Finding Internships on Southeast Asia

A starting point for students of Southeast Asia who are looking for internships in Washington D.C. to complement their studies.

Internship opportunities are always in flux, but the organizations below regularly do work on issues in Southeast Asia and are a good starting point for students looking to get relevant experience working on Southeast Asia issues in Washington D.C.

Getting Started

Some suggestions for getting started in your internship search in Washington D.C.

  • Check out the list of organizations below, all of which do work related to politics, economics, governance, or other developments in Southeast Asia. This list is not comprehensive, but can be a useful starting point for those looking for Southeast Asia-related work experience in the nation’s capital. The list will be updated three times a year.
  • Talk to your professors about your interests and see if they have suggestions on locations which would be good fit. Things to consider include the (1) language you are studying, (2) your academic interests (politics, security, development, economics); (3) your career interests; (4) your top priorities in selecting an internship: country, type of work (diplomacy, development, journalism, financial analysis, etc.), compensation, or other factors.
  • If your university does not have an internship coordinator or other relevant resources to assist with finding opportunities focused on Southeast Asia, you can reach out to Prof. William Wise, Chair of the Southeast Asia Forum, at [email protected] for assistance.
  • If you’re interested in a summer or virtual internship abroad in Southeast Asia, many of these organizations also regularly host internships at their offices in the ten ASEAN countries and this resource will still be a good starting point in your search.

Organizations Working on Southeast Asia in Washington D.C.

OrganizationOrganization Description
US – ASEAN Business CouncilThe US-ASEAN Business Council, a Washington DC-based trade association representing more than 160 US companies, advocates on behalf of these American companies operating in or seeking to enter Southeast Asia markets. The Council has offices in Washington DC, New York, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore.
The Asia GroupThe Asia Group (TAG) is a premier strategic advisory firm to companies seeking to excel across Asia. TAG is a relatively new consultancy organized by Kurt Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State (East Asia & Pacific Affairs) and colleagues and provides services to support market entry and expansion, comprehensive stakeholder engagement strategies, commercial dispute resolution, and high-quality analysis.
The Asia FoundationTAF is an NGO working throughout Asia to improve governance, law, and civil society; women’s empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. TAF collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research. The Foundation has offices in all Southeast Asian countries except Brunei as well as offices in Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco.
The Asia SocietyAsia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. The Asia Society has offices in major US cities as well as Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, the Philippines, and Switzerland. They offer volunteer internships in New York and with the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington DC.
Asia Group AdvisorsAsia Group Advisors is a strategic advisory firm which focuses on market entry, government affairs, and policy in Southeast Asia. They were established in 2013 and have offices in Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Yangon, and Washington D.C.
McLarty AssociatesMcLarty Associates Global is a global advisory firm established in 1998 which works in more than 100 countries. McLarty has offices in Washington D.C. as well as Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Many former US Ambassadors to countries in the region serve on the Southeast Asia team.
Albright – Stonebridge GroupAlbright Stonebridge Group is a premier global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm, with experts in more than 40 countries around the world. ASG has experts located on the ground in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam and a strong presence
USINDOThe United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO) seeks to improve mutual understanding between the US and Indonesia and strengthen the bilateral relationship. USINDO was founded in 1994 and seeks to facilitate government, civil society, and non-governmental engagement across a wide range of issues including politics, economics, history, culture.
The Stimson CenterThe Stimson Center is a think tank based in Washington D.C. which promotes international security, shared prosperity, and justice through applied research and independent analysis, deep engagement, and policy innovation. The Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center has been working for more than 12 years on sustainable development and natural resource management in mainland Southeast Asia, with particular focus on developments in the Mekong river basin.
CSISThe Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) The CSIS Southeast Asia program provides policy recommendations and support for US – Southeast Asia relations. CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative is widely recognized as a leading voice on South China Sea issues and developments.
US Chamber of CommerceAmerican Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in Southeast Asia provide services to member companies throughout the region. The US Chamber of Commerce in Washington is the parent organization for AmChams abroad and sponsors AmChams in most Southeast Asian capitals.
Bower Group AsiaBower Group Asia (BGA) is a strategic advisory firm that specializes in the Asia-Pacific. BGA supports clients to navigate complex and dynamic markets in Asia, providing actionable insights and analysis for markets in Southeast Asia, North Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific.
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