Security-related Institutions Offering Internships

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is an a federal public health agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. “ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances. We do this by responding to environmental health emergencies; investigating emerging environmental health threats; conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites; and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners.”

Location: Atlanta, GA

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: There are multiple internships with different requirements. Types of internships include: Biochemical Markers Fellowship, Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health, Summer Program in Environmental Health, and the Graduate Environmental Health Internship Program.

Website: https://search.cdc.gov/search?query=internships&utf8=✓&affiliate=cdc-main

 

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

The AEI is a public policy think tank “dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.” The main focus of the AEI is ensuring freedom of opportunity and the free market. Other areas of study besides economics include education, healthcare, poverty, foreign/defense studies, public opinion, politics, society and culture.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid but they do provide free breakfast and lunch.

Eligibility: Undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students.

Description: Interns will generally be paired with one or multiple scholars and assist those scholars with their research. Tasks range anywhere from literature reviews to daily research. Interns are allowed to attend public and some networking events. There are given special lectures by various AEI scholars and fellows.

Website: http://www.aei.org/internships/

 

Argonne National Laboratory

The Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center. Their mission is to “pursue big, ambitious ideas that redefine what is possible. Our research pushes the boundaries of fundamental science, applied science, and engineering to solve complex challenges and develop useful technologies that can transform the marketplace and change the world.” Their areas of interest include: Energy, Environment, and National Security.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are multiple internships with various expected responsibilities including Communications, Cybersecurity, Environment and Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Website: https://public-search.anl.gov/search?q=internships&op=&output=xml_no_dtd&client=anl_gov&proxystylesheet=anl_gov&filter=0&site=all_external&form_build_id=form-ZRgev8463K4H8JgI5NnVJMKuwATDVidcK6d54bjTxJs&form_id=argonne_search_search_block

 

Arms Control Association

The Arms Control Association is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting effective arms control policies and the public’s understanding of effective arms control policies.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid but will be given a $10 lunch stipend and travel reimbursement.

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: There are multiple internships with different responsibilities. The internships offered are Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, Research Intern, Forum on the Arms Trade Intern, Communications, Marketing and Media Intern.

Website: https://www.armscontrol.org/search/node/internships

 

The Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council is a think tank that focuses on “providing an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders.” The Atlantic Council works in security in many different areas including: Middle East, Latin America, South Asia, Africa, Europe/Eastern Europe, Cyber Statecraft and foresight, strategy and risks. They offer internships in all of these fields and more.

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: Unpaid unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility: Varies based on the type of internship.

Description: Varies based on each individual internship. Different types of internships like technological or humanitarian are offered at different times and on a need basis.

Website: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/careers/employment-internships

 

Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institute is a non-profit public policy organization whose mission is to “conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.” Areas of interest include: Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Paid, academic credit or external sponsorship.

Eligibility: Undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students.

Description: Interns will assist the staff with their research as well as have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, events for local think tanks, professional development workshops and public Brookings events. Some types of internships offered include: Social Media, Data Analytics, Information Technology, International Economics, American Politics and Congress.

Website: https://www.brookings.edu/search/?s=internships

 

Business Executives for National Security (BENS)

The Business Executives for National Security is an independent organization that believes in individuals taking action in a nonpartisan way. The BENS works with the government on issues such as cyber-security, business of defense, domestic security, energy, weapons/nonproliferation.

Location: They have offices in California, Chicago, New York Metro, Southeast (from Kentucky to Florida), Texas, and D.C.

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Most applicants are already in graduate school but undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

Description: Intern responsibilities range from conducting research, tracking policy issues, taking notes at Congressional hearings and supporting project directors research. Interns are provided the opportunity attend BENS events and network with private sector leaders in security. They will also represent BENS at Congressional hearings and public events. These internship subjects include policy, communications, economics and national security.

Website: https://www.bens.org/employment

 

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research

centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Their mission is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Areas of interest include: Asia, Cyber Policy Initiative, Democracy and Rule of Law, Energy and Climate Change, Europe, Nuclear Policy, Middle East, South Asia, Geoeconomics and Strategy, Russia and Eurasia.

Location: Varies

Compensation: Varies

Eligibility: Varies

Description: Internship opportunities are posted as they become available. Some internships areas include: Research, Middle East and Communications.

Website: http://carnegieendowment.applicantpro.com/

 

The Carter Center

“The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. The Center emphasizes action and measurable results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues. The Center is nonpartisan, actively seeks complementary partnerships and works collaboratively with other organizations from the highest levels of government to local communities.”

Location: Atlanta, GA

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate and recent graduates

Description: There are multiple internships that each have different requirements. Types of internships include both technological and humanitarian.

Website: https://www.cartercenter.org/search-results.html?cx=002103672340969920600%3A_vijclldgmc&q=internships&ie=UTF-8&submit=+

 

CATO Institute

The CATO Institute is a think tank founded on the ideas of free market and individual liberty. They are “dedicated to increasing and enhancing the understanding of key public policies and to realistically analyzing their impact — positive, adverse, and other.” This means their  research encompasses a  wide array of issues including: Energy and Environment, Foreign policy and National Security, Government and Politics, International Economics and Development, Tax and Budget Policy, Trade Policy, Telecom, Internet and Information Policy.

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: $700/bi weekly stipend

Eligibility: Undergraduates, recent graduates, grad students and those early in their careers.

Description: Interns will help with the research of CATO’s policy scholars in individual departments in the areas described above. They will also get the chance to attend special student seminars over a broad range of topics like history, philosophy and professional development.

Website: https://find.cato.org/search?q=internships&op=Search&client=default_frontend&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&entsp=a__cato_policy_drew0115&wc=200&wc_mc=1&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ud=1&exclude_apps=1&site=web_collection

 

Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent non partisan policy institute. “We believe we owe it to future generations to protect the planet and promote peace and shared global prosperity. And we believe an effective government can earn the trust of the American people, champion the common good over narrow self-interest, and harness the strength of our diversity.”

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate and recent graduate students

Description: There are multiple internships with different requirements. Types of internships include: Economic Policy, Environmental and Energy, Poverty to Prosperity, Immigration, Technology and many more. Internships are offered at different times and on a need basis.

Website: https://www.americanprogress.org/search/?query=internship

Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

The Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation is a research organization dedicated to enhancing international peace and security in the 21st century. The Center works to reduce

nuclear weapons, increase nonproliferation efforts, optimize national security spending, and halt the spread of biological and chemical weapons.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Possibly academic credit.

Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates.

Description: Interns will have a lot of duties including: “Research news, policy, and developments in the Executive Branch and Congress related to Center issues including but not limited to: U.S. nuclear weapons posture, security, and spending; Pentagon budget; military engagement in the Middle East; U.S.-Russia relations, chemical & biological weapons; and missile defense. Write articles, fact sheets, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, tweets, and other communications analyzing news and developments on core areas of focus and in support of the Center’s policy and advocacy goals; Attend events on Capitol Hill (briefings, hearings, special events) and at other think tanks/non-profit organizations relevant to the Center’s work and provide a comprehensive summary for distribution to Center staff.” Other jobs include proofreading and editing publications, social media and  helping staff put together events. Types of internships are policy or communications.

Website: https://armscontrolcenter.org/search/internships

 

Center for Global Development

The Center for Global Development is a think tank dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality thorough research with their main mission statement being: “Ideas to Action.” This independently funded organization’s areas of interest include: Aid Effectiveness, Gender, Migration, Finance and Investment, International Institutions, Data and Technology, US Development Policy Initiative, Trade, Climate, Forest and Energy, Commitment to Development Index, Education, Poverty, Inequality and Growth, Global Health, Corruption, Transparency and Governance.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students.

Description: Interns will generally be needed to “assist our research and program goals, to further our communications and outreach efforts, and to improve our organizational efficiency.” Different types of internships technological or humanitarian are offered at different times and on a need basis.

Website: https://www.cgdev.org/search/internships

 

Center for International Policy

The Center for International Policy is a research and advocacy organization that “promotes cooperation, transparency and accountability in global relations.” Their main areas of focus are war, inequality, corruption and climate change. They are dedicated to promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Full-term interns will be given a stipend.

