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The College of International Security Affairs’ Internship Program


The College of International Security Affairs’ Internship Program

Spring 2014 Internship with the College of International Security Affairs at

The National Defense University, Washington D.C.

National Defense University (NDU) is the pre-eminent institution for education, research, and outreach in national and international security. The university seeks to prepare military and civilian leaders from the United States and other countries to evaluate national and international security challenges through multi-disciplinary educational and research programs, professional exchanges, and outreach. NDU is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

One of NDU’s five colleges, The College of International Security Affairs grants a Master’s Degree in Strategic Security Studies (MASSS) to students from across the International, Interagency, and Interservice communities. CISA alumni hale from 75 countries and every major U.S. federal executive agency. CISA faculty and students possess diverse academic and military background, including: international security, terrorism and counterterrorism, internal conflict, insurgency and counterinsurgency, ethnic and sectarian conflict, state failure and governance, homeland security and defense, post-conflict reconstruction, and conflict management.

Internship Description

The College is seeking qualified applicants for an internship at the College of International Security Affairs, NationalDefenseUniversity in WashingtonDC. Interns will be assigned, according to their interests, to work with professors across CISA’s three academic departments: International Security Studies; Regional and Analytical Studies; and War and Conflict Studies. This is an unpaid position and interns are expected to work 30-35 hours per week. Special exceptions may be made for highly qualified candidates only available on a part-time basis (minimum of 25 hours per week).

Duties will include:

  • Research support as requested by faculty members to assist with publications, course materials, research and outreach;
  • Research, writing, and editorial support for the intern run newsfeed “The Eagle Eye;”
  • Assist staff and faculty in support of CISA programs, including the International Counterterrorism Fellowship (ICTF) Program;
  • Administrative duties as assigned.

An internship at CISA and NDU offers numerous opportunities, including:

  • Participation in conferences, workshops, and other programs at the NationalDefenseUniversity featuring senior researchers, military officers, and diplomats;
  • Access to the NDU library and research resources;
  • On-the-job experience and professional development opportunities;
  • Experience conducting research and individual projects.

Eligibility Requirements

CISA interns must be actively enrolled in undergraduate or graduate institutions and should be majoring in international relations, political science, or other related fields and have completed some coursework in this area. An intern should be able to:

  • Prioritize, organize, and complete tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Use library resources to gather relevant data to support faculty research;
  • Work as a team player;
  • Excellent research, writing, and communications skills are essential;
  • Experience working with different cultures and peoples is strongly desired;
  • Fluency in a foreign language preferred, but not required.

Spring 2014 Internship Deadline: Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early and no later than December 6, 2013 to be considered for a Spring 2014 position.

Application Process

To apply please send the following:

  • Resume including name, school, area(s) of study, grade point average, and expected graduation date;
  • Cover letter identifying areas of academic interest, personal expertise, and reason you’d like to intern at the College of International Security Affairs. Please also indicate your availability (Cover letters should not exceed one page);
  • Unofficial transcript;
  • Writing Sample;
  • Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited university.

All materials should be submitted together by the internship deadline via e-mail to Benjamin Fisher at

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