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Research Internship (2023)

We are seeking up to three interns with quantitative or qualitative research and analysis skills to work with our research staff, which spans a diverse range of academic backgrounds. We encourage applicants in any of the following fields: computer science, chemistry, physics, biology/environmental science, engineering, operations research, mathematics, statistics, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, or international relations.

Our goal is for the internship experience to mimic what it’s like to be a member of a CNA research team. Upon hire, each intern is assigned to a mentor and a project that matches his or her area of study. With the mentor’s guidance, the intern assists the team in structuring and solving a complex problem, developing sound analytical methods to derive findings and conclusions. The intern documents those results and presents their work at the conclusion of the internship.

Selected candidates will be required to work from CNA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, a few days a week in accordance with CNA's hybrid work environment. Mentors and research program team members will provide interns with guidance on project tasks and navigating CNA resources. Other events are planned throughout the summer to help connect the intern to CNA.


Eligible candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
  • Recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled in a graduate program in the physical, social, or computer sciences or a related discipline.
  • US citizen
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Strong collaboration and communications skills

 Application process

Students who qualify should submit a resume (include GPA) , cover letter, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) and an optional personal statement to CNA by November 30, 2022.

Please apply directly on our website -