Research Assistant Internship

National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders that have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. National Defense University (NDU) is home to a Defense Department research project called TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) located within The Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP). TIDES’ greatest strength is its global network of distributed talent. The STAR-TIDES network, stretching from Australasia to Northern Europe, is a mix of individuals, organizations, businesses, civil and military offices and academic institutions. The network is designed to be a resource for ideas and innovation, especially during an emergency or crisis.

Position Description  

The TIDES project is working to enhance the ability of civilian coalitions to operate in stressed environments. Numerous contingency operations have highlighted the need for open source information sharing and distributed collaboration to improve readiness for, and responses to, disasters, instabilities, insurgencies, food crises and other emergencies. Roles and Responsibilities  

  • Research—Assists with research, editing, fact-checking of reports, briefings, memos and works closely with staff on publications and white papers.
  • Communications—Supports communications and outreach initiatives (TIDES newsletter, meetups, etc) 
  • Web and Social Media Support –Contributes to blogs and TIDES newsletter, researches new technologies and helps curate TIDES’ Infrastructure Directory (a list of technologies for disasters and emergency support) 
  • Events Support —Provides on-site support to meetings, conferences and workshops.
  • Outreach — Responsible for briefing high level representatives on TIDES project and attends relevant events related to designated research area 

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Interest in international relations, disaster relief, stability operations.
  • Regional expertise in South America, Middle East, Africa or Pacific Region is highly desired.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills. 
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite (required) web 2.0 skills is a plus
  • Strong public speaking skills and previous research experience is a plus.
  • Qualified undergraduates and recent graduates are encouraged to apply, though Master's students are preferred. 
  • Hours: RAs are expected to work at least 15 hours/ week (however there is flexibility)

Application Instructions  

Interested candidates should email resume, cover letter and short writing sample to Lou Elin Dwyer ( or contact 202-585-7284 by December 1st.