About the Center for Technology and National Security Policy

The Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) is a US Department of Defense research center focused on the intersection of technology and national security policy.  As DOD senior leaders respond to a trend that has seen R&D shift from governments to the private sector, CTNSP is uniquely positioned to tap into the expertise of the military, academia, and global technology markets.  Its dual role as a DOD organization and an academic institution provide access to restricted government information, as well as cutting edge research coming from both academia and the private sector.  Situated at the National Defense University (NDU), CTNSP has immediate access to senior military leaders, as well as the diverse student population, representing mid- and senior-level commanders with significant recent experience in military operations, helping ensure that CTNSP’s research is grounded in operational insights and relevance.

CTNSP investigates the implications of technological innovation on U.S. national security policy and military plans. The Center works closely with the science and technology community and takes on projects that bridge the gap between technology and policy. Its vision is to enable national security decision makers and their staffs to understand emerging impacts of technology and integrate them effectively into policies.

CTNSP conducts research and analysis on emerging trends in science and technology, strategic forecasting, and program assessment. In support of its mission, the Center delivers technical studies, program reviews, senior workshops, electronic data products, inter-agency exercises, expert consultation, and a variety of outreach activities.

CTNSP is part of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at NDU. NDU is located on Fort McNair in Southwest Washington DC.

Position Description

The CTNSP internship is part of the larger INSS internship program. INSS offers a wide range of research activities that gives interns the opportunity to participate in real-time work, assist in research for publications, and work closely with a Senior Fellow who is a subject matter expert in their field. Interns may also have the opportunity to meet government officials, attend congressional hearings, or participate in symposia hosted by NDU, INSS, or CTNSP.

Responsibilities include research assistance (library and internet) and administrative support, event coordination, editorial and publication assistance, social media outreach, and database development. Interns must be able to work independently and multi-task efficiently with minimal supervision. In return, interns can expect an opportunity to get published in NDU publications, personal mentoring, and interesting projects.

We offer semester and year-long internships, with flexibility to accommodate each student’s individual needs. During the academic year, interns are expected to work at least 16 hours a work week within a professional, moderate to fast-paced environment.  Summer interns are expected to work 25-35 hours a week. NDU-CTNSP cannot offer assistance with relocation and living expenses.


We offer unpaid internships to U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited U.S. university or college. We also take applicants who have recently completed their studies. Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, be detail-oriented, and be proficient with MS Office. We seek interns from diverse academic backgrounds, including those in the fields of International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, Life Sciences, Engineering, Security Studies, Computer Science, Education, Psychology, Public Health, Publishing, Communications, and Hospitality.

Application Procedure

All applications must include a resume, short writing sample (in English, 5 pages maximum), and a cover letter. The cover letter should be detailed and succinct, indicate an interest in working with CTNSP, and include any regional or topical areas of academic interest of the candidate as they apply to the research at CTNSP as well as the dates of availability. Successful applicants will clearly explain the desired outcome to be achieved from participating in the internship. Please Note: We make every attempt to contact applicants who have not been accepted into the Internship Program. Due to the high volume of applications, this is not always possible.

Application Due Dates

Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester:  April 1
Fall Semester: August 10


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