Truman National Security Project

Internship Program

Current Status: Applications for our Summer 2016 internship program are now open! Interns must be in Washington, DC and available to start by May 31, 2016.


  • Applicants may be undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students who share our community’s common values.
  • Spring and Fall interns attending college will often be part time, but should be available at least three days (or 20 hours) per week.
  • Please view specific internship openings below, as requirements may vary by department.
  • Veterans, current ROTC participants, and members of military families are particularly encouraged to apply.


Spring Term. Runs from January through May. Applications accepted starting August 15th.

Summer Term. Runs from May/June through August/September. Applications accepted starting January 15th.

Fall Term. Runs from September through December.  Applications accepted starting June 1st.


Once we begin accepting applications for your desired session, send your materials to Be sure to include:

  • Subject line: Last name, first initial, desired term & year (Ex: “Hurley, R., fall 1998″)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressed to Meghan Valle
  • Preference order (1-4) of the 4 internship placements that best match your skills (4 preferences are required in order to be considered)
  • Estimated availability (start and end dates and days of the week).
  • Additional materials requested for some openings; please see below for details

When possible, we prefer interns to bring their own laptops. However, lack of a personal laptop will not count against any qualified candidate. Please simply note in your email if you cannot provide your own computer.

Please understand that the high volume of applications may prevent us from responding individually to your application.

This is an unpaid internship.

No calls, please.


Communications (1-3 interns)

The Communications Department connects Truman|CNP—and our broader community of policy, political, and national security experts—to the press and the public. You can see a slice of our work on our three Twitter feeds, our three Facebook pages, the In the News and Operation Free blogs where we collect our press coverage, and our directory of nationwide experts we place via publications and book on radio and TV. Interns are integral and essential to our team, getting immediate hands-on experience in a fast-paced, exciting operation.

The ideal Communications intern will be:

  • Experienced with social media, editing, or blogging
  • A clear and concise writer
  • A quick worker who can make short deadlines
  • Able to think on your feet and solve problems independently
  • Collaborative with the other interns on your team and willing to divvy up bigger tasks
  • Confident on the phone and in person with members and visitors
  • Enthusiastic and creative
  • Familiar with WordPress or similar programs

Bonus skills, not required but helpful to mention:

  • Graphic design, to create basic Facebook content
  • Photography or videography; video editing
  • HTML, CSS, or database experience
  • Knowledge of any of these programs: Excel, Google products, Hootsuite, Salsa, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, Vocus, Meltwater, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Salsa

Additional application requirements for this position:

  • Writing sample, preferably a blog post (max 700 words)

This internship reports to Victoria Glynn.

Development (1-3 interns)

Development interns support the Development Department, which is responsible for creating and implementing the national fundraising strategy for the organization. You’ll help us in identifying potential individual, institutional, corporate, and political donors, planning fundraising trips and events in DC and nationwide, and communicating with current donors via our monthly newsletter. Candidates should possess strong research skills, feel comfortable navigating databases, and have an interest in learning about fundraising.

Sample intern tasks:

  • Research prospective donors
  • Create and organize materials for donor meetings
  • Assist in planning fundraisers in DC and nationwide
  • Write and edit donor communications, including our monthly newsletter
  • Maintain accurate records in our donor database
  • Track our organization’s qualitative metrics

This internship reports to Jenn Mellen.

Membership (2 interns)

Are you a natural organizer?  Can you figure it out and get it done no matter what the problem?  Are you resourceful?  Do you have finely tuned networking skills?  If you want to learn about what careers lay in store for you, then you’ll have that chance through the Membership department.

Interns will work with the Truman Project’s three programs: The Security Fellowship, the Political Partnership, and the Defense Council. Each intern will work with the whole team to support the three programs, gaining exposure to all three sets of members in DC and across the country. Veterans, current ROTC participants, and members of military families are particularly encouraged to apply.

