ISW Internship Program Overview
**Fall 2021 internships will be conducted in Washington, DC, at ISW’s offices; ISW will consider remote and part-time interns on a case-by-case basis.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is committed to training the next generation of national security leaders through its innovative educational programs. ISW seeks motivated and experienced college students or recent graduates to join our intern team. ISW offers internships across diverse research portfolios and departments, including Counterterrorism, Russia, China, Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. ISW also offers internships in National Security Innovation and Emerging Technologies and in non-profit management, including Development and External Relations.
Why Work for ISW?
ISW believes that ground realities must drive the formulation of strategy and policy. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed open-source intelligence analysis to provide timely and accurate information on current conflicts and security threats directly to policymakers and warfighters.
Interns at ISW have an unparalleled opportunity to analyze conflicts in ways that directly inform policymakers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Our interns work directly with analysts. They receive classroom education, regular leadership engagement, and a chance to work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and the intelligence community. Interns have the opportunity to stand at the front lines of military research and policy development, tackling the latest crises in the headlines.
The ISW Internship Program is one of three core education programs housed within The General David H. Petraeus Center for Emerging Leaders, launched to identify, educate, and develop the future cadre of leaders committed to America’s national security. ISW views interns as an integral component of its team. ISW has worked with interns to draft, edit, and publish their own research under the mentorship of senior analysts. It has also hired many interns onto its staff.
National Security and Intelligence Analysis Internship: ISW is a leading source of innovative analysis and intelligence on global conflicts that threaten American national security. ISW publishes regular research reports and graphics to inform policy-makers, warfighters, and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. Interns provide critical assistance to our analysts and receive hands-on training from their supervisors as well as a formal development program taught by our leadership. Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to conduct open-source collection and analysis in a fast-paced environment.
Interns will be paired with ISW researchers on subject matter that best matches their skill sets and language capabilities. Interns are expected to collect, process, analyze, and synthesize intelligence from native language sources under the guidance of our staff; collaborate with the wider research team to generate intelligence products; assist with editing, documenting, and compiling materials for publications; and support the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings held by ISW. This is a full-time internship (five days per week), but part-time work will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Candidates must be motivated and organized college students or recent graduates with demonstrated expertise in a related field;
- Candidates must possess excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills;
- Candidates should preferably possess strong critical language capabilities in Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Turkish, Kurdish, or Farsi; or a programming language such as Python;
- Candidates must display the ability to conduct complex tasks in a timely and efficient manner;
- Candidates should be self-motivated, independent, creative, and capable of working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment;
- Candidates must show commitment to—and interest in—the core mission and values of ISW.
Fall 2021 Internship Program Dates: ISW is expecting to start internships after Labor Day, either on September 7th or 13th. The program will run for a minimum of 10 weeks, although most interns’ end dates fall around mid-December. More details to follow.
Instructions: Please upload your resume and cover letter. Please include a writing sample in the same document as your cover letter. Your cover letter and writing sample should be no longer than five pages combined; the writing sample can be excerpted from a longer paper.
All internships are currently unpaid. ISW will work with students to gain academic credit for internships where applicable.