The Foundation

Careers and Internships

The NDU Foundation is always searching for great talent to further our mission.  Opportunities await for interns and seasoned professionals alike in the fields of development, finance, communications and event planning.  Scan the postings below and send your inquiries to


The NDU Foundation is always looking for talented undergraduate and graduate students for three internship positions: Communications, Events and Development, and Finance and Operations. Internships usually run January-May, June-August, and September-December; however, we accept applications on a rolling basis and are willing to negotiate start/end dates. You will be a valuable member of our team, so we would like you to work with us for twenty hours or more per week. All internships are unpaid, but they include complimentary invitations to all NDU Foundation and University events, as well as access to NDU's research library and the NDU fitness center.

As an intern, you will work with a small, dynamic team in a fast-paced, start-up. It is the perfect experience for someone looking to develop tangible skills, as you will accrue significant responsibilities. You will manage projects, help plan events, and develop relationships with leaders and scholars in national security. You will be an active member on our team, and we will ensure that you have a high-quality experience that meaningfully contributes to your career.

Please see the descriptions, below, for the experiences you will accrue and the skills we look for in each position.

To Apply:

If you are interested in interning with us, please send your cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample (optional) to In the subject line, indicate the specific internship you are applying for (Communications, Events and Development, or Finance and Operations). Please elaborate on your preferred start/end months and weekly availability in your cover letter.

Communications Intern


  • Contribute to communications strategies and designs
  • Help develop marketing materials for programs, events, and fundraising activities
  • Draft website updates and announcements
  • Edit audio and visual event records
  • Monitor defense and security news and compile daily press clippings
  • Draft social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Desired Skills

  • Excellent writing ability
  • Experience with web development and social media
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Batchbook, Mailchimp, Drupal systems a plus
  • Critical and strategic thinking
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at once while maintaining attention to detail
  • Military background or experience working with the US Military a plus
  • Events and Development Intern

Events and Development Intern


  • Help plan events in detail, to be attended by corporate leaders and the NDU community
  • Help plan the American Patriot Award, the Foundation’s biggest annual event
  • Support fundraising efforts
  • Draft  letters and emails to high-level NDU supporters
  • Manage our sponsorship database
  • Conduct research to identify sponsorship opportunities

Desired Skills

  • Event planning experience
  • Excellent writing style and experience
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or another CRM
  • Prior knowledge of fundraising processes
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment
  • Military background or experience working with the US Military a plus
  • Major relating to Business, Non-profit Management, Hospitality a plus
  • Finance and Operations Intern

Finance and Operations Intern


  • Assist distribution and tracking of grants/gifts to NDU
  • Support financial tracking of the American Patriot Award and other NDU F events
  • Assist the accounts payable processes
  • Process contributions from donors
  • Organize and update financial records
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Desired  Skills 

  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Prior professional accounting or finance experience
  • Familiarity or experience with the Financial Edge or other non-profit accounting software
  • Experience working with US and international military, and diplomatic communities
  • Major relating to Non-profit Business, Accounting, Management, Human Resources