First established in 1924 as the Army Industrial College, renamed The Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in 1946, and in September 2012, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, this institution has the unique mission of staying in touch with industry. The students analyze 20 industries vital to U.S. national security. This joint executive education for future military and civilian leaders in our government has a distinct interagency and international appeal. ICAF students are carefully selected from all branches of service, agencies throughout the Department of Defense, and all other Federal agencies, 20 foreign countries (International Fellows) and 10 major companies (Industry Fellows).
Interns from colleges across the nation come to this unique school to learn how their academic pursuits could result in careers that would contribute to our national security. Interns do work that contributes directly to the research, teaching, and out reach missions of ICAF.
Interns are encouraged to sit in on lectures and seminar discussions, audit elective courses, and attend conferences and University-wide events. Faculty members are as accessible to interns as they are to ICAF students. In addition, interns are encouraged to explore all components of the University and to network with faculty, staff and students.
The scope of the ICAF curriculum allows for a broad range of interests. Interns are usually able to pursue the specific geographic area, national security topic, or career field that most interests them.Description:
The internship begins with a one-hour class and a tour of Eisenhower Hall, the ICAF building, and a short tour of Marshall Hall and Lincoln Hall, where interns complete the process of getting a security badge, network account, and laptop (if needed). The remainder of the first day is spent meeting with assigned faculty mentors. Interns have choices about what projects they would like to pursue during their internship. Most interns find that they are sought out to perform tasks for many faculty members, but each intern is assigned one primary faculty member who directs the long-term project that is the focus of the internship. An internship coordinator on staff is responsible for all administrative paperwork and internal problem solving.
Applicants should be college or grad students. Majors preferred (but not limited to) include international relations, national security, English, economics, psychology, information technology, finance, etc. Strong academic record and outstanding communications skills are essential requirements. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
The NDU Foundation recruits from a database of more than 100 selected colleges and schools. Universities with Washington Semester Programs actively seek to place their students at Eisenhower School. The NDU website (www.ndu.edu/internships) explains application procedures. Interns should email a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is no application form. Phone interviews are acceptable. Applications are acknowledged and posted to a shared drive where they are available to all components of the University.
Think of an ICAF internship as a golden ticket -- a chance to insert yourself in a network that will lead to job recommendations, a chance to meet students who are the future leaders of our country, and a chance to prove your abilities in an environment of excellence with distinguished scholars and a wealth of high-level sessions. All interns will encounter excellent research prospects and educational options, but interns with initiative and ambition will find many additional opportunities for research and networking.