National Defense University


**The NESA Center is currently accepting applications for Spring ’23 internships. The deadline to apply for a Spring ’23 internship is Friday November 18th, 2022.**

To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (1-3 pages) to Mr. Sam Marrero at Samuel.Marrero@ndu.edu. The NESA Center reviews internship applications on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. NESA internships are full-time and unpaid.

Note: internships are being conducted in a flexible hybrid remote / in-person model. To be considered, however, applicants must reside in the Washington DC area for the duration of the term for which they’re applying. 100% remote internships will not be considered. 

NESA Interns Fall 2022

Victor Ampe is a third-year undergraduate student at the KU Leuven, Belgium. He combined History and Politics in his first two undergraduate years and will continue his academic career in Politics. His academic interests include political history, (U.S.) foreign relations, geopolitics and transatlantic relations. Victor would like to undertake graduate studies in International Politics and is particularly interested in the College of Europe’s Master of Transatlantic Affairs. In his professional career, he would like to maintain and improve transatlantic relations. During his internship at NESA, he is eager to build relationships and further improve his communication and research skills. Also, Victor hopes to learn how cooperation can contribute towards improved security in the world’s most complex regions.

Gabriel Blaisis a graduate student at Université de Montréal, where he is completing a master’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations. Throughout his academic journey, he has conducted research on a wide array of issues such as populist attitudes and psychology in the electorate or the history and legacy of Pan-Arabism in North Africa and the Levant.  Although his recent professional experience has mostly centered on Government Relations, he has always had a particular interest in International Relations and security studies. At NESA, Gabriel hopes to hone his writing skills and gain further knowledge on emerging security challenges in South Asia and the Middle East, as well as develop professional relationships with seasoned political analysts.

Ryan Roscoe is a second-year graduate student at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Studies with a concentration in Intelligence. Ryan holds a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. His research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, counterterrorism, violent extremism, and U.S. national security interests in the Middle East and North Africa. This past summer, Ryan was an intern with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service assigned to their High threat Programs Directorate. Prior to his academic career, Ryan served in the Marine Corps infantry for four years deploying twice overseas. At NESA, Ryan hopes to broaden his understanding of the many security challenges that the U.S. and its allies face as well as refine his analytical skills.

Chris Mills is a senior studying Criminal Justice and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies at Endicott College. His academic interests include counterterrorism, foreign policy, intelligence communities, risk assessment, and emergency management. He has previously interned with Massachusetts Task Force 1 FEMA Urban Search & Rescue learning more about emergency response, aiding in training exercises, and working in their emergency management database. At NESA, Christopher hopes to expand his knowledge on security challenges between the United States and its NESA region partners. He aims to learn more about joint-security cooperation and international diplomacy pertaining to the NESA region.

Will Reiman is a senior political science student at The College of New Jersey. His academic interests include US foreign policy as well as international cooperation between intergovernmental organizations and their member states. During his time at NESA, William hopes to sharpen his research skills and develop a deeper understanding of security challenges facing the region.


Eli Longa is a junior at the University of New Hampshire studying Political Science and International Affairs. His academic interests include diplomacy, security in the Middle East, and US law. At NESA, Elias hopes to further develop his research skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the global challenges specific to the NESA region.


Gabrielle Garneau is a Junior at the University of New Hampshire studying Political Science and International Affairs. Her academic interests extend to communications, economics, social justice, and environmental sustainability. As an Intern at NESA, she looks forward to learning about Security Cooperation within the NESA region.


Reflections from Past Interns

“I worked on intriguing research projects and assisted thought-provoking and engaging seminars on a wide variety of NESA region topics. Considering the genuine conversations I had with NESA faculty, staff, and outside experts, the entire experience was pivotal in deciding the next steps in my academic and professional career and helped me develop the necessary skills and knowledge to take them.”

-Lien Knaepen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Spring 2022 Intern

“The unique and stimulating environment at NESA has become the foundation of my academic and career trajectory. NESA gave me invaluable experiences deepening my knowledge of the Middle East and Asia, as well as opening my eyes to the importance of sub-regional distinctions in international security. My enduring and vibrant relationships with the NESA Senior Leadership, Faculty and Staff continue to shape my global perspective and benefit me professionally.”

-Patrick Centeno, Ramapo College, Summer 2021 Intern

“I had the unique opportunity to assist NESA’s expert faculty research on topics that most interest me and engage with practitioners and government officials directly  from the NESA region. Although my internship was virtual, it was highly dynamic and interactive. I gained skills and connections that have already been crucial for beginning my career in foreign policy.”

-Ishmael Maxwell, Carleton College, Summer 2020 Intern

“Through NESA, I was able to develop professional skills alongside experts from across the globe. The flexibility NESA offers in developing my own research with guidance from Faculty allowed me to develop skills crucial for my career path. NESA is filled with opportunities that prepare students for the workforce.”

-Arwa Mokdad, University of Washington, Fall 2019 Intern

“NESA did not only give me the opportunity to see, listen and learn from experts in their fields, it also gave me the opportunity to interact with military officials from the NESA region. NESA also helped me to pursue my future goals and even put me in contact with people in the field from my home country, Belgium.”

-Kirsten Devlieger, Free University of Brussels, Fall 2018 Intern

“The NESA Center offered opportunities to which I’d never imagined I’d have access as a student. Not only was I able to take notes and learn from participant programs, but I engaged with participants and even observe high level policy meetings. Very few internships could have offered me the same opportunities as the NESA Center.”

-Chris Atmajian, California State University Northridge, Spring 2018 Intern

“What was different than other internships was being able to develop our own research interests and getting to interact with participants from the region. That was an incredible experience. As someone who also interned on the Hill, the biggest difference was that NESA helped me professionally develop and expand my network in an area in which I’m interested in working.”

-Matt Mueller, James Madison University, Summer 2017 Intern


The NESA Center’s internship program is an opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional skills and subject matter development on foreign policy and national security issues associated with the Near East and South Asia region.

NESA interns are expected to employ competent research, writing, and communications skills in support of NESA faculty research and programs. NESA interns receive access to the National Defense University library and research resources to support research work. NESA interns participate in conferences, workshops, and other programs at the National Defense University featuring academics, subject matter experts, military officers, and diplomats. NESA interns also receive development opportunities throughout the Washington, D.C. area, accompanying faculty and participants on site visits to places like Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the State Department.

Interns are encouraged to pursue publication opportunities under the guidance of, or in partnership with, NESA Faculty.

The NESA Center internship is unpaid, and the NESA Center does not provide or assist interns in finding housing accommodations. If you are without housing accommodation, or your home institution or Washington DC area supporting institution does not provide housing accommodation, then interested applicants are encouraged to search listings online or reach out to a DC based intern hosting organization.

NESA does not sponsor travel or work visas for non-US Citizens. Hosting organizations such as The Washington Center, are able to facilitate this, and do so on a regular basis for NESA interns. We invite non-US applicants to apply through such organizations if they are not already in the United States.


Assist NESA Center faculty and staff with long- and short-term research projects related to the NESA region.
NESA programs support: note-taking, course material preparation and logistical support.


A demonstrated interest in International Affairs, Defense, Security Studies, and the NESA Region.
Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently or in teams.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Foreign Language skills a plus: particularly Arabic, French, Russian, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Dari.
Interested applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting university program (undergraduate or graduate).