Internship Opportunities: Asia Program (Fluency in Mandarin) August/September, 2017 – January, 2018

ISDP is seeking for an intern with particular experience in the East Asia region for the duration of four to five months during the fall semester of 2017. The intern will work closely with the Asia Program and the Guest Researcher Program.

Job profile

  • Assist senior staff members in program activities
  • Conduct research, news gathering and reporting for senior staff members
  • Assist with the Guest Researcher Program
  • Assist in the every day-to-day work at ISDP

Qualifications and Competences


  • Undergraduate degree in social sciences, economics, area studies or law
  • Fluency in spoken and written Mandarin/Chinese and English
  • Strong research and drafting skills
  • Excellent coordination and communications skills


  • Ability to work independently and work in an international team

Application process

Send your CV, motivation letter and a written sample (all documents should be in English) to Lisa Bäckman at before April 3rd, 2017. A written sample can be a university paper you have written in English. It should be minimum 2 and maximum 4 pages. An excerpt from a longer paper you have written is also accepted. Please write “Chinese Speaking Intern” in the email subject section. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview either in person or over the phone.

Due to the high number of internship applications we receive we regret that we may not respond to all requests.

Please note that all internship positions at ISDP are unpaid and that we are unable to admit interns over summer and winter holidays.

The Institute for Security & Development Policy

The Institute for Security and Development Policy is a Stockholm-based independent and non-profit research and policy institute. The Institute is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, particularly the interrelationship between the issue areas of conflict, security and development. The Institute’s primary areas of geographic focus are Asia and Europe’s neighborhood. The Institute strongly believes in ethnic diversity, gender equality, and religious and political freedom and firmly stands for it in all aspects of its work.