Applying for an IWP Internship

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Who may apply

Qualified applicants should be students in good academic standing from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.2 GPA (The internship is open to rising juniors and seniors, recent graduates, as well as current graduate students at IWP or another institution). In addition, applicants must have taken introductory studies in history, political science, international affairs, or economics, and demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing graduate studies and/or a career in international affairs, national security, or intelligence.

Application Requirements

The following materials are required of all applicants interested in IWP's internship program. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are finding it difficult to meet one of the requirements listed below, please contact   

  • Completed and signed application: Download file Internship Application 
  • Completed questionnaire (addendum to the application)
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Academic Transcripts (Student copy is acceptable)
  • Essay on professional and educational goals (Typewritten, 500 words)
  • 3-5 page writing sample on a topic related to international affairs, national security, or intelligence
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport

Please submit your application and all related materials to Tim Stebbins, Director of Graduate Recruitment, The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Application materials may also be sent via email to

Deadlines to Apply

Spring 2015
November 10, 2014 

Summer 2015
March 15, 2015 

Internship Periods

Spring 2015
January 12 - May 1 

Summer 2015
June 1 - July 24