All NWC internships are volunteer (unpaid) internships focused on providing research support for the academic curriculum. The internship program enables students and volunteers to acquire skills, knowledge and experience in critical government functions that significantly enhance future employment opportunities while contributing to vital campus activities.
Note: Should public health regulations related to COVID-19 prevent interns from working on-site, this position would be remotely based. Current conditions permit on-site work.
Interns are generally assigned to one of NWC’s core courses, and have the opportunity to work on a number of projects as their time and skills allow. Interns provide support in unclassified areas that include research, administrative support, program development and execution, publication development, and meetings, conferences, symposia and communications assistance. Interns are also encouraged to attend national security related events at the university.
NWC offers interns the opportunity to meet high-level government officials, hear them speak on current important issues, and interact with policy makers and academics. The diverse faculty and student body provides exposure to people from all branches of military service, multiple government agencies, international military officers, as well as academics and practitioners in the field of national security. Learning about how the Department of Defense interacts with other government agencies, how these agencies work together to protect our national security, and the career possibilities that exist within government service are just a few benefits of interning at the NWC.
Who should apply?
NWC internships are available for graduate students currently enrolled in accredited US universities and colleges as well as recent graduates/ young professionals with advanced degrees. In exceptional cases, undergraduate students may be accepted. Applicants must have excellent research, analysis, and writing skills, and have strong communication skills. Experience using various library/ research resources, including electronic databases, to produce coherent and concise analytic pieces is required. Opportunities are particularly appropriate for students in the fields of: Security Studies, International Relations, Grand Strategy, Military Studies, and Political Science.
The work environment is moderate to fast paced, professional, and requires a mature student with some office experience. The candidate must be team oriented, but able to work independently and without constant oversight. Depending on the time of year, there may be considerable administrative duties, including copying/ scanning, assisting in events, database input and organization, among others, and interns will be expected to be willing and comfortable in assisting in these duties.
Internship time period, days and hours
Internships periods vary, based on the needs of the organization and the course assigned. Generally, each internship is expected to last one academic semester (specific dates are based on each intern’s availability and NWC course requirements). Interns are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, with the specifics to be determined by the intern and his or her supervisor.
When and how to apply
Applications for Spring 2022 internships are being accepted now. We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis, so it is recommended that interested students apply as soon as possible. All applicants must apply by email. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted directly. Your application should include a cover letter (the email message itself will suffice), a resume, a short academic writing sample, and a list of references (at least 3), with at least one academic reference. Within the cover letter, please explain why you are interested in interning at the National War College and your areas of expertise and/or interest.
Please send applications to: Luke.Lischin@ndu.edu