Security-related Programs

Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Fellowships

This 1-year fellowship allows pre and post-doctoral students to conduct research and write on various security topics. There are 6 categories to apply to: Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship, Natural Sciences or Engineering International Security Fellowship, Cyber and International Security Fellowship, Law and International Security Fellowship, Nuclear Security Fellowship, and William J. Perry Fellowship in International Security.


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

This 6-9 month Fellowship provides recent graduates the chance to work in Washington at the organization of their choice while being given a salary. The goal is to allow fellows to meet with experts and gain a better understanding of security and peace issues.


James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

This 1-year program is aimed at either graduating seniors or those that have graduated during the past academic year. Students are first nominated by their school and then allowed to apply.


Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) Graduate Fellows Program

This 6-week program offers graduate students the chance to go to Daejeon, South Korea to research and build upon the knowledge of international nonproliferation topics. This trip also includes a chance to attend a NEREC Conference on Nuclear Nonproliferation, field trips to Seoul, Gyeongju, major universities, research labs, and governmental agencies in China and Japan. All program logging and trips are paid for.


Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) Young Fellows Program

This 5-week program offers students the chance to go to Daejeon, South Korea to train future leaders in nuclear nonproliferation. Students will be given the chance to attend lectures on nuclear policy and technology, a NEREC Conference, field trips to Seoul and Gyeongju, and Korean cultural events. All program logging and trips are paid for.


Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

This 10-week program allows students to do hands-on research with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Fuels. The goal of the program is to mentor and foster the talent of STEM majors who will be expected to present their research at the end of the program. Students will be provided with a stipend and may have housing and travel expenses paid for as well.


Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program

This 8-10 week program is aimed at helping undergraduate and graduate students intern at the Department of Energy and its’ National Laboratories. Students will get to work with scientists, engineers, or top professionals in their respective fields. Interns will be expected to do scientific research or research in the fields of policy, business, or governmental relations. Lodging, round trip airfare, and a stipend will be provided.


Minority Serving Institution Internship Program (National Nuclear Security Administration)

This 10-week program sponsored by the Department of Energy can help undergraduate and graduate students with STEM backgrounds gain real-world work experiences in their offices or NNSA Laboratories.


The Project on Managing the Atom

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Harvard Kennedy School seeks Student Associates for the Summer. These internships provide opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students to meet experts in nuclear policy, attend lectures and seminars, and assist MTA project faculty, staff, and fellows with their research. MTA will provide a modest hourly wage or academic credit for the internship.

The MTA project conducts and disseminates policy-relevant research on a variety of topics:

  • Reducing the risk of nuclear and radiological terrorism
  • Stopping the spread of nuclear weapons
  • Reducing the dangers of existing nuclear stockpiles
  • Lowering the barriers to the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear energy

The project supports an international group of pre- and post-doctoral fellows and other experts working on these issues.

MTA Student Associates provide research assistance for faculty, fellows, and staff, and occasionally help with other tasks, such as coordinating seminars and events or helping with website and database maintenance. This internship is a great opportunity to learn more about nuclear policy issues while getting hands-on experience in both research and administrative work. Summer interns typically work with the MTA project for a 10 week period between mid-June and late August for up to 35 hours per week. Some flexibility is possible regarding start and end dates, and hours per week.


SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program

The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program, run by the Department of Defense, will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. program. They will also provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world-class DoD facilities.