CNS Undergraduate Internships

About: Summer-only & Paid

CNS undergraduate internships are paid at approximately the same rate as graduate research assistants. Internships last between 2-4 months, from early June to late August. Interns are responsible for finding housing, with the assistance of the Internship Coordinator.

Interns work in one of the following Nonproliferation Programs:

Research also covers weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism, export controls and issues in the Middle East and South Asia.


  • Completed at least the sophomore year of an undergraduate university program
  • Is eligible to work in the United States
  • Has a strong interest in nonproliferation issues
  • Is knowledgeable of international security topics (desirable)
  • Has command of a foreign language (desirable)

Majors in the physical or biological sciences are also encouraged to apply.


Interns are assigned research work, develop research projects under the guidance of CNS staff, and attend seminars and lectures held at CNS throughout the summer.

To Apply

  • Complete the application
  • Send a cover letter with a statement of purpose
  • Specify which the project you are most interested in, and your desired
  • State availability: starting and ending dates of internship
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript
  • At least one letter of recommendation (At least one letter must be from your college professor)

Contact Information / Internship Coordinator

Masako Toki
Internship Coordinator
[email protected]

Sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.