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About the Internship:

IDS is looking for enthusiastic and hard-working interns to support company operations at its headquarters in Arlington, VA for the spring and summer semesters. IDS interns can be expected to work across all areas of the company, including training, research, finance and proposals. Interns will work in close coordination with all levels of the IDS team in the execution of business across a wide variety of areas, including interagency training, social science research, and capacity building.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting training and research programs with national security research, government program coordination, and administrative/logistics
  • Supporting business development efforts with research, marketing, proposal development, and help engaging potential new government and private sector customers
  • Supporting communications activities with meeting organization, event staffing, and social media content development
  • Supporting IDS business activities by helping research customer requirements, gather and format data and requirements for proposals, and work on IDS policies and reports


  • In process or recently completed Bachelors or Masters, with relevant coursework in national security, international relations, or related areas
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work 25 - 30 hours a week

Why Join IDS?

IDS personnel have built a strong reputation for their unparalleled depth of multi-disciplinary expertise in the 3Ds - defense, development, and diplomacy. We maintain an extensive network of interagency and smart power experts who have recently served in complex operations environments. Since 2006, IDS has helped develop multi-disciplinary solutions to government and private sector challenges. Our subject matter experts in civil-military operations, human terrain research and analysis, training and capacity building work closely with customers to create solutions that cross boundaries and reflect best practices.

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