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Fall 2019 International Security Program Internship (Paid)

New America’s International Security Program seeks applicants who have a strong interest in international security policy for our internship openings. The interns will primarily assist the program’s full-time staff members with research, data collection, and policy analysis for internal projects and policy reports. S/he will also be able to assist with New America’s annual Special Operations Forces Policy Forum. Interns must be self-starters who are excited to work both independently and as part of a team on a variety of international security-related research projects.

In addition to conducting research and analysis in these areas, interns will have the opportunity to attend events on behalf of New America, and gain exposure to some of the brightest and most ambitious thinkers in the field. They will also have the opportunity to attend in-house events, professional development seminars, and lunches with fellows and staff from other New America Programs.

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

The International Security program aims to provide evidence-based analysis of some of the toughest security challenges facing American policymakers and the public, from homegrown American terrorism, to the United States’ drone wars abroad and the proliferation of drones around the world, to the profound changes in warfare wrought by new technology and societal changes.


  • Work approx. 35-40 hours a week (full-time) or 20-25 hours a week (part-time) in our downtown D.C. office;
  • Conduct research and analysis on international security policy issues;
  • Assist with planning and staffing New America International Security Program events;
  • Attend events and hearings on behalf of the International Security Program;
  • Contribute to the data analysis of the International Security Program’s drones databases; and
  • Minimal administrative work.


  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international security policy. Because of the content knowledge necessary for this position, a graduate student or experienced undergraduate student is preferred;
  • Excellent writing, research, and communications skills;
  • Passion for international security issues;
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation, and a desire to learn on-the-job;
  • Events planning and management experience, and
  • Applicants may have the opportunity to remain in the position beyond one semester.

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and short writing sample - no more than 3 pages. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, as the program has interns year-round. We will reach out directly to applicants we are interested in pursuing.


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