Diversity Summer Legal Fellowship


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an independent, bipartisan research institution dedicated to developing strong, principled, and pragmatic national security and defense policy prescriptions for a wide audience of security experts, practitioners, and citizens, seeks a legal fellow in the summer of 2021 to support its General Counsel in providing advice and counsel to CNAS executive leadership and staff.

This legal fellowship will be offered for six weeks in the summer of 2021 as a pilot program to support CNAS efforts to broaden the pipeline and improve diversity in the field of national security and national security-related law practice. This is a compensated position, at a fee commensurate with legal practice in public service or the non-profit sector. The fellowship is part of the CNAS Make Room initiative, which aims to empower communities underrepresented in national security, educate the next generation of leaders, and provide a platform to share their expert perspectives.


  • Conduct legal research and analysis in areas including, but not limited to, contracts, compliance, ethics, cybersecurity, privacy, or additional fields relevant to managing a non-profit organization.
  • Conduct policy and legislative research in support of public engagement and scholarship on issues related to national and homeland security, intelligence law, and congressional oversight.
  • Participate in and contribute to the success of CNAS research initiatives and events.


  • Open to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.
  • Outstanding academic achievement.
  • An interest in national security, public service, and/or non-profit legal practice.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Demonstration of personal initiative, resilience or perseverance.
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

Commitment and Location

  • Approximately 40 hours per week, 5 days per week.
  • Six weeks from May 24, 2021–July 2, 2021.
  • This will be a virtual position in 2021.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

CNAS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link:


A complete application must include a résumé or CV and a cover letter. The cover letter, in addition to including information the applicant deems relevant, should spend approximately one page discussing how the applicant will contribute to CNAS’ intent to open the pipeline to next generation national security and legal practitioners from a broad range of personal experiences, including examples of personal initiative, resilience, or perseverance.