1) The Research Department is seeking full-time and part-time interns for the summer. Interns will work closely with the FDD research team to conduct research on a number of our critical projects, including Iran, the Arab world, and Turkey. Projects tend to focus on regional developments, politics, foreign relations, and national security. Those with an interest in the Middle East and foreign policy are strongly encouraged to apply. If there is a particular FDD fellow of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter. The Research Department is looking for interns with research experience and strong writing capabilities. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language – especially Persian (Farsi), Arabic, or Turkish – is a plus, but not required.
2) The Congressional Relations Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer. Interns will work closely with FDD staff to conduct research on a number of our congressional projects. Interns will cover congressional hearings, do background research on issues being considered by Congress, and other legislative research projects pertaining to timely national security issues. Please review FDD's website and in your cover letter please share a particular national security issue of interest to you and thoughts you have about this issue. The Congressional Relations Department is looking for interns with broad research experience and an interest in the legislative branch. While internship experience on Capitol Hill is a plus, the skills and network acquired during this internship will help those seeking opportunities on Capitol Hill in the future. Internship includes a great speaker series and career guidance throughout the semester.
3) The Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer. Interns will work closely with the Center’s Director of Analysis to conduct research on a number of critical projects relating to illicit finance networks and economic threats to US interests. Projects may include working to uncover and track terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, cyber financial threats, and organized criminal networks. CSIF is looking for interns with research experience, and the ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus, but not required. Helpful languages include Arabic, Farsi, Korean, and Russian. Knowledge of cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech also would be helpful to assist with CSIF’s growing research on the potential illicit use of financial technologies. Duties may also include supporting CSIF’s news monitoring and social media engagement. More background on the Center can be found at: http://defenddemocracy.org/csif
4) The Turkey Program is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the summer. The intern will work closely with our Turkey team, including former Turkish parliamentarian and FDD senior fellow Dr. Aykan Erdemir, to assist with research on Ankara's foreign and domestic policies, as well as its regional influence. Interns must have previous research experience and be able to conduct research in Turkish. Additional Middle Eastern languages, such as Kurdish, Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew are a plus, but not required. If there is a particular Turkey-related issue of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter.
5) The Latin America Program is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the summer. The intern will work closely with our Latin America team, including senior fellow Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, to assist with research on threats posed by state and non-state actors in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. Projects include analysis of illicit financing networks and threats to U.S. national security interests. Interns must have previous research experience and be able to conduct research in Spanish. Portuguese is a plus, but not required. If there is a particular Latin American-related issue of interest, please indicate that in your cover letter.
6) The East Asia Program is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the summer to focus on developments in East Asia, particularly North Korea. The intern will work closely with former U.S. government official and FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero to assist with research on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs/proliferation; the relationships between China, South Korea, and Japan; and emerging issues such as China's aggressive actions in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Projects may include research on North Korea's strategic programs and efforts to evade sanctions, as well as the effectiveness of sanctions as a foreign policy tool to address conflicts in the region. Interns must have previous research experience. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language – especially Korean or Mandarin Chinese – is a plus, but not required. If there is a particular Asia-related issue of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter.
7) The National Security Network is seeking a part-time intern for summer. The National Security Network includes programming for the National Security Fellows Program (NSFP), National Security Trips to Israel, and alumni initiatives. Interns for this program should have background knowledge and interest in national security and Middle East issues, with a focus on Israel. Candidates should also have strong organizational and communication skills, and experience coordinating high- level events. Responsibilities will include coordinating event logistics, assisting with member recruitment, researching suitable speakers for events in DC and Israel, updating and monitoring office databases, drafting event invitations, corresponding with event vendors, setting up and staffing events, as well as miscellaneous market research projects. Candidates must have flexible schedules to work evening events when required and be proactive problem solvers with a keen attention to detail.
8) The Communications Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, communications and public relations, social and digital media, web design, and marketing. Interns will experience Washington’s fast-paced media environment and see first-hand how policy and media intersect. Interns will monitor the organization's media profile, assist in tracking media metrics, assist in developing contacts in broadcast/print media, help craft social media content, and many other communications activities. At the end of the term, interns will have developed and diversified their skills to further their careers as reporters, public relations representatives, and Capitol Hill press relations staffers. Applicants must be hard working and eager to learn new skills. Strong writing skills desired. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is a must; experience with website content management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. Internship includes a great speaker series, career support and professional skill-building.
9) The Digital Team is seeking a part-time or full-time intern for the summer to assist with digital and social media. The selected candidate will participate in the development of social media content and its corresponding strategy, hands on assistance with audio/visual production (in support of organizational podcasts, broadcast FDD events and TV appearances), as well as photography, website editing, and website development. Previous knowledge and skills with Adobe Creative Cloud products such as Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere and Audition, are encouraged but not necessary. Strong writing skills are a must.
10) Military Affairs is looking for part-time or full-time interns. Those with an interest in the Middle East, counterterrorism, and military issues are strongly encouraged to apply. Projects may include conducting research on the U.S. political and military response to the challenges in Syria and with the Islamic State, the conflict in Yemen, Russian information operations, monitoring military acquisitions, and assisting with our Qualitative Military Edge website. Qualified candidates will have strong research and writing skills. A comprehensive understanding of the U.S. military, experience with mapping products including Tableau and Google Earth, or the ability to conduct research in a foreign language – especially Arabic – is a plus, but not required.
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