Spring 2018 Intern

Center for a Secure Free Society
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

As one of the premiere national security think tanks focusing on Western Hemisphere issues, an internship at SFS provides an opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience working in the think tank industry, from research and publications to fundraising and programming operations.

Candidates should have demonstrated interest and/or prior work in national security and/or foreign policy, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • Iran and Hezbollah/Islamist terror networks in Latin America
  • Russia and China in Latin America
  • North America and Western Hemisphere relations
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Economics/Security Nexus

Interns will work closely with the SFS Program Manager and Fellows on a variety of initiatives, including:

  • Research and reporting on SFS investigative projects
  • Writing, editing, and proofreading SFS publications
  • Event planning and promotion
  • Translation
  • Social media promotion and online marketing
  • Fundraising and development initiatives
  • General administration and programming


  • Demonstrated strong research, communication, and writing skills
  • Attention to detail and commitment to quality are required
  • Strong work ethic and professionalism
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance or supervision as well as in a team environment
  • Time management and ability to balance multiple, ongoing projects
  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills are absolutely necessary
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, social media platforms, and/or Wordpress is a plus
  • Expertise in graphic design and/or video and photo editing software is a plus
  • Fluency in a foreign language is a plus, especially in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, or Farsi

Preference is given to undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate students

Hours are flexible with interns expected to work at least 25 hours per week.

Aside from day-to-day responsibilities, SFS interns may be offered opportunities to publish or co-publish in leading media outlets and/or travel domestically for SFS events/programs (depending on schedule and availability).

A modest stipend of $500 for the semester is offered to help cover the costs of transportation and other expenses incurred during the internship.

Application instructions

Interested candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • cover letter (please include availability in terms of what days/hours during which semester)
  • resume (one page)
  • foreign policy or national security related writing sample (five pages or less)

International students who are authorized to be employed in the United States are eligible for SFS internships.  

Interns are responsible for obtaining their own housing in the Washington D.C. metro area.

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