CNAS Is Accepting 2021 Internship Applications


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is accepting applications for its Joseph S. Nye Internship program. Candidates may apply for research, communications or development internships. Each internship is for six months.

We are currently accepting rolling applications for our 2021 intern class. Please see below for details about the internship program and how to apply.

About the Program

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) established its internship and mentoring program in honor of Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., who has devoted his career to the preparation and mentoring of generations of Americans and global strategists. The CNAS Joseph S. Nye, Jr. National Security Internship aims to follow Dr. Nye's leadership in this area by selecting (seven to ten) aspiring practitioners and policy makers in the national security field. Selected interns will actively contribute to the Center's research, publications and events and will be deeply engaged in critical national security policy formation and debates.

CNAS offers full-time (40 hrs/week) internships. Selection for the seven to ten spots is very competitive. Interns will work closely with CNAS staff and have considerable professional responsibilities. Participants are chosen based on merit in an open, competitive process.


Interns are compensated with a modest stipend of $1,900 a month intended to help cover the cost of transportation and other daily expenses incurred during the internship. All interns still receive this stipend under the current virtual working environment.

Academic Credit

Interns may earn academic credit and are responsible for working out this arrangement with their academic institution and the Center's internship coordinator. Interns are responsible for obtaining their own housing.

To Apply

Research Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Research Interns work directly with specific programs including Regions and States (Middle East Security, Asia-Pacific Security, and Transatlantic Security); Energy, Economics, and Security; Military, Veterans, and Society; Technology and National Security; and Defense. Please refer to the projects on our website and let us know which projects and topic areas interest you the most and why in your cover letter. We will do our best to pair selected interns with projects of their interest.

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Communications Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Communications Interns work directly with the Communications team, gaining experience in a range of activities including media relations and monitoring, multimedia support, event planning and execution, social media outreach, website administration, database management, writing marketing materials and press releases, copyediting, and external relations writ large.

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Development Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Development Interns work directly with members of the Development team and possess an appreciation and willingness to work in a fast-paced environment, conduct development and fundraising-related research, support project and events execution, and implement data management best practices.

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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 and bipartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, DC.

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.