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Intern - Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (Summer 2024)

🚀 Summer Internship

Washington, DC

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  • Candidate must be pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, possess strong communication skills, experience with quantitative analysis, ability to conduct research independently, and an interest in defense research and national security. Familiarity with coding languages and proficiency in Excel and other analytical tools is preferred.
  • The intern will support the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS by conducting research, analyzing data, writing literature reviews, editing papers, taking notes at meetings, and assisting with event planning and staffing.

Summer Internship

EngineeringWashington, DC


  • The Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) is hiring a research intern for a 35-hour per week, paid position. DIIG provides analysis on the critical issues at the cross-section of the Department of Defense, its industrial base, and long-term strategic competition. With a focus on defense acquisition trends, technological innovation, manufacturing capacity, foreign interdependence, and security cooperation, DIIG monitors important developments in the global defense industry. Through years of analytical research, DIIG has strengthened its capabilities to draw from large databases to present information in a clear, meaningful way. DIIG also collaborates with the broader International Security Program on a variety of research topics. The work for this position will be performed at the CSIS headquarters in Washington, DC.


  • Knowledge, Education and Experience:
  • In pursuit of a bachelor’s degree (preferably at the junior or senior level) or of a master’s degree. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with quantitative analysis or training in qualitative social science methods
  • Ability to carry out tasks without ongoing oversight
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and present information clearly and efficiently
  • Successful Candidates Will Have Some of the Following Skills:
  • Familiarity or demonstrated interest in defense research, acquisition, or supply chains
  • Interest in national security, emerging technologies, economic statecraft, and innovation
  • Background in national security, science, engineering, economics, econometrics, organization science or statistics
  • Experience coding (preferably with R, Python, and/or Stata)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, STATA, and/or SQL Server

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Interns at DIIG bolster the team with a variety of core research and analytical skills.
  • Assists with research and analysis
  • Writes comprehensive reviews of background literature for projects
  • Copy-edits papers
  • Assists with data collection and management
  • Note-taking and writing summaries of events and meetings
  • Assists with event planning and staffing


Work type

Full time

Work mode



Washington, DC