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Intern - Aerospace Security Project (Spring 2023)

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The CSIS Aerospace Security Project focuses on issues related to space security, air dominance and long-range strike, and commercial and civil space. This spring, the Project is seeking a research intern for our air and space research portfolios. The internship will support the Aerospace Security Project with administrative and research needs. The internship will be paid an hourly wage, compliant with DC minimum wage, dependent on education-level and experience. There is the possibility for the position to be virtual or in person in Washington, D.C.The research internship will focus on the Project’s Air Dominance and Long-Range Strike, Space Security and Civil and Commercial Space portfolios. Particular topic areas include but are not limited to U.S. Air Force force structure, new strike and stealth technologies, commercial launch activities, the aerospace industrial base, counterspace weapons, military space strategy and organization, space situational awareness, and space policy and regulations.

Essential duties and responsibilities
Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following

  • Assisting with air- and space-related research and organizing relevant information for the various ongoing ASP projects;
  • Writing comprehensive reviews of background literature for projecst;
  • Managing;
  • Assisting with data collection, management, and visualization;
  • Tracking relevant legislation and public announcements in the aerospace sector; and
  • Providing support coordinating meetings, workshops, panels, and other ASP events

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Enrolled in a master’s or bachelor’s program (third or fourth year students only); B.A., B.S., M.A. or equivalent;
  • Interest or experience in aerospace studies, space science, defense, or national security;
  • Excellent record in an academic and research environment;
  • Strong writing, organizational, communication, and time management skills;
  • Microsoft Office Proficiency;

Physical requirements and work conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter at The application will close on November 23, 2022.