Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Congressional Relations Manager
Summary: The Congressional Relations Manager will help to distribute FDD’s research and analysis to audiences on Capitol Hill and assist in other educational capacities related to Congress, including testimony and briefings. He/she will report to the Deputy Director of Congressional Relations and Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy.
 
Detailed Duties:
  • Draft and/review written materials to be sent to Congressional offices. This includes sending our scholar’s articles, other relevant articles, memos, and other communications.
  • Work on FDD’s Hill events.
  • Conduct research, compile requested information, and draft related materials.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, press conferences, public forum discussions, etc., and memorialize in writing the issues covered at such events.
  • Remain current on FDD’s areas of policy expertise, and serve as a resource regarding those issues for Congressional staff.
  • Keep well informed of current events and FDD scholarly work on a wide range of topics affecting the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond.
  • Review the daily news regarding Congress and digest for government relations team.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications/Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science/international relations.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in related field.
  • Passion for national security issues in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Congressional experience preferred.
  • Ability to conduct thorough research and draft related work product.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, working in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
  • Full competencies in the Microsoft Office Suite.
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.
 Senior Fellow, Turkish Affairs

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a senior Turkey analyst to anchor a new Turkey program. 

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the political, policy, and/or NGO space
  • Masters degree or higher
  • Advanced written and spoken Turkish
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to manage a small team
  • Ability to think creatively and independently

This position will answer directly to FDD’s vice president for research.

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

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.

OPPORTUNITIES

About FDD’s Internship Program

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of spring 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 spring.  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 spring 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, attend Washington events and assist with broadcast interviews. At the end of the term, they will have developed skills that will further careers as reporters, public relations representatives, and Capitol Hill 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 spring.  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 spring 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.

5) Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen is seeking one intern to assist with the writing of his book on Italian Jewish revival. Interested candidates must be able to speak and read Italian. The with an immediate start date. The duration of the internship is to be determined and is dependent on the progress of this project.

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