FSI Faculty Mentor:
About The Asia Foundation:
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.
Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2017, we provided $83.7 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $8.7 million.
The Asia Foundation’s mission is to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
Identifying patterns and trends of violent conflict in the Asia-Pacific region.
This project will follow on from the release of a flagship report, The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia. The report focuses on contemporary conflict trends across 14 Asian countries, in particular addressing patterns of identity-based conflict and the impact of new technologies (especially social media), in the light of wider political shifts and the pandemic. The project will explore specific emerging angles as of mid-2021.
Eligibility and Skills Required:
Intern preferred to be Junior undergraduate or graduate student. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
Primarily policy-relevant research on conflict and instability trends across the South/Southeast Asia region, potentially using quantitative and/or qualitative sources. This will build on the State of Conflict report. Research will involve synthesis of existing data.
The primary focus is on patterns of violent conflict, their causes and their impact across the region. International or cross-border aspects of conflict are relevant but the primary interest is in domestic patterns rather than international relations or diplomacy.
Depending on the skills and interests of the intern, and following discussion, a specific line of inquiry will be finalized: e.g. political trends behind patterns of conflict; emerging patterns of social media use and its impact on violence. A focus on gendered dynamics of violence within an agreed field would also be viable.
- Ability to find, access and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data.
- Ability to write in plain English
- Ability to work independently, yet to respond to discussion or occasional instruction and to seek advice when needed.
- An interest in understanding patterns of conflict, and in the lives of people experiencing the effects of violence in developing countries across Asia.
Not required. Proficiency in a major Asian Language would be an advantage, but not a decisive one.
The internship is located in Bangkok Thailand, remote options will be available should COVID-10 prevent travel.
As it stands, it would not be possible to travel to Thailand for an internship. Should the situation change, the Asia Foundation can provide updates on visa requirements.
FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per person. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact FSI academic program manager Patrick Laboon directly.
Applicants will be asked to submit:
- Application Form
- Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
- Unofficial Transcript
Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.