Open Position: Research Assistant
Company: 100,000 Strong Foundation
Location:  2101 L Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20037
Time commitment: Part-time (15-20 hours/week)
Salary: unpaid
Start Date: January 2016
Application Due: December, 23, 2015

Company Description

The 100,000 Strong Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization launched in January 2013 to strengthen US-China relations through study abroad and Mandarin language learning.

The Foundation drives a national movement to expand and diversify the number of Americans studying in China to ensure the next generation of Americans is equipped to engage effectively with China, our fastest growing trade partner and major global power. Most notably, the Foundation leads the 1 Million Strong initiative, a national campaign to expand Mandarin language learning in K-12 schools recently announced by President Obama and President Xi Jinping.

With high-level political support from both Washington and Beijing, as well as from a bipartisan group of governors and Members of Congress, the 100,000 Strong Foundation is positioned at the crucial intersection of foreign policy and politics. By simultaneously engaging prominent stakeholders and American students, the Foundation seeks to shape a more constructive future for US-China relations.

Basic Functions:

The Research Assistant (RA) will be a part of a three-person RA team. The RA will support the activities of the President, Senior Vice President, and Associate Director in the following areas

  • Research on issues and organizations related to study abroad in China, education, and diversity
  • Editing and proofreading organizational newsletters, manuals, and correspondences
  • Assisting with the management of event planning logistics and other tasks as requested.
  • Perform administrative duties including but not limited to: organizing contact list and tracking media coverage of the Foundation.
  • Participate in 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 huge 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!


Position open immediately. Submit cover letter and resume to:

Hannah Kerne, Associate Director of Programs