Employment and Research Associates

Full Time Employment

Director for Policy Projects – Emerging Threats

Department: Policy
Reports to: SVP for Policy

Overall Responsibility:
The Director for Policy Projects (Emerging Threats) is responsible for developing and managing national security-related projects, normally in partnership with one or more federal agencies and/or congressional committees. This portfolio focuses upon emerging threats such as illicit networks; emerging payment methods; threat finance; domestic, and economic security. The position requires building relationships, building teams and producing results. The incumbent takes the lead on some projects and supports staff colleagues on others.  Engaging the organization’s members in each effort is a primary part of the incumbent’s responsibilities. 


  • Four to seven years professional experience in the public or private sector, project management experience a plus
  • Advanced communication skills (oral and written)
  • Comfortable working with high level officials and business executives
  • Experience in effectively preparing for and running (and letting others run where appropriate) working meetings
  • Strong interest in national security, homeland security, and U.S. government organizations and processes
  • A working knowledge of illicit network threats and challenges – less from a technical perspective; more from a public policy point of view
  • Master’s degree in relevant field or Juris Doctor
  • Flexibility to travel (travel not extensive; only periodic)

To Apply
Submit one writing sample of your choice, cover letter, resume and salary requirements to drobinson@raffa.com.

The Stanley A. Weiss Research Associate 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 policy 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. PLEASE EXPLORE OUR WEBSITE BEFORE APPLYING!

Along with tracking and analyzing policy, there are ample opportunities for attending Congressional hearings and meeting with key governmental figures and business executives. RAs are also responsible for administrative tasks such as note taking and event prep work.

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.

BENS accepts Research Associates from all backgrounds and degree programs (e.g., International Affairs, Security Studies, Public Policy, MBAs). 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; we use the Microsoft Office suite of software. For more information, please call (202) 296-2125 or email internships@bens.org.

To Apply
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.)

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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