International Threats Project Spring 2020 Intern, CSIS (Washington, DC)


The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Transnational Threats Project (TNT) seeks highly motivated candidates for a full-time (35 hours per week), paid, three-month internship (with the possibility of extension to six months) beginning in January 2020.

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

The Research Intern is responsible for supporting the Transnational Threats (TNT) Project’s research and administrative efforts. Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to the following
• Conducting qualitative and quantitative research to analyze trends in local, regional, and global terrorist and non-state actor group activity, as well as irregular and asymmetric activity by U.S. adversaries;
• Preparing detailed backgrounders on a broad range of transnational threats worldwide in preparation for Congressional testimonies, media interviews, and other external (public) events;
• Creating, maintaining, and utilizing geodatabases to draft maps that show conflict trends;
• Assisting the team in all aspects of event planning and execution for internal (private) meetings and briefings with members of the United States government, private sector, foreign government partners, and others;
• Other duties as needed.


• Completed Bachelor’s degree (competitive candidates will have completed, or will be in pursuit of, a Master’s degree);
• Prior experience conducting policy research on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and/or political warfare in the Middle East; North, East, or West Africa; Europe; and Asia (e.g. South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, or Russia);
• Excellent written communication skills, including professional work experience copyediting and reviewing long-form (10-50 pages) commentaries, op-eds, and reports;
• Must be detail-oriented and well-organized, with demonstrated success working in collaborative team environments, and proven ability to manage multiple projects & priorities simultaneously under strict deadlines;

Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following experiences

• Quantitative data research, including creating, maintaining, and analyzing large Excel spreadsheets such as the University of Maryland’s START Global Terrorism Database (GTD);
• Creating and manipulating geodatabases, including working with QGIS, CARTO, Mapbox, and other open-source mapping platforms;
• 1-2 years of experience in a professional office environment;
• Overseas travel or professional experience in the Middle East, Africa, or Asia;
• Language proficiency in one of the following languages Arabic, Farsi, or Russian.


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