Employment

Current Opportunities


Development Director

Description: 

The Institute for the Study of War is looking for a highly organized, personable and responsible professional to fill the position of Development Director for our growing and dynamic organization.  Do you have strategic vision, a passion for innovation, a love of country, and the drive to succeed?  You will work closely with the President to meet the requirements for continued growth of the organization, but you must be able to take initiative. This position is an outstanding opportunity for a talented individual to join a cutting edge team.

Responsibilities include: 

Leadership and Management.  You will be a leader on ISW’s team.  You must be a driving force on the staff helping ISW reach its strategic and fundraising goals, while respecting the collegial environment that characterizes our team.  You must be able to set goals and objectives and translate them into concrete tasks for execution. You must help all staff at ISW understand their and fulfill their roles in development.  You must support the missions of other departments as well.

Cultivation, Fundraising and Stewardship.  You will be the lead for ISW development efforts through all phases of the development cycle for Corporations, Individuals and Foundations.  You will work directly with the President and the Board to make the case for donor investment in ISW. You must have initiative, extroversion, and communications skills so you can interact well with successful leaders and lead a program yourself. You must also be able to write well, as you will lead ISW’s grant proposal writing and contribute to its marketing material.

Technology Innovation.  ISW interacts with technology partners on a regular basis in order to expand our organization’s capacities in creative and innovative ways. You will be part of that growth effort. You will also manage the ISW Constituent Relationship Management software and databases.

Communications Responsibilities.  Our development team represents ISW and becomes one of its voices.  You will author proposals, major donor informational materials, emails, brochures, fliers, and website content.  You will be the lead for authoring and editing foundation requests, proposals and stewardship communication.

Innovation, Outreach and Planning.  Conceive of and prepare new venues for the expansion of ISW’s development program.  You will represent ISW at meetings and events that offer the opportunity to expand ISW’s prospect/donor network and awareness of ISW’s work.  The development and execution of the annual strategic development plan will be central to all of your efforts.  You will contribute also to ISW’s budgeting process with the President and CFO.

Qualifications:

This position requires a creative and industrious professional who takes initiative and flourishes both independently and in a team environment. 

You must love networking, but also be a closer.

You should have experience and demonstrated success in non-profit fundraising or in business development.

You must also have extensive, demonstrated writing abilities. 

We value experience working and interacting with high-level personnel.   

You must be able to discuss issues relating to national security, international affairs, and our military.

You must have a bachelor’s degree with a demonstrated record of performance in jobs that would logically progress to this position. 

The Development Director reports to the President.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to isw@understandingwar.org


External Relations Director

The Institute for the Study of War is looking for an energetic and creative professional to fill the position of External Relations Director for our growing and dynamic organization.  You will need strategic vision, a passion for innovation, a love of country, and the drive to succeed.

You will work closely with the President and Research Team to grow the organization through outreach to press, media, federal, and legislative audiences. ISW has an active and successful social media program, strong outreach with print journalists, and a substantial impact on policy. This position is an outstanding opportunity for a talented individual to join a cutting edge team.

Responsibilities include: 

Leadership and Management You will be a leader on ISW’s team.  You must be a driving force on the staff and help ISW reach its strategic goals, while respecting the collegial environment that characterizes our team.  You must be able to set goals and objectives and translate them into concrete tasks for execution. You must help all staff at ISW understand their and fulfill their roles in External Relations.  You must support the missions of other departments as well.

Congressional Engagement You will be our direct line to the policymakers who need to be informed. You will develop and execute ISW’s congressional outreach strategy as you build relationships with congressional offices through meetings, briefings, networking, and events. You will distribute and promote ISW reports to congressional audiences and follow congressional interest on ISW issues. ISW is a 501(c)3 organization and does not support or promote any legislation.

Communications You will be the voice of ISW. You will create and implement a strategic communications plan and conduct targeted, personalized outreach to media for events and relationship development. You will write press releases, media advisories, event invitations, newsletters, and other products with an eye towards clear communication and a deep understanding of our work. You will engage ISW press contacts, pitch analysts for print and broadcast opportunities, manage media training, and respond to press requests. You will also work with the Communications Associate to manage our website and direct upgrades. You will advertise ISW products to media and the policy community and maintain momentum on ISW social media platforms. You will also cooperate with other departments to craft smart, powerful copy for briefings, annual reports, fundraising materials, proposals, and more.

