About BENS

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Business Executives for National Security (BENS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of senior business and industry executives who volunteer time and energy to share best practices from their corporate experience with military and government leaders across the national security enterprise. Our members have one goal: to make our country safer by assisting those leaders in identifying, developing, and applying solutions to business challenges confronting their commands and organizations. Founded in 1982, BENS has offices in New York, Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Boston.


Research Director – Projects Team

The Projects Research Director reports to BENS’ Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects.

The Research Director helps develop and manage national security-related research and development studies undertaken by BENS Councils. This is a cross-cutting research coordinator role across and with each of BENS Councils, managing BENS research efforts, working as part of the projects team. This portfolio should have familiarity with the Department of Defense and military services, the Department of Homeland Security and its subcomponent entities, the law enforcement and intelligence community, and all relevant oversight committees. Knowledge and ease in dealing with the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and State is a plus. We focus with respect to all on issues related to improving the effectiveness of business operations, including through innovative reform of management, procurement/acquisition practices, enterprise-wide shared services, etc., in the context particularly of great power competition. The position requires understanding of and ability to execute and coordinate complex research and data collection/analysis, distilled to practical essence to inform key decision-makers. It also 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 part of the incumbent’s responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four to eight years relevant professional experience in the public or private sector, including research and project management experience;
  • Advanced communication skills (oral and written);
  • Comfortable working with high level officials;
  • Master’s degree or Juris Doctor preferred;
  • Flexibility to travel (travel not extensive; only periodic).

TO APPLY

If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Mara Rudman, Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects, at MRudman@bens.org.


The Stanley A. Weiss Research Associate Internship Program

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 associates 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 in the national security community. Work includes:

  • Tracking and analyzing developments of relevant policy issues, including:
    • Critical mineral supply/demand challenges;
    • Resiliency of the energy grid from man-made and natural threats;
    • Efforts to recruit and retain a talented national security workforce; and
    • Transformative organizational changes to address great power competition.
  • Working with BENS project/policy staff to provide supporting research for work with BENS national security-focused government partners and business leaders, 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, taking meeting notes, contributing to recommendations and next steps.
  • Helping to draft products such as: media pieces, correspondence, reports and memos to government partners.
  • Covering Congressional hearings or other key meetings, including taking notes and drafting follow up memoranda.
  • Supporting the database needs for project-related efforts.
  • Setting up and breaking down 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. Research associate interns are paid an hourly wage set at current D.C. minimum wage, and receive metro travel benefits. We prefer those who are available to work full-time for four or five days each week, but will consider other outstanding candidates as well.

REQUIREMENTS

BENS accepts applicants from all backgrounds and degree programs (e.g., International Affairs, Security Studies, Public Policy, Economics, Business, Engineering, technical programs, 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 making government work more effectively with respect to national security efforts. Applicants must also be computer-literate and Internet-savvy. For more information, please call (202) 296-2125 or email SBerman@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 Sean Berman, Policy Associate, responsible for coordinating research associate internships, at SBerman@bens.org. Applications should include all documents to be considered.

GENERAL TIMELINE FOR REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS

> Fall: July
> Spring: November
> Summer: April

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at any time, however.

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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