Research Assistant Internships

Interns at the Silk Road Research Center serve as research assistants or scholar interns for visiting scholars.
Research assistants are undergraduate successful students from universities around the world.
A research assistant typically works 10-15 hours a week.
(The number of hours can be adjusted accordingly to fulfill academic requirements).
A position as a research assistant is particularly appropriate for an undergraduate
student planning to move on to graduate studies, or wishing to develop a deeper understanding of their field of study.


Research assistants spend much of their time searching for information, using
online academic databases or other publications. They often perform other duties, as
well, such as proofreading; editing; critiquing; checking references; compiling bibliographies;
writing literature reviews; summarizing research materials; and helping with software or presentational tasks.
There may be some administrative tasks involved like copying or filing, but such tasks will be limited.
Consequently, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work with a minimum of supervision are strong assets.
While at the Center, all interns are encouraged to go beyond their particular
internship responsibilities and to attend center’s panel discussions, conferences, and
other meetings. Interns are also welcome to join staff and scholars during some social events.


Applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 70pts.
Furthermore, applicants must be current students. Most interns are at least seniors in
the undergraduate level, though strongly qualified juniors (at the time of application) willbe considered.
Graduate students are also eligible to apply.
Typical research assistants are students of political science; foreign languages;
international affairs; regional studies; economics; public policy; security studies;
journalism and similar disciplines.

Application Process

To apply, applicants will need to submit
 a completed Research Assistant Internship Application Form
 CV
 Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable);
Please send application materials to