Description of the Program
CNA’s 12-week paid Research Student Summer Intern Program is designed to introduce recent undergraduates and current graduate students to work in a professional studies and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation.
We are seeking at least 2 interns with quantitative or qualitative research and analysis skills to work with our research staff, which spans a diverse range of academic backgrounds. We encourage applicants in any of the following disciplines or related fields: computer science, chemistry, physics, biology/environmental science, engineering, operations research, mathematics, statistics, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, or international relations. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for the internship program. However, we encourage individuals who are completing their fellowships to apply for a full-time Research Analyst position.
Our goal is for the internship experience to mimic what it’s like to be a member of a CNA research team. Upon hire, each intern will be assigned to a mentor and a specific project that matches their area of study. With the mentor’s guidance, the intern will assist the team in structuring and solving a complex problem, developing sound analytical methods to derive findings and conclusions. The intern will document those results and present their work at the conclusion of the internship. In the course of conducting the analysis, the intern may engage with the study sponsor, generally located in government agencies in the National Capital Region. Interns may be required to obtain a clearance as necessary for work assignments. In addition, throughout the course of the internship, interns will benefit from ongoing learning events and social activities such as brown bags, soap boxes and industry/technical sessions.
Our interns will collaborate with research program teams using CNA-provided equipment. Mentors and research program team members will provide interns with guidance on project tasks and navigating CNA resources. Other events are planned throughout the summer to help connect the intern to CNA.
Eligible candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
- Recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled in a graduate program in the physical, social, or computer sciences or a related discipline.
- US citizen
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
- Strong collaboration and communications skills
Students who qualify should submit a cover letter, optional personal statement, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), and a resume (including GPA) to CNA by November 30, 2021. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interest in the internship as well as their leadership, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration skills. The optional personal statement should include the candidate’s goals, interests, influences, and how the candidate will be a valuable asset to CNA. Please click here for personal statement guidelines. All job applicants must have US citizenship. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in January – February 2022 and notified of their status no later than March 2022.
CNA’s Research Student Summer Intern Program lasts for approximately 12 weeks. Interns are paid every two weeks at a rate competitive for the area and level of work they will be conducting. This is a 40-hours-a-week position.
Interns are paid for national holidays that are observed during their appointment. Although interns do not accrue paid time off, they may arrange in advance with their Managing Director or Research Program Director to take days off without pay.
Exceptions to any of the above conditions require advance approval by the Vice President of Human Resources.