Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Cyber Strategy and Policy Expert

Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has an established record for producing research on the cutting edge of counterterrorism, illicit finance, and economic sanctions. FDD is seeking a cyber strategy and policy expert to contribute to FDD’s new project on cyber-enabled economic warfare. The successful applicant will work with our regional and subject matter experts and will become part of a sought after group of thought leaders in this area.

The expert’s principal responsibilities will include:

• Identify cyber strategies and tactics of states and non-state actors
• Assess risks to U.S. national security and recommend a range of countermeasures
• Research emerging cyber threats and trends
• Research U.S. policies and identify gaps in government strategies and planning
• Co-author/author external publications (reports, op-eds, journal articles, memos) with forward-looking conclusions and recommendations
• Brief policymakers on trends and recommendations

Qualifications:

• BA or Master's Degree with an area of focus in: cyber-security, foreign policy, or national security
• 5+ years working in the private sector or in government as an intelligence analyst and/or researcher with experience in cyber and adversarial strategy
• Experience in governance, risk management, and threat assessment
• Prior military, Department of Defense, Intelligence Community or high tech experience preferred
• Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
• Willingness to interact with diverse groups within the USG Executive Branch, Congress, academia, and the private sector
• Strong analytical and writing skills a must

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 to submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to jobs@defenddemocracy.org. Please include the cover letter in the body of the email and the CV and writing sample attached in PDF format. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.

 

Deputy Director, National Security Network

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, DC-based non-partisan policy institute, seeks to hire a Deputy Director to oversee the National Security Network, FDD’s flagship program for mid-career national security practitioners, including the National Security Fellows Program, the National Security Trip to Israel and the Military Trip to Israel.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Director of Special Projects on all aspects of conceptualizing, managing and staffing the National Security Fellows Program, the National Security Network and the National Security Trips to Israel.
  • Helping to recruit, interview and select network participants.
  • Responding to inquiries from prospective applicants and Fellows, demonstrating authoritative knowledge of FDD’s mission and program policies.
  • Coordinating logistics and planning for all National Security Network programming for up to five events per month.
  • Drafting speaker remarks to deliver during public events.
  • Identifying creative opportunities to grow the network, including conceptualizing new event opportunities and outreach initiatives and conducting targeted research to identify new stakeholders.
  • Serving as the direct contact for all network participants.
  • Maintaining comprehensive event calendar and schedule.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in special events in communications, international relations, military affairs and/or journalism.
  • Degree in a related field, with a demonstrated interest and knowledge in U.S. foreign policy with an emphasis on the Middle East a plus.
  • Experience in coalition-building a plus.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ease in networking environments.
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills with an ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Superior problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience working with high-level contacts.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion.
  • Ability to handle flexible hours (at least three events per month take place in the evenings), and willingness to travel abroad up to three times per year.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to julia@defenddemocracy.org. Please include the cover letter in the body of the email and the resume attached in PDF format. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.

 

Arabic Language Research Analyst

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks a full-time research analyst with professional or native fluency in Arabic, especially reading and listening. The successful applicant will be familiar with the politics of the Arab Middle East and will be able to translate Arabic language materials into English with speed and precision.

The analyst’s principal responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct a comprehensive daily review of major events in the Arab world utilizing Arabic language sources
  • Prepare a daily round-up of news from the region in order to inform senior fellows and other analysts at FDD
  • At the request of FDD senior fellows or the director of research, translate primary sources from Arabic into English
  • Also on request, conduct research to support ongoing FDD projects related to the Middle East
  • Write and publish original analyses of political, economic, and security issues in the Middle East
  • As requested, support FDD efforts to educate lawmakers, executive branch officials, and members of the media.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with a focus on politics, economics, or history, preferably related to the Arab world
  • 1+ years working in a relevant field
  • Ability to take the initiative and achieve goals with limited supervision
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong research, writing, and analytic skills are essential

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 to submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to jobs@defenddemocracy.org. Please include the cover letter expressing your specific interest in FDD in the body of the email and the CV and writing sample attached in PDF format. No phone calls, please.

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 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.  

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 and your availability for the semester.)

