Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Research Internship at Center for Applied Strategic Learning

The Center for Applied Strategic Learning (CASL) designs national security exercises and wargames in support of the National Defense University’s core academic mission. The exercises assist senior leaders to think critically and enhance their decision making capabilities. CASL exercises challenge participants to address complex problems at a strategic level in a “not for attribution” academic setting. CASL’s mission is to enhance the strategic decision making and critical thinking capabilities of military and civilian leaders from the United States and other countries through strategic-level exercises that represent the complexity of the security environment.
                                                                                                                                   
Position Description
Interns at CASL will conduct and support research on national security issues using a full range of unclassified sources. Interns will work under the supervision of exercise designers and facilitators to research topics, draft documents and participate in the wargame design and development process that support the design and development of exercises. Our simulations are based on real-world situations and crises. Previous exercises have focused on failed states, nuclear proliferation, energy security, stabilization and reconstruction, homeland defense, pandemic disease, and regional security challenges.
Research activities normally include library research, internet searches, serving as note-taker during interviews, and attending conferences and briefings at think tanks in the Washington, D.C. area. Interns may also have the opportunity to support the execution of these exercises and participate in professional development opportunities at CASL and NDU.
Interns will the appropriate skillsets may also be involved in the production of audio/visual assets to support exercises, GIS products, and other supporting materials. The National Defense University offers an excellent opportunity for interns to gain practical experience in public policy, U.S. policy discussions, decision-making processes, and gain insight into the executive and legislative branches of government.

Qualifications
Must have completed at least two years of college. Strong writing and research skills are essential, as is an interest in international affairs and national security. Please note any additional skills and knowledge on resume such as video production, graphic design, experience in game development, work on experiential learning projects etc.

This is a part-time, unpaid position.
Applications accepted until December 18, 2016.

Interested students can find more information and apply by logging into Careers4Terps and searching the position’s ID number: 143566