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The following is from the PWAD page in the UNC Undergraduate Bulletin (2019-2020).  There are a lot of words, but please read them, it will avoid a lot of unnecessary emails:

“Experiential Education

Internship courses provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit while obtaining practical work experience in agencies and organizations clearly related to national and international security. In recent years students have served in these and other agencies: The Central Intelligence Agency, Durham Police Department, Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Carolina for Kibera, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Peace Action, United States Army Special Operations Command, and many more. Students are limited to one internship for credit, and all internships are limited to three hours of academic credit. Although some routine administrative tasks are required in any professional setting, the expectation is that a majority of the intern’s work will be directed toward the substantive mission of the agency and that tasks will be of a nature to justify awarding academic credit. All internships require prior approval, and all must consist of at least eight hours per week and at least 100 hours per semester. Students must sign an internship contract with their agency and faculty supervisors, setting out expectations and course requirements. Interns are required to keep a daily internship journal. Once approved for an internship, students enroll in PWAD 393, which is offered on a Pass/Fail basis only and does not count toward the nine courses required for the major. Students wishing credit towards the major derived from their internship work should pursue an independent study with a faculty supervisor either while taking the internship or in the next semester. That independent study should produce a major written product, would be graded normally, and receives credit in the major.”

Internships Previously Held by PWAD Majors

The following list was created through the experiences of our majors, and does not represent official endorsement by the Curriculum.  Students can consult with University Career Services for more information and help on obtaining internships (

Note that many summer internships, especially those for intelligence agencies, have deadlines in the fall prior to their start date. Students interested in a summer internship should begin the process during the late summer and early in the fall.  If there is not an online form for a specific position, it is best to reach out to their human resources point of contact for recruiting or internships.

Our former majors currently employed in agencies agree that the easiest way to get an agency job after graduation is to have previous internship experience there. Many federal internships are paid, will get you a clearance, and will put your foot in the door.  Furthermore, departments are restricted in their number of billets, but interns don’t count against those billet restrictions.  It is, therefore, much less competitive to become an intern than to jump straight into the intelligence community after an undergraduate or graduate career.

For students looking to do research, those internships listed here with a ** preceding their name have in the past provided opportunities for significant student research. It may be possible to “pair up” such an internship with an independent study for additional credit.  Please consult with the PWAD chair about how to do this.

Americans for Informed Democracy

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Enterprise Institute

Arms Control Association

Atlantic Council

Bipartisan Policy Center

British American Security Information Council

The Brookings Institute

Capital Semester in Washington, DC/TFAS (various internships coordinated through Georgetown University)

Carolina for Kibera

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Cato Institute

Center for American Progress

Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Center for Global Development

Center for International Policy

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Central Intelligence Agency

Charles G. Koch Associate Program

Citizens for Global Solutions Everett Program

Council on Foreign Relations

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

The Eben Tisdale Fellowship Technology and Policy Internship

The Enough Project

Fonkoze USA

Freedom House

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Henry L. Stimson Center

Heritage Foundation

The Hudson Institute

Imperial War Museum, London
(contact Jim Hutchinson, volunteer coordinator)

The Institute for Humane Studies,undergraduates

The Institute for National Strategic Studies

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Science and International Security 

*Note: Qualified applicants should be able to translate Mandarin into to English.

Institute for the Study of War

Institute of World Politics

International Institute for Strategic Studies

Investigative Project on Terrorism, Washington D.C.

The Jamestown Foundation

Lab for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS)

The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Marine Corps History Division Internship

Mercy Corps

Middle East Institute

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)

National Defense University- National War College

National Endowment for Democracy

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

National Security Agency (NSA)

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Office of Naval Intelligence

Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Justice

The Partnership for Public Service Fellows Internship Program

Peace Action

Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

Pickering Fellowship

Various Public Policy think tanks, partnered through the Charles G. Koch Fellow program

Project on Government Oversight, Center for Defense Information

Raleigh District Office (Office of Congressman David Price)

RAND Corporation

Reaching Critical Will

Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Union of Concerned Scientists

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Valens Global  

Washington Foreign Press Center, Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

Women’s Actions for New Directions

Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

World Policy Institute

World Vision (humanitarian NGO focused on international aid for children)