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Intern - Project on Nuclear Issues (Spring 2023)

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

CSIS seeks a full-time intern to support the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) with research efforts on a range of nuclear issues. PONI interns support the operational and substantive goals of PONI and will contribute to research on deterrence, arms control, and disarmament. This includes projects on deterring two peer adversaries, a working group for arms control and emerging technology, and research on irreversible nuclear disarmament. In addition, the PONI research intern will have the opportunity to produce an independent research product for the Next Generation Nuclear Network website.

Because of the fast-paced work environment, interns should be motivated self-starters that enjoy a wide variety of research, analytic, and logistics task work. The intern will be paid an hourly rate between $16.10-$18.10 based on qualifications and skillset.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  •  Design data visualizations and data-driven stories.
  • Provide research support to PONI staff on ongoing research projects on deterrence, arms control, disarmament, and other nuclear weapons policy issues.
  • Review and edit papers submitted for publication.
  • Support events related to various research products.
  • Produce an independent research product for the Next Generation Nuclear Network.

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Minimum BA/BS degree
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Strong analytic and writing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to write, think, and operate both independently and on a team
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Interest and knowledge of issues related to nuclear weapons
  • Hybrid or in-person candidates are preferred

Physical requirements and work conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply

Interested applications should submit a resume, cover letter, a college transcript, and 3-5-page writing sample to