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are several internships one can apply to with varied descriptions. These internships are: Global Progressive Hub, Security Assistance Monitor, Win Without War/ Arms & Security, and Fundraising/Communications.

Website: http://www.ciponline.org/get-involved/internships

 

Center for Security Policy

The Center for Security Policy is an organization with the mission statement “to identify challenges and opportunities likely to affect American security, broadly defined, and to act promptly and creatively to ensure that they are the subject of focused national examination and effective action.” Areas of interest to them include: Shariah, Defense, Homeland Security, Israel & the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Sovereignty, National Security & New Media.

Location: Washington, D.C

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduates, and recent graduates.

Description:  Interns will have a variety of responsibilities such as conducting original research and writing about current US security news. They will attend high level meetings and the Center’s symposium as well as attend Congressional hearings. There, interns will take notes and record Congressmen/woman’s votes for the Center to analyze and use in future projects.

Website: https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/?s=internships

 

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

The CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit public policy research organization. Their goal is to research strategy and public policy solutions to help lawmakers make informed decisions. Areas of interest include: Cybersecurity and Technology, Economics, Global Health, Defense and Security, Human Rights, International Development, Energy and Sustainability.

Location: Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii

Compensation: Paid in D.C and Unpaid in Hawaii

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate and recent graduates

Description: There are multiple internships that each have different requirements. Types of internships include both technological and humanitarian. Internships are available on an as needed basis.

Website: https://www.csis.org/search?search_api_views_fulltext=internships

 

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

CIA is a governmental agency engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer, whether Washington policymaker or battlefield commander, receives the best intelligence possible.

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduates and there are programs for recent graduates.

Description: There are multiple internships that each have different requirements. Types of internships include: STEM, Analysis, Foreign Language, Expertise and Support.

Website: https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/undergraduate-students.html

 

Center for the National Interest (Formerly the Nixon Center)

The Center is a non-partisan non-profit organization founded by ex-president Richard Nixon. The goal of the Center is to spread awareness of foreign policy issues to the public. Key issues of interest include: US Relations with China, Russia, Japan and Europe, the Middle East, National Security, Regional Security, Energy and Climate.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students.

Description: The two internships offered are US- Russia Relations Internship and Climate Security and the Middle East Internship each have different responsibilities but generally interns will be expected to conduct research, help the organization with events and provide assistance around the office.

Website: https://cftni.org/category/careers/

 

Civilian Research Defense Foundation (CRDF)

“Founded in 1995, CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training, and services. Based in Arlington, Virginia with offices in the Eurasia and MENA regions, CRDF Global works with more than 40 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia, and Asia. We specialize in bringing isolated scientific communities into the scientific mainstream through a variety of science engagement and capacity-building programs. CRDF Global encourages science cooperation between countries where official relations are strained.” Areas of interest include: Global Health, Nuclear Biological and Chemical Security, and Water, Food, and Energy Connection.

Location: Arlington, VA

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduates students

Description: Different types of internships technological or humanitarian are offered at different times and on a need basis.

Website: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=60D95AD41D660419D67A1DE4E498FD49

 

Council of Economic Advisors (CEA)

The Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the Executive Office of the President, is charged with offering the President objective economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. The Council bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to support the President in setting our nation’s economic policy.

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: Based on academic level and work experience.

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students.

Description: “Interns at the CEA are responsible for assisting the staff in researching a wide range of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and international issues, providing assistance in making charts and analyzing data. Administrative duties to support the work of the Council are also involved.”

Website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/cea/jobs-internships

 

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, non-partisan organization founded on engaging the public on ideas about critical global issues. Their mission is to Bringing together leaders in business, government, education, and the arts in international forums and task forces that drive critical dialogue and offer policy-relevant analysis and solutions on a range of global issues.” Areas of interest include: The rise and influence of global cities, Russia, global food security and water, energy, global economy, and women in leadership.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Compensation: Unpaid but reimbursement for travel expenses and a free one year membership with the organization

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: While there are multiple internships, generally interns will be expected to help with research, Council events, development of promotional materials and general administrative duties. Types of internships include: Communications, Development, Public Opinion, Immigration, Global Water, Global Economy, Energy and Climate, Global Food and Agriculture.

