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Internships

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a Capitol Hill-based non-profit research organization concerned with nuclear arms reduction and non-proliferation, seeks two qualified undergraduate students for unpaid internships during the summer of 2014.  For the past few years, ISIS has run a successful summer intern program for standout undergraduate students.  Many of our former interns have gone on to gain prestigious employment in the nonproliferation or international relations fields. 

Since our inception in 1993, ISIS has produced award-winning and internationally recognized assessments of secret nuclear weapons programs in Iran, Syria, Iraq, North Korea, South Africa and elsewhere. We have compiled comprehensive estimates of global stocks of nuclear explosive materials, and continue to seek a global production cutoff of these materials for weapons. We have also provided critical information in support of efforts to reduce the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production complex, to make nuclear programs more transparent, to end nuclear testing, and to prevent the future development of new types of nuclear weapons by all countries.  We seek to prevent or reverse the spread of nuclear weapons capabilities to additional nations or terrorist groups and make recommendations to curb global trafficking in nuclear commodities.

Intern Qualifications: Qualified applicants should have an interest in gaining experience in the nuclear nonproliferation field and background in international relations.  Interest in the technical side of nonproliferation is a plus.  Prior intern or job experience not required.  Applicants should have a working knowledge of Windows-based software, including Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.  Basic internet research skills are required.  HTML coding and website management understanding are also useful. 

Tasks Include: Attending and reporting on nuclear related events and meetings, attending Congressional hearings and similar events; drafting research memos and fact sheets for senior staff; working on grant-funded, long-term ISIS projects and reports; assisting with ISIS workshops and conferences; and helping with the management of ISIS’s website and distribution of ISIS publications.  Opportunities to co-author ISIS publications are available to talented researchers and writers.  We typically have the two summer interns work together on a joint research project that involves looking at a historical or current nonproliferation issue.  Some of these papers are released on our website and mailing list.

Hours and Pay: Full-time preferred, but all applications are welcome and will be considered.  This internship is designed to be of a shorter duration in order to gain experience in the field.  Eight weeks’ commitment is ideal.  It is unpaid.  Non-US citizens are welcome to apply. 

To Apply: Send cover letter (which must indicate why the applicant has an interest in nonproliferation) and resume (including the phone numbers of three references and the dates and hours of your availability) to ISIS at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If unable to email (preferred method), you may also fax these materials to 202-547-3634 or mail them to:

ISIS - Internships
236 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Suite 305
Washington D.C. 20002

The deadline for the summer internship applications is May 31, 2014.


For more information, contact ISIS at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). No phone calls, please.

*ISIS is an equal opportunity employer.*