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Summer Intern: Critical Threats Project - al Qaeda and Affiliates

American Enterprise Institute



The Critical Threats Project, led by Frederick W. Kagan, tracks and analyzes current and emerging challenges to American national security. The internship will focus on supporting the project’s research efforts on the al Qaeda network and its affiliates (al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al Shabaab, etc.). Research will include working with historical data, current developments, and local political and security developments in the Gulf of Aden region (Yemen and the Horn of Africa), North Africa, West Africa, or South Asia. Interns will assist in research for long-term projects and will work with other team members to produce analytical and data products for They will also prepare promotional materials and update the Critical Threats Project website. Interested candidates should demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and the ability to work in a team. Initiative, dedication to the project’s mission, work ethic, technological proficiency, and creativity are highly valued. The ability to read and conduct research in Arabic, French, and/or Urdu is desired but not required.

Intern Scholarship Program
In the summer of 2020, AEI will offer up to six intern candidates a $1,000 monthly living stipend as part of a need-based scholarship program. Our hope is to allow students who would not be able to do so without financial assistance to reap the academic, professional, and personal benefits of interning at AEI. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, April 3. To apply for the scholarship, please click here.

About AEI Internships
AEI internships offer a unique opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to gain experience in research, writing, business, and communications at one of the nation’s leading think tanks. Competitive candidates for these internships will generally possess a 3.4 GPA from a top ranking college or university.

AEI internships last a minimum of 10 weeks and interns are required to work 20-40 hours per week. AEI internships are unpaid; however, interns receive complimentary breakfast and lunch each day and a monthly transportation stipend to assist with commuting costs.