Young Global Professionals Program, Forward Defense (Atlantic Council)


Forward Defense (FD) is looking for a motivated, energetic individual to become a core member of our fast-growing team. FD interns support our public and private events; reports, papers, and memos; and digital public communications. Through their work, they interact with senior US and allied defense officials and are exposed to logistical and event planning; research, writing, editing, and publishing; and the inner workings of a Washington, DC think tank.

Forward Defense, situated in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center, helps the United States and its allies and partners contend with great-power competitors and define the landscape of future defense challenges. This new practice area in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security produces Forward-looking analyses of the defense trends, technologies, and concepts that will define the future of warfare, and the alliances needed for the 21st century. Through the futures we forecast, the scenarios we wargame, and the analyses we produce, FD develops actionable strategies and policies for deterrence and defense, while shaping US and allied operational concepts and the role of defense industry in addressing the most significant military challenges of the coming decades.

  • Conduct research to support the activities of Forward Defense.
  • Manage Forward Defense contacts and knowledge.
  • Draft correspondence and take notes at roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.
  • Handle logistical and operational functions of the program/center issues for program events and activities.
  • Help draft policy briefs, blog posts, memos, articles, and other publications.
  • Support Forward Defense’s development as needed.
  • Conduct media outreach to promote the program/center’s events, publications, and writings.
  • Support Forward Defense in creating and updating content on its website using WordPress.
  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a graduate student, or college graduate, although a range of experiences may qualify you for this position. Candidates must be able to articulate why their backgrounds are relevant to our work in the fields of international relations and national security.
  • GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) scale, or equivalent from a non-US institution preferred.
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in the core mission of the Atlantic Council.
  • Interest in and knowledge of a range of core topics related to Forward Defense’s themes and priorities, such as Chinese and Russian security, military technology, space security, nuclear deterrence and arms control, national security applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, hybrid warfare, homeland security, defense industry, and wargaming.
  • Must possess excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office. Mention proficiency in other softwares (such as WordPress, Salesforce, and Marketo) in your application.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can commit forty hours per week.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can work from the Council’s Washington, DC headquarters on request.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applications close Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 11:59pm ET (4:59am GMT) and require a resume and cover letter. 

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