Internships in Global Security

The Initiative for Global Security provides funding for internship opportunities through both partnered internships and through funds made available to students who apply for peace or security-related internships through the Dickey Center's "Build Your Own" application. 

Funding for Security-related Internships

The Initiative for Global Security will provide funding for internships with partners of the Initiative - for now the Naval War College, but likely with other organizations soon - and security-focused internships. Information on how to apply for both Build Your Own security-related internships and for the Naval War College internships is available on this page. The Initiative will fund up to $4500 for in-person internships and up to $1500 for remote internships. 

Deadline for Winter 2023 Internships (security-related, but not partnered with the Naval War College): October 11th at 4:00pm EST.
Deadline for Spring Term 2024 Internships at the Naval War College: October 11th at 4:00pm EST.

Internships at the US Naval War College

This year, we are excited to begin to offer funding for internships partnered with the U.S. Naval War College. Internship opportunities are both remote and in-person. The application process for these internships is longer than those for most, thus you must apply two terms in advance. This deadline is for Spring 2024 term internships.

Deadline to apply for Spring Term Internships: October 11th at 4:00pm EST. 

Internships at the U.S. Naval War College

The Naval War College was established in 1884 to serve as "a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war."

The College maintains a small, tailored internship program that offers students from other institutions an opportunity to contribute to this research agenda and to the College's central mission. While the internship program has existed for many years, only recently have students been able to participate in virtual internships while living outside the Newport area.


Student interns work directly (or remotely) with Naval War College faculty on research related to a wide range of topics in international affairs, security studies, and foreign relations. Past interns have contributed to research on cyber security, counterterrorism, energy policy, ethics and technology, great-power competition, grand strategy, and maritime conflict, among other themes and topics.

The internship program welcomes students from various academic backgrounds. We are particularly interested in students with training and interests in international history, political science, international relations, economics, and security studies. Students with strong language skills, especially Chinese and Russian, are also encouraged to apply.

The Naval War College offers internships during the fall, winter, spring, and summer terms. The program features flexible working arrangements with varying time commitments, based on the needs and availability of faculty and interns. Student interns must be U.S. citizens actively pursuing a degree. To be eligible for this internship students must be on a registered "L" term with the College. Applications are currently open for those seeking a winter term internship

Apply Here

Apply here for both Build Your Own security-related internships and the Naval War College internships.

* For the Naval War College internship opportunities, this application is the first phase of a two-phased process. If you are selected by the review committee at the Dickey Center, you will be given further guidance on how to apply directly with the team at USNWC. Of note, they will require, at least, a cover letter, current CV, and transcript. If the USNWC is able to place you in an internship, the Dickey Center will work with you on funding and pre-departure information.