Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Arabic Research Analyst / Associate

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated exclusively to promoting pluralism, defending democratic values, and fighting the ideologies that threaten democracy. 

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies seeks to hire a research associate to contribute to the organization’s Middle East research projects.

Qualifications should include:

  • 1 year or more of policy research experience
  • Research Proficiency in Arabic
  • Demonstrated expertise and/or familiarity in FDD’s areas of interest
  • Ability to successfully juggle simultaneous projects with different deadlines
  • Careful attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Natural curiosity
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s a plus

The job includes managing research requests, performing research on a number of different topics, database tracking, providing translations, and other tasks.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, unedited writing sample (no longer than 5 pages), and academic transcripts to research@defenddemocracy.org.

No phone calls please.

Deputy Director of Communications

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a Deputy Director of Communications to provide strategic support and assist in day-to-day press operations.

S/he will help generate earned media and position FDD experts as thought leaders to journalists in print and broadcast media; develop and maintain relationships with bookers and producers; draft and edit communication documents, including subscription emails, press releases and op-eds; prepare FDD officials for interviews; respond to incoming media requests; develop and maintain media lists and lead projects as needed. S/he will also work closely with the executive team, senior fellows, government relations department and the senior director of communications.

Qualifications include a minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in a political or policy-oriented communications capacity; an understanding of how print, broadcast and online media approach reporting; a track record of success in pitching print and broadcast media; excellent communication and writing skills; strong analytical and organizational skills; and a strong interest in FDD’s areas of expertise. Detail oriented professionals with a commitment to accountability and a desire to work collaboratively will be successful in this role.

FDD is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and résumé to jobs@defenddemocracy.org. The cover letter should include what issues within FDD’s areas of expertise are of a personal interest. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.

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 jobs@defenddemocracy.org. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

About FDD’s Internship Program

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of fall 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.

Eligibility

  • 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 part-time and full-time interns for the fall.  Interns will work closely with FDD staff to conduct research on a number of our critical projects.  Interns will also work with the research team and will likely have an opportunity to work directly with an FDD Research Fellow.  If there is a particular FDD Fellow of interest to you, please indicate that on 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 Communications Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the fall with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, communications and public relations, and marketing. Interns will experience Washington’s fast-paced media environment and see first-hand how policy and the media intersect. They 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, they will have developed skills that will further careers as reporters, public relations representatives, and Capitol Hill press relations staffers. Applicants must be hard working and eager to learn new skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office a must; experience with website content management systems and HTML are desirable but not required. Experience drafting press releases or media articles is desirable as well.

3) The Congressional Relations Department is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the fall.  Interns will work closely with FDD staff to conduct research on a number of our congressional projects.  Interns will also work with the research team and will likely cover congressional hearings, do background research on issues being considered by congress, and other legislative research projects.  If there is a particular national security issue of interest to you, please indicate that on your cover letter.  The Congressional Relations Department is looking for interns with broad research experience and an interest in the legislative branch. Previous internship experience on Capitol Hill is a plus.

4) The Department of Special Projects is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the fall with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, communications and public relations. Interns will have an opportunity to conduct professional research and turn ideas into action. Interns will be encouraged to attend outside events. Those with event planning experience will be strongly considered. Hebrew and Arabic language skills are a plus. Must be a US citizen.

6) Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the fall.  Interns will work closely with Dr. Gartenstein-Ross to conduct research on a number of critical projects focused on violent non-state actors. Projects may include conducting research on al-Qaeda and associated organizations, tracking and monitoring militant organizations in the Middle East and North Africa, and assessing the threat of violent actors in the MENA region.  Dr. Gartenstein-Ross 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 and French. Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross’ bio can be found here

7) 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. 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

Application Materials Required:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Short cover letter/personal statement articulating your interest in an internship position at FDD.
  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 Internships@DefendDemocracy.org