The Henry L. Stimson Center seeks interns for a professional and educational experience in discovering the way in which non-profit organizations can contribute to the understanding of issues in international and homeland security. The Stimson Center offers unique internship opportunities based on the values of education, participation, and hands-on practical knowledge.
Based on the Center's commitment to professional development, expectations for interns are high. In return, interns can expect a challenging environment which will prepare them for full time employment in a professional setting.
Internships at the Stimson Center focus on the areas of research, professional development, and project administration. Internships may include:
- Proofreading, editing, and distributing Stimson publications
- Writing brief summaries of activities in the news
- Helping to maintain the Stimson Center website
- Tracking specific issue areas in the media
- Taking notes in meetings, both on and off-site
- Project coordination
- Working as a team with members of the Stimson staff and other interns
- Administrative activities which will contribute to a fuller understanding of how non-profit organizations operate
Applicants are not expected to have specialized expertise, but should be highly motivated and sincere in their desire for an internship that is challenging and professional in nature. Interns can expect close and constant interaction with program staff, including their respective program directors. Under the oversight of the project director, the supervising RA will be asked to prepare an evaluation of the intern's performance at the midpoint and at the close of the internship. The intern will also be expected to evaluate the internship program at the Stimson Center and their individual experience.
The Stimson Center seeks interns for project areas including the following (please click on the links for important information on internships in each project area):
- Proliferation and Transnational Crime - Managing Across Boundaries
- Global Health Security
- Asian Political Economy
- East Asia
- South Asia/Space Security
- Southwest Asia/Gulf
- Regional Voices
- Future of Peace Operations
- Security for a New Century Study Group
- Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense
- Nuclear Weapons and International Security
The Stimson Center also hosts a regular professional development series for interns, allowing them the opportunity to interact with Stimson Center management and senior associates; leaders in the public (government agencies, NGOs, other think tanks, graduate universities) and private (defense, consulting firms) sector; and other individuals that will help the intern to expand his/her interests and skill set.
Recently, our interns have gone on to careers in the State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, various think tanks, and other organizations. Others have chosen to continue their education at graduate programs, including those at Georgetown, SAIS at Johns Hopkins, etc.
How to Apply
Internships will be will be recruited for three separate cycles. Applications are accepted year-round and will be reviewed on the following (approximate) dates:
Summer: June-September Application Deadline: March 1, 2010 Autumn: September - December Application Deadline: July 15, 2010 Winter/Spring: January - May Application Deadline: November 15, 2010To apply, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A copy of our Application Form, titled: Last Name, First Name - Application Form
- Your resume, titled: Last Name, First Name - Resume
- A cover letter explaining interest in the position, availability, and interest in a specific project or projects, titled: Last Name, First Name - Cover Letter
- A short writing sample (no more than 5 pages), titled: Last Name, First Name - Sample
Applicants will be interviewed over the phone or, when possible, in person. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. The selection process takes approximately one month following the deadline.
- Describe in your cover letter why you are interested in a particular project.
- Try to keep your cover letter to one page.
- Your resume should not exceed one page.