About the Internship Program:

Each semester and during the summer, the McCain Institute for International Leadership gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain work experience, research global issues, and explore ideas and policy surrounding national security, human freedom, and democracy. Through our unpaid internship program, we actively promote leadership and decision-making amongst our interns and encourage young leaders to be inquisitive, open to spirited discussion with staff and faculty, and actively involved in the daily operations of a dynamic policy institute.

The contributions of our interns are substantive, and will play an integral role in shaping the work of the McCain Institute. This experience will be a launching point for careers in public and foreign policy, international relations, humanitarian work, development, decision science, and communications, media, and events planning.

Intern applications being accepted in our Washington, DC office in the following areas:

Communications & Events Intern

Decision Science Intern

Development & Next Generation Leaders Program Intern

Humanitarian Action Intern

National Security Intern

Email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (two pages max), and two references in a single PDF to:

In the email subject line please indicate which position you are applying for.


FALL 2014:

Application Deadline: CLOSED

Internship Start Date: September 2nd

Internship End Date: December 12th

SPRING 2015:

Application Deadline: November 7th

Internship Start Date: January 6th

Internship End Date: April 17th

SUMMER 2015:

Application Deadline: March 6th

Internship Start Date: May 27th

Internship End Date: August 7th

As part of the internship program, Institute staff will mentor and introduce you to international policymakers in Washington, DC. Additionally, you will take part in weekly activities in the DC area, including foreign policy debates, and the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art Decision Theater for simulations, modeling, war games, and independent projects.

Current Interns

Caitlin Battey

Caitlin Battey is the Humanitarian Action Intern for the McCain Institute. Caitlin is a senior at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She will graduate in May of 2015 with two Bachelors of Arts, one in Middle Eastern Studies and another in Sociology. Caitlin spent last semester working for the State Attorney’s Office handling domestic violence cases. That experience last semester coupled with her exposure to Middle Eastern politics in the classroom furthered her interest in human trafficking and gender based violence. Those interests led her to the McCain Institute as well as writing a comparative thesis on differing social structures and human trafficking patterns in Northern Africa and the Middle Eastern Gulf. A Baltimore native with British roots, Caitlin is an avid baseball fan who enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

Brooke Laitin

Brooke Laitin is the Communications Intern for the McCain Institute. Brooke is currently a student in The School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, where she is pursuing her B.A. in Political Communication. She is both interested in how the media affects public policy, as well as how the social media age is changing the way consumers seek and interpret news. Prior to the McCain Institute, Laitin interned with various private companies in both the D.C. and New York area, establishing, growing and maintaining a social media presence for each company. Brooke is excited to be a part of this unique organization, whose powerful mission she hopes to help grow.

Adam Lazarus

Adam Lazarus is the Next Generation Leaders Program Intern for the McCain Institute. Adam is a junior at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He is currently double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and International Security Policy. He is active in student life at his university, serving as the founder and president of George Washington University’s outdoor organization, which seeks to promote outdoor knowledge, leadership, and teamwork among his fellow peers. A native of New Jersey, Adam now lives and studies in Washington, D.C.

Ferdinand Swedi

Ferdinand Swedi is the Human Freedom and Democracy Intern for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. As an intern, Ferdinand supports our North Kivu democracy project where he researches different issues regarding the election and democratic process in DRC’s North Kivu province. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Ferdinand interned at the International Rescue Committee as the Resettlement and Employment intern in San Jose, California where he provided initial services to orient newly arrived refugees to life in the U.S., including securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, and looking jobs for them. Ferdinand is currently a junior at American University studying International Relations and concentrating in International Development and Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa with an International Business minor.

Chelsea Wells

Chelsea Wells is the Decision Science Intern for the McCain Institute. As an intern, Chelsea reports to the Decision Theater and collaborates in researching, planning, and executing simulations that explain various policy options and their effects. Prior to interning for the McCain Institute, Chelsea spent time working with several financial groups through research and statistical data analysis. During the summer of 2014, Chelsea travelled to Shanghai where she served as an editorial intern and published multiple articles. Chelsea is an undergraduate at Pepperdine University where she is pursuing degrees in Economics and English. She is originally from Tulare, California.