Student Opportunities

The NSPC offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in national security. These opportunities allow students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world national security problems, while improving their skills. Students work under the direct supervision of NSPC leadership on NSPC projects, events and initiatives.


  • Develop strong research and presentation skills
  • Understand the complexities of national security policymaking
  • Establish positive relationships and build new networks
  • Direct access to NSPC leadership for mentorship and professional advice


All UVA students, regardless of major, are eligible to apply for our internship program.

Application Process

We accept a small number of interns during the school year and run a formal internship program every summer. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (not more than five pages) to

Testimonials from former Interns

“Thank you for the opportunity. The NSPC internship saved a summer that could have been ruined by COVID-19.”

“I thought that the NSPC did an incredible job coordinating and allowing interns to work on a variety of truly interesting projects that were not just “busy work.” I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to work at the NSPC this summer.”

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with the NSPC all summer! I enjoyed the projects I was on, and this is the most experience I’ve gotten doing research in an internship. Also, all supervisors are very helpful with both project-related questions and in conversations about searching for a career.”