The Stanley A. Weiss Research Associate Program

Business Executives for National Security (BENS) relies on our Research Associate Interns. They contribute to all aspects of our work in applying best business practices to addressing the nation’s most critical security challenges. Research Associate Interns receive substantive research and writing assignments in BENS’ major areas of work. For a complete list of current project/policy efforts and descriptions, click here.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Research Associate Interns are integral to the BENS team. They have substantive research and administrative responsibilities, supporting BENS’ organizational goals and the work BENS is doing with government partners. Work includes:

Research and Project Support

  • Tracking and analyzing developments of relevant policy issues, such as defense acquisition reform efforts.
  • Covering Congressional hearings or other key meetings, including taking notes and drafting follow up memoranda.
  • Working with BENS project/policy staff to provide supporting research for work with BENS government partners, including: literature reviews, report summaries, bibliographies, analyses of relevant articles.
  • Engaging with business leaders who are BENS members, and other public and private sector partners, to support BENS work.
  • Assisting with the preparation of and participating in project-related events, including drafting background memos, event agendas trip books, and taking meeting notes.
  • Helping to draft written products such as: media pieces, correspondence, reports and memos to government partners.

Administrative Support

  • Setting up and breaking down all project-related events.
  • Supporting the logistical and database needs of all project-related events.
  • General office administrative support.

Term
BENS offers Research Associate internship positions throughout the year. Spring terms typically run January-May, Summer terms June-August, and Fall terms September-December. This is a paid position for those who will not be receiving academic credit. You should be available to work full-time for four or five days each week.

Requirements
BENS accepts applicants from all backgrounds and degree programs (e.g., International Affairs, Security Studies, Public Policy, Economics, or any professional school graduate program). Most applicants have, or are in the process of completing, an undergraduate or graduate degree. However, candidates are selected at a variety of career points, depending on their skills and prior experience. Strong writing and research skills are required, as is an interest in national security issues. Previous work experience is strongly desired. Applicants must also be computer-literate and Internet-savvy. For more information, please call (202) 296-2125 or email PolicyInternships@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 PolicyInternships@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 15 (We may begin review in March.)


The BENS Internship Program

At Business Executives for National Security (BENS) our Internship program is oriented around the notion that our Interns are integral members of our 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 national security. We provide our Interns with opportunities to explore and expand their career goals, meaningfully engage with national security issues, and develop valuable professional skillsets.

BENS has two internship opportunities, each focusing on a specific skillset: (1) Policy and (2) Communications. Candidates should review the descriptions below and apply for the position that best suits their career goals.

POLICY INTERNSHIP

Throughout their time with BENS, Policy 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 Policy 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 PolicyInternships@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 can 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 PolicyInternships@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 15 (We may begin review in March.)

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

BENS Communications Interns will play a critical role on the BENS communications team, gaining the opportunity to take part in every facet of the organization’s communication efforts. From graphic design to social media, interns will learn to formulate impactful messaging that connects the nonprofit, commercial, and government sectors. Overall, this program aims to provide the optimal combination of practical work experience and educational opportunities to help interns achieve their career aspirations.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Interns will support a two-person communications team in designing publications, drafting op-ed and blog pieces for public release, and crafting e-messages that demonstrably engage our membership and the national security community.

Requirements
This opportunity accepts candidates from a wide-ranging field of disciplines and degrees, and are not limited to those with communications backgrounds. Candidates, however, should indicate an interest in further developing corporate communication skills. Candidates should be proficient writers capable of writing in a journalistic style. Proficiency with the Adobe Suite and comfort with HTML, CSS, and Blackbaud NetCommunity is also a plus. For more information, please call (202) 481-1148 or email CommsInternships@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 can accommodate part-time schedules on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply
All applicants are encouraged to explore our website before applying. Strong applicants should be familiar with our current products and be prepared to demonstrate that they are capable of making them better.

Please email a one-page resume and a writing sample or personally created graphic to the Internship Coordinator at CommsInternships@bens.org. Do not send a separate cover letter. Include cover letter information in the body of your email. Writing samples should be no more than one-page, and preferably written in journalistic style. Graphics can be anything from an invitation to an infographic that you personally designed using editing software. We will not consider applications that do not meet these instructions.

Deadlines for receipt of applications:
> Fall: August 15
> Spring: November 30
> Summer: April 15 (We may begin review in March.)

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