Internship Program

Current status: We are now accepting applications for Summer internships. Interns must be able to start no later than 04 June. Please see below for details. No phone calls.


  • Applicants may be undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students who share our community's common values.
  • Spring and Fall interns attending college will often be part time, but should be available at least three days (or 20 hours) per week.
  • Please view specific internship openings below, as requirements may vary by department.
  • Veterans, current ROTC participants, and members of military families are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please note that applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled for the term.

Spring Term. Runs from January through May. Applications accepted starting 15 August.

Summer Term. Runs from May/June through August/September. Applications accepted starting 15 January.

Fall Term. Runs from September through December.  Applications accepted starting 05 July.


Once we begin accepting applications for your desired session, send your materials to Be sure to include:

  • Subject line: Last name, first initial, desired term & year (Ex: "Hurley, R., fall 2018")
  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressed to Gabby Gutierrez and Rolando Velasquez
  • Preference order (1-4) of the four internship placements that best match your skills (four preferences are required in order to be considered)
  • Estimated availability (start and end dates and days of the week).
  • Additional materials requested for some openings; please see below for details

When possible, we prefer interns to bring their own laptops. However, lack of a personal laptop will not count against any qualified candidate. Please simply note in your email if you cannot provide your own computer.

Please understand that the high volume of applications may prevent us from responding individually to your application.

This is an unpaid internship.

No calls, please.


Communications (1-3 interns)

The Communications Department connects our broader community of policy, political, and national security experts—to the press and the public. You can see a slice of our work (and our personalities) on our four different Twitter feeds. Interns are integral and essential to our team, getting immediate hands-on experience in a fast-paced, exciting operation.

The ideal Communications intern will be:

  • Experienced with social media, editing, or blogging
  • A clear and concise writer
  • A quick worker who can make short deadlines
  • Able to think on your feet and solve problems independently
  • Collaborative with the other interns on your team and willing to divvy up bigger tasks
  • Confident on the phone and in person with members and visitors
  • Enthusiastic and creative
  • Familiar with WordPress or similar programs

Bonus skills, not required but helpful to mention:

  • Graphic design, to create basic Facebook content
  • Photography or videography; video editing
  • HTML, CSS, or database experience
  • Knowledge of any of these programs: Excel, Google products, Hootsuite, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, Vocus, Meltwater, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Salesforce.

Additional application requirements for this position:

  • Writing sample, preferably a blog post (max 700 words)

This internship reports to Ryan Cahill.

Advocacy and Chapter Engagement Intern (1-2 interns)

The Advocacy and Chapter Engagement intern will assist with training, and positioning the next generation of political, policy, and veteran leaders. S/he will engage our members, reinforce our chapter structure, and execute advocacy activities, specifically for our energy security campaign, Operation Free.


  • Interest in field management, coalition building, and communications;
  • Excellent writing, editing, researching and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects and meet targeted goals and objectives;
  • Thrives working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment, and ability to work independently;
  • Experience using various social media platforms for professional purposes (i.e. Twitter and Facebook);
  • Commitment to the values, mission, and goals of Truman National Security Project;
  • Experience and interest in foreign policy, energy/climate policy, and national security;

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage and mobilize members, deepen impact, and advance Truman’s goals;
  • Act as a liaison between membership and Truman HQ;
  • Coordinate planning meetings, member events, and advocacy efforts;
  • Conduct detailed research;
  • Develop social media and blog materials for advocacy campaigns;
  • Assist and attend public and private events

This internship reports to Rikkia Ramsey.

Membership (1-2 interns)

Are you a natural organizer?  Can you figure it out and get it done no matter what the problem?  Are you resourceful?  Do you have finely tuned networking skills?  If you want to learn about what careers lay in store for you, then you’ll have that chance through the Membership department.

Interns will work with the Truman Project’s three programs: The Security Fellowship, the Political Partnership, and the Defense Council. Each intern will work with the whole team to support the three programs, gaining exposure to all three sets of members in DC and across the country. Veterans, current ROTC participants, and members of military families are particularly encouraged to apply.

