Nuclear Threat Initiative

Two positions available

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Scott Sagan, Senior Fellow, FSI, and Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science

Siegfried Hecker, Senior Fellow, FSI and Research Professor, Management Science and Engineering

About the Nuclear Threat Initiative:

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and to work to build the trust, transparency, and security that are preconditions to the ultimate fulfillment of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s goals and ambitions.

As an independent yet trusted partner, NTI has been able to push the envelope of traditional thinking within global bureaucracies and expert communities and stimulate new ways to address threats from weapons of mass destruction. 

One of NTI’s hallmarks is its operating model. Recognizing that governments have most of the resources and authority in the large-scale work of threat reduction, NTI emphasizes leverage. NTI uses this leverage to raise awareness and advocate solutions; undertake direct action projects that demonstrate new ways to reduce threats; and foster new thinking about these problems. 


The FSI Global Policy fellows will work for a period of nine or ten weeks during Summer 2017. The students will do research for one or more internship groups at NTI – Nuclear Material Securities, Communications, and/or Scientific and Technical Affairs. Throughout the internship period, NTI’s Program Vice President will mentor the students.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internships are open to continuing undergraduate and graduate students with a preference for students with an interest in non-proliferation, international security, and defense. Additional requirements and characteristics:

  • Mature and team-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-starter
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills

Language Requirement:



The internships are located in Washington, D.C.

Visa Requirements:



FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends average $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Katie Kuruc.


Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter or recommendation is not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget