Jobs & Internships


Social and Digital Media Specialist

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focused on foreign policy and national security, seeks to hire a social and digital media specialist. Social and digital media are essential to the dissemination of FDD’s research and strategic mission. The specialist plays an integral role in achieving organizational objectives across multiple platforms by creating engaging content optimized for online audiences. The production of visual and written material helps extend the reach of FDD experts and their work and helps to drive the conversation in innovative ways. The specialist position also focuses on front and back end management of FDD’s website, working closely with the director of communications to coordinate and prioritize short-term and long-term web projects in accordance with organizational needs.

Qualifications should include:

  • 1 year or more of professional experience working on a communications team, focusing on social media
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud programs
  • Video / Photo editing
  • Knowledge of social analytics tools
  • Experience working with CSS / HTML
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills / positive attitude
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Interests in communications and international studies are a plus

No phone calls please.

Managing Editor for Broadcast and Media Development

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a highly motivated, energetic and entrepreneurial Managing Editor for Broadcast and Media Development to raise the institution's profile on television and radio, develop relationships with regional media and identify external partners. S/he will identify unique angles and opportunities to position executive staff, experts and fellows as thought leaders; be tasked with forming strong relationships with bookers/producers as well as FDD leadership and staff to create fresh opportunities to present unique perspectives; and take pride in their accountability.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in political, policy, association or nonprofit booking with major electronic media or as a booker/producer for the same
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and with the news cycle as required
  • Demonstrated discretion with proprietary and/or sensitive information
  • High-level critical thinking skills, sound judgment and calm under pressure

S/he will have a commitment to working within a flat communications structure and a strong interest in FDD's areas of expertise.

FDD is a nonprofit and nonpartisan national security and foreign policy institute devoted to independent research in the defense of free nations against their enemies. Founded in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, FDD uniquely combines policy research, counterterrorism and democracy education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism to pursue the goal of a more secure future for America and her allies.

Interested applicants are encouraged submit a cover letter and CV to No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.


About FDD’s Internship Program

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of summer internship opportunities available.  All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting.  FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff.  FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship.   All internships are unpaid.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.


  • Must be at least a college junior (third year) in good standing.
  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 - 40 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Internship Openings

1) The Research Department is seeking full-time interns for the summer. Interns will work closely with the FDD research team to conduct research on a number of our critical projects, including Iran, Turkey, and the Persian Gulf. Projects may include monitoring developments in a country, conducting research on a country’s policies or foreign relations, tracking official statements, etc. Those with an interest in the Middle East and foreign policy are strongly encouraged to apply. If there is a particular FDD fellow of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter. The Research Department is looking for interns with research experience, and ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus but not required.

2) The Congressional Relations Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer.  Interns will work closely with FDD staff to conduct research on a number of our congressional projects. Interns will cover congressional hearings, do background research on issues being considered by Congress, and other legislative research projects pertaining to timely national security issues. Please review FDD's website and in your cover letter please share a particular national security issue of interest to you and thoughts you have about this issue. The Congressional Relations Department is looking for interns with broad research experience and an interest in the legislative branch. While internship experience on Capitol Hill is a plus, the skills and network acquired during this internship will help those seeking opportunities on Capitol Hill in the future. Internship includes a great speaker series and career guidance throughout the summer.

3) The Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer. Interns will work closely with the Center’s Director of Analysis to conduct research on a number of critical projects relating to illicit finance networks and economic threats to US interests. Projects may include working to uncover and track terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, and organized criminal networks.  CSIF is looking for interns with research experience, and the ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus, but not required. Helpful languages include Arabic, Farsi, and Russian. Duties may also include supporting CSIF’s news monitoring and social media engagement. CSIF is a center of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD.) Information about the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance can be found here

4) The Communications Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the summer with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, communications and public relations, social and digital media, web design, and marketing. Interns will experience Washington’s fast-paced media environment and see first-hand how policy and media intersect, and how to take reports from print to computer screen. Interns will monitor the organization's media profile, help draft press releases, work with the organization’s social media expert, assist with broadcast interviews, work on the media piece of Washington policy events and many other communications activities. At the end of the term, interns will have developed and diversified their skill-sets to further their careers as reporters, public relations representatives, and Capitol Hill press relations staffers. Applicants must be hard working and eager to learn new skills. Strong writing skills desired. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is a must; experience with website content management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. Internship includes a great speaker series, career support and professional skill-building.

5) The Department of Special Projects is seeking a part-time or full-time intern for the summer with an interest in foreign policy, communications public relations, and journalism. Interns will have an opportunity to conduct professional research and turn ideas into action. Interns will be encouraged to attend relevant outside events for research purposes. Hebrew and Arabic language skills are a plus.

6) The National Security Program is seeking a part-time intern for the summer. An ideal candidate will have background knowledge and interest in national security and Middle East issues, experience in planning and executing events, strong attention to detail, and organizational skills. Candidates must have flexible schedules to work evening events when required and be proactive problem solvers. Responsibilities will include researching event vendors, coordinating event logistics, updating and monitoring office databases, drafting invitations and correspondence, and staffing events.

7) Russia research internship: FDD is seeking a part-time or full-time Russia research intern for the summer. An ideal intern candidate will have a strong interest in Russian current affairs. Research and reading fluency in Russian language are highly desirable but not a prerequisite. Assignments include compiling daily news clips for senior staff, monitoring and reporting on Russia related congressional hearings and events, and working with the Russia team on executing successful events related to the project. The intern will conduct research in support of ongoing reports, op-eds, and other external research requests.

Application Materials Required:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter (Please review our website and include which FDD projects and issue areas resonate with you and why. Also indicate where you found this internship.)
  3. Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
  4. Unofficial transcript copy

Please specify the department(s) for which you would like to be considered (feel free to indicate preferences in your cover letter). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To Apply: In order for your application to be considered, send all application materials via email to Kristin Smoot, Intern Coordinator, at