The ideal Membership intern will be:

  • Passionate about making the world a safer and happier place to live
  • Storytellers and organizers
  • Experienced using (or willing to learn) databases like Google Drive, Excel, and Salesforce
  • Dedicated team players
  • Quick, efficient workers under pressure
  • Familiar with some HTML, or tech-savvy enough to learn some on the job
  • Confident and comfortable talking on the phone

Sample intern tasks:

  • Managing member data
  • Plan and execute events for members (including policy briefings, skill-building workshops and social events)
  • Manage and manipulate membership data to produce targeted contact lists
  • Write newsletters, announcements, and more for a community of 1,900 policymakers, politicos and veterans
  • Make phone calls to members and vendors
  • Sit in on off-the-record meetings with community members

This internship reports to Rolando Velasquez.

Administrative Intern (1 Human Resources intern, 1 Accounting or Nonprofit Management intern)

The Operations Department is responsible for ensuring smooth and efficient day-to-day operations of the organization. Operations interns will support administrative, human resources, financial work, and facility logistics. Candidates should have some experience working in an office.

Sample intern tasks:

  • Research best practices, organizational policies and procedures
  • Assist with HR compliance issues
  • Write and edit internal communications.
  • Assist with data integrity and metric tracking. Background and/or interest in Salesforce or other databases preferred.
  • Maintain financial filing
  • Procure office supplies and equipment

This internship reports to Tiffani Huskey.


Fundraising and Events

Fundraising and Events interns support the Development Department, which is responsible for creating and implementing the national fundraising strategy for the organization. Interns help us in identifying potential individual, institutional, corporate, and political donors, and in communicating with current donors via our newsletter, which they design and produce under the guidance of the intern supervisor. Interns will also assist in the planning and execution of fundraising trips and events in DC and across the country, which often feature high-level speakers and guests. Candidates should possess strong research skills, feel comfortable navigating databases, and have an interest in learning about fundraising. Interns will be joining a fun, professional, and energetic team as they gain hands-on experience in the field of non-profit fundraising.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and research skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel
  • Self-starter who also works well in a team environment, has the ability to meet deadlines, and can adjust to changing priorities

Sample intern tasks:

  • Research prospective donors
  • Create and organize materials for donor meetings
  • Assist in planning fundraisers in DC and nationwide
  • Write and edit donor communications, including our newsletter
  • Maintain accurate records in our donor database
  • Track our organization's qualitative metrics
  • Assist with event planning, including preparing invitation lists and planning logistical elements

This internship reports to Gabby Gutierrez.

Politics and Policy (2-4 interns)

This team develops and supports 21st-century security policies and builds programs that educate and advance leaders committed to those solutions. Interns on this team will support department staff and organization-wide programs.

The ideal intern will be:

  • A strong writer
  • Detail-oriented
  • A self-starter
  • Professional and comfortable interacting with Hill staffers and national security experts
  • An excellent researcher
  • Technologically savvy (Office, Google products at minimum; Salesforce database experience is helpful, but training is available)

Sample intern tasks:

  • Write memos on key security issues for internal & external audiences
  • Help plan, execute, and attend events and panels for national security experts
  • Attend and summarize panels and briefings
  • Track and report on national security rhetoric in political campaigns
  • Maintain up to date data on our audience
  • Research national security related issues

Additional application requirements for this position:

  • Writing sample, preferably a memo from a foreign policy-related event/panel (2 pages max)

This internship reports to Mackenzie Cannon.


The Training Department seeks an intern that will work alongside the Director of Training and Public Engagement to assist with the design, development, and evaluation of training programs, as well as learn and perform administrative functions. Work involves the performance of a wide variety of functions and learning experiences. Work is performed under the direction of the Director and is reviewed through oral and written evaluation and direct observation of performance.


  1. A self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  2. Detail-oriented and well organized.
  3. Good verbal and written communication skills, computer skills include knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  4. Work with the Director to coordinate, compile and organize information necessary for the preparationof training presentations.
  5. Develop and maintain effective relationships through effective and timely communication.
  6. Take initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding issues in a timely manner.
  7. Participate in regular staff trainings.
  8. Other duties, as assigned


Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in the field(s) of international relations, political science, or related fields from an accredited Bachelor’s program and in good academic standing. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills; ability to speak and communicate well with internal and external customers. Public speaking and presentation skills a must.

This internship reports to Anthony Robinson.