Employment and Research Associates

The Stanley A. Weiss Research Associate Program

About the Program
At Business Executives for National Security (BENS), our Research Associates are a valuable resource. Research Associates are given substantive research and writing assignments in a variety of BENS’ major project areas. These include topics that lead to improving the Business of National Security such as reducing infrastructure and overhead, streamlining processes, and implementing efficiencies in process and product within and across agencies. The second area of focus includes recognizing emergent and growing threats to our nation’s economic security. This range of issues include threats potentially created by fragile states, terrorism, transnational organized crime, natural and man-made disasters and our own fiscal imbalance that may seriously risk our public and private institutions. For a complete list of policy programs and descriptions, click here.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Research Associates are an integral part of our project and policy work. They are given a combination of substantive and administrative responsibilities, the following is a rough breakdown:

Research and Project Support (60%)
• Tracking and analyzing relevant policy issues, such as acquisition reform in the Department of Defense.
• Attending Congressional hearings and taking notes.
• Working with Project Director(s) to provide supporting research for BENS projects, to include: 
  literature reviews, report summaries, bibliographies, analyses of relevant articles, etc.
• Engaging with members, as well as public and private sector partners, in support of project work.
• Attending and assisting with the preparation of all project-related events, including by:
  providing background memos; drafting trip books; taking meeting minutes.

Administrative Support (40%)
• Managing our prospect management database.
• Setting up and breaking down all project-related events.
• When necessary, staffing the front desk to answer phones and greet visitors.

Term
BENS offers Research Associate positions throughout the year. Spring terms typically run January-May, Summer terms June-August, and Fall terms September-December. This is a paid position and you must be available to work full-time for four or five days each week.

Requirements
BENS accepts Research Associates from all backgrounds and degree programs (e.g., International Affairs, Security Studies, Public Policy, Economics, MBAs). Most applicants have, or are in the process of finishing, their graduate degree. Strong writing and research skills are a must, as is an interest in national security issues. Previous work experience is strongly desired. You must be computer-literate and Internet-savvy. For more information, please call (202) 296-2125 or email internships@bens.org.

To Apply
All applicants are encouraged to explore our website before applying; demonstrating an interest in and understanding of BENS’ mission is critical to a competitive application.

Please send a concise cover letter, a one-page resume, and a 2-3 page writing sample to the Research Associate Coordinator at internships@bens.org. Applications that do not include all documentation will not be considered.

Deadlines for receipt of applications:
• Fall: July 31
• Spring: November 30
• Summer: April 1 (We may begin review in March.)

 

The BENS Internship Program

About the Program
At Business Executives for National Security (BENS) our Internship program is oriented around the notion that our Interns are integral members of our project team. Our program stresses education and professional development, and we strive to ensure that our Interns leave BENS with a richer, more nuanced understanding of the national security space.

We provide our Interns with opportunities to explore and expand their career goals, meaningfully engage with national security issues, and develop valuable professional skillsets. Throughout their time with BENS, Interns are given substantive research and writing assignments in a variety of BENS’ major project areas. Our interns will have numerous opportunities to attend and participate in BENS events with national security and private sector leaders in support of our work. They are also encouraged to represent BENS at Congressional hearings and public events. Overall, this program aims to provide the optimal
combination of practical work experience and educational opportunities to help our Interns achieve their career aspirations.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Throughout their time with BENS, Interns will be given substantive research and writing responsibilities, to include: tracking and analyzing relevant policy issues; attending Congressional hearings and taking notes; and working with Project Director(s) to provide supporting research for BENS projects.

Requirements
BENS accepts Interns from all backgrounds and degree programs (e.g., International Affairs, Security Studies, Public Policy, Economics, MBAs). While most applicants have recently completed their undergraduate degree or have just begun a graduate program, undergraduates are also encouraged to apply. Strong

writing and research skills are a must, as is an interest in national security issues. Previous work experience is strongly desired. You must be computer-literate and Internet-savvy. For more information, please call (202) 296-2125 or email internships@bens.org.

Term
BENS offers Internships throughout the year. Spring terms typically run January-May, Summer terms June-August, and Fall terms September-December. Generally, interns work full-time, although we are willing to accommodate part-time schedules on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply
All applicants are encouraged to explore our website before applying; demonstrating an interest in and understanding of BENS’ mission is critical to a competitive application.

Please send a concise cover letter, a one-page resume, and a 2-3 page writing sample to the Internship Coordinator at internships@bens.org. Applications that do not include all documentation will not be considered.

Deadlines for receipt of applications:
• Fall: July 31
• Spring: November 30
• Summer: April 1 (We may begin review in March.)

Connect With Us:

BENS National Office
1030 15th Street NW
Suite 200 East
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 296-2125 | Fax: (202) 296-2490
Email: bens@bens.org

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