The ideal Leadership Development intern will be:

  • Passionate about making the world a safer and happier place to live
  • Storytellers and organizers
  • Experienced using (or willing to learn) databases like Google Drive, Excel and Salsa
  • Dedicated team players
  • Quick, efficient workers under pressure
  • Familiar with some HTML, or tech-savvy enough to learn some on the job
  • Confident and comfortable talking on the phone

Sample intern tasks:

  • Managing member data
  • Plan and execute events for members (including policy briefings, skill-building workshops and social events)
  • Manage and manipulate membership data to produce targeted contact lists
  • Write newsletters, announcements, and more for a community of 1,000 policymakers, politicos and veterans
  • Make phone calls to members and vendors
  • Sit in on off-the-record meetings with community members

This internship reports to Sean Berger.

Operations (1 Human Resources intern, 1 Accounting or Nonprofit Management intern)

The Operations Department is responsible for ensuring smooth and efficient day-to-day operations of the organization. Operations interns will support administrative, human resources, financial work, and facility logistics. Candidates should have some experience working in an office.

Sample intern tasks:

  • Research best practices, organizational policies and procedures
  • Assist with HR compliance issues
  • Write and edit internal communications, including bi-weekly operations newsletter
  • Maintain financial filing
  • Procure office supplies and equipment

This internship reports to Tiffani Huskey.

Policy (2-4 interns)

The policy team develops and supports 21st-century security policies and builds programs that educate and advocate around those solutions. Policy interns may support policy department staff, CNP President Scott Bates, and the Executive Director, Mike Breen.

The ideal Policy intern will be:

  • An excellent researcher
  • Technologically savvy (Office, Google products at minimum; HTML, WordPress, Salsa database experience preferred) and quick to learn new platforms
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Comfortable interacting with Hill staffers and national security experts
  • A strong writer
  • Professional

Sample intern tasks:

  • Research national security related issues
  • Write memos on key security issues for internal & external audiences
  • Coordinate security, defense, and media trainings
  • Help plan and execute policy events and panels
  • Assist with logistics and recruitment for our Congressional Security Scholars program
  • Attend and summarize panels and briefings

Additional application requirements for this position:

  • Writing sample, preferably a memo or notes from a foreign policy related event/panel (2 pages max)

 This internship reports to Kerry Kraemer.

Political (1-3 interns)

The political team builds political power for rising leaders across the country. We train elected officials, candidates, and other leaders on national security and foreign policy topics, and help our community members to build their political profiles to run for public office. Political interns are the type of people who have run for student government or ran the class president’s campaign. They would rather make 20 phone calls and make 20 friends than write a paper.

The ideal Political team interns will be:

  • Tenacious, energetic, and dedicated
  • Familiar with databases like VAN, NGP, or Salsa
  • Experienced with Microsoft Programs, Google Drive, and InDesign (experience with additional graphics software is preferred)
  • Able to manage multiple projects at one time (and figure out which one is more important to prioritize)
  • Comfortable and confident reaching out to people via phone
  • Willing to stay late for social and recruitment events (it may help to be 21+)
  • Experienced with organizing in some way

This internship reports to Walter Bishop.

Executive Intern (1-2 interns)

The Executive Intern position offers individuals an opportunity to work alongside our Chief Strategy Officer. The CSO manages the team that designs and executes all programs and initiatives that align with our organizational goals and priorities. The Executive Intern will get a unique perspective on how a small NGO operates from the highest levels. This is the perfect position for those who want to start or run their own NGO or advocacy organization, or hope to work in a management position. It is also great for those who want a better understanding of what developing a strategy for an organization actually involves.

The ideal Executive intern will be:

  • Outgoing, with stellar networking skills
  • Willing to work hard and have fun
  • Able to multitask
  • Experienced with Excel and basic budgeting
  • A strong researcher
  • A team player
  • Good at developing organizational systems and procedures
  • Willing to work some evenings

Sample intern tasks:

  • Provide scheduling support, write reports, take notes in high-level meetings etc.
  • Help with creating new project management systems and structures
  • Research and writing on a broad variety of subjects
  • Assist at public and private events

Additional application requirements for this position:

  • Writing sample (2-3 pages)
  • Contact information for 2 references

This internship reports to Brandon Fureigh.