent grads, and graduate students who are interested in gaining first-hand experience working in a Washington, DC-based Asia policy non-profit. We offer full- and part-time opportunities in the spring, summer, and fall. While this program is unpaid, we do offer transportation benefits to offset the cost of attendance. Candidates should be available for a minimum of 18 hours per week and be authorized to intern in the United States.

We define semester start and end months as follows:

  • Summer Term: early June through late August.
  • Fall Term: early September through late December.
  • Spring Term: early January through late May.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transformed this opportunity into a virtual internship. The Foundation will provide access to all of the software needed, but candidates are expected to have reliable access to a computer and a stable internet connection.

Mansfield Foundation intern with CEO & President Frank Jannuzi and “Washington Talk” host Eunjung Cho.


Interns will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects during their time with the Foundation. Specific internship duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Compiling a daily media report and weekly events list to keep Foundation staff apprised of current developments in Asia and U.S.-Asia policy.
  • Conducting background research for Mansfield Foundation programs.
  • Assisting the Associate Director of Communication in drafting correspondence, blog posts for the Foundation website, and newsletter pieces.
  • Supporting the Program Assistant with program planning and logistics for the Capitol Hill Asia Policy Dialogues.
  • Writing event summaries for webinars, podcasts, and debates on issues of U.S.-Asia policy.
  • Assisting in researching funding opportunities and developing funding proposals.
  • Performing general administrative tasks (checking voicemails, updating publication lists, faxing, etc.).
  • Translating documents (if intern has native-level language ability in Japanese or Korean).


  • Highly motivated undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student in good standing and with a strong interest or background in Asian affairs.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and attention to detail.
  • Professional demeanor, excellent problem-solving skills, organizational abilities, and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Prior office experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Japanese or Korean is desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Have access to a computer and reliable internet connection.

Internship Benefits:

  • Metro SmartBenefits to offset the cost of your commute to and from the Mansfield Foundation offices.
  • College credit if your university allows.
  • Invitations to exclusive Foundation roundtables, program events, and other activities.
  • Exposure to senior government, business, and NGO leaders from the United States and various Asian countries.
  • Professional development in a challenging environment that prepares interns for full-time employment in a professional setting.
  • Opportunity to gain experience in areas of office management, event planning, policy analysis, and professional writing.

How to Apply:

Recruitment for the Summer 2021 semester will be open from April 1 – May 14, 2021. To apply for an internship, please submit the following materials by email to Kelly Primrose at

  • Cover Letter: Please detail why you want to intern at the Mansfield Foundation, learning objectives for your internship experience, and how it fits with your career goals.
  • Resume: Please list your complete educational and professional data and information about extracurricular activities.
  • Availability: In the body of your email, please note which semester you are applying for and the schedule you would be available to work.
    • Part time internships require a minimum commitment of 18 hours per week, and 30 hours per week for full-time.
  • Writing Sample: Please enclose a 1–2-page writing sample (can be an excerpt from a larger piece).

No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Program Alumni:

Our interns have hailed from Japan, Korea, China, Philippines, India, and France, as well as from across the United States. They have represented schools including, but not limited to: Georgetown University; University of Texas at Austin; Northwestern University; University of California at Los Angeles; University of Massachusetts Amherst; Delhi University, India; Ewha Women’s University, Korea; and Keio University, Japan.

We are proud that Mansfield Internship Program alumni continue to make great contributions to U.S.-Asia relations after their time with us. Our alumni have gone on to serve at a variety of prestigious positions such as:

  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Program Associate, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
  • Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
  • International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Paralegal, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Assistant Project Director for Northeast Asia, National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Inc
  • Assistant Language Teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
  • And many more!

If you are a Mansfield Internship Program alumnus and would like to let us know about where you are now, please reach out to Kelly Primrose at We’d love to hear from you!