Internship - National Defense University

Organization Description

The Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) helps national security decisionmakers and their staffs understand emerging impacts of technology and integrate these impacts effectively into policies.  The center conducts research and analysis on emerging trends in science and technology, strategic forecasting, and program assessment. The center supports the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Services, the Joint Staff, Defense agencies, and the Intelligence Community. CTNSP research is organized into the categories of advanced education initiatives, emerging challenges, civil-military activities integration (CMAI), life sciences, and science and technology (S &T).



National Defense University, 260 5th Ave, Bldg 64, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Lincoln Hall Building 64, Suite 3600, Washington, D.C. 20319


Job Description

Interns will have the opportunity to assist with CTNSP’s research and technical operations, attend conferences and develop personal academic interests. Responsibilities include research assistance (library and internet) and administrative support, event coordination, editorial and publication assistance, social media outreach, and database development. Interns must be able to work independently and multi-task efficiently with minimal supervision.

Positions are available within the following programs:

  • Life Sciences (chem-bio, human hardiness)
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations
  • Advanced Education Initiatives
  • Science and Technology
  • Cyber
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Event and Program Management

We offer semester and year-long internships, with flexibility to accommodate each student’s individual needs. During the academic year, interns are expected to work at least 16 hours a work week within a professional, moderate to fast-paced environment.  Summer interns are expected to work 25-35 hours a week. NDU-CTNSP cannot offer assistance with relocation and living expenses.


Job Requirements

We offer unpaid internships to U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited U.S. university or college. We also take applicants who have recently completed their studies. Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, be detail-oriented, and be proficient with MS Office. We seek interns from diverse academic backgrounds, including those in the fields of International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, Life Sciences, Engineering, Security Studies, Computer Science, Publishing, Communications, and Hospitality.


How to Apply

All applications must include a resume, short writing sample (in English, 5 pages maximum), and a cover letter. The cover letter should include any regional or topical areas of academic interest of the candidate as they apply to the research at CTNSP as well as the dates of availability.

Please send materials to:

Gina Cordero

Research Associate

Center for Technology and National Security Policy

The National Defense University

300 5th Ave SW

Ft. McNair, DC 20319

Or via email to CTNSP_Interns@ndu.edu

For more information on the Center please go to http://ctnsp.dodlive.mil



Applications are due on August 21st and must be submitted by COB.