Student Internships

Valuable work experience in the nonproliferation field.
Updated: Aug 2, 2013

Washington, DC Nonproliferation Internships

Student internship positions available at the CNS Washington, DC office.

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The Washington, DC, office of the Monterey Institute's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS-DC) is offering four- to five-month paid internships for individuals seeking professional experience and on-the-job training with the country's largest organization dedicated exclusively to education and analysis on limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and advanced delivery systems.

Interns will be working alongside experts on nonproliferation, arms control, and regional security affairs, while sharpening their knowledge of the field and improving their research and writing skills. The internship program also provides the opportunity to learn how non-governmental organizations impact national and international foreign policy-making. Expectations for interns are high and successful applicants will have the opportunity to publish independent research through CNS publications and other outlets.

CNS-DC Internship Project Areas

The internship does not require specialized expertise in the nonproliferation field, but candidates should be highly motivated, have the ability to work independently, and be interested in and knowledgeable about foreign affairs. Unless otherwise indicated, for the upcoming internship cycle, CNS-DC is looking for individuals with an interest and/or background in nuclear weapons (NW) and missile nonproliferation and arms control issues or in chemical and biological weapons (CBW) technology and policy. Interns will work directly with projects' senior staff and research associates. In your cover letter, we ask that you please specify what project area you would be more interested in (NW or CBW).

Duties

CNS-DC internships are primarily focused on substantive assignments, but will include administrative support duties, as needed. Intern tasks may include:

  • Original research and drafting of articles and reports;
  • Proofreading, editing, tracking down of sources, endnotes;
  • Attending and providing written summaries of relevant meetings and events occurring in all branches of the U.S. government and foreign embassies;
  • Monitoring and tracking of news and developments in specific program areas;
  • Helping plan and execute CNS and CNS-DC events and meetings;
  • Helping manage CNS-DC office internet outreach, including Twitter account.
  • Administrative office duties, contributing to the understanding of how a non-governmental organization operates.

Throughout the internship, participants are encouraged to attend congressional hearings, meetings, seminars, and workshops relevant to their assignments and professional aspirations. Interns are also encouraged to work on an independent research project for potential publication on the CNS website.

Dates and Duration

CNS-DC accepts both full-time (37.5 hours/week) and part time (20 hours per week) interns. Unless otherwise indicated, the timeframe and deadlines for the internships are as follows (starting and end dates are negotiable as is the length of the internship):

Duties

CNS-DC internships are primarily focused on substantive assignments, but will include administrative support duties, as needed. Intern tasks may include:

  • Original research and drafting of articles and reports;
  • Proofreading, editing, tracking down of sources, endnotes;
  • Attending and providing written summaries of relevant meetings and events occurring in all branches of the U.S. government and foreign embassies;
  • Monitoring and tracking of news and developments in specific program areas;
  • Helping plan and execute CNS and CNS-DC events and meetings;
  • Helping manage CNS-DC office internet outreach, including Twitter account.
  • Administrative office duties, contributing to the understanding of how a non-governmental organization operates.

Throughout the internship, participants are encouraged to attend congressional hearings, meetings, seminars, and workshops relevant to their assignments and professional aspirations. Interns are also encouraged to work on an independent research project for potential publication on the CNS website.

Dates and Duration

CNS-DC accepts both full-time (37.5 hours/week) and part time (20 hours per week) interns. Unless otherwise indicated, the timeframe and deadlines for the internships are as follows (starting and end dates are negotiable as is the length of the internship):

Term Time Application Deadline
Summer June-September TBD
Fall September-December 15 August
Spring January-May 7 December

When applying, please indicate in the Application Form what internship cycle you are applying for. Applications are considered year-round and prospective interns will receive notice via email whether they have been selected for an interview approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Prospective interns will be interviewed over the phone or when possible in person. Due to the high volume of applications only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The internship is a paid position.

To Apply

Application for Fall 2013 will be available soon.
Please do not e-mail application materials.

A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are REQUIRED. Only names of two references, not letters, are required at initial stage. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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