Research Intern - Afghanistan

Institute for the Study of War
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 29

Position description

Applications for Spring 2019 internships at the Institute for the Study of War are now being accepted. You may submit your application immediately. We will consider applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. We will begin considering applications immediately.

For all positions, we greatly prefer full-time availability although part-time interns may also be accepted depending on qualifications.


All internships are unpaid. ISW does not sponsor visas of any kind for international students. 

Required documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample (no longer than 5 pages; can be an excerpt from a longer paper). Please include your writing sample in the SAME DOCUMENT as your cover letter.

Please only submit one application – if you are interested in multiple positions, please list them in rank order at the top of your cover letter.


Why work for ISW: ISW believes ground realities must drive the formulation of strategy and policy. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed, open-source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current conflicts and security threats. We offer interns a chance to train on work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and in the intelligence community. Interns at ISW will have an unparalleled opportunity to conduct research that directly informs policy-makers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Our interns work directly with analysts and have many opportunities to engage with Institute leadership on the subjects of their research. ISW offers its interns the chance to be at the front lines of military research and policy, tackling the issues that are in the headlines. ISW has published the work of its interns and hired many onto its staff.


Research Internship – Afghanistan Project

ISW’s Afghanistan Project publishes regular research reports on Afghanistan’s security situation and political developments in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. The program studies the intricate dynamics of Afghan politics, warlords, and powerbrokers. The program also tracks the threats posed by groups such as the Taliban, ISIS, and al Qaeda. Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of the Afghanistan Research Assistant; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW’s core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus, as is familiarity with Afghanistan. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner.  The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read the Farsi, Dari, or Pashto language and to conduct research in one of those languages are highly desired, but not required.


Interns report to the Internship Coordinator and their Research Analysts.

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