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Institute for the Study of War

Research Intern - Arabic

Research – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Research
Employment Type Intern
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Applications for Spring 2019 internships at the Institute for the Study of War are now being accepted. You may submit your application immediately. We will consider applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. We will begin considering applications immediately.

For all positions, we greatly prefer full-time availability although part-time interns may also be accepted depending on qualifications.


All internships are unpaid. ISW does not sponsor visas of any kind for international students. 

Required documents: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample (no longer than 5 pages; can be an excerpt from a longer paper). Please include your writing sample in the SAME DOCUMENT as your cover letter.

Please only submit one application – if you are interested in multiple positions, please list them in rank order at the top of your cover letter.


Why work for ISW: ISW believes ground realities must drive the formulation of strategy and policy. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed, open-source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current conflicts and security threats. We offer interns a chance to train on work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and in the intelligence community. Interns at ISW will have an unparalleled opportunity to conduct research that directly informs policy-makers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Our interns work directly with analysts and have many opportunities to engage with Institute leadership on the subjects of their research. ISW offers its interns the chance to be at the front lines of military research and policy, tackling the issues that are in the headlines. ISW has published the work of its interns and hired many onto its staff.

Arabic research intern

The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research Arabic research intern ( this is not a linguistic or a translation position). The intern will be responsible for conducting open source data research in Arabic. The intern will have the opportunity to collect and analyze data from traditional and social media sources and will be trained to use analytic software to better inform ISW’s groundbreaking research.

There are currently openings for this position on several of our analytical teams, including our Syria, Iraq, and Counterterrorism teams.

The intern should be a self-starter able to identify critical inflections and trends, but (s)he will also have the opportunity to work under a research team. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; and assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to ISW’s core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus. The ability to read and conduct research in Arabic is mandatory. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using social media and other open sources. The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner. 

Arabic research intern will report to the Research Analysts.

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