FALL 2021 Nuclear Threat Initiative Internships

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats.  NTI focuses on innovative threat-reduction projects to teach governments about keeping peace and garner momentum and support for their cause.  NTI is seeking interns for the fall 2021 semester.

The program offers 6-8 paid internships to undergraduate students of junior or senior status, graduate students, and/or recent graduates with an hourly rate of $15.20. The fall term begins on September 16, 2021, and ends no later than December 17, 2021 (individual end dates to be decided by supervisors). Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, all applicants may request a remote internship, but those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will have the option to work in person at the Washington, DC offices.

*Note: NTI is not a registered employer in the state of California and therefore unable to hire a candidate that will be living in and working remotely from that state.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Monday, July 5, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET.


  • Undergraduate students with 2+ years of study completed, graduate student, or recent graduate
  • Able to commit to 16+ hours a week for at least 10 weeks
  • Has the legal right to work in the United States, and hold residency in the U.S. for the duration of the internship
  • Excellent writing, researching, organizing, and communication skills
  • Care deeply about the existential threats facing humanity and want to work with some of the foremost experts in the world working to solve these problems
  • Able to balance being self-driven and being a team player

Available Programs

NTI is offering positions on the following teams. Applicants may indicate a preference for up to three teams on their application, but note, this does not guarantee selection by that team.

  • 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.
  • 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 NTI’s congressional outreach.
  • 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.
  • International 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 efficient 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 potentially 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.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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