Intern - Presidential and Operational Management

Institute for the Study of War
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 29

Position description

Applications for Spring 2019 internships at the Institute for the Study of War are now being accepted. You may submit your application immediately. We will consider applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. We will begin considering applications immediately.

For all positions, we greatly prefer full-time availability although part-time interns may also be accepted depending on qualifications.

All internships are unpaid. ISW does not sponsor visas of any kind for international students. 

Required documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample (no longer than 5 pages; can be an excerpt from a longer paper). Please include your writing sample in the SAME DOCUMENT as your cover letter.

Please only submit one application – if you are interested in multiple positions, please list them in rank order at the top of your cover letter.


Why work for ISW: ISW believes ground realities must drive the formulation of strategy and policy. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed, open-source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current conflicts and security threats. We offer interns a chance to train on work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and in the intelligence community. Interns at ISW will have an unparalleled opportunity to conduct research that directly informs policy-makers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Our interns work directly with analysts and have many opportunities to engage with Institute leadership on the subjects of their research. ISW offers its interns the chance to be at the front lines of military research and policy, tackling the issues that are in the headlines. ISW has published the work of its interns and hired many onto its staff.

Presidential and Operational Management Internship

The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated, experienced, and creative university students or recent graduates to fill the position of Presidential Intern. This intern is responsible for assisting the President of the Institute for the Study of War, Dr. Kimberly Kagan, with a range of responsibilities in non-profit management. This intern will work directly with the President’s Executive Officer to assist in special projects and company initiatives. The Presidential Intern will have the ability to work across different teams as well as attend briefings and events in Washington. Past interns to the president have conducted research projects, designed marketing materials, assisted with event coordination, and participated in development events. This internship provides a good opportunity to learn about team management and non-profit management in a fast-paced and engaging environment.

Qualifications: Candidates must be motivated and mature university students or recent graduates with coursework in a field related to national security, international relations, or history. Familiarity with international and national security topics is required.  They should have experience with the MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. The successful applicant will possess excellent writing and editing capabilities and have commitment and interest in ISW’s core mission and values.

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