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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 (http://careers.unc.edu/students/internship-search).

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
http://ampglobalyouth.org/volunteer-leadership-positions/American Association for the Advancement of Science

http://www.aaas.org/careercenter/

American Enterprise Institute

https://www.aei.org/internships/

Arms Control Association
http://www.armscontrol.org/internships.asp

Atlantic Council

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/careers/internships/

Bipartisan Policy Center

https://bipartisanpolicy.org/internships/

British American Security Information Council
http://www.basicint.org/jobs/usinterns.htm

The Brookings Institute

https://interns-brookings.icims.com/jobs/intro?hashed=-435682078&mobile=false&width=890&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

Capital Semester in Washington, DC (various internships coordinated through Georgetown University)
http://www.dcinternships.org

Carolina for Kibera

http://cfk.unc.edu/action/fellowships/

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

https://carnegieendowment.org/about/employment

Cato Institute

https://intern.cato.org/

Center for American Progress
http://www.americanprogress.org/

Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation
https://armscontrolcenter.org/about/jobs-and-internships/

Center for Global Development

https://www.cgdev.org/page/internship-opportunities-cgd

Center for International Policy
http://www.ciponline.org/about-us/interns

Center for Strategic and International Studies
https://www.csis.org/programs/about-us/careers-and-internships/internships

Central Intelligence Agency
https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/index.html#gradpr

Charles G. Koch Associate Program
https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/koch-associate-program/

Citizens for Global Solutions Everett Program
http://globalsolutions.org/about/careers-internships

Council on Foreign Relations

https://www.cfr.org/career-opportunities/internships

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

The Eben Tisdale Fellowship Technology and Policy Internship
http://www.tisdalefellowship.org/

The Enough Project

https://enoughproject.org/about/jobs

Fonkoze USA

https://fonkoze.org/

Freedom House

https://freedomhouse.org/about-us/careers

Friends Committee on National Legislation
https://www.fcnl.org/updates/summer-internship-33

Henry L. Stimson Center
http://www.stimson.org/internships

Heritage Foundation

https://www.heritage.org/young-leaders-program

The Hudson Institute
http://www.hudson.org/about/employment/27-center-for-political-military-analysis

Imperial War Museum, London
https://iwm.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/brand-2/xf-a43aaba30f53/candidate/jobboard/vacancy/4/adv/
(contact Jim Hutchinson, volunteer coordinator)

The Institute for Humane Studies
https://theihs.org/ihs-jobs/ihs-internships/,undergraduates

The Institute for National Strategic Studies
http://inss.ndu.edu/About/Internships/

Institute for Policy Studies
http://www.ips-dc.org/about/jobs-internships/

Institute for Science and International Security 

*Note: Qualified applicants should be able to translate Mandarin into to English.
http://isis-online.org/about/internships/

Institute for the Study of War

http://www.understandingwar.org/career-opportunities

Institute of World Politics

http://www.iwp.edu/programs/detail/internships

International Institute for Strategic Studies

https://www.iiss.org/careers

Investigative Project on Terrorism, Washington D.C.
http://www.investigativeproject.org

The Jamestown Foundation

https://jamestown.org/about-us/employment/

Lab for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS)

http://css-lucas.com/

The McCain Institute for International Leadership

https://www.mccaininstitute.org/internships/

Marine Corps History Division Internship
http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/historydivision/Pages/Staff/Grants_Interships.aspx

Mercy Corps

http://jobs.jobvite.com/mercycorps?c=Internships

Middle East Institute

https://www.mei.edu/get-involved/internships

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)

http://www.concordia.ca/research/migs/about/interns.html

National Defense University- National War College
http://www.ndu.edu/About/Internships.aspx

National Endowment for Democracy

https://www.ned.org/about/jobs/

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 

www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

National Security Agency (NSA)

www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
https://www.wagingpeace.org/about/opportunities/internships/

Office of Naval Intelligence

http://www.oni.navy.mil/Join-Us/Intern-Programs

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

https://www.usmarshals.gov

The Partnership for Public Service Fellows Internship Program
http://ourpublicservice.org/about-us/internship-program.php

Peace Action
https://www.peaceaction.org/who-we-are/jobs-internships-volunteer-opportunities/

Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

http://pksoi.armywarcollege.edu/

Pickering Fellowship

https://pickeringfellowship.org/

Various Public Policy think tanks, partnered through the Charles G. Koch Fellow program
https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/educational-programs/student-internship-programs/

Project on Government Oversight, Center for Defense Information 
https://www.pogo.org/careers/

Raleigh District Office (Office of Congressman David Price)

https://price.house.gov/kids-students/internships

RAND Corporation

https://www.rand.org/about/edu_op.html

Reaching Critical Will
http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org

Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships

Taxpayers for Common Sense
https://www.taxpayer.net/work-for-taxpayers/

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/about/internships.html#.Vzy5SceJ9lI

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships

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

https://fpc.state.gov/

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/about/employment

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control
http://www.wisconsinproject.org/about-us/employment/

Women’s Actions for New Directions
http://www.wand.org

Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security

https://www.wcaps.org/job-postings

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
https://www.wilpf.org/work-with-us/

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/internships

World Policy Institute
http://worldpolicy.org/

World Vision (humanitarian NGO focused on international aid for children)
http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/internships