Nonproliferation Internships & Fellowships



CNS Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internships

Application Deadline is February 15, 2015
  • CNS Undergraduate (Monterey)

Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internship Website

Visit the website to read interns’ publications, see participant alumni & some of their activities, and to apply to the program,

Paid, Summer-only

Interns are paid at approximately 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 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.


  • It is preferred that at the time of acceptance, applicants should at least be in their sophomore year of studies at an undergraduate institution
  • 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

To complete the application, you must upload the following to the online form:

  • A cover letter with a statement of purpose
  • Specify which projects interests you most from the ones listed above
  • State availability: starting and ending dates of internship
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript
  • At least two references. (At least one reference must be from your college professor)
  • Recommendation letter requirement: References will automatically be contacted via email when an application is changed to a “further consideration” status by the hiring manager.

Contact Information / Internship Coordinator

Masako Toki
Internship Coordinator

This year’s Summer Internship Program is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Pattison Fund, and Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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CNS Washington DC Internships


The paid internships, lasting 4-5 months, are for individuals seeking professional experience and on-the-job training with the country’s largest organization dedicated to education & analysis on limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and advanced delivery systems.

Interns will work with experts on nonproliferation, arms control, and regional security affairs, expand their knowledge, improve their research and writing skills and possibly publish independent research through CNS publications and other outlets. Participants will learn how non-governmental organizations impact national and international foreign policy-making.

Eligibility & Selection

We are looking for individuals who have:

  • A high level of  motivation and the ability to work independently
  • An interest, a background and/or some knowledge of:
    • Foreign affairs
    • Nuclear weapons, missile nonproliferation and arms control issues
    • Chemical & biological weapons technology and policy

In your cover letter, we ask that you please specify what project area you would be more interested in: Nuclear Weapons (NW) or Chemical & Biological Weapons (CBW).


Interns work with senior staff and research associates on:

  • Original research and drafting articles & reports
  • Proofreading, editing, tracking down sources & end-notes
  • Meetings and events of U.S. government (all branches) & foreign embassies:
    Attendance and providing written summaries is required
  • News and developments in research areas
  • Helping to plan and organize some CNS events and meetings
  • Social media for the Washington office, including the Twitter account
  • Administrative support, as needed, to understand the operations of a non-governmental organization

Participants are encouraged to attend congressional hearings, meetings, seminars, and workshops relevant to their assignments and professional aspirations. Interns are also encouraged to work on an independent research project for potential publication on the CNS website.

Dates & Duration

CNS-DC accepts both full-time (37.5 hours/week) and part time (20 hours per week) interns. Unless otherwise indicated, the timeframe and deadlines for the internships are as follows (starting and end dates are negotiable as is the length of the internship):

Term Time Application Deadline
Summer June-September TBD
Fall September-December TBD
Spring January-May TBD

When applying, please indicate in the Application Form what internship cycle you are applying for. Applications are considered year-round and prospective interns will receive notice via email whether they have been selected for an interview approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Prospective interns will be interviewed over the phone or when possible in person. Due to the high volume of applications only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The internship is a paid position.

To Apply

There are no internship opportunities at this time.
Please continue to monitor this page for future openings.

Please do not e-mail application materials.

Initial Requirements:

  • Application Form – Indicate the internship cycle you are requesting
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • Names only of 2 references (Not letters)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please indicate the internship cycle you are requesting on the Application Form.

Applications are considered year-round and prospective interns will receive notice via email whether they have been selected for an interview approximately 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Prospective interns will be interviewed over the phone or in person when possible. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The internship is a paid position.
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International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program (IONP) Internships

(MIIS Students only)



  • Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)
    • Department of Public Information
    • External Relations and International Cooperation
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    • Division of Public Information
  • Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP)

Mexico City

  • Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) [Native and Advanced Spanish speakers only]

The Hague

  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
    • Policy and Review Branch


  • United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
    • Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (BWC)
    • Conference on Disarmament (spring semester only)

New York

  • United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
    • WMD Branch
    • 1540 Issues


Nonproliferation students will:

  • Gain practical experience in the field of nonproliferation policy
  • Enhance their practical experience on current issues
  • Apply professional skills and academic knowledge gained at MIIS
  • Make a substantive contribution to the work of these organizations
  • Receive a stipend of $1000 per month and reimbursement for their airfare of up to $1500 to and from the internship


Preference will be given to MIIS students who:

  • Complete the intro nonproliferation course (IPOL 8574) and are familiar with nonproliferation regimes and concepts
  • Will be returning for at least one additional semester at MIIS (please note: this is a change from the previous eligibility policy)
  • Excel academically and are willing to complete writing assignments and interviews
  • Can take a leave of absence from their academics for the duration of the internship

Enrolled students interning in the spring can apply for the IPSS program to earn academic credit. Students participating through IPSS are not eligible for the monthly stipend or airfare reimbursement. They can continue to receive their usual financial aid.

  • Are available for the entirety of the 4-6 month internship.

