INTERNSHIPS

A National Security Studies education provides students with valuable internship opportunities with public and private sector employers in Utah, Washington, D.C., and across the United States.  Our students have interned on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon, and with the intelligence Community and the State Department, among other national security entities.  Internships are a great opportunity for students to develop knowledge, skills, and relationships in a real-world setting.  An internship can help put career goals into perspective, give students the resources to accomplish their career goals, and bridge the gap between the college and the professional world.  In the competitive national security world, internships are becoming almost a requirement to land a full time job.  The majority of internships in this field require comprehensive background checks for security clearances which can take over a year to complete.  Early planning is therefore critical.

Browse below for information on internships in the national security sector.

CAPITOL HILL

Congressional internships incorporate interning for a Senator, Congressman/woman, or Committee/Subcommittee. We welcome applicants from all areas of study and any level in school, but prefer students who are juniors or seniors in college have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Intern duties generally consist of writing letters, conducting research, participating in briefings and hearings, answering phones, giving tours of the Capitol, social media and constituent correspondence. 

Required application materials include, cover letter, resume, writing sample (3-5 pages), unofficial/official transcript and two letters of recommendation. If you are interested in any of the Internships found below, please contact Mallory Oliverson, mallory.oliverson@uvu.edu,801-863-7436.  **All applicants must go through UVU Internship Services to be considered for a congressional internship.

Click or tap on a Representative to visit their website.


 

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

American Enterprise Institute – Foreign and Defense Policy Area

Employment page

 

American Red Cross

 

The Atlantic Council

Website: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org

Employment and internships

 

The Brookings Institute

Website: http://www.brookings.edu

Opportunities at Brookings

 

The Center for Global Development

Website: http://www.cgdev.org 

Internships

 

Council on Foreign Relations

Website: http://www.cfr.org

Internships

 

Fund for Peace

Website: http://www.fundforpeace.org/

Organization

 

The German Marshall Fund

Website: http://www.gmfus.org

Career opportunities

 

Human Rights Watch

 

Institute for Policy Studies

Website: http://www.ips-dc.org/

Jobs and Internships

 

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Website: http://www.start.umd.edu/start/

 

National Democratic Institute

 

The Stimson Center

Website: http://www.stimson.org/

Internships

 

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Website: http://www.wilsoncenter.org 

Internships

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

For more information about national security internships, contact us at 801.863.6891 or nationalsecurity@uvu.edu or contact our Internship Coordinators: 

Mallory Oliverson

Government/High Impact
mallory.olliverson@uvu.edu
801.863.7436
LC 410K

James McCoy

College of Health and Public Service
james.mccoy@uvu.edu
801.863.5702
Hangar A 208

McKay Isham

College of Humanities and Social Services
mckay.isham@uvu.edu
801.863.5639
CB 508C

CAREERS

Careers related to national security are among the fastest growing professions in the country, with opportunities in both the public and private sectors. There is a wide range of national security career paths for NSS students. Students should consult with their advisors, professors, and the CNSS to identify the best path for their unique interests and qualifications. Be advised that national security jobs are extremely competitive and require security clearances which can take over a year to complete, so early planning is critical.

For specific job postings in federal national security departments and agencies, see USAjobs.gov

For more information, contact the CNSS at nationalsecurity@uvu.edu or 801.863.6891
or the Career Development Center at careerdevelopmentcenter@uvu.edu or 801.863.6364