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.

"Working at the Perry Center was phenomenal. The staff is welcoming, the research interesting, and the environment full of opportunity."

—Katy Robinson
University of Michigan
Class of 2015


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

How to Apply

Please consult individual component Internship Coordinators below for application information.  
Africa Center for Strategic Studies Internships  Jamila Baraka
Center for Applied Strategic Learning Internships James Demuth
Center for Complex Operations Internships Becky Harper
Center for Technology and National Security Policy Internships Aaron Lewis
Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Internships Alex Johnson
College for International Security Affairs Internships John Van Oudenaren
College of Information and Cyberspace Internships Mathew Feehan
Eisenhower School Internships Cynthia King
NDU Foundation* Internships Dan Khouri
NDU Human Resources Directorate Internships Jarrod Crockett
Institute for National Security Studies Internships Brett Swaney
International Student Management Office Internships MAJ Michael Weeks
National War College Internships Marcy Dupalo
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Internships Terese Winegan
William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies Internships Liliana Besosa
NDU Strategic Communications Internship Mark Phillips

*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.