Joseph S. Nye Internship, Center for a New American Security – Washington, DC

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 Spring 2019 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.


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; Military, Veterans, and Society; Transatlantic Security; Technology and National Security; 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 Spring 2019 intern class on a rolling basis.

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External Relations Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. External Relations Interns work directly with the External Relations team 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. We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2019 internship on a rolling basis.

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Development Intern

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Development Interns work directly with the Development team. The candidate will possess an appreciation and willingness to work with large amounts of data, conduct development related research, and work with the team to execute projects and events as needed. We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2019 internship on a rolling basis.

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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.


Applications for the Spring 2019 intern class 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

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