The Stimson Center - Internships

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

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  • United States of America
Washington, D.C.


The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Think of a modern global challenge: refugee flows, arms trafficking, terrorism. These threats cannot be resolved by a single government, individual, or business. Stimson’s award-winning research serves as a roadmap to address borderless threats through collective action.


The Stimson internship program offers a professional and educational experience in discovering the way in which non-profit organizations can contribute to the understanding of issues in international peace and security. Stimson offers unique internship opportunities based on the values of education, professionalism, and practical experience.

Based on Stimson's commitment to professional development, expectations for interns are high. In return, interns can expect a challenging environment which will prepare them for full time employment in a professional setting.

Internships are volunteer experience only. All internships are unpaid (transportation may be reimbursable.) Applicants must be able to live and work legally in the United States.

How to Apply

Generally, internship applications are posted for three cycles: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Applications begin the review process on the following (approximate) dates:

Major responsibilities

Internships at Stimson focus on the areas of research, professional development, and project administration. Internships may include:

  • Proofreading, editing, and distributing Stimson publications
  • Writing brief summaries of activities in the news
  • Helping to maintain the Stimson website
  • Tracking specific issue areas in the media
  • Taking notes in meetings, both on and off-site
  • Project coordination
  • Working as a team with members of the Stimson staff and other interns
  • Administrative activities which will contribute to a fuller understanding of how non-profit organizations operate

Applicants should be highly motivated and sincere in their desire for an internship that is challenging and professional in nature. Interns can expect close and constant interaction with program staff, including their respective program directors. Intern supervisors are asked to prepare an evaluation of the intern's performance at the close of the internship. The intern will also be encouraged to evaluate the internship program at Stimson and their individual experience.

Professional Development

In addition to weekly programmatic and institutional events, Stimson also hosts a regular professional development series for interns, allowing them the opportunity to interact with Stimson management and senior associates; leaders in the public (government agencies, NGOs, other think tanks, graduate universities) and private (defense, consulting firms) sector; and other individuals that will help the intern to expand his/her interests and skill set.

Recently, our interns have gone on to careers in the State Department, the Department of Defense, the United Nations, various think tanks, and other organizations. Others have chosen to continue their education at graduate programs, including those at Georgetown, SAIS at Johns Hopkins, etc.

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

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Does Stimson pay interns?

No, Stimson does not pay interns; this opportunity is a volunteer experience only. However, transportation may be reimbursable.

I am not available for the full three months of the internship. Will my application still be considered?

Typically, we would like interns to be available to work full-time for the entire semester. However, based on the different programs, we are sometimes able to accommodate different schedules and departures. 

Please explain your availability in your cover letter.

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