Friday, September 16, 2016

Paid Research Internship - CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. 

The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS focuses on issues related to the health and management of national security programs, the defense industry, and government contracting and acquisition, with an emphasis on the current and future budget and resource environment. DIIG's opening for a research intern is a 35-hour per week, paid position. DIIG addresses the need for improved management of budget and program resources across the national security spectrum at a time when the diminishing defense budget and the demands of global competition pose serious challenges for the industry, the military, and the nation. Currently the team focuses on a variety of topics including the following:

• international cooperation in defense acquisition
• federal research and development spending trends
• army modernization
• defense budgets and spending
• future vertical lift
• the future of industry and resources.


Interns at DIIG bolster the team with research, writing, program development, and event management. Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assisting with research and organizing relevant information for the various DIIG projects
• Writing comprehensive reviews of background literature for projects
• Assisting with data collection and management
• Note taking and writing summaries of events and meetings
• Assisting with event planning and staffing.
Required Experience

• In pursuit of a bachelor’s degree (preferably at the junior or senior level) or of a master’s degree
• Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and SQL databases highly desirable
• Experience coding with software such as Stata or R highly desirable
• Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with quantitative analysis
• Ability to work independently
• Interest in defense and national security issues.


Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and college transcript at All documents submitted should be in a Portable Document Format (PDF).