Events You will direct event conception, design, and execution.  You will write attention-getting invitations, identify and contact panelists, conduct media outreach and direct event material creation. You will also initiate and oversee vendor relationships for each event (to include catering, audio, video, staging, lighting, sound) and oversee post-event processes and after action reporting (press releases, transcription, web posting, outreach to attendees).

Qualifications:

This position requires an outgoing and organized professional who takes initiative can succeed both independently and within a team setting.

You should have experience and demonstrated success in non-profit Communications and/or External Relations. Capitol Hill  and/or media experience is a major plus.

You must have extensive, demonstrated writing abilities and a penchant for clear, concise communication.

We value experience working and interacting with high-level personnel.   

You must be able to discuss issues relating to national security, international affairs, and our military with confidence.

You must have a bachelor’s degree with a demonstrated record of performance in jobs that would logically progress to this position. 

The External Relations Director reports to the President.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to isw@understandingwar.org


Graphic Artist and Social Media Manager

The Institute for the Study of War is looking for a talented creative professional to fill the position of Graphic Artist and Social Media Manager for our growing and dynamic organization.  You will need very precise technical skills, attention to detail, and an eye for good design to succeed in this position. ISW’s graphic products, including its cartography, are critical to our mission and hallmarks of our brand.

You will work closely with the External Relations Director and Research Team to create visually stunning and informative graphics for print and web use. This position is an outstanding opportunity for a talented individual to join a cutting edge team that values innovation, creativity, and teamwork.

Responsibilities include:

Design & Production You will be responsible for the look of ISW products. From website graphics to campaign maps, you will devise and design graphics that will illuminate ISW’s research and contribute to organizational branding.  You will work closely with the Deputy Research Director and External Relations Director to turn ISW research and communications into informative slideshows and vibrant booklets using Adobe Creative Suite, with particular emphasis on InDesign. The Graphics Artist also designs our maps with Adobe Illustrator.

Website & Social Media Management You will manage our websites using Drupal and Blogger. You will assist the External Relations Director in managing our social media communities on LinkedIn, Google Plus, Facebook, and Twitter. You will help the External Relations Director implement a broad communications and social media strategies.

Qualifications:

This position requires at least 2-3 years of high-level professional experience with the Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. You must have experience with long-form InDesign layout (books, reports, etc.), collateral design (brochures, leave behind materials, etc.) and experience designing maps and graphics with Illustrator and Photoshop for professional clients.

This position requires an outgoing and organized professional who takes initiative can succeed both independently and within a team setting.

You must have experience working with multiple file formats across multiple platforms; this includes designing for both print and web.

You must be familiar with basic printing standards and be able to design with those standards in mind. You must also be able to design for the web.

You should have experience and demonstrated success in non-profit Communications and/or Graphic Design.

You must have extensive, demonstrated writing abilities and a penchant for clear, concise communication.

We value experience working and interacting with high-level personnel.

You must be able to comprehend issues relating to national security, international affairs, and our military.

You must have a bachelor’s degree with a demonstrated record of performance in jobs that would logically progress to this position.

The Graphic Artist and Social Media Manager reports to the External Relations Director.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please submit examples of your work in PDF format, or links to your work online. Applications that do not include portfolios will not be considered.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, portfolio, and resume to isw@understandingwar.org


Internship Opportunities

Applications for Summer 2014 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 March 7, 2014 or until all positions are filled. For all positions, we greatly prefer full-time availability although part-time interns may also be accepted depending on qualifications.

To submit your application, please email your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial transcript to internships@understandingwar.org with the position name in the title of your email.

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 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.

Fundraising and Non-Profit Management Internship

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking a highly-motivated, organized, and creative university student or recent graduate to fill the position of fundraising and non-profit management intern during the summer semester. You will be responsible for assisting the Development Director and President in initiating, implementing, and monitoring ISW’s fundraising and development initiatives. The intern will play an important role in helping to plan and coordinate fundraising events and engagements.  The intern will also assist with researching new prospects; writing newsletter articles and grant proposals; drafting communications to prospective and current donors; developing marketing materials; and maintaining records and database information. 

This position offers a unique opportunity for an individual with excellent communication skills and an interest in fundraising to enhance their credentials.  It is the perfect opportunity for individuals who want to learn more about working for a non-profit and are looking to make an over-size impact on a growing and dynamic organization!   

