Center for Arms Control

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NEXT DEADLINE: November 17, 2014. Apply by this date for a winter/spring 2015 internship, which runs from Monday, January 12, 2015 to Friday, May 15, 2015.

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation offers full-time internship opportunities for students and recent graduates interested in nuclear weapons policy and other international peace and security issues.

Located on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C, the Center is a respected research organization that educates Congress and the public on national security issues. Center interns have the opportunity to contribute to the organization’s research in a number of issue areas, including but not limited to: U.S. nuclear weapons posture; U.S. nuclear spending; nuclear security & terrorism; Iran; North Korea; U.S. defense budget; Afghanistan; chemical & biological weapons; and missile defense.

Former Center interns have gone on to graduate studies at 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.

Summer 2007 Center interns with Senator Edward Kennedy.

Summer 2008 Center interns with actor Richard Schiff.


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's website.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES: Interns’ duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Researching & writing on the Center’s issues, and Congressional legislation related to those issues. This may take the form of fact sheets published on the Center’s website or blog posts published on the Center’s blog, Nukes of Hazard. Interns may also occasionally have the opportunity to author op-ed articles or letters to the editor for publication in local or national media outlets;
  • Attending & reporting on events in the Washington D.C. area, including Congressional hearings, think tank briefings, report and book launches, and other events held by think tanks and NGOs;
  • Helping to maintain and update the Center's website;
  • Occasionally assisting with light administrative tasks, such as updating databases or assembling large mailings;
  • Contributing to political research, event planning, and administrative tasks for 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 have displayed 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: $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 (see below for date ranges).


Winter/Spring Semester (January-late May): November 17
Summer (early June-early September): March 1
Fall Semester (early September-mid-December): July 1
Please see the top of this page for the exact dates of the next available internship.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: Applicants should e-mail the following materials to the address below. Please submit all materials (except for those, such as recommendation letters, that may arrive separately) as a single Word or PDF document, in the order listed below.

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Please also include the dates of your availability, as well as a ranking of your interest in working on the following issues, with 1 corresponding to highest level of interest and 6 to lowest:

    --U.S. nuclear policy & posture;
    --North Korea;
    --Nuclear weapons spending programs;
    --U.S. defense budget;

    (Note: The Center will attempt to match interns to supervisors and projects that best fit their interests, but interns should expect to work on a variety of issues.)
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on a related issue (2-4 double-spaced pages only, please)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • No transcripts, please
  • NOTES ON APPLICATION PROCESS (Please read before applying):

    • Applicants who qualify will be contacted regarding the next steps in the application process, which include a phone interview and a writing assignment.
    • While applicants are welcome to submit their materials at any time, we will only begin to process applications after the relevant application deadline.
    • We only consider complete applications. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their recommendation letters are submitted on time. We suggest that applicants contact their recommenders a few days before the application deadline in order to make sure that their letters have been sent.
    • We regret that we are only able to acknowledge applications that have been selected for further consideration.
    • If you have any questions about whether or not your materials have been received, please call Dan Silva at (202) 543-4100 x. 2114.


    • 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



    Dan Silva
    internships AT armscontrolcenter DOT org

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