The Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) at the National Defense University (NDU) is seeking U.S. citizen students for internships for the Summer Semester 2018. CSWMD is at the forefront of education and research on the impact of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on U.S. and global security.


Background: The Center maintains a broad mandate for education, research, and outreach on WMD related equities.  Its research contributes to the understanding of the security implications of WMD, as well as to the challenge of fashioning effective responses. The Center is actively engaged on pressing and emerging WMD issues, such as interdiction, elimination, consequence management, deterrence, and escalation management. It also examines responses to new and evolving WMD threats, including nuclear terrorism, bioterrorism and nontraditional agents, and assists combatant commands in preparing to deal with the operational impact of chemical and biological weapons.


Through its education, research, and outreach programs, the Center seeks to enhance awareness in the next generation of military and civilian leaders of the WMD threat. At the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Center is the focal point for WMD matters in Joint Professional Military Education. The Center is building a cadre of future leaders knowledgeable about WMD through its innovative Program for Emerging Leaders.  It also administers a unique Master of Science in WMD Studies program for DoD personnel in conjunction with Missouri State University.  The Center further hosts an annual symposium and monthly WMD Spotlight Seminars to address topical WMD issues, as well as other conferences, workshops, and seminars throughout the year.


Position: Serves as an unpaid volunteer research intern with CSWMD.  The intern is selected by members of the WMD Center Research Staff after a review of the application materials and a phone or in-person interview.


The intern will be assigned to a member of the WMD Center Research Staff, whose work he/she will support.  The intern will be responsible for supporting ongoing research efforts, fulfilling administrative duties, and assisting with WMD Center events.  Research activities may include gathering data and information from written sources, interviews, and event attendance; producing written summaries and analysis of information gathered; and briefing WMD Center staff regarding research findings.  Administrative and event support activities include assisting in the planning, organizing, and management of WMD Center events (exercises, conferences, symposia, roundtables, and workshops), as well as other special occasions; providing support to WMD Center academic programs; and assisting with Center operations.



  • Must be a currently enrolled (or recently graduated) in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Must be available to commit to ~20 hours per week during business hours.


Qualified candidates are expected to have superior research and writing skills and a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.  Academic or professional experience in WMD-related issues, international security, foreign policy, or a regional interest in Asia, the Middle East, or Europe is desirable, but not required.


Candidates selected for internships must pass a background check before beginning their work.


Application Instructions: Applicants must submit the following documents in a single PDF file, in the order listed below, via email to with the subject: Summer Internship Application.


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (3-5 pages)


Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until midnight on April 30, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


For more information, please contact Ms. Brittany Marien ( 202-685-2343).