Website: https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/search/content/internships

 

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. The CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Areas of interest include: Defense & Security, Economics, Human Rights, Energy & Environment, Social Issues, Politics & Government, Health, Diplomacy and International Relations.

Location: Washington, D.C and New York, NY

Compensation: Unpaid, but stipend will be given for travel expenses.

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students and one for recent graduates.

Description: There are multiple internships with different requirements. Types of internships are technological or humanitarian.

Website:https://www.cfr.org/search?keyword=internships

 

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

The Defense Intelligence Agency “is a Department of Defense (DOD) combat support agency.  We produce, analyze, and disseminate military intelligence information to combat and noncombat military missions. We serve as the Nation’s primary manager and producer of foreign military intelligence and are a central intelligence producer and manager for the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and the Unified Combatant Command.”

Location: Locations range from Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Hawaii, Alabama, Colorado and Germany.

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates.

Description: Responsibilities vary depending on the type of internship. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://search.usa.gov/search?affiliate=defenseintelligenceagency&query=Internships

 

Department of Defense (DoD)

The Department of Defense is a governmental agency that focuses on all defense areas of national security.

Location: Washington, D.C, Maryland, North Virginia.

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates, recent graduates.

Description: Each internship will have different responsibilities. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: http://godefense.cpms.osd.mil/internships.aspx

 

Department of Energy (DoE)

“The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.”

Location: Varies

Compensation: Varies

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description:  There are multiple internships with different requirements. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://energy.gov/search/site/internships

 

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is a governmental agency that was primarily established to provide a unifying core for the vast national network of organizations and institutions involved in efforts to secure the nation. The goals of the Department of Homeland Security are to continue to protect the nation from dangerous people and goods; to protect critical cyber infrastructure; to build an effective emergency response system and a culture of preparedness; and to strengthen and unify DHS operations and management.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid, but all program expenses covered.

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students.

Description: There are multiple internships with different requirements. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://search.dhs.gov/search?query=Internships&op=Search&affiliate=dhs

 

The Eisenhower Institute

The Eisenhower Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit, presidential legacy organization, honoring the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower by preparing the successor generations to perfect the promise of the nation through engagement in programs of leadership and public policy.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid, small stipend to cover lunch and travel expenses.

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students.

Description: “Duties may vary according to the particular program area, but normally will involve event coordination, administrative support, and research.” A majority of the internships offered will be public policy oriented.

Website:http://eisenhowerinstitute.org/about/internships.dot

 

Global Green USA Security and Sustainability Program

Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International (GCI) to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment. Global Green is working to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Internationally, Global Green and its affiliates are working toward eliminating weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment, and providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water.

Location: New York, NY and Santa Monica, California

Compensation: Unpaid but academic credit may be available.

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are two internships, one for engineers and one for communications. Each have different requirements.

Website: http://www.globalgreen.org/search?q=internships

 

Global Policy Forum (GPF)

“Global Policy Forum is an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law. GPF gathers information and circulates it through a comprehensive website, as well as through reports and newsletters. We play an active role in NGO networks and other advocacy arenas. We organize meetings and conferences and we publish original research and policy papers. GPF analyzes deep and persistent structures of power and dissects rapidly-emerging issues and crises. GPF’s work challenges mainstream thinking and questions conventional wisdom. We seek egalitarian, cooperative, peaceful and sustainable solutions to the world’s great problems.”

Location: New York, NY or Bonn, Germany

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: There are multiple internships offered at different times and on an as needed basis. A majority of internships appear to be humanities based.

Website: https://www.globalpolicy.org/internships/general-information-on-internships.html

 

The Harry L. Stimson Center

“The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Think of a modern global challenge: refugee flows, arms trafficking, terrorism. These threats cannot be resolved by a single government, individual, or business. Stimson’s award-winning research serves as a roadmap to address borderless threats through collective action. Our formula is simple: we gather the brightest people to think beyond soundbites, create solutions, and make those solutions a reality.”

