Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Paid Fall Internships with the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Position description

NTI is pleased to offer paid internships in our Washington, D.C. office. The number of positions and areas of responsibility vary by semester, but each offers exciting opportunities to work on projects that make lasting contributions to reducing threats of weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD), with an emphasis on nuclear, radiological, and biological risks, as well as related risks associated with advances in technology. 

NTI internships are especially well suited to undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the intersection of global affairs, public policy, science, engineering, and national security. While an intern’s primary focus will be on NTI activities and projects, we encourage our interns to attend relevant congressional hearings, briefings at think tanks, or other career enhancing opportunities, and to develop their professional network throughout his/her internship. NTI will offer each intern an opportunity to build a relationship with a mentor in addition to a day-to-day manager to help ensure that the intern receives regular guidance and feedback. NTI also hosts regular, internal “brown bag” sessions and seminars open to the public; interns are encouraged to participate. 

NTI interns play critical roles on our teams, working to advance our mission objectives while learning more about the WMDD community in the process. Responsibilities can include research and analytic support, event logistics support, and administrative tasks necessary for accomplishing team objectives.

NTI welcomes applications from those interested in and with expertise relevant to our core programs:

NTI | bio: NTI’s Biosecurity program seeks to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology, create new approaches to improve infectious disease surveillance, and identify and fill gaps to measurably strengthen global health security capabilities with a strong focus on biosecurity.

Development (DEV): The Development Team works to identify and cultivate funding prospects, and to solicit contributions for NTI’s important work from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments.  In addition to learning about NTI’s programmatic work, interns will gain practical experience in conducting research; writing proposals, briefings, letters and grant reports; and development strategy implementation.

Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP): The Global Nuclear Policy Program works with leaders and partners around the world to develop policies, leadership, and the global capacity—human and institutional—to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread and use, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world. GNPP also leads NTI’s congressional outreach.

International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategies (FC): FC seeks to develop pragmatic international fuel cycle approaches that reinforce key nonproliferation principles while enabling peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including through verification and monitoring for both civilian nuclear activities and for arms control/disarmament initiatives.

Materials Risk Management (MRM): MRM’s mission is to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. The MRM program works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to minimize these risks by securing, minimizing, and, where possible, eliminating dangerous nuclear and radiological materials, and promoting sustainable materials management practices. The MRM program also seeks to strengthen the global institutional capacity for managing these materials and promotes cooperation to reduce nuclear and radiological threats.

Science and Technical Affairs (STA): STA seeks to capture the opportunities new and emerging technologies afford while working to reduce the impact of their malevolent use. STA works to address the growing and potentially catastrophic cyber threat to nuclear systems and facilities around the world and monitors the risks and potential benefits of big data and artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies.


NTI seeks candidates able to commit to an internship duration of at least eight weeks and can dedicate at least 16 hours per week in our Washington, D.C. office during the academic year and at least 30 hours during the summer term. NTI looks for exceptional interpersonal skills and strong organizational, writing, and communication skills in its interns. Selectees will be expected to join our team on a pre-scheduled orientation day. If you have special scheduling circumstances you would like us to consider (e.g., ROTC tour), please simply let us know within your application.

NTI is currently inviting applicants from those who have/will have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies at the time of the internship’s commencement. Applications will be accepted by July 1, 2019 for full consideration for our fall program to begin in September 2019.

Please note that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries by phone or email about the status of your application. We do, however, aim to be in touch with each applicant during our review process or soon thereafter.
Apply on the NTI website.