Qualifications: Current students or recent graduates with an interest in fundraising, non-profit management, event planning, and/or marketing are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have a strong academic record in non-profit management, business, public relations, communications and/or political science or international relations. Strong candidates will also have a commitment to and interest in ISW’s mission.

The Fundraising and Non-Profit Management Intern will report to the Development Director. 

Research Internship – Iraq Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Iraq Project during the summer semester.

ISW’s Iraq Project is its original, flagship program and has an outstanding history and reputation.  ISW publishes regular research reports on Iraq in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public.  The Iraq program examines the resurgence of al Qaeda, the spillover between Iraq and Syria, and Iraq’s foreign relations and politics.  Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to assist their research.  Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus. Interns with the ability to read and conduct research in Arabic are highly desired, as is knowledge of Iraq. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using tools such as LexisNexis. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner.  The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission.

Iraq Interns report to the Iraq Research Analyst and Research Director.

Research Internship – Afghanistan Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Afghanistan project during the summer semester, during which Afghanistan’s presidential elections are slated to occur.

ISW publishes regular research reports on Afghanistan’s politics and security in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public.  Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to assist their research.  Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus, as is familiarity with Afghanistan. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research. Knowledge of LexisNexis is preferred. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner.  The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read the Farsi, Dari, or Pashto language and to conduct research in one of those languages are highly desired.

Interns report to the Research Analyst and Research Director.

Research Intern—Syria Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Syria Project for the summer semester.  

ISW’s Syria project has become a leading source of innovative analysis and information about the Syrian civil war. Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to assist their research, as Syrian social media is a key source of information on this conflict. ISW publishes regular research reports on the conflict in Syria and evolving and emerging conflicts in the Middle East in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus, as is familiarity with Syria. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using tools such as LexisNexis. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner. The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read and conduct research in Arabic or Farsi are highly desired.

Syria Interns report to the Research Analysts and Research Director.

Research Intern—Lebanon/Hezbollah Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Lebanon/Hezbollah Project for the summer semester. 

This project examines especially the spillover between Syria and Lebanon.  Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. ISW publishes regular research reports on Lebanese Hezbollah and evolving and emerging conflicts in the Middle East in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using tools such as LexisNexis. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner. The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read the Arabic or Farsi language and to conduct research in one of those languages are highly desired.

Interns report to the Research Analysts and Research Director.

Research Intern—Egypt Security Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Egypt Security Project for the summer semester.  

Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. ISW is expanding its research into the conflict in Egypt in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of the Deputy Research Director; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus. Work or academic experience in Egypt is also a plus. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research independently. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner. The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read and conduct research in Arabic are highly desired. Knowledge of the Python coding language is also highly desired.

Interns report to the Deputy Research Director and Research Director. 

Research Internship – Counterterrorism in the Middle East

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of counterterrorism intern during the summer semester.

ISW publishes regular research reports on al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria as well as other terrorist networks in the Middle East in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. This portfolio focuses upon network analysis, center of gravity analysis, and intelligence from open sources. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with military or intelligence experience and coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field or demonstrated network analysis experience is a plus. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, the ability to conduct research, and desire to use technology. The analyst will be trained in how to use Palantir, but familiarity with that software or other analytical visualization software platforms is preferred. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner.  The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read and conduct research in Arabic are highly desired.  Knowledge of the Python coding language is also highly desired.

The Counterterrorism Intern will report to the Research Director.

Communications & Digital Arts Intern

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of Communications and Digital Arts Intern for the summer semester. 

The Communications and Digital Arts Intern is responsible for assisting the Communications and New Media Manager with supplementing ISW’s research, publications, and events through the visual arts. The Communications and Digital Arts Intern assists the Manager with formulating Communication products such as newsletters, graphics, maps, signs, and other print products. Among other duties, the Communications and Digital Arts intern will be actively involved with website management, event coordination, social media initiatives, graphic design, and production of collateral outreach materials.

Qualifications:  Candidates must be motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates and should have coursework in a related field, with an outstanding portfolio. Familiarity with communications and/or politics, national security, or international relations issues is a plus. The applicant must also demonstrate superb writing abilities. Website management abilities (preferably Drupal) and extensive experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and basic HTML is preferred. Knowledge of the Python coding language is also highly desired. Exceptional candidates will have knowledge of Camtasia software, video production, desktop publishing, and/or Hill experience and commitment to and interest in ISW’s mission.

The Communications and Digital Arts Intern will report to the Communications and New Media Manager.

Applications for this position may include a portfolio in addition to a resume.