Internships

ShapeResearch Internship

Intern Duties:  Interns at CASL conduct research on national security issues using a full range of unclassified sources.  Interns will work under the supervision of exercise designers and facilitators to research topics, draft scenario documents, and participate in the design and development process for exercises and wargames.  Interns also support the execution of CASL exercises and participate in professional development opportunities at CASL and NDU.  Interns with the appropriate skill sets may be involved in the production of audio/visual assets, GIS products, and other supporting materials.  The National Defense University offers an excellent opportunity for interns to gain practical experience in public policy, U.S. policy discussions, decision-making processes, and gain insight into the executive and legislative branches of government.   

Eligibility:  Qualified candidates will generally have completed 2 or more years of higher education, with majors in international relations, political science, security studies, economics, history, game design, the liberal arts, or other related fields.  Strong writing and research skills are essential, as is an interest in international affairs and national security.  Training or experience in video production, graphic design, wargame and exercise design, experiential learning, or related fields is preferred, but not required.   

Program Details:  The internship is located at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.  This is an uncompensated internship.  Interns will be responsible for covering all lodging and living expenses while they are in the DC metro area.  Interns work between 15 to 32 hours per week, with flexible scheduling options available.  CASL faculty are willing to work with students interested in gaining academic credit from their home institutions for their internship.   

Application Process:  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample to the CASL Intern Coordinator, Caitlin Jamison, at casl@ndu.edu.  Applications for internships in the 2021 fall term should be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, 30 July.  Selected applicants will be required to successfully complete a Tier 1 National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) background investigation.  In order to complete the background investigation, applicants should be U.S. citizens and have lived in the United States for at least 3 of the last 5 years.