Stimson Center
  • 18-Jun-2018 to 18-Jul-2018 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Intern - Full Time

The Conventional Defense Program examines the opportunities and challenges surrounding the trade in conventional weapons and emerging weapons technologies.

The multi-billion-dollar international trade in conventional weapons which range from small arms to drones to battle tanks impacts all aspects of global security and development: determining the course of conflicts, hampering economic prosperity, and impacting humanitarian and human rights protection around the world. The Conventional Defense Program works with governments, international and regional organizations, civil society, and the private sector to raise the profile of these issues and advance responsible, accountable, and transparent arms transfer policies around the world.

Specifically, the Conventional Defense Program:

  • Monitors global arms transfer decisions
  • Examines current national and international arms transfer control systems and policies
  • Analyzes the efficacy and impact of the U.S. drone program
  • Highlights the nexus between military assistance and the use of child soldiers

 The Conventional Defense Program is part of Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries (MAB) Initiative, which addresses a range of transnational security concerns: from WMD proliferation and global drug trade, to arms trafficking and illegal wildlife crime. MAB 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.


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 the international arms trade, U.S. security assistance, and multidisciplinary approaches to security challenges
  • Strong research and analysis skills, including writing and editing
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Full-time or part-time availability


Undergraduate and/or graduate students are encouraged to apply

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 for a minimum of 15 weeks. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a PDF.


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