International Center for Defense Studies (ICDS) - Internship


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • Estonia
  • Online


International Center for Defense Studies (ICDS) aims to advance the transatlantic community’s strategic thinking on the security challenges facing the Baltic-Nordic region, from armed or cyber attacks to threats against social cohesion and energy security.


CDS welcomes applications from any outstanding candidate with the potential to make a significant contribution to our work. Those with relevant education and/or experience in our areas of research, especially current postgraduate students, are particularly welcome to apply given the heavy research focus of our internship programme.

As an operationally-independent organization affiliated with the Ministry of Defence, ICDS provides successful applicants with practical experience in conducting research for a wide range of consumers, including top government officials. Our interns are thus able to do substantive work with both analytical and practical impact. Working closely with ICDS experts appointed as supervisors, interns receive regular feedback on their writing and other tasks while gaining a deeper understanding and awareness of various foreign, security and defence policy issues. They also enjoy access to invaluable networking opportunities throughout the academic, diplomatic, government, and policy communities in Tallinn, the Nordic-Baltic region, and beyond.

ICDS internships are unpaid and can be either full- or part-time positions located either in our Tallinn office or connected via remote work arrangements, depending on an individual’s interest, the needs of a given research programme and/or supervisor and on available infrastructure. The exact nature of an intern’s work will depend on the issue area but generally includes research, writing, and administrative tasks such as assisting with events’ organization and conducting social media outreach. ICDS prefers hosting resident interns in the period of June to December, however different time-frame can be considered too, particularly in relation to remote work arrangements.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

General requirements:

  • Native or near-native reading and writing proficiency in English. Proficiency in other languages (especially Estonian and Russian) is an advantage;
  • Willingness to demonstrate initiative combined with an ability to follow instructions and constructively respond to feedback;
  • Good research, analytical and communication skills;
  • Professional work ethic and careful attention to detail;
  • Broad commitment to the goals expressed in the ICDS vision and mission statement.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Internships are unpaid.

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