Foundation for Defense of Democracies Internship

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy. The organization was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to engage in the worldwide war of ideas and to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism. FDD combines policy research, investigative journalism, strategic communications, and democracy and counterterrorism education.

About FDD's Internship Program
Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of fall internship opportunities available. All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting. FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff. FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship. All internships are unpaid.

The National Security Network
The National Security Network is seeking a full-time or part-time intern. The National Security Network includes programming for the National Security Fellows Program (NSFP), National Security Trips to Israel, and alumni initiatives. Interns for this program should have background knowledge and interest in national security and Middle East issues, with a focus on Israel. Candidates should also have strong organizational and communication skills, and experience coordinating high- level events. Responsibilities will include coordinating event logistics, assisting with member recruitment, researching suitable speakers for events in DC and Israel, updating and monitoring office databases, drafting event invitations, corresponding with event vendors, setting up and staffing events, as well as miscellaneous market research projects. Candidates must have flexible schedules to work evening events when required and be proactive problem solvers with a keen attention to detail.

• Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
• Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism or Political Science.
• Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
• Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 hours per week.
• Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Materials Required
1. Resume/CV
2. Cover letter (Please review our website and include which FDD projects and issue areas resonate with you and why. Also indicate where you found this internship and your availability for the semester.)
3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
4. Unofficial transcript copy

Applications for FDD’s National Security Network intern position can be located at

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DURATION: 2018 Fall Semester