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Fall 2013 National Security Internship in Governance Studies (1 position)

By Ritika Singh
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 3:14 PM

Calling all Lawfare readers: We are looking for an undergraduate or a recent graduate to intern with us during the fall semester, and will be accepting applications until the end of the month. The announcement below will go up on the Brookings website shortly; in the meantime, if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this along.

The Governance Studies program at Brookings is currently accepting applications for a national security intern for fall 2013. Interns will be responsible for helping to run and maintain Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal issues. This internship will run from late September to late December. Please note that the position is unpaid and strong preference will be given to applicants who can commit to a minimum of 4 full-time work days a week.

Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It includes a podcast, a book review, research tools (including a fast-growing primary-source wiki document library), a news feed, a daily news roundup, event listings, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.

Basic Functions: The Lawfare intern will provide research support to two scholars and two staff members, and will work to develop the Lawfare wiki. He/she will tag and categorize posts on the website, help with the Twitter feed, and provide general administrative support as needed.

Education and Skills Requirement: Undergraduate students - especially juniors and seniors - and recent college graduates with backgrounds in government, political science, and law are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills---preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience as a research assistant.


To apply for an internship, please send the following materials to Ritika Singh at with the subject line “Lawfare Internship—Fall 2013”:

  • a cover letter indicating specifically why you are interested in interning with Lawfare and your availability (number of days of a week available to work, hours, and approximate start and end dates).
  • your  resume
  • brief (no more than 3 pages) writing sample.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST on August 31, 2013. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only those candidates selected for phone interviews will be contacted.