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: Unpaid, but travel expenses may be reimbursed.

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are multiple internships in different areas being: East Asia- PRC Foreign Policy Internship, East Asia- Japan Internship, Communications Internship, South Asia and Nonproliferation Internship, East Asia- Taiwan and Cross-Strait Relations Internship, Southeast Asia Internship, Managing Across Boundaries Internship, Natural Security Forum Internship, Protecting Civilians in Conflict Internship Nonprofit Development & Administration Internship.

Website: https://www.stimson.org/search/google/internships

 

Hudson Institute

“Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture, and law. Hudson seeks to guide public policy makers and global leaders in government and business through a vigorous program of publications, conferences, policy briefings, and recommendations.” The Hudson Institute is one of the oldest think tanks in the world.

Location: Washington, D.C

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: A majority of the internships offered are humanity based but internships are offered on an as needed basis. Areas of interest include: Russia and Europe, Economic Policy, Political Theory, National Security and International Affairs.

Website: https://www.hudson.org/search?q=internships

 

Institute for National Strategic Studies

Established by the Department of Defense, the INSS aims to produce objective, timely, and rigorously grounded research on emerging strategic and regional security trends that pose longer-term challenges for U.S. national security and raise complex trade-offs for policy-makers and the American public. Accordingly, the Institute attempts to ensure that it addresses the issues identified by senior leaders as of immediate importance to them as well as challenges for which U.S. leaders must be prepared in the future.

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: Unpaid unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility: Undergraduates.

Description: The Institute offers a wide range of research activities that gives interns the opportunity to participate in real-time work, assist in research for publications, and work closely with a Senior Fellow who is a subject matter expert in his or her field. Interns may also have the opportunity to meet government officials, attend congressional hearings, or participate in symposia hosted by the National Defense University or the Institute. Internship areas include: Future Strategic Concepts and Technologies, Eurasia, Western Hemisphere, East Asia, Middle East, National Security Reform, and Energy Security.

Website: https://search.usa.gov/search?affiliate=inss_ndu&query=internships

 

Institute for Policy Studies

The Institute for Policy Studies is a community of scholars and organizers that prioritize peace, justice and the environment on a national and global scale. It is the oldest think tank in the U.S. that promotes progressive thought. Areas of interest include: Economic and Racial Justice, Leadership Programs, Community Engagement, Climate Justice, Peace and Foreign Policy.

Location: Washington D.C and Boston, MA.

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are multiple internships to choose from with various requirements. Internship areas include: Communication, Fundraising and Develop, Global Economy Project, Criminalization of Poverty and Race, Public Relations, and Social Media/Digital Marketing.

Website: http://www.ips-dc.org/?s=internships

 

Institute for Science and International Security

ISIS is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. Its efforts focus on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and related technology to additional nations and to terrorists, bringing about greater transparency of nuclear activities worldwide, and achieving deep reductions in nuclear arsenals. ISIS’s projects integrate technical, scientific, and policy research in order to build a sound foundation for a wide variety of efforts to reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons to U.S. and international security. Area’s of interest include: Satellite Imaging, Illicit Nuclear Trade, Nuclear Explosive Stocks, and Weapons Programs.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid.

Eligibility: Undergraduates.

Description: Interns will be expected to perform a variety of task such as assist with research, attend Congressional hearings and create fact sheets/take notes. They will also work on grant funded long term projects as well as manage the Institute’s website and publication distribution.

Website:http://isis-online.org/search/google?cx=001381580300407989689%3Aboguwei5u3k&ie=UTF-8&q=internships&sa.x=0&sa.y=0

 

International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA was established as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” within the United Nations. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies. Three main project areas underpin the IAEA’s mission: Safety and Security, Science and Technology, and Safeguards and Verification.

Location: Vienna, Austria

Compensation: 500 Euro stipend if no other financial aid is given to help with the internship.

Eligibility: Must be at least 20 years old and have 3 years of full time university schooling. Recent graduates also eligible to apply.

