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Research Intern

  • Internship
  • Arlington, VA
  • TBD USD / Year
  • In-Q-Tel profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.



Company Overview:

In-Q-Tel (IQT) is a not-for-profit that serves and powers the national security interests of the U.S. and its allies, providing the most sophisticated source of strategic technical knowledge, insights, and capabilities. IQT powers its partners ahead of the curve through cutting-edge research, strategic investments, exploration and applied research, and acceleration of capabilities.

Job Overview:

The Research Intern will support the Strategic Issues Group’s activities and policy analysis products. The Intern will gain exposure to strategic policy issues and experience with fundamental research and policy

analysis tasks, including analyzing policy developments, identifying experts, scheduling expert interviews (with both IQT and external experts), writing interview notes, developing and confirming data sources, and contributing to publications.


  • Contribute to a progressive research agenda to scope strategic national security issues relating to emerging technology and geopolitical competition.
  • Conduct background research of technology, innovation, geopolitical, and commercial issues.
  • Support research and policy analysis tasks including gathering and distilling primary and secondary sources in support of articles for publication.
  • Conduct administrative tasks including scheduling, note-taking, and event coordination in support of research development.

Anticipated Projects:

  • Policy analysis of transparency of the seas or other technology or innovation policy topics of strategic importance
  • Helping craft and produce Strategic Issues Group and Senior Fellows events
  • Technology policy news and trend analysis
  • Supporting IQT policy outreach and communications such as briefings with Capitol Hill or executive branch staff


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant social science field, such as international relations, political science, economics, or equivalent experience.
  • Prior exposure to U.S. policy-making process or national security priorities desired.
  • Comfortable asking questions, checking understanding, and asking for assistance.
  • Project management and research support acumen.
  • Intellectual curiosity and commitment to supporting U.S. national security.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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