Employment

Career Opportunities 

Research Analyst—Iraq Project

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) seeks a full-time Research Analyst to join ISW’s premier Iraq program and provide timely and exceptional analysis of the dynamic conflict in Iraq. The Iraq Program is the flagship portfolio at ISW, and analysts on the Iraq team produce and communicate insights to help national leaders understand the multiple political, social, and regional dimensions of the war in Iraq. ISW seeks a talented and passionate Research Analyst with proven expertise in understanding the drivers of instability in Iraq. The Research Analyst must also communicate the risks and opportunities presented by the shifting conflict in Iraq for U.S. policy and national security interests.

Description:

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) promotes an understanding of war and conflict by providing data and critical analysis to key American political and military leaders. In addition, ISW seeks to educate civilians about war and conflict, thus bridging gaps between military and civilian decision-makers. ISW aims to improve how the United States formulates and executes its national security policy. ISW is vigilant at monitoring crises around the world, and has a track record of accurately predicting potential and actual conflicts. The Institute for the Study of War provides a proven platform for early career researchers and analysts to launch their careers in an innovative and highly relevant project.

The Iraq team analyzes the dynamic conflict ongoing in Iraq by synthesizing unclassified information on military operations and political players in order to provide expert and in-depth analysis about the intent and capabilities of national and local political leaders, military leaders, religious leaders, Shi’a militias, Sunni insurgent groups. The Iraq team works closely with analysts studying Iran, Syria, and ISIS in order to evaluate the integrity of the Iraqi state in the wake of significant territorial loss in 2014 and in the context of complex and volatile regional dynamics. The project aims to keep policy makers informed of the crisis, inflection points, and potential policy options for the United States.

The Iraq Research Analyst will capture and analyze granular information on political and security developments in Iraq, and synthesize this information into an operational understanding of the ongoing conflict within its regional context. Among other tasks, the Analyst will search open source data for the movement, disposition, capabilities, intent, and combat effectiveness of forces in disputed areas. He or she will assess the relationship between tactical events and operational and strategic aims of the parties to the conflict. The Analyst will participate in a high-paced workflow comprised of research, collaboration, and publication of fine-grained daily products in addition to long form writing.

The Iraq Research Analyst operates in a fast-paced intelligence environment among peers and manages the Iraq team’s implementation of Palantir software and other data-driven analytic software platforms. He or she will support the Research Director’s efforts to collect, curate, and query data. The Iraq Research Analyst will publish findings through timely written and graphical reports as well as briefings. The Iraq Research Analyst will manage the research activities of interns and collaborate with other analysts and team members.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:

1.      A Bachelor’s degree in a field of study related to ISW’s core mission and research agenda. A Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred;

2.      Previous experience with military operations, either in an operational context or through research or coursework. A sophisticated understanding of military institutions and military history is helpful;

3.      Exceptional writing skills, proven independent research skills, good initiative, and the ability to collaborate on research projects;

4.      Excellent briefing and presentation skills and experience; 

5.      Excellent qualitative and analytic skills, ability to represent material graphically, some familiarity with quantitative methods, and comfort with integrating technology into research;

6.      The dedication and drive to produce policy-relevant research in a timely manner;

7.      Interest and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission;

8.      Strong Arabic language skills and expertise on Iraq's recent history are required.

 

The Iraq Research Analyst reports to the Research Director.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a CV, and an academic/professional writing sample to ISW@understandingwar.org with the job title in the subject line.

 


Summer Internship Opportunities

 

Applications for Summer 2015 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 will begin in mid-to-late May 2015 and run for the duration of the summer semester.

 

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 all documents in pdf form and submit resume and cover letter as one document.

 

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

 

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

 

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.

 

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 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 social media and other open sources. 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.

 

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. 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 social media and open sources. 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 social media and open sources. 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. 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.

 

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 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. Familiarity Palantir 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 Analysts and Research Director.

 

Research Internship – 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 Ukraine Project for the summer semester.  

ISW is developing a Ukraine project to continue its history of innovative analysis and open-source research on zones of conflict. Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to assist their research, and to gather information from social media as a key source of information on this conflict. The Ukraine team at ISW analyzes the dynamic conflict ongoing in Ukraine (and potentially elsewhere in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union) by synthesizing unclassified information on military operations and political players in order to provide expert and in-depth analysis about Russian intent and capabilities, separatist intent and capabilities, the intent and capabilities of the Ukrainian government and volunteer forces, and the potential for political crisis in Kyiv. ISW will be expanding a series of publications and graphical products 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 Ukraine and/or Russia. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using social media and open sources. 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 Russian or Ukrainian are highly desired.

Ukraine Interns report to the Research Analysts and Research Director.

Research Internship – China 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 China Project for the summer term.  

ISW is developing a China project to continue its history of innovative analysis and open-source research on zones of conflict and potential conflict. Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to assist their research, and to gather information from social media as a key source of information on this area. The China portfolio at ISW focuses on the intent and capabilities of the Chinese government and its military, in particular at the political interaction of China with its neighbors and territorial disputes in nearby waters. ISW will be expanding a series of publications and graphical products 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 staff; 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 China. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using social media and open sources. 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 Chinese are highly desired.

China Interns report to the Research Analysts and Research Director.

 

Communications and Digital Arts Internship

 

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 External Relations Department with supplementing ISW’s research, publications, and events through the visual arts.

The Communications and Digital Arts Intern will help design print and web products and graphics. ISW production has been featured in major media news outlets including and not limited to CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and The New York Times. The Communications and Digital Arts intern will contribute heavily to ISW’s mission of providing timely and accurate information to policy-makers and war fighters. Among other duties, the Communications and Digital Arts intern will be actively involved with developing ISW’s website, coordinating events, forging social media initiatives, and producing collateral outreach materials.

Candidates must be motivated, organized university students or recent graduates with coursework in a related field.  They should have experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Experience with website management is preferred though not required.  Familiarity with international and national security topics is a plus.  The applicant must possess excellent writing and editing capabilities. Exceptional candidates will have commitment and interest in ISW's core mission and values. 

 

Press, Media, and Government Relations Internship

 

The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of Press, Media, and Government Relations Intern for the fall semester. 

The Press, Media, and Government Relations Intern is responsible for assisting the External Relations Department with updating ISW’s press and media tracker (excel document), and helping to create material for a monthly newsletter. The Press, Media, and Government Relations Intern will help assist the External Relations Director with press inquiries including inquiries from major media news outlets including and not limited to CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and The New York Times. The Press, Media, and Government Relations intern will contribute heavily to ISW’s mission of providing timely and accurate information to policy-makers and war fighters. Among other duties, the Press, Media, and Government Relations intern will be actively involved with developing ISW’s outreach lists, coordinating events, and producing collateral outreach materials.

 

Candidates must be motivated, organized university students or recent graduates with coursework in a related field.  They should have experience with the MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.   Experience handling phone calls and responding to external inquiries is preferred though not required.  Familiarity with international and national security topics is a plus.  The applicant must possess excellent writing and editing capabilities. Exceptional candidates will have commitment and interest in ISW's core mission and values. 

 

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. 

 

Qualifications: 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! 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.