Internship at New America

2019 Paid Summer Internship

for an ASU Student

International Security Program at New America

Washington, DC

The Center on the Future of War links ASU and New America, a DC-based think tank to explore the changing nature of armed conflict and related global security issues. This summer we are accepting applications for a paid summer internship in the International Security Program (ISP) in New America’s Washington, DC office designated for an ASU student.

The interns will assist the program’s full-time staff members with research, data collection, and policy analysis for projects and policy reports. Interns should be self-starters who are excited to work both independently and as part of a team on a variety of international security-related research projects. In addition to conducting research and analysis in these areas, interns will have the opportunity to attend events on behalf of New America, and gain exposure to some of the brightest and most ambitious thinkers in the field. They will also have the opportunity to attend in-house events, professional development seminars, and lunches with fellows and staff from other New America Programs.

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and innovative ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the U.S. The Center on the Future of War links ASU with New America’s International Security Program which is a leader in providing evidence-based analysis of some of the thorniest questions facing American policymakers and the public. The program focuses on South Asia and the Middle East, al-Qaeda and related groups, the rise of political Islam, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), homeland security, and the activities of U.S. Special Forces and the CIA as well as how warfare is changing as a result of emerging technologies (drones, cyber, and space-based weaponry) asking how their global proliferation is likely to change the very definition of war.

Summer Intern Responsibilities:

  • Work 35-40 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office
  • Conduct research and analysis on international security policy issues
  • Assist with planning and staffing New America International Security Program events
  • Attend events and Congressional hearings on behalf of the International Security Program
  • Minimal administrative work


  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international security policy. Because of the content knowledge necessary for this position, a graduate student or experienced undergraduate student is preferred
  • Excellent writing and communications skills and a passion for international security issues
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation, and a desire to learn on-the-job

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter, current resume, and short writing sample – no more than 10 pages – by May 5th to David Sterman, policy analyst at  Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible. We will reach out directly to those applicants we are interested in pursuing.