Africa Center for Strategic Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Mar 11

Position description

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ internship program provides a valuable opportunity for aspiring Africa-security scholars and practitioners. Internships are available in the Africa Center’s Academic Affairs and Research Departments. A successful candidate will generally possess:

  • Background in U.S. and African government policy, specifically in issues of security studies, foreign affairs, and the development-security-governance nexus
  • Senior-level undergraduate coursework or higher
  • Authorization to work in the United States (U.S. citizenship is not required)
  • Strong English communication skills (fluency in French, Portuguese, or Arabic is desired but not required)

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and brief (3–5 pages) writing sample to [email protected]. Please indicate the internship(s) you are applying for in the subject of your email. Your cover letter should include expected start/end dates and hours available.

All Africa Center internships are unpaid. Interns have full access to the facilities at National Defense University, including the library and gym. Successful candidates will be required to meet the minimum requirements of a National Agency Check background investigation. In order to be eligible, interns must have spent three of the last five years in the United States and have no criminal record. They must also be available to visit NDU to fulfill security requirements during the semester prior to their internship.

Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs department at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies is responsible for the academic aspects of Africa Center programming. The department includes a faculty body composed of experts in the field of African security and organizes events to facilitate peer learning by our African partners and to support the U.S. government through education and briefings.

Duties will include: conducting in-depth research on assigned topics and themes; reviewing and reporting on African and international press coverage of terrorism and related topics in Africa; attending occasional on-campus panels, programs, and events and writing detailed reports about them; supporting Africa Center meetings, programs, and events; and completing other duties as assigned.

In addition, interns may be asked to assist in the implementation of programs in the Washington area. These programs present an excellent opportunity for direct exposure to leading research and thinking in a variety of topics and professional networking with subject matter experts and practitioners in U.S.-Africa security strategy.

Academic Affairs Internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Typically, interns are expected to work full time during the summer and part time (according to their academic schedules) in the fall and spring. Please submit your application by the following dates to be considered for a given period:

  • Fall semester – July 31
  • Spring semester – November 30
  • Summer semester – March 31

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