NTI Internship Application

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About the NTI Internship Program

NTI is pleased to offer paid ($15.00 per hour) remote internships for the summer 2021 semester. NTI also welcomes applicants from University-sponsored internship programs. The number of positions and areas of responsibility vary by semester, but each offers exciting opportunities to work on projects that make lasting contributions to reducing threats of weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD), with an emphasis on nuclear, radiological, and biological risks, as well as related risks associated with advances in technology.


NTI internships are especially well suited to undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the intersection of global affairs, public policy, science, engineering, and national security. While an intern’s primary focus will be on NTI activities and projects, we encourage our interns to participate virtually in relevant congressional hearings, briefings at think tanks, or other career enhancing opportunities, and to develop their professional network throughout the internship. NTI provides each intern an opportunity to build a relationship with a mentor in addition to a day-to-day manager to ensure the intern receives regular guidance and feedback. NTI regularly hosts internal “brown bag” sessions and seminars open to the public, which all interns are encouraged to participate.


NTI interns play critical roles on our teams, working to advance our mission objectives while learning more about the WMDD community in the process. Responsibilities can include research and analytic support, assisting with event logistics and support, and administrative tasks necessary for accomplishing team objectives.


NTI seeks candidates able to commit to an internship duration of at least twelve weeks and can dedicate at least 16 hours per week remotely during the academic year.  NTI looks for talented individuals who bring diverse perspectives, exceptional interpersonal skills and strong organizational, writing, and communication skills. Selectees will be expected to attend a formal onboarding session conducted by Human Resources on day one. If you have special scheduling circumstances you would like us to take in consideration (e.g., ROTC tour), please advise within your application.


NTI is accepting applications from those who have/will have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies at the time of the internship’s commencement. The deadline for submission is March 8, 2021 for full consideration for our next Intern Session to begin on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 and conclude no later than Friday, August 27, 2021.


Please note that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries by phone or email about the status of your application. We do, however, aim to be in touch with each applicant during our review process or soon thereafter. Thank you for your interest in joining the NTI team!

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. 


NTI remains in a remote work status for all of our employees and interns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This internship session will remain remote for its entirety. 


At this time, NTI cannot accept 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. In addition, NTI is not a registered employer in the state of California and therefore unable to hire a candidate that will be living in and working from that state.  We apologize for this exclusion while we remain in remote status.  


NTI is also not able to provide employment sponsorship for its intern positions. 












NTI is currently inviting applications from those who have/will have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies at the time of the internship's commencement. 





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Personal Interests and Background

NTI interns play critical roles on our teams, working to advance our mission objectives while learning more about the WMDD community in the process. Responsibilities can include research and analytic support, event logistics support, and administrative tasks necessary for accomplishing team objectives. NTI looks for exceptional interpersonal skills and strong organizational, writing, and communication skills in its interns.

NTI welcomes applications from those interested in and with expertise relevant to our core programs.

  • Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio): The NTI | bio team seeks to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology, develop new approaches for curbing the catastrophic outcomes from a high-consequence biological event, create new approaches to improve infectious disease surveillance, and identify and fill gaps to measurably strengthen global health security capabilities with a strong focus on biosecurity.
  • Communications (Comms): The Communications team works with NTI’s programs to enhance their impact, implements NTI’s public education mission, supports NTI’s leadership and development teams, and manages the organization’s brand and all communications, including across social networks and with the news media. Comms writes, edits, and publishes a wide variety of documents, and the team produces new tools (videos, infographics, games) to reach a variety of audiences. The team is looking for two interns: one who would have broad responsibilities and another who would focus on providing research and logistical support for the second season of the podcast, At the Brink.
  • Global Nuclear Policy Program (GNPP): The Global Nuclear Policy Program works with leaders and partners around the world to develop policies, leadership, and the global capacity—human and institutional—to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread and use, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world. GNPP also leads NTI’s congressional outreach.
  • International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategies (FC): The FC team is focused on the intersection of peaceful nuclear energy, preventing proliferation, and verifying that states are upholding their commitments to various nuclear treaties and agreements. We envision a future in which there is significant peaceful nuclear activity and fewer (or no) nuclear weapons. The work of the FC team seeks to move us closer to that ideal end-state, such as by developing strategies for the management and disposition of nuclear waste, addressing regional proliferation and nuclear energy issues such as those related to Iran and North Korea, as well as ensuring an effective and efficiently functioning international nuclear verification and monitoring system, including through the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • Materials Risk Management (MRM): MRM’s mission is to promote effective practices and policies that keep nuclear and radiological materials secure and out of the hands of malicious actors. MRM works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to manage the security risks associated with these materials.
  • Science and Technical Affairs (STA): STA seeks to capture the opportunities new and emerging technologies afford while working to reduce the impact of their malevolent use. STA is NTI’s dedicated team for reviewing and addressing the potential catastrophic risks and significant benefits emerging technologies pose to nuclear and biological threats: from big data and artificial intelligence to cyber threats and space systems.



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Please upload the following in a PDF or Word document format for full consideration of your application:
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in NTI and how an internship with us will support your career ambitions
  • A one page resume
  • A list of up to three individuals who can speak to your professional and academic experience (with names, titles, and contact information for each)
  • Most recent, unofficial transcript
  • Optional: A writing sample showcasing your analytical, research, or writing abilities, ideally 1-3 pages in length. (Note: Writing samples longer than 7 pages are unlikely to be reviewed.)
If you experience any technical issues, please email contact@nti.org.

Please note that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries by phone or email about the status of your application. We do, however, aim to be in touch with each applicant during our review process or soon thereafter. Thank you for your interest in joining the NTI team!