Description: “The purpose of the IAEA internship programme is to provide people studying toward a university degree or who have recently received a degree with the opportunity to gain practical work experience in line with their studies or interests, and expose them to the work of the Agency and the United Nations. At the same time, it  benefits the IAEA and its programmatic work to obtain the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields.”

Website: https://www.iaea.org

 

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

“The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by prestigious research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.” Areas of interest include: Advanced Systems Analysis, Energy, Ecosystems Services and Management, Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases, Water, Evolution and Ecology, World Populations, Transitions to New Techniques, Risk and Resilience.

Location: Laxenburg, Austria

Compensation: There is a stipend

Eligibility: PhD students

Description: Interns will be given the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of IIASA experts.

Website: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/education/yssp/about.html

 

International Peace Bureau

“The IPB was founded in 1891-92, as a result of consultations at the Universal Peace Congresses, large gatherings held annually to bring together the national peace societies that had gradually developed, mainly in Europe and North America, from the end of the Napoleonic Wars onwards. Since the 1960s the IPB’s primary concerns have largely reflected those of the movement as a whole in Western countries. These include the struggle against the Vietnam war, the right to conscientious objection, the UN Special Sessions on Disarmament, the Freeze and Euromissile campaigns and the European Nuclear Disarmament movement, foreign military bases, the illegality (and abolition) of nuclear weapons (World Court Project, Abolition 2000 etc), the Gulf War, the arms trade, militarism and the environment, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, women and peace, and the prevention and resolution of conflicts.”

Location: Berlin, Germany

Compensation: Small stipends for living avaliable

Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates

Description: “The tasks of these interns vary according to their skills and our needs, but may include researching various topics, organizing events, compiling our newsletter, maintaining websites, handling social media, attending meetings at UN or elsewhere, translating documents, designing promotional material, etc.”

Website: http://www.ipb.org/?s=internships

 

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

CNS strives to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis. It is the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues.”

Location: Varies.

Compensation: Varies

Eligibility: Varies

Description: There are multiple internships to choose from with various requirements. These internships include: CNS Undergraduate (Monterey), CNS (Washington, D.C.), International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (INOP), Summer International Nuclear Safeguards Policy Internships and Vienna Center, VCDNP (Austria).

Website: http://www.nonproliferation.org/about-2/nonproliferation-internships/

 

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions for the nation’s most crucial and complex problems. LANL’s primary mission is “to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence.” Fields of interest include: Protecting Against Nuclear Threats, Goals/Strategies, Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Energy Security Solutions, Nuclear Deterrence and Stockpile Stewardship.

Location: Los Alamos, NM

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: Interns are provided with the opportunity to explore a variety of technical and non-technical career fields.

Website:http://searcher-green.lanl.gov/search?q=internships&x=0&y=0&client=outside_lanl&proxystylesheet=outside_lanl&output=xml_no_dtd

 

New America Foundation

“New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation. Structurally, we combine the best of a policy research institute, technology laboratory, public forum, media platform, and a venture capital fund for ideas. We are a distinctive community of thinkers, writers, researchers, technologists, and community activists who believe deeply in the possibility of American renewal.” Areas of interest include: Cybersecurity, Education Policy, Family-Centered Social Policy, International Security, Millennials Initiative and Open Technology Institute.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: Multiple internships are offered with different responsibilities. Internships are offered in the fields of STEM and humanities and on an as needed basis.

Website: https://www.newamerica.org/search/?query=internships

 

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ten national laboratories. PNNL works to provide facilities, scientific equipment, and world-renowned scientists/engineers to strengthen U.S. scientific foundations for fundamental research and innovation; prevent and counter acts of terrorism through applied research in information analysis, cyber security, and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; increase U.S. energy capacity and reduces dependence on imported oil through research of hydrogen and biomass-based fuels; and reduce the effects of energy generation and use on the environment.

Location: Richland, WA

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates.

Description: “Do you want to be challenged with hard problems in national security, energy, and science and apply cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger? Does developing complex computer code, designing new visualizations, optimizing solutions for energy, or working with big data sound compelling to you? Do you want to work side by side with world class scientists? As an intern in the Risk and Decision Sciences Technical Group you will assist in testing, including automated testing, configuration, documentation, and maintenance. You may also assist in software design and development, depending on skills/experience.” Technical knowledge is preferred.

