Employment

Internship Opportunities

Applications for Fall 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 August 22, 2014 or 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. If selected, you must be available to start in the first half of September. 

 

To submit your application, please email your cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (5 pages maximum, excerpts from longer pieces are acceptable), and unofficial transcript to internships@understandingwar.org with the position name in the title of your email. Please submit your cover letter and resume in one pdf file. Please also submit all files in pdf format ONLY. All internships are unpaid.

 

Please only submit one application – if you are interested in multiple positions, please list them in rank order in 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 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 fall 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 fall 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 the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), 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 fall semester.

 

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 fall 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 fall 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 fall 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. 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 fall semester.

 

ISW publishes regular research reports on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) 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.

Research Internship – Russia/Ukraine 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 Russia/Ukraine project during the fall semester.

ISW is building an emerging program on Russia/Ukraine 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 Ukraine and Russia’s foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research. Knowledge of LexisNexis is preferred, as is knowledge of Twitter, VKontakte, and LiveJournal . 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 Ukrainian and Russian language and to conduct research in at least one of those languages is required.

Interns report to the Research Analyst and 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 fall semester. 

The Communications and Digital Arts Intern is responsible for assisting the External Relations Department with supplementing ISW’s research, publications, and events through the visual arts. The Communications and Digital Arts Intern assists External Relations with formulating Communication products such as, 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. 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. Exceptional candidates will have knowledge of, video production, desktop publishing, and commitment to and interest in ISW’s mission.

The Communications and Digital Arts Intern will report to the Communications and Digital Design Associate.

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