Internships at INSS

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INSS has a well-respected Internship Program that takes place each semester of the academic year, including the Summer. Interns come from around the nation to have a hands-on direct experience that includes research, writing, participating in briefings, attendance at non-classified events, availability of training resources, learning opportunities, and field trips.

Interns are encouraged to contribute intellectually to the projects to which they are assigned.

Summer Application Process:

Dates for Application Submission:   March 1 – 30, 2012

Final Decisions no later than:  April 16, 2012

Acceptance Letters Sent:  April 16 – 18, 2012

Summer Internship Orientation (Tentative):   May 16, 2012

Summer Internship Ends:   August 10, 2012

magnifying glass over word researchRequirements:

  • A cover letter expressing your academic focus, the specific area of your interests as they apply to the research areas at INSS, previous internship experience if any, and your desired outcomes from an internship position with INSS.
  • If there is a particular Senior Fellow or INSS Expert you wish to work with, please indicate his or her name.
  • Please indicate which academic semester you are applying for.  You may apply in advance for a semester, however we only process applications within certain time frames.
  • A resume, including grade point average, scholastic activities, publications if any, and prior internship and/or employment experience. (Please note that we prefer to see a 3.5 GPA or higher, but will take all factors into consideration.)
  • Graduate and Doctoral level students are encouraged to apply.
  • A brief writing sample (2-3 pages only).

Submit all materials by email to:

Internships of Particular Focus:

The Center for Strategic Research has several specific internships available for this summer:

  • Student with strong interest in Russian/Eurasian area and issues with good Russian language skills, including ability to do online research of Russian language material using Yandex and other Russian search engines.
  • Student with specialization in strategy, politics and international law.  Use of force; laws of war; international and humanitarian law.  Knowledge of governmental process and international organizations;
  • Student with knowledge in Deterrence Policy and Strategy; Nuclear Weapons issues, and Strategic Stability;
  • Student with specialization in national security and organizational performance.

Email: Kimberley L. Berlin, Internship Program Manager.

The Energy & Environmental Security Policy Program is seeking graduate-level interns with a focus on U.S. national security policy to provide research, writing, and other support for the program’s work. Those with specific interests or experience in defense-related energy topics such as energy security, electrical grid vulnerabilities and security, and cyber-security issues are especially encouraged to apply.  Email: Kimberley L. Berlin, Internship Program Manager.

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What to Expect after Submitting your Application:

Your application will be reviewed by the Internship Program Coordinator and submitted to the pool for review by our Senior Fellows.

The Senior Fellows determine if candidates are a “match” for their current or planned research.

Senior Fellows usually contact an internship candidate for an over-the-phone or in-person interview.

The Senior Fellow may offer a candidate an internship directly.

In all instances, the candidate will receive a formal acceptance email directly from the Internship Program Coordinator.

Shortly after your acceptance you will receive information about your first day, and directions to NDU.

Please Note:  We make every attempt to contact applicants who have not been accepted into the Internship Program.  Due to the high volume of applications, this is not always possible.  If you do not hear from us within a reasonable time frame, please email  Kimberley L. Berlin, Internship Program Manager.

Note: We accommodate Quarter semester students at the beginning of terms only.  We are unable to accommodate applications mid-term.  The only exception to this is the Summer program.


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