Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Deputy Director of Communications

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a highly motivated, energetic and entrepreneurial Deputy Director of Communications 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 to submit a cover letter and CV to jobs@defenddemocracy.org. No phone calls, please. Salary commensurate with experience.

Senior Fellow

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks to hire a senior fellow to conduct independent research & analysis on issues related to terrorism, the Middle East, & economic sanctions to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. S/he will write op-eds, appear in broadcast media, testify before the U.S. and foreign governments, supervise subordinate(s), and more.

Qualified candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Political Science., Middle Eastern Studies, a related field, or the equivalent. Qualified candidates must possess three years experience in any position with high-level research/analysis in the Middle East, national security, international relations, economic sanctions & international terrorism.

Requirements include:

  • Specific domain expertise in democratization, history & political repression of Iran & international terrorism activities
  • Specific domain expertise in the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism & security, EU’s Middle East policymaking & transatlantic relations
  • Expertise in fostering dialogue between US & EU on issues of mutual concern in global security, Middle East peace & human rights
  • Public speaking experience on issues related to the Middle East, international terrorism, national security, international relations, and economic sanctions policies
  • Travel 5-6 times annually to Europe, South America & Middle East for research, meetings, public lectures & briefings w/ civil servants/govt officials

Job Location: Washington, DC.

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 mail a cover letter, CV, and transcripts to Jean Thurman at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, PO Box 33249, Washington, D.C. 20033. 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 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.

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 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.

2) The Research Department is looking for a full time intern with an interest in the Middle East, counterterrorism, and military affairs. Qualified candidates will have exceptional research and writing skills and familiarity with the U.S. political and military response to the Islamic State. This intern will work closely with one of FDD’s experts and can expect to conduct research using U.S. and international media sources as well as databases such as Lexis Nexis; review interviews, transcripts, photographs, and charts; write up detailed memos and footnotes; and engage in other related work as needed. Arabic language skills and/or a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. military are desirable, but not required.

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 Internships@DefendDemocracy.org