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Research Internship (Summer 2024)


CNA’s 12-week, paid Summer Research Internship Program is designed to introduce recent undergraduates and current graduate students to work in a professional studies and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation.

Our interns will become part of a study team and assist in the completion of a self-contained research project, or various research projects, during the internship period. 

This is a hybrid position located in Arlington, VA, interns are expected to be onsite a few days a week. CNA can offer housing assistance for non-local candidates.

CNA fosters an inclusive culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our flexible and engaging work environment encourages iterative and creative collaboration at every stage of the problem solving process. Our employees are committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to better manage their programs through scientific, data-driven approaches. We are looking for creative and innovative individuals to help carry out our mission.


1. Education: Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in the physical sciences, engineering, operations research, mathematics, statistics, economics, international relations or related discipline. Enrollment in a graduate program preferred.

2. Experience: Undergraduate research experience, including conducting literature searches, analyses, and writing reports is required. Graduate-level coursework and experience preferred.

3. Skills: Must have experience with database manipulation and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); good interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; critical thinking and organizational skills.

4. Other: Must be a US citizen.

 ***Application process***
Students should submit a cover letter, resume (please include GPA), transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) and an optional personal statement by November 30, 2023.

The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interest in the internship as well as their leadership, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration skills.

The optional personal statement should include the candidate’s goals, interests, influences, and how the candidate will be a valuable asset to CNA. Please click here for personal statement guidelines. Personal statements will not be used as an elimination criteria for this position. They will only be used to enhance a candidate’s application.

All job applicants must have US citizenship. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in January – February 2024 and notified of their status no later than March 2024.