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About the NTI Internship Program

NTI is pleased to offer paid internships remotely or, if permitted, in our Washington, D.C. office. 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 attend 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 welcomes applications from those interested in and with expertise relevant to our core programs:


NTI | bio: NTI’s Biosecurity program seeks to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology, 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.


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): Works at the intersection of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons proliferation. This includes policies and technology related to uranium enrichment, management of used nuclear fuel, areas of proliferation crises (like Iran and North Korea), and verification for both civilian and arms control/disarmament.


Materials Risk Management (MRM): MRM’s mission is to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. The MRM program works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to minimize these risks by securing, minimizing, and, where possible, eliminating dangerous nuclear and radiological materials, and promoting sustainable materials management practices. The MRM program also seeks to strengthen the global institutional capacity for managing these materials and promotes cooperation to reduce nuclear and radiological threats.


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 works to address the growing and potentially catastrophic cyber threat to nuclear systems and facilities around the world and monitors the risks and potential benefits of big data and artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies.


NTI seeks candidates able to commit to an internship duration of at least eight weeks and can dedicate at least 16 hours per week in our Washington, D.C. office during the academic year and at least 30 hours during the summer term. NTI looks for exceptional interpersonal skills and strong organizational, writing, and communication skills in its interns. Selectees will be expected to join our team on a pre-scheduled orientation day. If you have special scheduling circumstances you would like us to consider (e.g., ROTC tour), please state 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. Please follow the link and submit an application by July 3, 2020 for full consideration for our summer program to begin September 8, 2020.


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 an equal opportunity employer. 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 seeks candidates able to commit to an internship duration of at least eight weeks and can dedicate more than 16 hours per week to work in our Washington, DC office. Selectees will be expected to join our team on a pre-scheduled orientation day. If you have special scheduling circumstances you would like us to consider (e.g., ROTC tour), please simply let us know.

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. 
  • NTI | Bio: NTI's Biosecurity program seeks to reduce biological risk with advances in technology, 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. 

  • 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): FC seeks to develop pragmatic international fuel cycle approaches that reinforce key nonproliferation principles while enabling peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including through verification and monitoring for both civilian nuclear activities and for arms control/disarmament initiatives.
  • Materials Risk Management (MRM): MRM's mission is to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. The MRM program works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to minimize these risks by securing, minimizing, and, where possible, eliminating dangerous nuclear and radiological materials, and promoting sustainable materials management practices. The MRM program also seeks to strengthen the global institutional capacity for managing these materials and promotes cooperation to reduce nuclear and radiological threats.
  • 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 works to address the growing and potentially catastrophic cyber threat to nuclear systems and facilities around the world and monitors the risks and potential benefits of big data and artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies. 


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Authorization and Documents




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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!





The application closing date is November 12, 2019