Research Assistant Intern - National Defense University



Organization Description

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. 



Ft. Lesley J. McNair, 260 5th Ave. Lincoln Hall, Suite 3600, Washington, DC 20319


Job Responsibilities
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. Duties for the Research Intern include:

  • 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.  This includes drafting blogs for the TIDES’ blog and newsletter, creating marketing materials and assisting with contact management)  
  • 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 the 2014 TIDES Technology Demonstration at NDU and Pentagon (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-tides-technology-field-demonstration-registration-10914285923).  Support includes assisting with briefings, tours, registration and event logistics.   Also provides support to meetings, conferences and workshops as needed.
  • Outreach — Responsible for briefing high- level officials on TIDES project and attends relevant events related to civil military affairs.


Job Requirements

  • Interest in international relations, civil-military affairs, disaster relief, stability operations.
  • 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.
  • Regional expertise in South America, Middle East, Africa or Pacific Region is desired.
  • Qualified undergraduates and recent graduates are encouraged to apply, though Master's students are preferred.
  • Hours: RAs are expected to work at least 20 hours/ week (however there is flexibility)


How to Apply

Interested candidates should email resume, cover letter and short writing sample to Lou Elin Dwyer (louelin.dwyer@ndu.edu) or contact 202-585-7284.



August 21, 2014 by COB.