Spring Internships, Nuclear Threat Initiative (Remote)

NTI is pleased to offer paid ($15.00 per hour) remote internships for the winter/spring 2021 semester. NTI also welcomes applicants from University-sponsored internship programs. The number of positions and areas of responsibility vary by semester, but each offers exciting opportunities to work on projects that make lasting contributions to reducing threats of weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD), with an emphasis on nuclear, radiological, and biological risks, as well as related risks associated with advances in technology 

NTI internships are especially well suited to undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the intersection of global affairs, public policy, science, engineering, and national security. While an intern’s primary focus will be on NTI activities and projects, we encourage our interns to participate virtually in relevant congressional hearings, briefings at think tanks, or other career enhancing opportunities, and to develop their professional network throughout the internship. NTI provides each intern an opportunity to build a relationship with a mentor in addition to a day-to-day manager to ensure the intern receives regular guidance and feedback. NTI regularly hosts internal “brown bag” sessions and seminars open to the public, which all interns are encouraged to participate.   

NTI interns play critical roles on our teams, working to advance our mission objectives while learning more about the WMDD community in the process. Responsibilities can include research and analytic support, assisting with event logistics and support, and administrative tasks necessary for accomplishing team objectives. 

NTI welcomes applications from those interested in and with expertise relevant to our core programs: 

Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio): The NTI | bio team seeks to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology, develop new approaches for curbing the catastrophic outcomes from a high-consequence biological event, create new approaches to improve infectious disease surveillance, and identify and fill gaps to measurably strengthen global health security capabilities with a strong focus on biosecurity. 

Communications (Comms): The Communications team works with NTI’s programs to enhance their impact, implements NTI’s public education mission, supports NTI’s leadership and development teams, and manages the organization’s brand and all communications, including across social networks and with the news media. Comms writes, edits, and publishes a wide variety of documents, and the team produces new tools (videos, infographics, games) to reach a variety of audiences. 

Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP): The Global Nuclear Policy Program works with leaders and partners around the world to develop policies, leadership, and the global capacity—human and institutional—to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread and use, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world. GNPP also leads NTIs congressional outreach. 

International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategies (FC): The FC team is focused on the intersection of peaceful nuclear energy, preventing proliferation, and verifying that states are upholding their commitments to various nuclear treaties and agreements. We envision a future in which there is significant peaceful nuclear activity and fewer (or no) nuclear weapons. The work of the FC team seeks to move us closer to that ideal end-state, such as by developing strategies for the management and disposition of nuclear waste, addressing regional proliferation and nuclear energy issues such as those related to Iran and North Korea, as well as ensuring an effective and efficiently functioning international nuclear verification and monitoring system, including through the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

Materials Risk Management (MRM): MRM’s mission is to promote effective practices and policies that keep nuclear and radiological materials secure and out of the hands of malicious actors. MRM works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to manage the security risks associated with these materials. 

Science and Technical Affairs (STA): STA seeks to capture the opportunities new and emerging technologies afford while working to reduce the impact of their malevolent use. STA is NTI’s dedicated team for reviewing and addressing the potential catastrophic risks and significant benefits emerging technologies pose to nuclear and biological threats: from big data and artificial intelligence to cyber threats and space systems. 

NTI seeks candidates able to commit to an internship duration of at least twelve weeks and can dedicate at least 16 hours per week remotely during the academic year.NTI looks for talented individuals who bring diverse perspectives, exceptional interpersonal skills and strong organizational, writing, and communication skills. Selectees will be expected to attend a formal onboarding session conducted by Human Resources on day one. If you have special scheduling circumstances you would like us to take in consideration (e.g., ROTC tour), please advise within your application. 

NTI is accepting applications from those who have/will have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies at the time of the internship’s commencement. Please follow the link and submit an application by October 15, 2020 for full consideration for our next Intern Session to begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and conclude no later than May 28, 2021. 

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