Cooperative Defense Project Intern, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC)


CSIS seeks one full-time intern to support the International Security Program (ISP) on administrative issues and general research efforts for the Cooperative Defense Project (CDP). CDP seeks to assess how changes in the security environment impact the United States’ ability to pursue principled and accountable defense policies and operations. The project examines how to innovate and strengthen the principled basis for defense policy and military operations, and to propose practical frameworks and recommendations for the U.S. Administration, Congress, and military. Because of the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters that enjoy a wide variety of research, analytic, and logistical task work.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following

• Monitoring developments in and providing research and analysis support including, but not limited to, the following areas security cooperation, security sector assistance, partnered operations, mitigating civilian harm, and U.S. policy as it pertains to security cooperation.
• Event planning and staffing
• Spot and background research
• Assisting with ongoing projects examining functional security issues that span across regions
• Researching and authoring short publications


• Applicants must at least be a Junior at an undergraduate institution. Preference for graduate students or recent graduates of a Bachelors or Masters program in international relations, security studies, or related field
• Proficiency with Microsoft suite highly desirable
• Must have at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
• Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with foreign and security policy research; ability to distill and synthesize information
• Ability to work independently
• Demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas security sector assistance; partnered operations; defense and national security policy; Middle East security issues; simulations, war-gaming, and table-top exercises


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