Monday, October 15, 2012

Internship Opening for the Stimson Center in South Asian Studies and Space Security

The South Asia program at Stimson offers fall, summer, and spring internships to highly motivated and talented individuals prepared to apply their skills to a broad range of topics. The programs work under the direction of Michael Krepon, co-founder of Stimson, and a leading expert in South Asian regional issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and space security.
This internship provides an excellent opportunity for individuals with a demonstrated interest in these topics to enhance their understanding of the issues and build on their experiences. This internship is suitable for those with some background in South Asian regional studies or nonproliferation but little work experience. The intern will have the unique opportunity to work on a variety of topics during the term. The intern will be primarily associated with the South Asia program, but may have limited duties with the Space Security program.
The South Asia program works on strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime in general while advancing confidence building and nuclear risk-reduction measures between India and Pakistan. The program also addresses some non-nuclear South Asian security issues.
The Space Security Program works to develop a code of conduct for responsible space-faring nations, increase awareness of the dangers of deploying space weapons, and offer alternatives to space weapons. The program also provides policy-makers with the information needed to make wise choices on space security.
The vast majority of the intern's time would be spent working on issues related to India-Pakistan strategic stability and crisis management, as well as on projects related to the integrety of the global nonproliferation system.
In addition to working on these issues, the intern will engage in life at Stimson. The intern will gain from interacting with other staff, meeting fellow interns, and participating in Stimson's events. Located in the heart of Washington, the intern will have the opportunity to attend events that feature some of the best experts on South Asia and nonproliferation issues.
Responsibilities for an intern may include:
  • Reading and analyzing research documents
  • Conducting substantive research projects
  • Assisting the project director and research staff in research and writing
  • Organizing and taking notes in meetings
  • Representing project staff at meetings and events at think tanks, NGOs, and Capitol Hill
  • Keeping pace with developments in the field
  • Minimal administrative support
Generally, strong candidates for this position will have the following qualifications:
  • Strong interest in South Asia or non-proliferation
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills
  • A record of academic excellence
  • Precise editing skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Full-time interns are preferred
  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply
Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference may be given to those available 30+ hours per week.

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