Western Hemisphere Security Internship

Job Description:

The Center for Strategic Research (CSR) at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU) is seeking U.S. citizen interns to join its Western Hemisphere Team.

The mission of INSS is to conduct strategic studies for the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands to support the national strategic components of the academic programs at NDU and to provide outreach to other US governmental agencies and to the broader national security community.

INSS includes the following Centers: Center for Strategic Research (CSR), Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), Center for Complex Operations (CCO), the Center for Strategic Conferencing (CSC), the Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC), the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies (CTSS), and the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSMA). 

The military and civilian analysts and staff who comprise INSS and its subcomponents execute their mission by performing the following functions: research and analysis, publication, conferences, policy support, and outreach.

Job Posting:

The Center for Strategic Research (CSR) at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU) is seeking U.S. citizen interns to join its Western Hemisphere Team.

Job Closing Date:

Application Deadline: March 31, 2013 (applications reviewed on a rolling basis).

Approximate Start Date: May/June 2013 (flexible)

Approximate End Date: August 2013 (flexible)

Job Duties:

Intern will work closely with Senior Research Fellow, COL John Cope (U.S. Army, Retired), on research projects focused on Western Hemisphere defense and security issues, and U.S.- Latin American relations.  Past projects have included: U.S.-Colombia security cooperation, U.S.-Mexico security cooperation, Caribbean Basin Security, Public Security in Central America, U.S.-Brazil defense relations, U.S.-Chile defense relations.  On-going research includes: enhancing civil-military relations and professional military education, strengthening the capacity of civilian personnel in Latin American defense ministries, coordination of military assistance in natural disaster response, counternarcotics cooperation among the Americas, Africa, and Europe, as well as improving capabilities of the Organization of American States and other hemispheric and sub-regional multilateral institutions.

Intern will also assist with event preparation and execution for conferences and workshops attended by U.S. and foreign government officials (including diplomatic corps and military personnel), academia, and think-tanks.  Intern will also serve as INSS-CSR Western Hemisphere Team representative at similar events on Latin American affairs hosted by other institutions in Washington, D.C.

Job Requirements:

Academic background and/or work experience in Latin American affairs, study and/or work abroad in the region is desirable.  Spanish and/or Portuguese language proficiency is preferred.  U.S. citizenship is required. 

How To Apply:

To apply for this unpaid position, please send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (2-3 pages), to the INSS Internship Program Coordinator, Ms. Eva Baker, at INSS_Intern_Program@ndu.edu.  General questions may also be directed to Ms. Baker at 202-685-2229.

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