Tuition-Free Nuclear Safeguards Course and Paid Summer Internships in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy

Updated February 24, 2024

NOTE: To learn more about the course, see the story ” International Nuclear Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis Course Held in Monterey

International Nuclear Safeguards Internships and Course flyer

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Course Description

International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis-Intensive Summer Course

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), are pleased to announce the 2024 International Nuclear Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis Course, a one-week, tuition-free, intensive course in Monterey, California (or online due to Covid-19 restrictions), and up to six paid summer internships at LLNL.

The course will be held June 3-7, 2024 at MIIS. All nationalities may attend. Limited stipend support may be available (see “Applications” below). Attendees receive a certificate of completion.

This course will be facilitated by senior Monterey Institute staff and other nonproliferation policy analysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies with presentations by experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other leading nonproliferation and safeguards specialists.

Topics Covered

  • The role of the IAEA and international safeguards in the nuclear nonproliferation regime
  • Concepts, objectives, evolution and history of international nuclear safeguards
  • State-level safeguards analysis
  • Case-study analyses of safeguards challenges
  • Introduction to safeguards inspection, material accounting, containment, and surveillance
  • Open-source information collection and analysis
  • Effectiveness and limitations of safeguards
  • Future development of safeguards

↓ Read “Applications & Contacts” below for more information.

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Internships (at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

The course is a prerequisite for internships. Internships are only available to US citizens.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in support of the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative, are pleased to announce the availability of up to six paid summer internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

Eligible students for this outstanding, competitive internship opportunity should demonstrate an interest in:

  • Pursuing a professional career in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear safeguards
  • Acquiring practical experience on nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards and security policy issues as they are addressed at US national laboratories
  • Contributing to the capability of the national laboratories to perform and complete tasks and analyses related to nuclear safeguards

Dates and Duration

The prerequisite course will be held from June 3-7, 2024.
Ten-week internships
will be scheduled during the period from June 10-August 16, 2024.


Interns will be provided with a $6,000 stipend paid in two monthly installments to cover basic expenses (e.g. accommodation, meals, and incidentals).

Duties and Opportunities

  • Draft and present an original research paper on an international safeguards policy topic
  • Receive individual mentoring by LLNL staff
  • Have the chance to interact with LLNL staff working in various technical fields related to international safeguards and nonproliferation
  • Participate in regular video teleconferences with interns and professionals from other sites within the DOE laboratory complex to continue furthering their education in international safeguards policies, procedures, and technologies.

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Applications Procedure and Contacts

Applications for the course and internships share the same form, deadlines, and contacts.

Eligibility and Selection for the Course

Applicants must be a currently enrolled graduate student or a young professional in the nuclear nonproliferation field. We are especially interested in applicants who demonstrate how a deeper understanding of international safeguards policy will aid their professional pursuits.

Selection for the course will be on a competitive basis and based on the merit of the candidate. All applicants will be evaluated by a selection committee (MIIS/CNS faculty and representatives from LLNL and/or DOE).

Paid Internships at LLNL

To be eligible for LLNL internships, applicants must be US citizens.

4-5 paid internships will be available for course attendees. These 10-week internships immediately follow the course. (For the specific dates, see above Internships and the flyer.)


Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)

Submissions required for application:

    1. Complete the Application Form.
    2. Submit the following documents to Dr. George M. Moore at [email protected]
      1. Academic transcript
      2. Current resumé
      3. One letter of recommendation
      4. A 500-word statement of purpose. The statement should explain past experience in nonproliferation and the relevance of the internship and/or course to professional goals.
      5. Stipend requests: Prospective students should submit a statement of needs if stipend support is requested.
    3. Send application submissions to Dr. George Moore at [email protected].

Contact Information

Dr. George Moore

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Tel. (831) 647-4613 • Fax +1 (831) 647-3519
E-mail: [email protected]