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BASIC is currently welcoming applications for the summer term in London and for fall term in Washington. Please note, though, that we will keep applications on file and then review them at the time that we start the selection process.

BASIC’s London and Washington interns will gain an understanding of many of the current issues affecting security; familiarity with the arms control communities in Europe and the United States; an understanding of employment opportunities in the field; a first-hand view of how a small think tank influences international media coverage and national policy formulation; and exposure to the challenges and responsibilities of international networking.

Interns will research fact sheets and reports; help to organize conferences and events; and prepare news updates. They are also expected to attend hearings and briefings; monitor arms control meetings and news websites; and perform various administrative tasks.


  • Excellent academic record and relevant Masters degree. We may consider applicants with a first/undergraduate degree with relevant experience.
  • Strong research, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office.
  • Established interest in transatlantic security, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues.

Interns are asked to commit to working at least three days per week for three months so they can establish a sense of continuity and undertake substantive assignments. Longer internships are possible.

Internships are unpaid.

We also encourage interested applicants to visit the website of the Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship, which pays a stipend for degree-holders to work with peace and security NGOs based in Washington, DC for six to nine months.


How to apply for a BASIC internship

Applications are considered as and when a place becomes vacant, so please apply well in advance.

Application requirements include

1.) a cover letter, which should state:

  • when you are available and how many days a week you wish to work
  • why you are interested in working at BASIC;

2.) your CV/resume;

3.) a recent writing sample (1,500 - 2,000 words);

4.) and two academic references from former or current professors and/or employers.

UK applicants should email their applications to Rachel Staley at

Please note: The London office is currently not accepting applications. Those who submitted an application for the late spring/early summer position will be contacted by April 14, 2014.

U.S. applicants should email their applications to
clindborg@basicint.org, Attn: Chris Lindborg.

The U.S. office will not have availability until the fall of 2014. Please email applications by May 31, 2014 to be considered for the fall term.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted by phone for applicants who do not live in London or Washington.


Visas/work permits

BASIC cannot help applicants obtain visas or permits. Please contact the British Consulate or the American Embassy in your country of citizenship before applying to ensure you are eligible for a visa or work permit.

If your university’s or college’s career placement office does not have information about BASIC, please let us know so we can provide it.


Thank you!


BASIC is an equal opportunities employer.

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