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.

Development Manager

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Development and based at BENS’ national headquarters in Washington, DC, the Development Manager provides essential project and organizational support to an energetic 9-person Development team (including seven colleagues based in regional offices around the country). This position is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial role that works collaboratively across the team and organization, and requires effective research and data-use skills, experience with providing event and logistics support for small and large scale activities, and proficiency in a wide variety of administrative functions, including daily use of a database (Raiser’s Edge) to track and maintain constituent information and giving. Specific responsibilities include the following:

Primary responsibilities

  • Assist in the management and coordination of all aspects of the member renewal process: coordinate target lists with regional directors, draft renewal appeals, produce and distribute solicitations and invoices, track responses, prompt reminders, and coordinate follow-up with regional directors.
  • Provide prospect research support to the Development team, including background information, donor profiles and wealth assessments.
  • Provide direct support to the SVP of Development in managing and maintaining a national tracker of prospective members, outreach and next steps.
  • Oversee the acknowledgment process for contributions received: draft and send out “thank you” correspondence; task and coordinate handwritten notes by the CEO; and produce and distribute official receipts. Upload all communications to the donor database.
  • Serve as administrative point of contact for all regional directors and provide support for regionally directed actions/interactions with members by the CEO. Also provide primary DC-based support for regional travel/visits by the CEO, including review, compilation, and augmentation of provided briefing materials, additional research where necessary, and scheduling/coordination of pre-trip briefings, after action reviews and follow-up. Add and maintain information in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Provide administrative support for the Communications Director and the regional directors in the distribution of regional event invitations via NetCommunity (the online communications tool integrated with Raiser’s Edge). Manage invite lists and produce target lists for Regional Directors as needed.   
  • Assist in the planning, execution and post-event follow-up actions of all fundraising dinners and selected national-level events.
  • Track and distribute prospective member information in response to general inquiries and regional director or member referrals and add and maintain information in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Within Raiser’s Edge, manage membership accounts, maintain active listing of Board of Directors and all Board Committee members, and process new registrations, profile updates, and information requests. 
  • Conduct regular database, website, and membership information maintenance.


  • Looking for a self-directed, energetic individual, with 1-3 years membership development, fundraising, event management and/or scheduling experience.  
  • Strong writing and organizational skills required.  
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Word, Excel, databases, and internet researching methods, are a must. Specific experience with Raiser’s Edge is a major plus.
  • Must be a team player, but also confident working on own. A self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.  
  • Must be able to multi-task efficiently and effectively. 


Please send a cover letter and resume to BENS Senior Vice President for Support and Controller, Karen Kinnamont-Stewart, at KKinnamont@bens.org. Applications should include all documents to be considered.

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.


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.


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.


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 email Policy Associate Hannah Beitler at HBeitler@bens.org.


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 Hannah Beitler, Policy Associate responsible for coordinating research associate internships, at HBeitler@bens.org. Applications should include all documents to be considered.


> 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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