Non-AGS Internships & Other Opportunities

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The Institute for National Strategic Studies
Announcement for General INSS Internship Opportunities
Announcement for INSS-CSR Middle East Energy Internship
Announcement for INSS-CSR South Asia-Near East Security Internship
Announcement for INSS-CSR Western Hemisphere Security Internship
Application Deadline: March 31, 2013

The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. is now accepting applications for its Summer 2013 Internship Program.

INSS is a collection of Department of Defense research centers established in 1984–Center for Strategic Research (CSR), Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), Center for Complex Operations (CCO), Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), and Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC).

The mission of INSS is to support the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) programs of NDU, conduct strategic studies for the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands, and to provide outreach to other U.S. governmental agencies and to the broader national security community. To learn more about INSS Centers, Programs, and Experts, please visit our website:

We offer unpaid internships in a variety of areas pertaining to national security and international affairs. All INSS interns provide substantive research assistance to our Senior Fellows and Staff, as well as have the opportunity to participate in Defense Department and Inter agency meetings and events.

Our areas of subject matter expertise include: Western Hemisphere/Latin America, Africa, Europe, Russia, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, China and East Asia regional concentrations, in addition to functional topics such as military force structure and readiness, intelligence, cyber security, counter terrorism, counterinsurgency, nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation, missile defense, science and technology policy, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, energy and environmental security, international law, international economics, national security reform, contingency and complex operations, post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction.

Application Requirements include submission of a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample. We welcome applications from students receiving credit for internships or concurrently enrolled in courses and are happy to accommodate those schedules. Part-time and Full-time internships (up to 32 hours maximum) are available. ALL INTERNSHIPS ARE UNPAID AND REQUIRE U.S. CITIZENSHIP.

If you have any questions, please contact Eva Baker ( or 202.685.2229).

The Hudson Institute
Application Deadline: Rolling
Various on-site and remote research internships available


 The Institute for World Politics (Research Assistant/Intern)
Application and Requirements


Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments Summer Internship Program

CSBA is looking for a summer intern with a serious interest in defense/national security issues. Information is posted online:

Foreign Policy Initiative Summer 2013 Internship Program
Application Due: March 29, 2013
Link to Application

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) Internship Program seeks rising college seniors and graduate students of the highest caliber with interest in the fields of, but not limited to, international studies, defense, national security, democracy and human rights, political science, and foreign affairs. FPI interns are given substantial work in current events research, policy communication, and think tank operations. Interns are encouraged to attend stimulating discussions around the local D.C. area and to interact closely with the FPI’s in-house experts. Though the FPI internship program is unpaid, participants gain valuable skills, a broader understanding of the policy world, invaluable experience, and networking opportunities.

The Summer 2013 Internship Program will run from June 3rd until August 9th.


  • Rising college senior or graduate student
  • Understanding of FPI’s mission
  • Foreign policy interests
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Excellent academic and current events research skills
  • Proven work ethic and willingness to take initiative
  • Professional demeanor and positive attitude
  • Ability to take instructions and work with minimal supervision
  • Reliable and able to commit to 20 to 40 hours a week
  • Capitol Hill experience is a plus
  • International experience is a plus

To apply:

  • Visit the application page on the website
  • Submit your resume with GPA
  • Submit a one-page cover letter explaining your passion for foreign policy and how you meet our requirements.

For further questions, please email:


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