Executive Intern


CNAS seeks to hire an intern to support the Center’s leadership in their research and management responsibilities.  

About the Position

CNAS is looking for a qualified candidate to handle administrative and research duties to assist the leadership of the organization.  The intern will work closely with the Special Assistant in scheduling and preparing for meetings, drafting letters and emails, answering phones, arranging travel, and other administrative duties, as well as ongoing research projects undertaken by the front office. The Executive Intern will also assist with the Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship, including planning and staffing program events, helping to manage the recruitment and selection process, and other relevant tasks.

This position will expose you to the national security field and non-profit management. All CNAS employees are expected to contribute to the entrepreneurial, collaborative culture of the organization. This position will report to the Special Assistant.


  • Scheduling meetings and appointments
  • Assist in preparing the President and CEO for meetings, briefings, and interviews through research and writing
  • Contribute to ongoing research projects undertaken by the CEO and President
  • Assist with travel arrangements
  • Manage events hosted by the front office
  • Contribute to various front office activities as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Exceptional organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail, intelligence, energy, and collegiality
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Positive attitude
  • Flexible schedule
  • Legal right to work in the United States

About CNAS

CNAS develops bold, bipartisan, and pragmatic national security and defense policies. Building on the expertise and 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. A key part of the Center’s mission is to inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.

The Center’s board members include notable statesmen and women, business executives, and senior military leaders. The Center is organized around seven research programs: Strategy and Statecraft; Technology and National Security; Energy, Economics and Security; Military, Veterans, and Society; Defense Strategies and Assessments; Asia-Pacific Security; and Middle East Security. The Center enjoys the support of more than 100 donors who contribute to the organization’s $7.5 million annual operating budget.

To Apply

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


Your complete application must include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for this job and a resume or CV.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.