NDU Internship Program

CTNSP interns hosting an Association of Southeast Asian Nations'  gathering of
Heads of Defense Universities, Colleges and Institutions. Photo credit: NDU AV.

Duties & Opportunities

NDU interns are placed, according to their interests, to work with faculty and staff members across the University's colleges, centers and internal directorates. Generally, interns are expected to work 25-35 hours per week, unpaid. Please consult individual components (see links below) for specific duties, which may include:
  • Research support as requested by faculty members to assist with publications, course materials, research and outreach; 
  • Research, writing, and editorial support for online, print and social media publications and channels; 
  • Assisting staff and faculty in support of specific University or college programs; 
  • Administrative duties as assigned, including university-wide event support.
An internship at NDU offers numerous opportunities, including:
  • Participation in conferences, workshops, and other programs at the National Defense University featuring senior researchers, military officers, and diplomats;
  • Access to the NDU library and research resources;
  • On-the-job experience and professional development opportunities;
  • Membership in the NDU Young Professionals Community;
  • Experience conducting research and individual projects.

NDU interns are typically enrolled in a degree-seeking program at time of application (graduating students may apply). Interns at NDU often are majoring or minoring in international relations, political science, economics, or other fields related to NDU's national security mission, and have completed some coursework in these areas. University-level internships are more suitable for applicants majoring in finance, communications, marketing, media, business management, public affairs, library science, engineering, and exercise science.

All successful candidates must demonstrate their ability to: 

  • Prioritize, organize, and complete tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Use library resources to gather relevant data to support faculty research;
  • Work as a team player;
  • Communicate at a sophisticated level via written and spoken word; 
  • Work amiably with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds; 
  • Use social media tools for information dissemination and community engagement activities;
  • Foreign language skills are highly desired, but not required.
Please consult individual components (see links below) for specific qualifications.

Star-Tides interns building sustainable village models. Photo credit: NDU AV.

How to Apply
University-level Interships: Applications for University-level internships are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates should send a resume, a brief writing sample, and a cover letter (no more than one page indicating areas of academic interest, personal expertise, reason you would like to intern at NDU, and availability) to Mary Hamiltion, mary.k.hamilton.civ@ndu.edu, with the subject "NDU Internship Application – FirstName LastName." Click on University-level Internships for details and contact information in specific areas of interest.

Colleges and Centers: Please consult individual components (see links below) for application instructions.  

Coordinator E-mail
University-level Internships Mary K. Hamilton mary.k.hamilton.civ@ndu.edu
Africa Center for Strategic Studies  Jamila Baraka ACSS-Internship@ndu.edu
Center for Applied Strategic Learning Dr. Callie Le Renard C.LeRenard.Civ@ndu.edu
​ ​Ed Roman ​romane@ndu.edu
Center for Complex Operations Becky Harper rebecca.Harper.CTR@ndu.edu
Center for Technology and National Security Policy  Aaron Lewis CTNSP_Interns@ndu.edu
College for International Security Affairs John Van Oudenaren John.Oudenaren@ndu.edu
Eisenhower School  Cynthia King cynthia.king@ndu.edu
Institute for National Security Studies  Kacey J. Mahoney kacey.mahoney@ndu.edu
International Student Management Office Dionne Whitby Dionne.Whitby@ndu.edu
National War College Marcy Dupalo nwc-interns@ndu.edu
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies 
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies  Katy Robinson k.n.robinson.civ@ndu.edu
NDU Foundation* Brett Swaney Brett.Swaney@ndu.edu

*The NDU Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides private sector support for NDU in mission-oriented areas otherwise not funded by government appropriations.

*The NDU Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides private sector support for NDU in mission-oriented areas otherwise not funded by government appropriations.