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International Organizations Research Internship SUMMER 2024

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Washington, D.C.
Closing date
May 10, 2024

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Position Type
Employment Type
Internship / Student
Organization Type
College / University, Non-profit
Internship Opportunities

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 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.

*FDD's International Organizations Program will move forward with both hybrid and remote internship options for the summer 2024 semester.*

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

International Organizations Research Intern

The International Organization Program (IOP) is seeking a part-time intern (around 20 hours/per week). The intern will work closely with FDD experts to conduct research for FDD's International Organizations Program, including research into how U.S. adversaries - including China, Russia, Iran, Syria and others - co-opt specific international institutions, arms control and general lawfare. The intern will hone their research skills by diving into developments, funding, management and operations of specific IOs. Those with an interest in foreign policy, the UN and international law are encouraged to apply. A strong applicant requires strong writing, research and communication skills.


  • 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, International Economics, Political Science. Computer science, and/or a relevant STEM field of study.
  • 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

  • Resume/CV
  • 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.)
  • Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
  • Unofficial transcript copy

  • Please specify the department(s) for which you would like to be considered (feel free to indicate preferences) in your cover letter. While you may use the same cover letter for multiple positions, please submit a separate application for each position of interest.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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