Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Research Assistant, FDD's Military Affairs Project

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 seeks a research assistant/research analyst for FDD’s Military Affairs project. The successful applicant will manage the project’s online database, MilitaryEdge.org, and assist senior experts as they develop research and policy ideas in this crucial field.

The research assistant’s principal responsibilities will include:

  • Monitor the military balance in the Middle East and North Africa and maintain the project’s online database
  • Prepare on-demand research and analysis of developing military and security crises
  • Research various weapons systems and defense equipment and evaluate their impact on the regional military balance and risks to U.S. and allied forces
  • Prepare a daily news aggregation for the project’s subscribers and to keep senior leadership informed on events and developments
  • Manage the project’s online content, social media, and email products
  • Write policy briefs and op-eds on key military-related issues affecting U.S. foreign policy and its allies

Qualifications:

  • BA or Master's Degree with an area of focus in: international relations, military history, or national security
  • 2+ years working in a relevant field
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong writing, research, and analytical 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 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.

Communications Associate

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) seeks a highly motivated, well-organized team player committed to further the organization’s work.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Arrange broadcast, print and digital media interview requests from beginning to end.
  • Work with FDD’s research team to develop press releases, emails, newsletters, website and social media on issues of concern to FDD based on our research.
  •  Support the planning and execution of communications strategies and tactical plans. 
  • Create and manage editorial calendar for all online and offline communications.
  • Assist with all broadcasts from FDD’s studios, including television and FDD events.
  • Compile an online weekly newsletter composed of articles by FDD’s experts.
  • Maintain and update media lists.
  • Track media placements.
  • Support projects and initiatives of the communications department.
  • Update website with new research, media interviews, op-eds and event videos
  • Help manage interns in completing assigned projects.

Qualifications include:

  • B.A. degree in communications, journalism, political science or related fields.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment.
  • Digital communications experience.
  • Media relations skills desired.
  • High attention to detail and strong organization skills, including timeliness and accuracy.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external contacts at all levels.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and with the news cycle as required.
  • Knowledge of HTML helpful but not required.

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.

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.

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.

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

SUMMER 2017 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. Interns will monitor the organization's media profile, help draft press releases, craft social media content, assist with coordinating broadcast interviews, 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.

2) The Design and Digital Team is seeking a full-time intern for the summer. 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 T.V 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.

Application Materials Required:

  • Resume/CV
  • 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.)
  • Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)
  • 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