Stimson Center
  • 12-Feb-2021 to 26-Feb-2021 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Intern - Full Time

Deadline to apply: February 26, 2021

Summer 2021 Congressional Outreach Internship


The Security for a New Century (SNC) program at the Henry L. Stimson Center seeks a summer intern who will support the program's work. SNC is a Congressional education forum designed to foster in-depth, nonpartisan dialogue around international security challenges principally via briefings and seminars for Congressional staff. Topics of these sessions are timed to take advantage of salient discussions on Capitol Hill as well as be responsive to requests from Hill staff and Members. All SNC sessions are off-the-record, interactive, and aimed toward developing pragmatic, workable solutions to today's complex security problems. In 2020, much of SNC's work focused on the role of Congress in Korean peace and security issues and involved the formation of a Korea Study Group. In mid-2021, SNC's focus will shift to three functional issues. Although still to be confirmed, the short-list includes nuclear weapons use and proliferation, climate change, and rising autocracy around the globe. SNC will also organize discrete seminars on other topics, taking advantage of key geopolitical developments and upcoming international meetings. Given the broad and necessarily evolving scope of the SNC program, this internship opportunity is well suited to individuals interested in a wide range of international security and foreign policy issues.

Responsibilities for the Congressional Outreach internship include:

  • Conduct regular issue and media tracking of developments regarding SNC focus areas, with an emphasis on U.S. Congressional views, actions, and legislation on those issues;
  • Attend and report on seminars and conferences;
  • Provide research assistance for program staff on relevant projects and initiatives;
  • Write issue memos and briefings on key issues and internal meetings, including SNC meetings with Hill staff; and
  • Assist in the coordination of events with Hill staff.

Generally, a strong candidate for this position will have:

  • A strong interest congressional engagement and/or an academic background in international relations, political science, security studies, or American government;
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work in both research and administrative tasks;
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills;
  • A record of academic excellence; and
  • Prior knowledge of and/or experience on Capitol Hill is desirable.

Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week. Preference may be given to those available 30+ hours per week for a minimum of 15 weeks.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (2-3 pages) as a PDF. Your application will NOT be considered without a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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