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

Deadline to apply: March 12, 2021

Summer 2021 Nuclear Security Program Internship

The Nuclear Security Program at the Stimson Center

Length of Term: Summer 2021 (June-August)

An act of nuclear terrorism anywhere in the world would be a global humanitarian, economic, and political catastrophe. The most effective strategy for preventing nuclear terrorism is to ensure strong and sustainable security at nuclear facilities around the world. After years of progress strengthening nuclear security, efforts to reduce nuclear terrorism risks are at a critical crossroads. Momentum behind this effort is slowing just as nuclear terrorism risks may be growing. Key policy issues remain unresolved and more research is needed to answer fundamental questions about how to strengthen nuclear security.

The Stimson Center's Nuclear Security Program seeks an intern for the Summer of 2021 to join a team dedicated to reducing nuclear terrorism threats. This internship provides an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student to meet experts in nuclear policy, attend lectures and seminars, and engage in indpendent research. Please note that this internship will be 100% remote and online.

The Stimson Center's Nuclear Security Program conducts interdisciplinary policy research and facilitates inclusive engagement among stakeholders focused on:

  • Developing innovative strategies for international institutions, governments, and nuclear facilities to reduce nuclear terrorism risks.
  • Strengthening security implementation at nuclear facilities.
  • Fostering and revitalizing international nuclear security leadership amongst policymakers and non-governmental organizations.


  • Research, write, and edit program publications
  • Coordinate program events
  • Represent Stimson at meetings and related events
  • Attend virtual events and briefings related to nuclear security
  • Provide programmatic and administrative support


  • Strong candidates for this position will have the following qualifications:
    • Interest in nuclear security policy, including: nuclear terrorism, insider threats, nuclear materials and weapon security, emerging technologies, and intersectionality in the nuclear field
    • Strong research and analysis skills, including writing and editing
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to work effectively independently, without supervision, and as part of a team
  • Full-time availability required
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate students are encouraged to apply

Applicants must be able to commit to a full-time schedule; i.e., 40 hours per week. Please submit a resume, a writing sample, and a cover letter that includes a proposal for a research topic you want to study during their internship

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