SUMMER 2022 Institute for Defense Analyses Associate Program

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Summer Associate Program provides students with the opportunity to use their quantitative and analytics skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. Each year, IDA hires paid student associates at its Virginia and Washington, DC facilities to work for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer months. Attendance at the 8 week core period between June 6, 2022, and July 29, 2022, is required.  An additional 2 weeks (or more) either before or after the core period is required for a complete 10-week internship. In some cases, opportunities exist for associates to work a few weeks longer than the 10-week minimum.  The wage range is dependent on the field of study and years of education completed. For students living outside the area, IDA pays for one instance of round-trip travel.  Associates are responsible for living expenses during the summer.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is January 18, 2022.


  • Graduate students are preferred, but rising senior Undergraduates are welcome to apply. In either case, students must be returning to an academic institution come fall 2022.
      • Disciplines include computer science, information technology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, operations research, aero/astronautical engineering, mechanical or electrical engineering, materials science, statistics, economics, as well as social and behavioral sciences, human resources, security, international relations, policy studies, and finance.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Starting October 11, 2021, all employees (including associates) must be vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they have proof of a medical or religious exemption. Proof of vaccination must be presented.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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