The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation offers full-time internship opportunities for students of political science, international relations, the sciences, peace studies, or related fields.
Located on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C, our office environment is intimate and fast-paced. Senior policy staff works regularly with interns and encourages contact with other organizations, think tanks, and Congress. The atmosphere is casual, but dress is professional.
Much is expected of interns at the Center. The application process is competitive, but the rewards are great. Former Center interns have gone on to graduate studies at the top universities in the United States, and many are now working in intelligence, think tanks, Congress, the executive branch, and NGOs throughout the country and the world.
In addition to its internship program, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation also participates in the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. The Scoville Fellowship pays a stipend for recent college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC on peace and security issues for six to nine months. For further information, please visit the Scoville Fellowship online.
Summer 2007 Center interns with Senator Edward Kennedy.
Summer 2008 Center interns with actor Richard Schiff.
INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES: Center staff seeks to assign interns projects to suit their interests. The internships are a mixture of substantive responsibilities and light administrative tasks, and may include activities such as:
- Attending Congressional hearings and briefings on international security in the Washington, D.C. area
- Analyzing pending legislation on timely international issues
- Researching and writing analyses, commentaries, and blog posts
- Assisting with administrative tasks which may include updating databases or assembling large mailings
- Helping to maintain the Center's website
Interns may also have the opportunity to perform political research with the Center's sister organization, Council for a Livable World.
REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS: Prospective candidates should be college juniors or seniors, recent college graduates, or graduate students who share an interest in the Center's goals and objectives. Strong academic background, good writing and research skills, and computer and internet familiarity are a must.
COMPENSATION: Usually $500 a month, based on a 32 hour work week. (Please note: In order to receive the stipend, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States.)
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Yes, if qualified
HOURS: Full or part-time, 3-4 months in duration. In general, the Fall Internship is September-December, the Spring Internship is January-May, and the Summer Internship is June-August.
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer: March 1
Fall Semester: July 9
HOW TO APPLY
APPLICATION MATERIALS: Please send the following materials via e-mail or mailing to the address below:
- A cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for a D.C.-based non-profit arms control organization, and the dates of your availability
- Brief writing sample on a related issue (2-4 double-spaced pages only, please)
- Two letters of recommendation
- No transcripts, please
EMAIL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
- For Applicants: please put "Internship Application - [Your Name]" in the subject line of the email
- For Letter Writers: please put "Letter of Recommendation - [Applicant's Name]" in the subject line of the email
SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
322 Fourth Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Fax: (202) 546-5142
internships AT armscontrolcenter DOT org
HOUSING FOR INTERNS
The following links are provided for information purposes only. The Center does not have any connection to the organizations listed below.
- American University Summer Housing - dormitory style housing; includes utilities
- George Washington University Summer Housing -- dormitory style housing; includes utilities; centrally located in downtown Washington
- International Student House of Washington -- international, dormitory housing; just north of downtown in Dupont Circle
- Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) -- shared, fully furnished housing options; various locations around DC
- Partnership for Public Service DC Housing Guide -- tips on finding housing, neighborhood descriptions and helpful links