Position Description

Publications and Research Intern - China/East Asia
Location New York - US
Job Code 808
# of Openings 1
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Publications and Research Intern – China/East Asia

Location: New York, NY


Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists.  We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.  With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.


Position Summary

The Research Intern will have the opportunity to become centrally involved in diverse activities associated with the research, production, and dissemination of East Asia and China-related analysis, particularly the monthly China Media Bulletin newsletter. Assigned duties will depend on the particular needs of each project during different stages of the publication cycle, as well as the prior experiences and skills of the intern. This position is based in New York and reports to the Senior Research Analyst for East Asia and the Vice President for Analysis.   This is an unpaid internship that will last approximately 15 weeks during the fall and summer with an option to extend it into the winter/spring for an additional 9 weeks.


Desired Qualifications

  • Intern must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and able to receive academic credit or fulfill an academic requirement
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; Master’s degree, or graduate school experience may be necessary for the level of research needed
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese, both orally and in reading, including the ability to translate brief texts to and from English; knowledge of Tibetan or Uighur welcome
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research in the fields of political science, media studies, human rights, law, or international affairs, particularly with regards to China/East Asia
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Strong ability to ask questions, learn, and work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Some Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct research, writing, data entry, simple design, and outreach activities in support of the China Media Bulletin    
  • Conduct Internet research in Chinese and English for completion of ad hoc research assignments related to other Freedom House publications and Asia-related advocacy
  • Prepare summaries of materials gathered through research
  • Other administrative duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer: This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application. Please upload a resume, cover letter AND writing sample related to China/East Asia as separate attachments.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need to apply.