Internship Opportunities

NEWS FLASH!!: FOR STUDENTS entering in the Fall of 2012 or thereafter, PWAD has a new policy on grades and credits for internships.  The following is pasted here from the Undergraduate Handbook for 2012:

“Internship courses provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit while obtaining practical work experience in agencies and organizations clearly related to national and international security.  In recent years, interns have served in these and other agencies: The Central Intelligence Agency, Durham Police Department; Office of Naval Intelligence; Defense Intelligence Agency; Carolina for Kibera; Center for Strategic and International Studies; Peace Action; U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and many more.  Students are limited to one internship for credit, and all internships are limited to three hours of academic credit. Although some routine administrative tasks are required in any professional setting, the expectation is that a majority of the intern’s work will be directed toward the substantive mission of the agency and that tasks will be of a nature to justify awarding academic credit. All internships require prior approval, and all must consist of at least eight hours per week and at least 100 hours per semester. Students must sign an internship contract with their agency and faculty supervisors, setting out expectations and course requirements. Interns are required to keep a daily internship journal.  Once approved for an internship, students enroll in PWAD 395 [now 393], which is offered on a Pass/Fail basis only and does not count toward the nine courses required for the major.  Students wishing credit towards the major derived from their internship work should pursue an independent study with a faculty supervisor either while taking the internship or in the next semester.  That independent study should produce a major written product, and would be graded normally and receive credit in the major.”


Internships Previously Held by PWAD Majors

The following list was created through the experiences of our majors, and does not represent official endorsement by the Curriculum.  Students should consult with University Career Services for more information and help on obtaining internships (  In addition the Foreign Policy Association ( ) maintains a clearinghouse of job and internship listings (just click on limit experience to “internships”).

Note that many Summer agency internships have deadlines in November. Students interested in a summer internship should begin the process early in the Fall.  If there isn’t a “form” online for a specific agency, don’t be afraid to email them and ask for a contact for HR, recruiting, or internships.

Our former majors currently employed in agencies agree that the easiest way to get an agency job after graduation is to have interned there. Most, if not all, federal internships are paid, will get you a clearance, and will put your foot in the door.  Furthermore, departments are restricted in their number of billets, but interns don’t count against those billet restrictions.  It is, therefore, much less competitive to become an intern than to jump straight into the intel community out of college/graduate school.

National Security Agency (NSA) Intelligence Agency of Naval Intelligence Department Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Missile Threat Reduction and Stability Operations Institute 
Imperial War Museum, London
(contact Jim Hutchinson, volunteer coordinator)

Carolina for Kibera

Pickering Fellowship

Various Public Policy think tanks, partnered through the Charles G. Koch Fellow program

Investigative Project on Terrorism, Washington D.C.

Institute for Humane Studies

Center for American Progress
and their “Enough Project”:

Center for International Policy

Central Intelligence Agency

Capital Semester in Washington, DC (various internships coordinated through Georgetown Univ)

World Vision (humanitarian NGO focused on international aid for children)

Americans for Informed Democracy

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Arms Control Association

British American Security Information Council

Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Center for Defense Information

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Charles G. Koch Associate Program

Citizens for Global Solutions Everett Program

The Eben Tisdale Fellowship (Technology and Policy Internship, June 17-August 9, 2013)

The Eisenhower Institute

Foreign Policy Initiative Summer 2013 Internship Program (Application Due: Mar. 29, 2013)

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Henry L. Stimson Center

The Hudson Institute

The Institute for National Strategic Studies

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Science and International Security

Managing the Atom

Marine Corps History division Internship (Application Due: February 28, 2013)

National Defense University

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The Partnership for Public Service Fellowship Program (Application Deadline Mar. 8, 2013)

Peace Action

Project on Government Oversight

Reaching Critical Will

Security Leadership Program, University of Georgia

Student Pugwash USA

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Union of Concerned Scientists

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

Women’s Actions for New Directions

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

World Policy Institute