Website:https://websearch.pnl.gov/search?q=internships&spell=1&site=PNNL-External&client=PNNL-External&proxystylesheet=PNNL-External&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&access=p

 

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty bans nuclear explosions everywhere by everyone. Although it is not recognized by international law, the CTBTO not only helped create the guidelines for the treaty but also aims to get the treaty officially ratified.

Location: Vienna, Austria

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduate

Description: Each internship will have different responsibilities. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://jobs.ctbto.org/ERecruitmentPublicWeb/home.do?activeTab=2

 

Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

“Pugwash seeks a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Through our long-standing tradition of ‘dialogue across divides’ that also earned us the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, Pugwash aims to develop and support the use of scientific, evidence-based policymaking, focusing on areas where nuclear and WMD risks are present. We foster creative discussions on ways to increase the security of all sides and promote policy development that is cooperative and forward-looking.”

Location: These are Satellite internships so you are able to work from wherever.

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: Interns will be supporting research of Pugwash scholars as well as writing blog post and researching issues for emails. Internships are offered on an as needed basis.

Website: http://www.spusa.org/about/internships.html

 

Rocky Mountain Institute

The main work of the Rocky Mountain Institute is “helping the people of emerging economies to leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution; changing the way we move people and goods to save money and the environment; creating a clean, resilient, and affordable electricity system that produces less pollution and climate-altering CO2; and driving massive market growth for healthy and efficient homes, offices, schools, and gathering places.” Areas of interest include: Global Energy Transmissions, Transportation, Electricity, Buildings, Sustainable Finance, and Zero Methane Emissions

Location: Basalt, CO, New York, New York, Washington, D.C, and Boulder, CO

Compensation: Stipend

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: Internships range from humanities to STEM and are posted on an as needed basis.

Please continue to check the hiring board.

Website: https://www.rmi.org/about/careers/

 

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a federally funded laboratory that does research in nuclear weapon programs, climate, energy, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. Their main focuses are: “anticipating and resolving emerging national security challenges, innovating and discovering new technologies to strengthen the nation’s technological superiority, creating value through products and services that solve important national security challenges, and informing the national debate where technology policy is critical to preserving security and freedom throughout our world.”

Location: There are multiple locations ranging from New Mexico to California to Hawaii.

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: Each internship will have different responsibilities. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: http://www.sandia.gov/search/index.html?q=internships&x=0&y=0

 

State Department Internships

The U.S. Department of State is focused on accomplishing America’s mission of diplomacy at home and around the world. The State Department uses diplomacy to promote and protect American interests. To achieve this mission, the State Department manages diplomatic relations with other countries and international institutions; promotes peace and stability in regions of vital interest; supports U.S. businesses at home and abroad; and helps developing nations establish stable economic environments.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are multiple internships ranging from Engineering to Human Resources. Each have their own responsibilities.

Website: https://findit.state.gov/search?query=internships&affiliate=dos_stategov&search=

 

Stimson Center

“The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Think of a modern global challenge: refugee flows, arms trafficking, terrorism. These threats cannot be resolved by a single government, individual, or business. Stimson’s award-winning research serves as a roadmap to address borderless threats through collective action. Our formula is simple: we gather the brightest people to think beyond soundbites, create solutions, and make those solutions reality.” Areas of interest include: East Asia, Food Security, Middle East, Trade 21, Space Security, Global Political Demography, Environmental Security, Conventional Defense, Managing Across Boundaries, Transforming Conflict and Governance, New Majority, WMD, Nonproliferation and Security.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid, transportation may be reimbursed.

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: There are multiple internships with different responsibilities. Internships offered include: East Asia, South Asia, Communications, Managing Across Boundaries, Natural Security, Protecting Civilians in Conflict, and Non-Profit Development/Administration.

