Applications are now OPEN for the Young Professionals Program for summer (June-August) 2024. Please apply by 11:59 pm (Hawai‘i Standard Time) on Sunday March 17, 2024.

The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) offers a chance each semester for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, to gain first-hand training experience at a US-Indo-Pacific research and education organization in Washington, DC.

We strive to provide participants with a broad range of education and training opportunities during their time with EWCW. These may include acquiring and analyzing large datasets for our Asia Matter for America publications, writing articles for, attending webinars or seminars, and delivering briefs.

Applicants typically have a strong interest in US-Indo-Pacific relations and may be studying international relations, Asia studies, international economics, international political economy, public policy, international business, journalism or other similar areas of study. However, all students and recent graduates who are interested in learning more about US-Indo-Pacific relations are encouraged to apply.

   The following proven skillsets are beneficial (though not required):

  • Research experience with open-source data and working with data in Excel.
  • Experience analyzing quantitative data and concisely communicating data outputs.
  • Experience living in, studying, or researching the Indo-Pacific
  • Experience tracking multiple media sources for news or developments about a particular topic
  • Interest in researching and communicating complex international relations topics (i.e., international trade) into a local perspective (i.e., Maine exports of lobster to China).
  • Developing graphs/charts/infographics for use online and in print form in support of various research, policy dialogue, publication, and outreach projects
  • Basic understanding of economic data analysis (FDI and Greenfield investment)
  • Asian language reading fluency
  • Experience writing policy analyses, briefs, press releases, or other professional communications
  • Public relations/brand management experience

We do not sponsor visas for this program, so non-US-citizen applicants should already be authorized for such a position through US citizenship/permanent residency or existing visas sponsored by a university or other valid third party.

Full-time (40 Hours/week) participation in the Young Professionals Program comes with a $2,000 per month stipend for the spring of 2024, subject to applicable taxes and withholding. Stipends are prorated for part-time participation and may count as university credits if your school permits.

 Applicants located both inside and outside of the Washington DC area are welcome, though residing in the DC metro area is preferred. Participants located in the DC area for the summer term have the option to join either remotely, in person, or hybrid. Participants must be able to attend at least one weekly zoom meeting, dedicate 20-40 hours per week to the program, and be able to be online for the majority of Eastern Time working hours (9 am-5 pm).

Theme: Women as Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Dates: July 21 - August 3, 2024
Study Destinations: Oʻahu and Maui
Application Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2024

The 2024 Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar is a 12-day professional training, dialogue, and travel seminar scheduled July 21 - August 3, 2024. The Changing Faces Seminar focuses on the vital role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in contributing to economic growth, job creation, and strengthening communities. During this seminar, participants engage in a series of workshops focused on leadership and entrepreneurship. Participants also expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership, and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners, and policymakers in Hawaiʻi. Participants are individually matched with local women leaders in a Host Mentor Program and, in return, Changing Faces participants act as mentors for a select group of high school students in a Next Generation Service Project. Finally, the Changing Faces Seminar provides training and consultative sessions to help participants develop and actualize a concrete Action Plan for the betterment of their business or their community.

Application Guidelines

  • Complete all required fields marked with a red asterisk (*); and provide
  • Letter of Interest (maximum three pages) including:  A brief description of your company/organization and your role; what you expect to contribute to and gain from participating in Changing Faces; concrete example(s) of your professional leadership and innovation, as defined above; demonstrated potential for impact within your community; identify an actionable goal for either your organization or community that you wish to work on and outline the role you can or would like to play in achieving that goal. *NOTE* This will serve as the basis of your Action Plan for the coming year.  
  • Resume/CV (maximum two pages)
  • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation describing your suitability for the seminar. The letters should be signed and on letterhead 

Extra pages submitted over the maximum limits, will NOT be shared with or read by the Selection Committee. Late or incomplete applications will also not be considered.

All applicants must also acknowledge and agree to the East-West Center Covid-19 Assumption Of Risk, Liability Waiver, And Release Of Claims For Participation In EWC Activities And Events and comply with the COVID-19 Safety Policy.

The POSCO Visiting Fellowship Program, endowed by POSCO, is intended to promote research activities on Korean topics at the East-West Center.  The program invites outstanding scholars and policymakers to engage in policy-relevant, contemporary research on political, security, and economic issues in Northeast Asia, as they relate to Korea.

POSCO Visiting Fellows carry out policy-relevant research on contemporary issues in Korean studies. In particular, the POSCO Fellowship Program is intended to generate constructive and informative research in four important areas: (1) The two Koreas and Northeast Asia; (2) Security issues for Korea and Northeast Asia; (3) Economic and social issues in South Korea; and (4) Political challenges in Korea.

In 2024, the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) at the East-West Center (EWC) and the Republic of China's (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA) will host a seven-week program that includes three-weeks in Honolulu, Hawai'i and four-weeks in Taiwan.

This program will provide individuals the opportunity to enhance their leadership capacities and build a network with other leaders from across the Pacific and Taiwan. Participants will engage in experiential learning in a cohort of 24 early to mid-career professionals from all sectors. PILP attracts participants possessing high leadership potential and a commitment to serve their national and regional development goals. The curriculum for these rising leaders will be centered around the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent and thematically organized in the following areas of critical importance to humanity identified in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The program strengthens participants’ knowledge and understanding of key regional economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues, and cultivates culturally sustaining leadership capacities.

Program Dates:  September 16 to October 31, 2024 (Dates are tentative and subject to change)


  • Citizen of the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. 
  • Bachelor’s degree. Exceptions may be considered on the basis of other relevant experience and qualifications.
  • The program is aimed at early- to mid-career professionals.
  • A minimum of 3 years demonstrated impact in your professional career and/or local community.
  • All qualified persons especially indigenous Pacific Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply


  • 11:59 pm, March 1, 2024 (Hawaii Standard Time)

NOTE: Reference forms will be due no later than March 8, 2024 (Hawaii Standard Time)


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