Internship Opportunities

Interns assist with CCO’s research and technical operations, attend conferences and develop personal academic interests. Responsibilities include research assistance (library and internet), conference coordination, administrati
ve support, editorial and publication assistance, and database development. Interns must be able to work independently and multi-task effectively with minimal supervision.

During the fall and spring, interns generally work on a part-time basis, usually 24 hours per week, based on mutual agreement, within a professional, moderate to fast-paced environment.  During the summer, interns generally work on a full-time basis, but allowances are made if the individual has summer courses or other related requirements; such considerations will be made based on a mutual agreement. All posiitons are unpaid. CCO does not offer assistance with relocation and living expenses. Place of work is the National Defense University located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC, with occasional requirements to work at other sites within the Washington, DC area.



Internships are available for current graduate (to include doctoral students) and undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited U.S. university or college, and eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, be detail-oriented, and possess computer skills, to include familiarity with MS Office. CCO seeks interns from diverse academic backgrounds, including those in the fields of International Relations, Political Science, Security Studies, International Development, Conflict Resolution, and Journalism. Those with prior field or military experience are encouraged to apply.  Due to security requirements only US Citizens will be accepted.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

To Apply: Initial applications should include a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (research-focused, any length).  Follow-on material may include transcripts from both graduate and undergraduate studies (photocopy/un-official accepted), and proof of registration (letter from the registrar’s office or copy of course schedule for upcoming semester). The cover letter should include any regional or topical areas of academic interest of the candidate as well as the dates of availability.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - July 15
  • Spring Semester - November 15
  • Summer – March 15 - Closed

Please send initial application materials by email to

or, materials can be mailed to the following address:

Center for Complex Operations 
The National Defense University
260 5th Ave, Building 64
Ft. McNair, DC 20319

Further Information

For more information please send an email to