The Stanley A. Weiss Research Associate Program

At Business Executives for National Security (BENS), we rely on Research Associates across the organization. They contribute to efforts that address critical issues facing the national security enterprise. Research Associates are given substantive research and writing assignments in BENS’ major project areas. These include:

  • Identifying business models that cut overhead and empower U.S. national security-focused agencies to become better buyers;
  • Encouraging the adoption of business practices that free-up resources and minimize reductions in frontline operational capabilities;
  • Promoting management principles that improve the outcomes of government operations, increase retention of key personnel, and improve oversight of homeland security functions;
  • Enhancing domestic resilience through collaborative relationships between the intelligence community, private sector and the national public safety enterprise.

For a complete list of current policy programs and descriptions, click here.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Research Associates are an integral part of the BENS team. They are given a combination of substantive and administrative responsibilities to support BENS’ organizational goals and the needs of our government partners. The following is an approximate 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/or other key meetings, and taking notes, drafting follow up memoranda.
  • 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, to support project work.
  • Attending and assisting with the preparation of all project-related events, including by: providing background memos, event agendas; drafting trip books; taking meeting notes.
  • Helping to prepare written products such as: media pieces, correspondence, final reports and memos to government partners.

Administrative Support (40%)

  • 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 should 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 completing, their graduate degree. Strong writing and research skills are required, 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.

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 1 (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 1 (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 1 (We may begin review in March.)

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