CNS Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internship Program

NEW ! The application period for Summer 2020 is now OPEN !
Please read the instructions below carefully and submit your application by FEBRUARY 14th, 2020.


The Summer Undergraduate Internship in Nonproliferation Studies at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)—formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies—is a paid internship. Interns will be compensated at the same rate as graduate research assistants. Internships last between 2-3 months, from early June to late August. Interns are responsible for finding housing, with the assistance of the Internship Coordinator. Interns work in close collaboration with CNS staff members on different nonproliferation issues. Listed below are the program areas available at our center:

East Asia
Chemical and Biological Weapons
International Organizations and Nonproliferation
Export Control and Nonproliferation
Middle East Nonproliferation

CNS is a pioneer in developing and applying “New Tools” in nonproliferation research and education. Our key techniques include open source information and computer modeling, namely the creative use of satellite imagery, geospatial data, 3-dimensional (3D) modeling, virtual reality environments, and social media platforms. Over the summer, interns will have the opportunities to contribute to innovative nonproliferation projects for the Nuclear Threat Initiative website alongside a team of CNS experts.

In addition to assisting CNS experts with ongoing projects, our interns get to develop their own research projects under the guidance of their respective supervisors. Because this is an educational program, interns are also expected to attend seminars and lectures held at CNS throughout the summer and present results of their independent research at the end of the program.


Be enrolled full-time at an undergraduate institution
Is eligible to work in the United States*
Has a strong interest in nonproliferation issues*
*For more details, please contact the internship coordinator.
*Students majoring in geology or any of the STEM fields, including natural, physical, and computer sciences are also encouraged to apply!

Preferred qualifications

It is preferred that by the program start date in the summer, applicants should have completed their sophomore year of studies at an undergraduate institution.
Knowledgeable of international security topics
Has command of a foreign language

How To Apply:
The following documents are *required* for your application:

Resume or CV
Cover letter – including a statement of purpose (please be sure to clearly state that you are applying for the Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internship, specify which CNS program you are most interested in, and your desired starting and ending dates for the internship)
Official or unofficial transcript
Short writing sample (2-3 pages)
At least two references: one reference must be from your college professor)
*The references will automatically be contacted via email to submit a recommendation letter when an application is changed to “further consideration” status by the hiring manager.
To apply to the 2020 program, please click the button below to upload your documents via Middlebury’s HR system: