Nonproliferation Internships & Fellowships




CNS Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internships

Application Deadline Is February 15, 2019
  • CNS Undergraduate (Monterey)

Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internship Website

Visit the website to read interns’ publications, see participant alumni and 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:

CNS’s research interests also cover open source tools for nonproliferation, 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. Interns may also have an opportunity to present results of their independent research as appropriate at the end of the program.

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
  • Short writing sample (2-3 pages)
  • 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.

You will not be able to submit your application for review until all required documents are attached to your online application.

Contact Information / Internship Coordinator

Masako Toki
Internship Coordinator

This year’s Summer Internship Program is funded by the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund, Carnegie Corporation, and the Earle Family Fund for International Education.

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CNS Washington DC Internships


Internships with the Washington, DC, office of CNS, lasting 4-5 months, are for individuals seeking professional experience and on-the-job training with the country’s largest organization dedicated to education and analysis on limiting the spread of 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 nongovernmental organizations impact national and international foreign policy making.

Eligibility and selection

We are looking for individuals who have:

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


Interns work with senior staff and research associates on:

  • Original research and drafting articles and reports
  • Assisting CNS staff with research related to nuclear, chemical, and biological nonproliferation
  • Proofreading, editing, and tracking down sources/ endnotes
  • Organizing and participating in meetings and events with the US government and foreign embassies.
  • News and developments in research areas
  • Helping to plan and organize some CNS events and meetings
  • Administrative support, as needed, to CNS and Middlebury in DC

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 and Duration

CNS-DC accepts both full-time (37.5 hours/week) and part time (20 hours per week) interns.

Starting and end dates are negotiable as is the length of the internship.


Term Time Application Deadline
Fall September – December July 15
Spring January – May October 15

To Apply

Email the following to Jamie Withorne ( with the subject line “CNS-DC Internship.”

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (2-3 pages)
  • Names only of 2 references (Not letters)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

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CNS Internships at International Organizations

(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)

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
    • Strategic Planning Unit


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 internships: October 11, 2019
  • Submit a Middlebury 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 your behalf
  • Send all to the Contact

Contact Information

Jean du Preez
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Telephone: 831.647.6575

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Summer Internships in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy

View Application Deadlines

Held in the summer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship International Nuclear Safeguards The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 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.

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To learn more, visit Tuition-Free Nuclear Safeguards Course and Paid Summer Internships in International Nuclear Safeguards Policy

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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 and 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

Applications are currently closed


  • 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 and 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, and 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 and 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. Davis UWC fellows may also have an opportunity to present results of their independent research as appropriate at the end of the program.

Stipend and 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 (sending via email is also acceptable)

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