The Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies offers
many full and part-time opportunities for unpaid interns and
volunteers in the fall, spring, and summer who are interested
in gaining practical experience at an educational and research
Research Intern (Full
• Conducts research and writing updating topics covered
for either the Arms Control Reporter, or ArmsWatch:
Global Trends, Prospects, and Policy Options in War and Armaments.
I. Topics covered in the Arms Control Reporter
Nuclear Arms: • Middle East Nuclear Issues (including
Israel and Iran) • Northeast Asia Nuclear Issues (including
China and North Korea) • South Asia Nuclear Issues
• Nonproliferation Treaty • Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty • Fissile Material Cutoff • START
I and SORT Treaty • Global Nuclear Disarmament
Other WMD and Space: • Biological Weapon Convention
• Chemical Weapon Convention • Missile Proliferation
and Non-Proliferation Efforts • Missile Defense and
Prevention Efforts • Weapons in Space and Prevention
Major Conventional Arms: • Global Arms Holdings, Production,
and Trade • Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe
Landmines and Small Arms: • Land-Mine Convention •
Small Arms and Light Weapons
Building Peace and Security: • UN Conference on Disarmament
(Geneva) • UN Disarmament Commission (New York) •
UN General Assembly First Committee • Transparency
and Confidence-Building Measures • New Security Institutions
in Europe • Global Action to Prevent War • UrgentCall.org.
I. Topics covered in the ArmsWatch:
Global Trends, Prospects, and Policy Options in War and
IDDS conducts studies of forces, armaments, and current
and alternative military policies in all countries with
military spending of $1 billion or more. The top military
spending countries, with their 2003 military budgets (in
US$ billions at 2000 prices and exchange rates), are: USA
$417, Japan $47, UK $37, France $35, China $33, Germany
$27, Russia $20, and Italy $21. Other major spenders are:
Iran $19, Saudi Arabia $19, South Korea $14, India $12,
Israel $10, Turkey $10, Brazil $9, Canada $9, Myanmar $9,
Australia $8, and Taiwan $7.
IDDS gives particular attention to major regional conflicts
and associated arms proliferation in Northeast Asia (North-South
Korea, China-Taiwan, Japan), South Asia (India-Pakistan),
and the Middle East (Israel, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia,
• Preference will be given to applicants
with proficiency in Excel and with reading knowledge of one
or more foreign languages. University classes and prior experience
pertinent to IDDS’s work and mission are desirable.
• We are particularly interested in interns with personal
experience, educational background, and language skills relating
to areas covered in ArmsWatch. In addition, we conduct intensive
studies relating to European security, Russia, and other states
of the former Soviet Union, as well as the United States and
• Edited versions of intern writing are published in
Fundraising Associate (Full and Part-Time)
• Supports the development and/or enhancement
of the Philip Morrison Disarmament Fellowship, the College
Outreach Program, and UrgentCall.org, a coalition-based campaign
to reverse the spread of nuclear arms. UrgentCall.org assignments
revolve around work with other public interest groups in developing
ways to use the UrgentCall.org to educate the public and build
public support for nuclear nonproliferation.
• Excellent writing and communication skills, and proficiency
in Word and Excel.
Web Programming Intern (Part-Time)
• IDDS is seeking a skilled web programmer intern to
assist in the development of new features for www.idds.org.
The intern will be responsible for duties such as posting
new and updated content; formatting and sending large emails;
and tracking Web statistics.
• Will also assist with general computer support. Strong
working knowledge of MS Office, Dreamweaver, HTML, and Windows
Administrative Associate (Full and
• IDDS is seeking a skilled individual with excellent
writing and communication skills, and proficiency in Word
and Excel. The associate will work the Director to meet ongoing
Duration and Hours
Full-time interns work 35–40 hours/week. Part-time candidates
will be expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week. Preference
is given to full-time applicants.
Applications are accepted and offers are made on a rolling
basis until all positions are filled.
• Fall term (12
weeks start early Sept): Deadline 22 July
• Spring term (12 weeks start early
Feb): Deadline 20 December
• Summer term (10 weeks start in
June): Deadline 22 April
How to Apply
IDDS accepts applications by email, as attachments. Please
send a completed application to the Internship Coordinator
Courtney Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Application form Download
• Cover letter
• Please include information on classes you have
taken that are pertinent to IDDS’s work and mission
• include any particular interest in one or more of
the arms control topics, countries orregions listed;
• what would you like to get out of being an IDDS
intern and what you can
bring to IDDS; and
• if you are applying for the summer term, please
indicate the date of when you
are available to start in June.
• CV or résumé
• Please note any other internships,
jobs, travel, volunteer activities, honors, etc.
• Writing sample
• Please include a sample of less
than five pages for the Research position.
Philip Morrison Disarmament
The first Morrison Fellowship will be awarded
in summer 2006. College graduates, graduate students, and
post-docs are eligible to apply. The Fellow will work on a
specific research and writing project at IDDS, which falls
within our area of competence and interest, likely the Arms
Control Reporter, or ArmsWatch: Global Trends, Prospects,
and Policy Options in War and Armaments. To apply, candidates
should write an essay of any length on why the Fellowship
will advance their ability to pursue a career relating to
disarmament in academia, government, or the public-interest
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for three months, paid
twice per month. For more information about Philip Morrison’s
life, download here.
For more information about this fellowship or how
to donate to it, please email email@example.com.
For Term Research Internships, IDDS matches
language, computer skills and topics of interest or prior
education with IDDS needs. In the Summer Term, preference
is given to those who are available to work full time (35–40
hours per week). In the event that there are not enough full-time
applicants to fill all positions, internships will be offered
to those who can commit 4 days per week (31 hours, excluding
lunch and breaks). During the fall and spring Terms—when
most interns are full-time students at a university in the
Boston area—the internship requires a minimum commitment
of 15 hours per week (a total of 120 hours).
IDDS Term Research Internships include immersion in disparate
source material, ranging from official national and international
government documents to think tank studies, global news media,
and on-line research. All research positions involve demanding
research and writing on aspects of military policy, arms control
and disarmament studies, security policy, and peace research.
Edited versions of intern writing are published in IDDS publications.
An effort is made to structure each term’s work so that
interns can experience a variety of activities forming a complete
project for each individual.
During the Summer Term, when all interns work a minimum of
four days per week, IDDS offers an intensive weekly seminar
on arms control, peace research, and security studies, with
reading and discussion equivalent to a 3-credit course. Typically,
the fall and spring terms include occasional seminars on the
Other Volunteer Opportunities
IDDS welcomes volunteers and student interns who cannot make
the time commitment of a term-internship, but would like to
work with IDDS for a different period of time or fewer hours
per week. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged contact
IDDS. Tasks are arranged by agreement, and vary according
to the available time, skills, and interests of the volunteer
and current IDDS needs and projects.