To Apply

  • Complete the application form
    • Deadline for Fall 2015 internships: February 16, 2015
  • Submit a Monterey Institute transcript
  • Provide a study plan with completed and future courses
  • Send a current résumé or CV
  • Write a 500-word statement detailing career goals (short and long term), how the chosen organization can help achieve those goals, and what the intern can contribute to the organization
  • Give 2 references who will submit letters of recommendation on their behalf
  • Send all to the Contact

Contact Information

Andrew Brown
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Telephone: 831.647.6654

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Summer Internships in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy

Application Deadline is March 19, 2015

Held in the summer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

See also: International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis – Intensive Summer Course

Internship International Nuclear SafeguardsThe Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in support of the U.S. 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


Required short-intensive course: Participants must attend a one-week intensive course on international safeguards policy and information analysis scheduled to be held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, June 1-5, 2015.

Duties & 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.

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

Internship Dates and Duration

The 1-week required intensive course is scheduled for June 1-5, 2015.
Ten-week internships
  will be scheduled during the period from June 8 - August 14, 2015.

Eligibility and Selection

  • 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.
  • To be eligible for LLNL internships, applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Qualified applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel shortly after the application deadline.
  • Final selection is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a pre-employment investigation.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available in Word DOC or PDF format and should be accompanied by:

  • An academic transcript
  • A current resumé
  • One letter of recommendation
  • 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.

Send application submissions to Edith Bursac by 5:00 p.m. on March 19, 2015. Successful applicants for the course and/or internships will be notified in early April 2015.

Contact Information

Edith Bursac
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Tel. +1 (831) 647-6531
Fax +1 (831) 647-3519
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Visiting Fellows Program

The program is 2-3 months in duration and offered 3 times a year. It is given by nonproliferation experts & graduate-level faculty, with outside speakers. Lectures are given by experts from all over the world.

The program is designed for young and mid-career professionals who train to make a positive impact on arms control and nonproliferation policy in their respective countries.

Types of professional areas include:

  • Foreign ministries
  • National export control bodies
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Journalism

Originally developed for the former Soviet Union and then China, the program trained more than 180 fellows from Russia and the former Soviet states and more than 60 specialists from China. More recently, trainees from Korea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa have participated in the program.


Nonproliferation Lectures

Cover topics such as:

  • The NPT and Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
  • Role of the United Nations in Preventing WMD Proliferation
  • Threats of WMD Terrorism and Measures to Combat Them
  • Theory of International Regimes
  • Strategic Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control
  • Biological Weapons Overview

Graduate-level courses include:

  • Introduction to WMD Proliferation
  • Arms Control Simulation
  • Biological and Chemical Weapons and Arms Control Seminar

Independent research is done on the topic of fellows’ choice, with a presentation near the completion of the program.

Contact Information

Margarita Sevcik
Deputy Director, Nonproliferation Education Program
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA
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Davis United World College Scholars Program

Next Deadline: February 15, 2015
Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2015


  • Davis UWC Scholars
  • Completed at least their sophomore year of study
  • Knowledge of international security topics (desirable)
    (Students majoring in the physical or biological sciences are also encouraged to apply)
  • Command of a foreign language (desirable)
  • Read the full program description

Continuing International Students

Continuing international students in the United States in valid F-1 or J-1 student visa status may participate without taking additional action related to their student visa status, in most cases. International students in valid F-1 or J-1 student visa status who will have graduated from their current institution by the start date of the fellowship program will need to have approved F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or authorized Academic Training (for J-1 students) by the start date of the fellowship program in order to participate.


Immigration-related issues: Contact our International Student & Scholar Services office:

General questions: Consult with the international student adviser at your current university to confirm that you can participate.


Topics include:

  • The spread and control of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical & biological)
  • Regional security issues involving the former Soviet Union, East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East
  • Issues related to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other arms control & disarmament agreements
  • Terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction

UWC fellows may develop their own independent research projects under the guidance of CNS faculty. Fellows are invited to attend CNS lectures, training seminars and nonproliferation discussion meetings throughout the summer.

Stipend & Paid Costs

Provided only by The Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies component of the Davis United World College Scholars Fellowships at MIIS.

  • Daily stipend ($45/day)
  • Paid Lodging
  • Paid Transportation

Important Tax Note: The total support received through the fellowship program is considered by the IRS as a non-qualified scholarship. As such we are required to withhold taxes unless treaty benefits apply.

To Apply

  1. Send a cover letter with:
    1. The following statement, clearly visible:
      Application for the Davis UWC Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies
    2. Statement of purpose
    3. Your preferred research topic
  2. Submit an official or unofficial transcript
  3. Provide a current resume or Curriculum vitae (CV)
  4. Give one or more letters of recommendation – One letter must be from your college professor, who can send the letter directly to the CONTACT ADDRESS…..
  5. Send all to the Contact

Contact Information

Masako Toki
Coordinator, Davis UWC Fellowship Program
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940