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Exercise Dragon Teeth
Interns participating in “Exercise Dragon Teeth,” a simulation focusing on the threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan in the year 2025.

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 college students and recent graduates.) 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 (for non-U.S. citizens only)

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

Application & Program Dates

All materials for the Fall 2023 internship must be received no later than July 7, 2023.
The Fall 2023 internship will run from August 28 – December 9, 2023.

All materials for the Spring 2024 internship must be received no later than October 13, 2023.

All materials for the Summer 2024 internship must be received no later than March 12, 2024.

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