Employment Opportunities

Internships

The Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) at National Defense University recruits volunteer interns on a semester basis to assist with the operations of the research and administrative staff.

For the Summer 2017 Session, CSWMD is offering 3 internship positions:

Research Intern-

Description: The Intern will be assigned to a member of the WMD Center Research Staff, whose work he/she will support.  The intern will be responsible for supporting ongoing research efforts, fulfilling administrative duties, and assisting with WMD Center events.  Research activities may include gathering data and information from written sources, interviews, and event attendance; producing written summaries and analysis of information gathered; and briefing WMD Center Research Staff regarding research findings.  Administrative and event support activities include assisting in the planning, organizing, and management of WMD Center events (exercises, conferences, symposia, roundtables, and workshops), as well as other special occasions; providing support to WMD Center academic programs; and assisting with Center operations.

Qualifications: Currently or recently graduated students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, possessing superior research and writing skills and a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. Applicants must be able to commit to ~20 hours per week during business hours. Academic or professional experience in WMD-related issues, international security, foreign policy or a regional interests in Asia, the Middle East or Europe is desirable, but not required.

Emerging Tech Intern-

Description: The intern will be assigned to a member of the WMD Center Research Staff to support a study entitled “Emergence and Convergence” which explores the impact of emerging technologies on the WMD space. The intern will be responsible for supporting ongoing research efforts, fulfilling administrative duties, and assisting with WMD Center events.  Research activities may include gathering data and information from written sources, interviews, and event attendance; producing written summaries and analysis of information gathered; and briefing WMD Center staff regarding research findings.  Administrative and event support activities include assisting in the planning, organizing, and management of WMD Center events (exercises, conferences, symposia, roundtables, and workshops), as well as other special occasions; providing support to WMD Center academic programs; and assisting with Center operations.

Qualifications: Currently or recently graduated students at the graduate level, possessing superior research and writing skills and a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. Applicants must be able to commit to ~20 hours per week during business hours. Academic or professional experience in WMD-related issues and/or emerging technologies such as 3D printing, advanced robotics, biotechnology and nanotechnology is preferred.

Education Programs Intern-

Description: The intern will be support the WMD Center administrative staff.  The intern will be responsible for supporting ongoing Center administration, including event coordination and managing student records and applications.  Limited opportunities for research focused on weapons of mass destruction may be available, but this position will primarily focus on supporting the administrative management of the WMD Center and its academic programs and events. 

Qualifications: Currently or recently graduated students at the undergraduate or graduate level, possessing superior organization and writing skills and a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. Applicants must be able to commit to ~20 hours per week during business hours. Academic or professional experience in organizational administration, event coordination, or academic management is desirable, but not required.

 

All volunteer internships are unpaid.

 

Summer 2017 Application Process:

Application Deadline:  April 17, 2017 (applications reviewed on a rolling basis)

Approximate Decision and Notification Date: No later than the week of May 1 - 5, 2017

Approximate Start Date:  June 5, 2017 (flexible)

Approximate End Date: August 31, 2017 (flexible)

Interns are selected by members of the WMD Center Staff after a review of the application materials and a phone or in-person interview. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates selected for internships must pass a background check before beginning their work.

Application Instructions: Applicants must submit the following documents in a single PDF file, in the order listed below, via email to WMDWebmaster@ndu.edu:       

Cover Letter

Resume

Writing Sample (3-5 pages)

For more information, please contact Mr. Alex Johnson (alex.johnson.civ@ndu.edu  202-685-2343).