Ideas. Action. Results.


The National Security Project (NSP) is committed to developing realistic and robust bipartisan policy recommendations for the principal national security and foreign policy issues confronting the United States. With a number of ongoing projects, NSP works with ideologically diverse groups of distinguished experts to address today’s rapidly evolving international challenges. Our projects range in focus from determining appropriate policy responses to very specific and timely international situations to considering more broadly the shape and direction of global politics in the 21st century.


The intern will work directly with the NSP team, as well as other members of the BPC staff. Specific duties include (but are not limited to): in-depth research on a variety of national security issues; contributing to the drafting, proofreading, and editing of NSP reports; and providing administrative support for NSP events and outreach.


The BPC seeks an intern to assist the national security team with both the day-to-day and larger-scope requirements of a demanding and rewarding work environment. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong research background in national security issues, excellent writing and editing skills, and strong organizational abilities. Applicants must also be able to work constructively as part of a team operating under deadlines.



Fall and spring NSP internships are unpaid.

Application Process

To apply, please submit all required materials via email only to [email protected] Incomplete applications will not be considered. Before emailing your materials please put your name, project, and the term for which you are applying in the subject line (Example: John Doe-NSP-Fall 2010). No phone calls, please.


Required materials:


  1. Internship Application
  2. Cover Letter and Résumé
  3. Writing Sample (approximately 3-5 pages) on a topic relating to national security
  4. College or University Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  5. Phone and email contact information for 2-3 references (including a professor or other individual familiar with your work)

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered and receive responses from the Bipartisan Policy Center.