Internship Opportunity

Research Internship

The Center, dedicated to educating the Washington community on a wide variety of security, defense and foreign policy issues, requires volunteer interns year round. Although there is occasional clerical work, interns are primarily responsible for performing substantive research and analysis and for writing reports geared towards the Center’s timely publications concerning national security affairs. An internship at the Center for Security Policy is a unique opportunity in this regard. As part of the program, interns work closely with Center executives gaining unmatched exposure to the policy community and national security arena.

The Center immediately assigns its interns to substantial research projects, from which they must produce reports, issue briefs, memoranda and oral evaluations to Center staff members. Research is primarily conducted in the office, but also involves work in the field including at the Library of Congress, Capitol Hill and related events across town. Interns are encouraged to attend and participate in the Center’s working group meetings and other such symposia. Likewise, the Center’s intern program encourages its cadre to attend research-related hearings on Capitol Hill.

Internships at the Center for Security Policy have proven an excellent first step toward a career in foreign and defense policy. In recent years, Center interns have been hired to work on Capitol Hill, the White House, the Foreign Service, Fortune 500 companies, and various intelligence agencies.

Required skills

Students, both undergraduate and graduate, and recent graduates. Interns need formidable writing and communications skills, familiarity with computers and the ability to perform Internet-based research.

Application Process

Those interested in an internship at the Center for Security Policy should submit the following materials to the internship coordinator, Shaun Seifert, by e-mail (

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in the Center for Security Policy. We would like to know why you have selected the Center for Security Policy; what it is specifically about our positions that are of interest.
  2. A resume and transcript (official or unofficial).
  3. A sample paper discussing a major current issue or event in the Center’s area of interest.