Deadline: rolling basis until August 10, 2023.
ISW National Security and Intelligence Analysis Internship Program Fall 2023
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is committed to training the next generation of national security leaders through its innovative educational programs. ISW seeks motivated and experienced college students or recent graduates to join our intern team. ISW offers internships across diverse research portfolios and departments, including Russia, China, Afghanistan, and Iran’s Axis of Resistance in Iraq and Syria. ISW also offers internships in Geospatial Intelligence and National Security Technologies and in non-profit management, including Communications.
National Security and Intelligence Analysis Internship: ISW is a leading source of innovative analysis and intelligence on global conflicts that threaten American national security. ISW publishes regular research reports and graphics to inform policy-makers, warfighters, and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. Interns provide critical assistance to our analysts and receive hands-on training from their supervisors as well as a formal development program taught by our leadership. Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to conduct open-source collection and analysis in a fast-paced environment.
Interns will be paired with ISW researchers on subject matter that best matches their skill sets and language capabilities. Interns are expected to collect, process, analyze, and synthesize intelligence from native language sources under the guidance of our staff; collaborate with the wider research team to generate intelligence products; assist with editing, documenting, and compiling materials for publications; and support the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings held by ISW. This is a full-time internship (five days per week), but part-time work will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Candidates must be motivated and organized college students or recent graduates with demonstrated expertise in a related field;
- Candidates must possess excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills;
- Candidates should preferably possess strong critical language capabilities in Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Turkish, Kurdish, Dari, Pashto, or Farsi; or a programming language such as Python;
- Candidates must display the ability to conduct complex tasks in a timely and efficient manner;
- Candidates should be self-motivated, independent, creative, and capable of working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment;
- Candidates must show commitment to—and interest in—the core mission and values of ISW.
Fall 2023 Internship Program Dates: ISW internships start September 7, 2023. The program will run until December 15, 2023. Interns must both be authorized to work in the United States and be physically present in the United States during their internship tenure. Working remotely outside of the United States is not authorized. If you attend a US university on a student visa, you must be eligible for and obtain a CPT authorization before beginning at ISW.
Instructions: Please upload your resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Your cover letter and writing sample should be no longer than five pages combined; the writing sample can be excerpted from a longer paper.
ISW will work with students to gain academic credit for internships where applicable.
ISW Scholarship Application
The Institute for the Study of War will offer intern candidates up to a $1,000 monthly living stipend as part of a scholarship program.* To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must upload a scholarship application as part of their internship application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 10, 2023.
Candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- Ability to contribute as a member of one of ISW’s research, operations, business development, or external relations teams; and
- Financial need, such that an unpaid internship would not be possible without assistance.
Within the scholarship application, candidates should upload a 2- to 3-page cover letter which answers each of the following questions. (This should be a different cover letter than the one used for the internship application itself.)
- Which ISW internship is your top choice? Why do you believe you are qualified?
- What do you believe to be the most pressing national security problem the US faces today? What solution(s) would you propose?
- Where do you see yourself in your future career? How will an ISW internship help you get there?
- Why have you chosen to apply for this supplemental scholarship?
- Are you currently receiving federal financial aid and/or need-based aid from your university? Feel free to describe using as much detail as you are comfortable.
*Please note that the up to $1,000 monthly scholarship is classified as taxable income.