Open Position: Research Assistant
Company: US-China Strong Foundation
Location:  2101 L Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20037
Time commitment: Part-time (15-20 hours/week) until December 2017
Semester stipend provided
Start Date: Early – Mid September
Application Due: Friday, August 25, 2017

Company Description

The US-China Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen US-China relations by investing in a new generation of leaders who have the knowledge and skills to engage with China. Established in 2013 as the 100,000 Strong Foundation – and re-launched in 2016 as the US-China Strong Foundation – the organization leads a national movement to ensure the next generation of US leaders is equipped to engage effectively with China: a global strategic power, the second largest economy in the world and America’s fastest growing trade partner. US-China Strong leads three signature campaigns that focus on supporting the full spectrum of American youth, spanning from our youngest students through young professionals entering China-related careers.

  • 1 Million Strong: 1 Million Strong is a national campaign to expand fivefold Mandarin language learning in US K-12 schools from approximately 200,000 to 1 million by 2020. Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced this ambitious effort in 2015.
  • 100K Strong: Announced in 2009, 100K Strong is a presidential initiative whose initial goal of seeing 100,000 Americans studying in China by 2014 was surpassed. US-China Strong continues to work with both Washington and Beijing to expand and diversify US study abroad to China.
  • US-China Alumni Ambassador Network: The Foundation’s robust and growing US-China Alumni Ambassador Network engages American and Chinese youth who have participated in cross-cultural exchange programs, connecting and cultivating these future leaders as they pursue professional careers.

Basic Functions:

The Research Assistant (RA) will be a part of a three or four person RA team. This is an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, exciting environment. RAs will gain experience in research, event planning, fundraising strategy, US-China policy, non-profit development, program expansion, and more! More specifically, the RA will support the activities of senior management in the following ways:

  • Researching issues and organizations related to US-China policy, business, education, study abroad, fundraising, etc.
  • Editing and developing organizational newsletters, manuals, and correspondences
  • Assisting with the management of event planning logistics (to include hotel management, catering, invitations, on-site logistics, etc.)
  • Performing administrative duties including but not limited to: organizing contact list and tracking media coverage of the Foundation.
  • Leading special projects as needed.

Long-term Project
In addition to the functions above, each RA will be assigned a long-term project based on the Foundation’s needs and his/her unique skillset.

Current undergraduate or graduate student

Interest in and general understanding of US-China relations. A student currently focusing on US-China relations is preferred.  Mandarin language is not required, but preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of SalesForce, WordPress, and InDesign are a plus!
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to independently conduct research
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Team Player mindset
  • A good sense of humor appreciated!

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Call 202-903-0764 with questions.