NSPC Internship Program

The NSPC Internship Program offers students the opportunity to gain work experience and develop skills while contributing to the Center’s mission. Interns work alongside national security policy professionals, making significant contributions to projects that address pressing national security challenges. Our summer internship program runs from May until August of each year. We also accept a small number of interns during the school year on a rolling basis. Interns receive compensation for their work.


  • 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 undergraduate 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 brief writing sample to Claire Oto at wcv9qx@virginia.edu.

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.”


To learn more about our interns, click here.