Website: https://www.stimson.org/search/google/internships

 

USAID

USAID is “the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.” The USAID’s main goal is to promote economic prosperity, strengthen democracy, protect human rights, promote global health, advance food security, improve environmental sustainability, and provide humanitarian assistance.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Paid and Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates

Description: Responsibilities vary by internship but generally interns will be expected to do: research, writing programs, drafting documents, helping put together meetings and special events, attend events on Capitol Hill and Department of State, and communicate USAID goals to the public and stakeholders. Different types of internships technological or humanitarian are offered at different times and on a need basis.

Website: https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/careers/student-internships

 

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

‘The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP pursues this vision on the ground in conflict zones, working with local partners to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. The Institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.” The USIP is not a governmental organization. Areas of interest include: Civilian-Military Relations, Conflict Analysis and Prevention, Democracy and Governance, Economics and Environment, etc.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and there is a different program for recent graduates.

Description: There are multiple internships with different responsibilities. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://www.usip.org/about/careers

 

United States Intelligence Community- Intelligence Careers

The Intelligence Community’s primary mission is to collect and convey the essential information that the president and members of the policy making, law enforcement and military communities require to execute their appointed duties” Areas of interest include: Terrorism, Proliferation, Chemical Warfare, Biological Warfare, Information Infrastructure Attack, Narcotics Trafficking, and Counterintelligence.

Location: Varies

Compensation: Unspecified

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: Each internship will have different responsibilities. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

 

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy was established to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East. The Institute seeks to bring scholars to help the making of U.S. policy in this vital region of the world. Drawing on the research of its scholars and the experience of policy practitioners, the Institute promotes an American engagement in the Middle East committed to strengthening alliances, nurturing friendships, and promoting security, peace, prosperity, and democracy for the people of the region.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates or graduate students.

Description: Interns will be supporting staff’s research as well as doing some administrative work. Internships will have to do with Middle Eastern Policy.

Website: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/search/results/?q=internships&search=Go

 

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

“The Wisconsin Project is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization in Washington, D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin. The organization’s work is guided by the idea that the best way to stop the proliferation of mass destruction weapons is to do so at the source: to cut off the supply of material, equipment and technology needed to make these weapons. To that end, the Project uncovers and publicizes dangerous export transactions and works directly with countries to improve their export control systems.”

Location: Washington D.C

Compensation: Paid

Eligibility: Undergraduates.

Description: Interns will conduct research for the organization’s Risk Report database and Iran Watch website. They will also be responsible for using open sources to write profiles for entities in these areas as well as understand sanctions and export control regulations. Understanding of technical proliferation research and data sources is prefered.

Website: http://www.wisconsinproject.org/about-us/employment/

 

Women in International Security

“Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.”

Location: Unspecified

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduate students

Description: Internships are humanities based. Both men and women are encouraged to apply. Some examples of internships offered are the Gender and Global Security Intern and the Strategic Communications and Web Development Intern.

Website: http://wiisglobal.org/career-opportunities-at-wiis/

 

Woodrow Wilson International Center

The Woodrow Wilson Center is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center is the living, national memorial to President Wilson that establishes and maintains a lively, neutral forum for free and informed dialogue. The Center aims to commemorate the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy; and fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship in national and world affairs. Areas of Interest include: Digital Future Program, Global Sustainability and Resilience, China, Maternal Health, Global Women’s Leadership, Urban Sustainability, Environmental Change and Security.

Location: Washington D.C.

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Undergraduates and recent graduates.

Description: There are multiple internships available but generally interns will work directly with scholars at the Center by conducting research, proofreading, critiquing, checking references, summarizing, and helping with software and presentational tasks. While at the Center, interns are also encouraged to attend the Center’s panel discussions, conferences, and other meetings. Internships range from STEM to humanities.

Website: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/search?search=internships

 

World Policy Institute (WPI)

The World Policy Institute is a nonpartisan think tank that has become a source of informed policy leadership that develops and champions policies based on a progressive and global point of view. WPI focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve, including an inclusive and sustainable global market economy; engaged global civic participation and effective governance; and collaborative approaches to national and global security.

Location: New York, NY

Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility: Varies

Description: There are two  main internships with different responsibilities: Communications/Media Strategy Internship and WIP Research & Development Internship.

Website: http://www.worldpolicy.org/internships