Intern Research Associate (unpaid)

Institute for Science and International Security

About This Job:  The Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based non-profit research organization concerned with nuclear non-proliferation, seeks qualified undergraduate or graduate student interns for an unpaid internship in the autumn of 2023. The position starts on a rolling basis and lasts at least eight weeks.  Students in international security and nuclear nonproliferation will have a great opportunity to conduct meaningful research, publish on important topics and learn satellite imagery analysis.

The Institute’s Work:  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 we have provided critical information in support of efforts to make nuclear programs more transparent and to reduce the threat to U.S. and international security from nuclear weapons. 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. Data visualization skills and foreign language proficiency are pluses. Good internet research skills are required. Priority will be given to those planning to be in the D.C. area during the time of the internship.

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; learning and applying satellite imagery analysis, drafting research memos, data visualization products, 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 dissemination of the Institute’s 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). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

The priority deadline for the autumn internship is August 15, 2023.

About Institute for Science and International Security

The Institute for Science and International Security is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. Its primary focus is on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and related technology to additional nations and to terrorists, bringing about greater transparency of nuclear activities worldwide, and strengthening the international non-proliferation regime. The Institute is widely recognized both as a source of authoritative information on nuclear programs in states that seek or possess nuclear weapons and an important contributor to efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The Institute’s projects integrate technical, scientific, and policy research in order to build a sound foundation for a wide variety of efforts to reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons to U.S. and international security. The Institute for Science and International Security was founded in 1993 on a belief that scientists have an obligation to play an active role in finding solutions to important national and international security problems. Since its inception, the Institute has produced internationally recognized technical assessments of proliferant-state efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. The Institute has an established record of distributing its findings and analysis widely among government officials, scientists, experts, the media, and the general public. Media and government officials in turn often seek out the Institute for independent analysis on non-proliferation topics. During times of international crisis, the Institute’s balanced and credible analysis is often found at the center of public debates. It has worked regularly in the U.S. and abroad to unite government officials, independent experts, scientists, and the public in efforts to find credible strategies to solve U.S., regional, and global security problems. In two decades of experience, the Institute has demonstrated its ability to employ science in the pursuit of international peace. Its effectiveness as a non-governmental organization has been consistently recognized by the Global “Go-To Think Tanks” rankings, which consistently places it in the top 25 Science and Technology Think Tanks in the world and recently placed it as one of the top U.S. and top foreign policy/international affairs think tanks in the world.



U.S. citizens or permanent residents

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