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ADM Tidd with Perry Center Interns and FellowsThe Perry Center’s internship program is an opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates to gain valuable experience working on defense and security issues affecting the Americas. Interns will work in a multicultural and multilingual environment, regularly interacting with civilian and military officials from the Americas and other regions of the world. Interns will also have the opportunity to sit in on various lectures, courses, and professional development sessions hosted by the Perry Center and the National Defense University.

The Perry Center offers two types of internships: research and communications/multimedia. Applicants may apply to both internships if interested.



The Perry Center is seeking research interns to support academic projects, publications, and courses related to security and defense in the Western Hemisphere. Research interns will work with Perry Center faculty members, supporting the Center’s mission to educate senior civilian and military officials, as well as inform US policy and DoD activities in the region.

  • Assist Perry Center faculty and professional staff with long- and short-term research projects related to security and defense in the Americas.
  • Compose reports, produce graphics, and organize data into tables and charts. Attend and lend logistical support to Perry Center and National Defense University courses, lectures, and conferences.
  • Support presentations and take notes for Perry Center faculty members during events around DC.
  • An interest in International Affairs, Defense and Security Studies, and the Western Hemisphere.
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Spanish language skills required; other language skills also a plus.


The Director of Strategic Communication is seeking a communications/multimedia intern who is full of creative ideas and eager to contribute on a large scale. The intern will assist with tasks related to public relations, marketing, and interagency coordination. Applicants must have excellent writing skills, demonstrate creativity, and understand the importance of clear, consistent communication.

  • Assist with promoting regional understanding of US policy and also US interagency awareness of the Center’s activities, expertise, and impact.
  • Creating, curating, and monitoring social media content.
  • Writing and providing content for promotional materials, such as web articles, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Designing promotional products and developing messaging themes and materials.
  • Proofing materials for accuracy, consistency, clarity, style, grammar, etc.
  • A background in international relations, journalism, communications, or marketing
  • A solid understanding of social media.
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Spanish language skills desired, but not required.
  • Experience with graphic design tools preferred, but not required.

The Fine Print

Interns may receive academic credit for their work at the Perry Center. Interns must make arrangements with their academic institution and provide the Perry Center with the necessary paperwork.

At least 20 hours per week. We understand that interns may have other commitments, such as academic coursework and paid employment. The Perry Center tries to be very flexible with scheduling issues. Please keep in mind, however, that we favor interns who can regularly commit at least 20 hours/week).

Internships at the Perry Center are unpaid.

Send a resume, cover letter, academic transcript, and a short writing sample (3-5 pages) to Liesl Kunz, Intern Coordinator, at liesl.kunz.civ@ndu.edu. Please indicate for which type of internship you wish to apply, as well as your work availability and research interests, if applicable.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though the most successful applicants will have submitted their application materials by the following dates:

  • Summer internships (May/June – August): April 15
  • Fall internships (August/September – December): July 15
  • Spring internships (January – May): November 15

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Kunz at the aforementioned e-mail address.