Stimson Center
  • 12-Feb-2021 to 02-Apr-2021 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Intern - Full Time

Deadline to apply: April 2, 2021

The Stimson Center's Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention (PPP) Program supports international efforts to increase national, regional and international capacity to prevent the spread of nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons and their means of delivery, helping to empower those who keep the worst weapons out of the worst hands. The Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention team is currently focused on four research topics: creating a tool for non-chemists to identify chemicals related to proliferation; laws, regulations and standards related to securing radiological sources; helping States find assistance in implementing their nonproliferation obligations especially under UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), and the synergies on implementation across UNSCR 1540 and the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime. More broadly, the Program team works closely with governments, international and sub-regional organizations, industry, civil society organizations and academia to reduce the risk that proliferators, terrorists, and other criminals can acquire the technologies, materials, finance and expertise that could contribute to the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery.

The Proliferation Prevention Program is part of Stimson's Promoting Security & Prosperity program, which addresses a range of issues related to WMD and conventional arms proliferation, such as trade and technology security and safeguards. Promoting Security and Prosperity experts and researchers work to identify the growing interlinkages between these security challenges, look for ways to catalyze innovative solutions in terms of government responses, and develop smart public-private partnerships to combat these threats. The Stimson Center also encourages cross-programmatic work. Specifically, PPP regularly works with Stimson's Blockchain in Practice Program, Nuclear Security Program, Conventional Defense Program, and the Strategic Trade and Management Program. The Stimson Center and PPP also provide interns with a range of professional development activities.

Responsibilities for a Virtual Intern Include:

- Research, writing, analysis, and editing

- Coordination and organization of events

- Representing Stimson at meetings and related events

- Programmatic and Administrative support

Generally, Strong Candidates for this Virtual Internship Will Have the Following Qualifications:

- Strong interest in multidisciplinary and innovative solutions to WMD proliferation challenges

- Basic understanding of WMD nonproliferation issues

- Strong research, analysis, writing, and editing skills, including experience in archival research

- Familiarity with WordPress

- Familiarity with Google Analytics

- Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to high-quality work

- Flexibility to work effectively both independently, without supervision, and as part of a team

- Full-time availability

This virtual internship is unpaid. Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference may be given to those available 30+ hours per week. Please submit a resume and cover letter.

Hear What Past PPP Interns Had to Say!

During my time with the Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention program at the Henry L. Stimson Center, I developed and expanded my knowledge regarding the legal aspects of nonproliferation activities and received a wealth of knowledge on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. With Mary and Rick, I worked on important projects designed to help UN Member States prevent the worst materials from getting into dangerous hands. I always felt like a valuable member of the team, was comfortable asking any questions, and had the opportunity to network and develop professionally in a way I never thought possible. Thank you, PPP!

  • Leela, Summer 2020

As an intern for the Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Program at the Stimson Center, I worked with colleagues who truly cared about and enjoyed the subject matter they worked on. Rick and Mary cared about my success and made sure I was able to explore all areas of nonproliferation work that I was interested in. I showed up for work (virtually) excited and motivated to work, ready to make a difference in the world!

  • Veronika, Fall 2020

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