About the Programmes
ICSA runs two internship programmes:
The Non-proliferation Programme
The Intelligence and Research Programme
Internships last from six to 12 months and are part-time. All of ICSA’s interns are paid; in 2013 their rate of pay is £8.98 per hour. During the course of their duties, interns will gain valuable experience from working in a professional research environment in one of the UK's leading universities.
As members of the team at ICSA, interns are encouraged to accompany the centre’s core staff to various conferences, workshops and networking events in the London area and elsewhere. Previous ICSA interns have attended the European Safeguards Research and Development Association’s (ESARDA) five day nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation course, held in northern Italy; the Project on Nuclear Issues’ United Kingdom (UK) conference; and workshops held by the Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
Interns are offered specialized in-house training in open source intelligence (OSINT), social media intelligence (SOCMINT), research skills and research presentation.
Former ICSA interns have gone on to work in a range of high-level research and policy organisations including: NATO, the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Foreign Office, the United States’ State Department, the Pentagon, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Chatham House and BAE Systems. In addition, the centre is proud that four of its current core research team are former ICSA interns.
The Non-proliferation Internship Programme
Internships on the Non-proliferation Programme involve research and analysis of current non-proliferation issues from English language open sources. Interns are given training in advanced research skills and methodology, with particular emphasis placed on the Internet.
These internships last for 12 months with seven interns being hired at the start of October each year. Interns on this programme will work for four days a month under the supervision of one of ICSA’s research staff.
The Intelligence and Research Internship Programme
Interns on the Intelligence and Research Programme will provide support to ICSA staff working on a range of projects. This role will involve focused research on specific topics and requires strong research and presentation skills. Interns will assist ICSA staff in drafting funding bids and research proposals. The duration of these internships varies but interns will be asked to work no more than one day per week.
Information for Applicants
Applicants should have a good primary degree and will normally have or be pursuing a postgraduate degree in social sciences or the humanities. An interest in current affairs and public policy is essential. Successful candidates should have strong research and communication skills and be willing to work as part of a team.
ICSA currently has no vacancies for its internship programmes. Notice of vacancies for the 2013-14 non-proliferation programmes will be posted in summer 2013. Intelligence and research internship vacancies will be posted on this page as they become available.
Applicants should send a CV and short covering letter to Joseph Rice. Should a suitable vacancy become available, they will be contacted by e-mail.