National Security Alumni Network Internship, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (Remote; Washington, DC)


The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy.  The organization was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism.  FDD combines policy research, investigative journalism, strategic communications, and democracy and counterterrorism education.

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of internship opportunities available.  All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting.  FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff.  FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship. All internships are unpaid.

The National Security Alumni Networkis seeking a full-time or part-time intern with an interest in national security, US foreign policy, the US-Israel relationship, and professional development. Interns will work closely with FDD’s Department of Special Projects and will have the opportunity to attend exclusive high-level NSAN events and roundtable discussions, as well as network with FDD experts and rising mid-career national security practitioners. More information on these may be found here:


  • Conducting research on current national security trends and topics
  • Drafting remarks for FDD experts
  • Helping plan the national security trips to Israel
  • Coordinating event logistics and staffing NSAN events
  • Miscellaneous market research projects


  • Strong organizational skills and should be able to juggle many different projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive problem solvers with a keen attention to detail
  • Knowledge of US national security and current events in Israel and the region
  • Microsoft excel and word
  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States


  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
  4. Unofficial transcript copy

Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this internship and your availability for the semester. If you are interested in multiple positions, you may use the same cover letter for each but submit separate applications. To apply, please visit: .

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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