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 Shayla Ragimov, Intern Coordinator, at Internships@DefendDemocracy.org

 

FALL 2017 Internship Openings

 

1) The Research Department is seeking full-time and part-time interns for the fall. Interns will work closely with the FDD research team to conduct research on a number of our critical projects, including Iran, the Arab world, and Turkey. Projects tend to focus on regional developments, politics, foreign relations, and national security. 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 strong writing capabilities. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language – especially Persian (Farsi), Arabic, or Turkish – is a plus, but not required.

2) 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 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 semester.

3) The Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is seeking part-time and full-time interns for the fall. 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, cyber financial threats, 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, Korean, and Russian. Knowledge of cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech also would be helpful to assist with CSIF’s growing research on the potential illicit use of financial technologies. Duties may also include supporting CSIF’s news monitoring and social media engagement. More background on the Center can be found at:  http://defenddemocracy.org/csif

4) The Turkey Program is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the fall. The intern will work closely with our Turkey team, including former Turkish parliamentarian and FDD senior fellow Dr. Aykan Erdemir, to assist with research on Ankara's foreign and domestic policies, as well as its regional influence. Interns must have previous research experience and be able to conduct research in Turkish. Additional Middle Eastern languages, such as Kurdish, Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew are a plus, but not required. If there is a particular Turkey-related issue of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter.

5) The Latin America Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the fall. The intern will work closely with our Latin America team, including senior fellow Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, to assist with research on threats posed by state and non-state actors in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin. Projects include analysis of illicit financing networks and threats to U.S. national security interests. Interns must have previous research experience and be able to conduct research in Spanish. Portuguese is a plus, but not required. If there is a particular Latin American-related issue of interest, please indicate that in your cover letter.

6) East Asia Internship: FDD is seeking a full-time or part-time intern for the fall to focus on developments in East Asia, particularly North Korea. The intern will work closely with former U.S. government official and FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero to assist with research on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs/proliferation; the relationships between China, South Korea, and Japan; and emerging issues such as China's aggressive actions in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Projects may include research on North Korea's strategic programs and efforts to evade sanctions, as well as the effectiveness of sanctions as a foreign policy tool to address conflicts in the region. Interns must have previous research experience. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language – especially Korean – is a plus, but not required.  If there is a particular Asia-related issue of interest to you, please indicate that in your cover letter.

7) The National Security Network is seeking a part-time intern for fall. The National Security Network includes programming for the National Security Fellows Program (NSFP), National Security Trips to Israel, and alumni initiatives. Interns for this program should have background knowledge and interest in national security and Middle East issues, with a focus on Israel. Candidates should also have strong organizational and communication skills, and experience coordinating high- level events. Responsibilities will include coordinating event logistics, assisting with member recruitment, researching suitable speakers for events in DC and Israel, updating and monitoring office databases, drafting event invitations, corresponding with event vendors, setting up and staffing events, as well as miscellaneous market research projects. Candidates must have flexible schedules to work evening events when required and be proactive problem solvers with a keen attention to detail.

8) The Department of Special Projects seeks a part-time or full-time intern for the fall with an interest in foreign policy, journalism, and research.  The Department is looking for interns with research experience and strong writing skills. Interns will have an opportunity to conduct professional research and turn ideas into action. Interns will work closely with the FDD research team to conduct research on economic warfare, Middle East history, U.S. policy, and foreign policy. Those with an interest in Israeli-Palestinian issues and economic warfare are strongly encouraged to apply. The ability to conduct research in Arabic or Hebrew is a plus, but not required.

9) 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, 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. Interns will monitor the organization's media profile, assist in tracking media metrics, assist in developing contacts in broadcast/print media, help craft social media content, market Washington policy events, and many other communications activities. At the end of the term, interns will have developed and diversified their skills 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.

10) The Design and Digital Team is seeking a part-time or full-time intern for the fall. This hybrid position focuses on: 1). Graphic design work for print, web, and motion graphics to support organizational research and policy expressed through reports, policy briefs, congressional testimony, and events. Design products include infographics, books, animations, FDD branding materials, media kits, brochures, etc. 2). The position also focuses on the development of social media content and its corresponding strategy, hands on assistance with audio/visual production (in support of organizational podcasts, and broadcasted FDD events and TV appearances), as well as photography, website editing, and website development. Previous knowledge and skills with Adobe Creative Cloud products such as Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere and Audition, are necessary. A portfolio of past design or digital work should be included in any application submitted.