National War College Internship Program

All NWC internships are volunteer (unpaid) internships focused on providing research and administrative support for the academic curriculum.  The internship program enables students and volunteers to acquire skills, knowledge, and experience in government functions that enhance future employment opportunities while contributing to vital campus activities.

About the National War College

The NWC mission is to educate future leaders of the Armed Forces, Department of State, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national security strategy.

The curriculum emphasizes the joint and interagency perspective. Reflecting this emphasis, 59 percent of the student body is composed of equal representation from the land, air, and sea (including Marine and Coast Guard) Services. The remaining 41 percent are drawn from the Department of State and other federal departments and agencies, and international fellows from a number of foreign countries. 


Interns are generally assigned to one of NWC’s core courses, and have the opportunity to work on a number of projects as their time and skills allow.  Interns provide support in unclassified areas that include research, administrative support, program development and execution, publication development, and meetings, conferences, symposia and communications assistance.  Interns are also encouraged to attend national security related events at the university.

NWC offers interns the opportunity to meet high-level government officials, hear them speak on current issues, and interact with policy makers and academics. The diverse faculty and student body provides exposure to people from all branches of military service, multiple government agencies, international military officers, as well as academics and practioners in the field of national security.  Learning about how the Department of Defense interacts with other government agencies, how these agencies work together to protect our national security, and the career possibilities that exist within government service are just a few benefits of interning at the NWC.

Who should apply?

NWC Internship are available for graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in accredited U.S. universities and colleges as well as recent graduates/young professionals with advanced degrees. Applicants must have excellent research, analysis, and writing skills, and have strong communication skills. Experience using various library/research resources, including electronic databases, to produce coherent and concise analytic pieces is required. Opportunities are particularly appropriate for students in the fields of: Security Studies, International Relations, Grand Strategy, Military Studies, and Political Science.

The work environment is moderate to fast-paced, professional, and requires a mature student with some office experience.  The candidate must be team-oriented, but able to work independently and without constant oversight.  Depending on the time of year, there may be considerable administrative duties, including copying/scanning, assisting in events, data input and organization, among others, and interns will be expected to be willing and comfortable in assisting in these duties.

Internship time period, days, and hours

Internship periods vary based on the needs of the organization and the course assigned.  Generally, each internship is expected to last one academic semester (specific dates are based on each intern’s availability and NWC course requirements).  Interns are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, with the specifics to be determined by the intern and his or her supervisor.

When and how to apply

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer Semester: January 31
  • Fall Semester: June 1    
  • Spring Semester: September 30

We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis, so it is recommended that interested students apply earlier rather than later.  All applicants must apply by email.  Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted directly.  Your application should include a cover letter (the email message itself will suffice), a resume, a short academic writing sample, and a list of references (at least 3), with at least one academic reference.  Within the cover letter, please explain why you are interested in interning at the National War College and your areas of expertise and/or interest. 

Please send application materials to: