University-level Internships


University-level internships are suitable for applicants majoring in finance, communications, marketing, media, business management, public affairs, library science, engineering, and exercise science.

Applications for University-level internships are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates should send a resume, a brief writing sample, and a cover letter with the subject "NDU [Insert Interest Area] Internship Application – FirstName LastName"  to, unless otherwise directed below.

Cover letters should be no more than one page, indicating areas of academic interest; skill set/personal expertise; reasons for applying; and availability. 

Audio Visual (AV)

The AV staff provide photography support to the National Defense University's students, leadership, faculty, staff, and visitors in all of the school's colleges, research centers, and regional centers. The office photographs portraits, groups, conferences, lectures, ceremonies, visits, meetings, and receptions, and provides imagery for the university's print and web publications. Interns will assist with the processing, archiving, and delivery of imagery, and may photograph special events on occasion. Requirements:  Candidates must have an understanding of the fundamentals of exposure (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO) and composition. They should have experience operating a digital SLR and editing files with Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. They should have strong oral and written communication skills, dress professionally, be reliable, and be available during business hours. 


The Events Office conducts visits and special events for the NDU President, colleges and other internal components, and outside agencies (such as the State Department). The intern will work with specialists in planning and executing various briefings, visits and other special events. The intern will gain knowledge of military protocol and event planning. Work includes managing administrative data bases, and working with the graphics department to produce brochures/graphics in support of events, including NDU Graduation, NDU Convocation, and visits from foreign delegations. Interns will learn how to fully support an event from logistical planning to audiovisual coordination. Internship will provide opportunities for the intern to attend conferences and hear speakers not normally available to the public, and afford the intern insight into current events, and US and foreign policy. Requirements: Hospitality and Events Management, International Relations, and History majors are preferred, though all may apply. Provide one letter of recommendation with resume and cover letter. 


The intern will use computer and research skills to write scopes of work, develop spreadsheets, conduct market research for various materials and services, and scan, transmit, or store a variety of documents. In addition, the intern will assist in monitoring various ongoing construction and maintenance projects by conducting quality assurance inspections and coordinating project and event planning with NDU components. Requirements:  Minimum high school senior or college student with math, science or engineering background or related course of study. Experience using Microsoft Office products including word processing and spreadsheet programs, and ability to conduct technical research for products and systems. 

Human Resources (HRD)

HRD provides customer focus human resources programs to ensure sustainment of a high performing military and civilian workforce. Management advisory and consultation services are provided in the areas of human capital strategic planning, Policy development and implementation, recruitment, retention, position force management, EEO liaison  services and mailroom operations to the National Defense University and affiliated component missions. Requirements: Candidates must be skilled in written/oral communication, office  administration, attention to detail, automation program knowledge, technical skills and be able to analyze data. Contact: Jarrod Crockett, HR Specialist


NDU has two libraries-one in Washington, D.C. and one in Norfolk, Va. Internships can involve many aspects of librarianship. Possible areas include: public services; information literacy; collection development; library systems; acquisitions; cataloging; electronic resources management; exhibits; special collections; and digital archives. Requirements: Internship candidates will be attending or have completed a library sciences or related master's program. 

Multimedia Services (MSD)

MSD provides a variety of graphic design, production, and printing services to NDU. Interns will translate creative ideas and concepts into effective products. Requirements: Candidates should have a fundamental understanding and skills in graphic design and production, layout and composition, and electronic media; and be adept in using the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite software applications. 

Strategic Communications

The Strategic Communications office assists the university president in developing, maintaining and extending the university’s relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external. Internal stakeholders include faculty, staff and students; external stakeholders include a wide range of military, governmental, public and private organizations. This office develops and expands working relationships with news media, as well as the Public Affairs and Legislative Affairs offices within the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. This is done by planning and managing the marketing, media relations, command (employee) communications, Congressional liaison, and community relations programs. Interns will gain experience by coordinating press participation at university events; researching and writing press releases, articles and photo captions for the university newsletter; developing multimedia content for the university’s social media channels; and more. A main project for interns will be NDU’s electronic newsletter, which highlights events, research publications and news throughout the University. Interns will take notes at University events; produce and edit newsletter copy; and perform Internet research. Requirements:  Candidates should have strong writing, editing and oral communication skills, adhere to deadlines, and be thorough. They should always be presentable in dress and manner, as they will have daily interaction with senior leaders across the university and their daily public-facing assignments may change quickly. Contact: Mark Phillips, Director of Strategic Communications

Resource Management (RMD)

RMD interns will be provided with a hands-on experience developing NDU's future year budget analysis to be briefed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense Comptroller, the Office of Management and Budget, and to legislative staffers. Interns will gain direct experience with DoD Accounting Systems, tuition rate setting cost analysis, organizational budget development and execution, and DoD contracting -- all excellent skills to for those hoping to land a job in government financial management or contracting. Requirements: Economics, accounting or related degree is preferred.