Internship Support Application Information

The NDISC Internship Support Application deadline is April 8. 

Requirements for application:

Along with your name, ID number, email address, project title, and project dates, please include the following with your application:

  1. A statement describing your internship.  Summarize the work expected of you and what you expect to contribute and to learn.  Provide information on the organization, including websites, etc. This should be 1-2 pages long.
  2. A copy of your transcript.
  3. A detailed budget statement listing all expected expenditures:  including room and board, transportation costs, required certifications, books and other supplies. The budget must include all outside sources of funding, including compensation earned from the internship, other scholarships, and other available monies. Students cannot apply for money to be used for purchase of durable goods like clothing, computers and other electronics, or a vehicle.  Evidence of frugal use of resources is helpful. Break out recurrent expenses on a weekly basis (food, lodging, subway, etc.) and provide totals. Make the statement as thorough as possible but also easy to understand.

In addition, please satisfy the following:

  1. You must apply to other entities for financial support so as to be competitive and not to be solely dependent on NDISC support. A partial but lengthy list is here: The political science department also has funds available.
  2. Please consult with NDISC and any other relevant faculty on how to get the most out of this experience.  Please read Dan Lindley’s handout on how to be a good intern, here:
  3. Please consult the NDISC Certificate Fellow director, currently Dan Lindley, if your internship involves international travel.  
  4. After your funded internship is complete, please submit a written report to Dan Lindley and Anieka Johnson about the successes and frustrations of your internship experience. Include photos if relevant.

On internships, examples of acceptable internships include:

  • Working for an NGO/IGO dealing with conflict/security.
  • Participation in the Washington Program, where the internship component is focused on National or International Security.
  • Interning for a member of Congress whose sits on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services, or Intelligence Committee, and similar.
  • Interning at the Pentagon or elsewhere in the U.S. National Security bureaucracy.
  • Working as a research assistant for a professor conducting research in international security, subject to approval only under extenuating circumstances.

Examples of unacceptable internships include:

  • Study Abroad programs with no relevant work component.
  • Interning for a local politician, unless they are on NDISC related committees and you do some work related to these committees.
  • Interning at a private company that does not deal with international security issues.

The Certificate Fellow Director will decide if internships other than described above are acceptable.

Note that funding is limited to NDISC Certificate Fellows, and also may be limited by availability. For more information, please contact the Certificate Fellow Director: Dan Lindley at

We wish to recognize the generous benefaction of Cynthia O’Brien and Kevin O’Brien ‘88; Jack Kelly ’74 and Gail Weiss; Michael T. Long ’64 and Ann Long; and the Charles Koch Foundation.