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KF Think Tank Internship


The KF Think Tank Internship Program provides Korean graduate students and junior researchers with the opportunity to serve as an intern or visiting junior researcher at prominent policy-research institutions. KF dispatches interns/junior researchers to the following host institutions to provide international exposure for Korea’s leaders of tomorrow.

Think Tank interns are required to possess analytical capability along with a strong technical, scientific, or field background in a particular area.

Participating host institutions:
• Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
• Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
• Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA)
• European Parliament
• Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE)
• German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
• Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP)
• Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
• RAND Corporation
• Salzburg Global Seminar
• Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
• Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS)


Number of Interns 00 interns
Term of Intern Assignment 3 to 9 months
(*Program term cannot be extended.)
Qualifications (Basic)
• Korean nationality
Must be under 40 years of age
• Outstanding research and communication capability, including the ability to speak and write clearly in English
• Cumulative GPA of at least 3.35 (on a 4.5 scale) or equivalent
• Must be free to travel/stay abroad
Candidates with analytical capability and a strong technical, scientific, or field background in a particular area. Candidates should be able to conduct independent research in an English-language environment and work as part of a research group.
-Graduate students enrolled in MA degree program or higher
-Junior researchers who graduated within the past two years, at time of dispatch
Required Documents (must be prepared in English) • Application form (online) and resume
• Statement of Purpose: one page, personal statement
• Research proposal (1,500 word limit/ 3-5 pages)
• Official transcripts and certificate of graduation (if applicable) of undergraduate and/or graduate school
• Official English test scores
• Letters of recommendation (undergraduate/graduate professor, dean of the faculty or representative of affiliated organization)

*The program schedule, number of interns, and participating institutions may be subject to change.


The Korea Foundation
• Airfare (round-trip, economy class, airfare from Korea to host institution)
• Monthly stipend for living and housing expenses
• International health insurance coverage

Host institution
• Administrative support for visa entry/stay approval
• Assistance in locating suitable housing and getting settled in
• Suitable workplace with computer access
• On-the-job training and practical workplace assignments

※ The Korea Foundation and the host institutions shall conclude a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the standard terms and conditions of our program assistance.