CNAS Is Accepting 2017 Internship Applications

Internship

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

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2017 intern class.  Please see below for details about the internships and how to apply.

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops strong, pragmatic and principled 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 nonpartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C., and was established in February 2007 by Co-founders Kurt Campbell and Michèle Flournoy.

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 (six to eight) aspiring practioners 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 six to eight 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.

Does CNAS offer summer internships?

Unfortunately, CNAS does not offer summer internships at this time. CNAS has lengthened the terms of its fall and spring internship periods to six months, so as to allow the young national security professionals who join CNAS as interns a longer opportunity to get involved in our work and to develop the critical skills that will assist them in their professional development.

Compensation

Interns are compensated with a modest stipend of $1,500 a month intended to help cover the cost of transportation and other daily expenses incurred during the internship.

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.


Available Internships

Research Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Research Interns work directly with specific programs including Regions and States (Middle East and Asia); Energy, Economics, and Security; Technology and National Security; Military, Veterans, and Society; Strategy and Statecraft; and Defense Strategies and Assessments. 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.  We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2017 intern class on a rolling basis.

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External Relations and Development Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. External Relations and Development Interns work directly with the External Relations and Development teams on media relations and monitoring, social media outreach, website administration, database management, multimedia support, event planning and execution, writing marketing materials and press releases, copy editing, and external relations writ large. Candidates with demonstrated interests in social media optimization, communications, journalism, photography, video editing, web and print design, public relations, and most importantly the mission of CNAS are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will be technically savvy, detail oriented, and have excellent verbal and written communications skills.

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Junior Graphic Design Consultant

The Graphic Design Consultant works directly with the Creative Director to further CNAS’ goal of education public debate on key policy issues. The designers work closely with the researchers to produce a variety of visual products for web, print, and video campaigns. Based on their experience, the Graphic Design Consultant will get the opportunity to work on a variety of topics and visual solutions such as infographics, maps, editorial design and layout, and motion graphics.

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Applicants with Non-U.S. Citizenship

All new hires, when applying, are required to present appropriate identifying documents and documentation of authorization to work in the United States. Interns are responsible for obtaining their own travel and visa arrangements; CNAS does not serve as a sponsor for intern work authorization.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, please inform yourself as to the options available for gaining work authorization, the costs, and the time frame.

Deadlines

Applications for the Fall 2017 intern class (July-December) are accepted on a rolling basis.

If you anticipate requesting a variance from the specified internship dates, or if you are available and flexible to start earlier, please indicate this in your cover letter.

A complete application includes:

  • cover letter clearly stating the internship to which you are applying
  • resume

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