The Institute for Science and International Security, a Capitol Hill-based non-profit research organization concerned with nuclear non-proliferation, seeks qualified undergraduate or graduate student interns for an unpaid spring internship.  The position will start in mid-January and last at least eight weeks. 

Since our inception in 1993, the Institute 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: The intern will conduct either independent, directed research on a project developed in consultation with staff or assist staff with ongoing projects.  Additional duties 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 Institute projects and reports; assisting with Institute workshops and conferences; developing daily news content for social media platforms; and helping with the management of the Institute’s website and distribution of publications.  Opportunities to author or co-author publications are available to talented researchers and writers. 

Hours and Pay: Near full-time preferred (usual intern hours are 9 AM-3 PM).  Eight weeks’ commitment is ideal.  The internship is unpaid.

To Apply: Send cover letter (which must indicate candidate’s interest in nonproliferation and the applicant’s dates and hours of availability), resume (including the phone numbers of three references), and unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to the Institute at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Please note that we do not have the ability to sponsor visas for international applicants. 

If unable to email (preferred method), you may also mail these materials to:

Institute for Science and International Security - Internships
440 First Street NW Suite 800
Washington D.C. 20001

The priority deadline for the late fall internship is December 31, 2019.

*The Institute for Science and International Security is an equal opportunity employer.*