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Spring 2022 Internship *deadline to apply extended from Oct 8th to Oct 20th*

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The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-profit whose mission is to transform global security by driving systemic solutions to nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity, is now taking internship applications for Spring 2022. Our highly competitive program offers approximately 6-8 paid positions 3x a year to undergraduate students with at least two years of study, graduate students, and/ or those who demonstrate co-equal qualifying experience. Interns are paid $15.20 an hour; NTI also welcomes applicants from university-sponsored internship programs.

NTI Interns play a critical role within each of our teams working to advance our mission objectives while learning more about existential risks to humanity. Our internships are substantive opportunities where interns are deeply embedded into NTI’s teams, contributing research and analysis to ongoing projects, but do include administrative components as needed. NTI’s internship program prioritizes building skills and experience and includes structured professional development opportunities -- many intern alumni have gone on to have stellar careers in their chosen fields.

NTI is currently on a work from home status. A full return to office date has not been set, but we do anticipate that it will be prior to the start of our Spring Intern Session. We believe that the intern experience is most beneficial when in-person; and interns living in commutable distance from our DC office location should plan on working in person once our office is fully re-opened.  Those outside of commutable distance may choose to continue working remote.

NTI is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.  Candidates who cannot relocate to these areas during their internship, even while working remote, cannot be considered at this time.  

In accordance with NTI’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees, including interns working in our D.C. office, will be required to be fully vaccinated, unless a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs is requested and approved. 

The deadline for submission of completed applications is 11:59pm ET on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Because of the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to individual inquiries, but all final decisions are made by Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Spring 2022 Term starts February 1, 2022 at 9:00am and ends no later than May 13, 2022. Your end date will be agreed upon with your supervisor based on your personal circumstances.

If you have any questions or specific requests, please indicate that in your cover letter.  

You should apply if you:

●    Care deeply about the existential threats facing humanity and want to work with some of the foremost experts in the world working to solve these problems;

●    Excel at writing, researching, organizing, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders;

●    Can balance being self-driven and a team player;

●    Are able commit to 16-40 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks and maximum of 15 weeks

NTI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all background and identities to apply. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.

At this time, NTI cannot accept intern applications from individuals who do not have a legal right to work in the United States and who do not hold residency in the United States during the duration of the internship. NTI is not able to provide employment sponsorship for its intern positions.

Applicants may indicate a preference to work for up to three of the following program teams -- preference does not guarantee selection by that team:

  1. Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio
  1. Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP)
  1. Communications (Comms)
  1. International Fuel Cycle Strategies (FC)
  2. Materials Risk Management (MRM)
  1. Science and Technical Affairs (STA)


We will ask for:

  1. A one-page cover letter explaining how your skills, interests, or experience make you an ideal candidate
  2. A one-page resume
  3. Two short answer questions: explaining why you would like to work with the NTI program selected, AND what skills you would like to develop during your internship
  4. *Optional: Your most recent, unofficial transcript
  5. *Optional: A writing sample 1-3 pages in length


The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-profit whose mission is to transform global security by driving systemic solutions to nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. We been in existence since 2001 and just reached our 20th Anniversary milestone!  We're conveniently located in Washington, DC in proximity to the Farragut West (blue/orange line)

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