Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Full Time / Part Time

Internship Opportunities

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy.  The organization was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism.  FDD combines policy research, investigative journalism, strategic communications, and democracy and counterterrorism education.

About FDD's Internship Program 

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of internship opportunities available.  All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting.  FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff.  FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship. All internships are unpaid.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.

The Center on Military and Political Power


The Center on Military and Political Power is looking for part-time or full-time interns. CMPP is a new center at FDD that promotes understanding of the national security strategies, policies, and capabilities necessary to deter and defeat threats to the freedom, security, and prosperity of Americans and U.S. allies by providing rigorous, timely, and relevant research and analysis. Interns will work closely with senior director Bradley Bowman on projects relating to political-military affairs, state adversaries including China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia, America's alliances, ballistic missile defense, freedom of navigation, conventional force modernization, gray-zone aggression, hybrid warfare, the national security innovation base, nuclear modernization, and U.S. military posture. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated record of excellence, including strong research and writing skills. Additional information on CMPP may be found here.



Eligibility

  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Materials Required

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter 
  3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
  4. Unofficial transcript copy

Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this internship and your availability for the semester. If you are interested in multiple positions, you may use the same cover letter for each but submit separate applications. To apply, please visit: https://www.fdd.org/jobs-and-internships/ .

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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