Stimson Center
  • 17-Jun-2019 to 31-Jul-2019 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Intern - Full Time

Fall 2019 Nuclear Security Program Internship


The Nuclear Security Program at the Stimson Center

Length of Term: Fall 2019 (September-December)

While experts, governments, and industry representatives all agree that nuclear security is a critical global issue, each of these stakeholders still view the problem through different prisms, engendering debate on how much attention it should receive. Theses varying views are further divided by the fact that there are limitations to discussing security among different stakeholders, thereby restricting information sharing and ultimately preventing a holistic view of the issue. Despite these differences, the consequences of an undesired event bind them together- a security incident in one facility can have a massive spillover effect on the rest of the nuclear sector.

As part of its multi-year research effort, the Stimson Center- Nuclear Security Program has posed the following question to different actors within the civilian nuclear community:

What cost effective tools can we build to encourage a proactive security culture around the world, especially as the security landscape shifts in ways that could impact how we protect nuclear facilities and materials in the future?


Major activities to be undertaken include:

  • Continued development of a Nuclear Security Governance Reporting Template and engagement with a variety of nuclear industry stakeholders, cybersecurity specialists, and legal experts for implementation of a prototype.
  • Research and analysis for applications of a Nuclear Security Governance Template for other facilities including research and test reactors, nuclear suppliers, and radiological source producers and users.
  • Research and analysis of shared risks and best practices across the CBRN community in preparation for several projects that will develop innovative methods to prevent incidents, mitigate consequences, and build resilience in today's constantly evolving threat environment.


Responsibilities for an intern include:

Research, writing, analysis, and editing of program publications

Coordination of program events

Briefings on related events in the Washington, D.C. area

Programmatic and administrative support



Generally, strong candidates for this position will have the following qualifications:

Interest in nuclear security and security governance

Strong research and analysis skills, including writing and editing

Excellent attention to detail

Full-time availability preferred

Undergraduate and/or graduate students are encouraged to apply

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