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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:

Applications Reviewed
Summer June - September mid-February
Autumn September - December mid-July
Winter/Spring January - May mid-October

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Please note: If you are interested in multiple programs, you must submit separate applications for each.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter explaining interest in the position, availability, and interest in a specific project or projects
  • A short writing sample (no more than 5 pages)

Applicants will be interviewed over the phone, Skype, or, when possible, in person. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  The selection process takes approximately one month following the deadline.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


  1. Does Stimson pay interns?

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


  1. I submitted my application however, I was wondering about the status?

          Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  If you have not been contacted within one month of the close out date your application has not been selected.

  1. I applied for the spring semester and was not selected.  Will I be considered for the Fall program?

          Due to our application volume you must reapply for each semester.

  1. Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?

          We do not require letters of recommendation for our application process.


  1. 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.


  1. I am interested in a specific program; however, I am not sure if they have an internship opening this semester. What should I do?

        Most programs have at least one opening every semester. If you do not see an announcement for the program you are interested in, the program is not selecting an intern at this time.

All other questions related to the internship program should be forwarded to [email protected] and will be answered in the order received.

No phone calls, please.

Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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