The INSS internship program provides students from across the United States the opportunity to work with leading voices in national security scholarship on a variety of research topics, both regional and thematic. These include Future Strategic Concepts and Technologies, Eurasia, Western Hemisphere, East Asia, Middle East, National Security Reform, WMD, NATO-Europe, and Energy Security.

INSS interns have the opportunity to participate in real-time work for the Department of Defense, assist in research for publications, and work closely with a Senior Fellow who is a subject matter expert in his or her field. Interns may also have the opportunity to meet government officials, attend congressional hearings, or participate in symposia hosted by the National Defense University or the Institute.

Unless otherwise stated, all internships are unpaid.

Application Process for Fall 2019

Application Deadline:  August 10, 2019 (applications reviewed on a rolling basis)

Approximate Decision and Notification Date: 1st Week of August

Approximate Start Date: September 3, 2019 (flexible)

Approximate End Date:  December 31, 2019 (flexible)

Application Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Submit a cover letter expressing your academic focus, the specific area of your interests as they apply to the research areas at INSS, previous internship experience if any, and your desired outcomes from an internship position with INSS.  If there is a particular Senior Fellow or INSS Expert you wish to work with, please indicate his or her name.  Please also indicate which academic semester you are applying for.
  • Submit a resume, including grade point average (GPA of 3.5 or above preferred), scholastic activities, publications if any, and prior internship and/or employment experience.
  • Submit a brief writing sample (2-3 pages only). This can be an excerpt from a larger document.
  • Submit all materials by email to: INSS_Intern_Program@ndu.edu.

What To Expect After Submitting Your Application

  • Your application will be reviewed by the Internship Program Coordinator and submitted to the pool for review by our Senior Fellows.
  • The Senior Fellows determine if candidates are a “match” for their current or planned research.
  • Senior Fellows usually contact an internship candidate for an over-the-phone or in-person interview.
  • The Senior Fellow may offer a candidate an internship directly.
  • In all instances, the candidate will receive an acceptance email from the Internship Program Coordinator.
  • Shortly after your acceptance you will receive information about your first day, and directions to NDU.
  • All interns will be expected to complete a standard background investigation administered by the Department of Defense.   

Please Note:

*We make every attempt to contact applicants who have not been accepted into the Internship Program. Due to the high volume of applications, this is not always possible.  We are always extremely grateful to the young professionals who take the time and effort to apply to INSS.