Research Interns (Summer 2024)

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #544
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

CNA’s 12-week, paid Summer Research Internship Program is designed to introduce recent undergraduates and current graduate students to work in a professional studies and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation.

Our interns will become part of a study team and assist in the completion of a self-contained research project, or various research projects, during the internship period. 

Selected candidates will be required to work from CNA headquarters in Arlington, VA, a few days a week in accordance with CNA's hybrid work environment. CNA will provide travel and housing assistance to candidates that are not local to the DMV metro area.

CNA fosters an inclusive culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our flexible and engaging work environment encourages iterative and creative collaboration at every stage of the problem solving process. Our employees are committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to better manage their programs through scientific, data-driven approaches. We are looking for creative and innovative individuals to help carry out our mission.


1. Assist in the process of defining and structuring analytical problems.


2. Develop sound analytical techniques.


3. Carry out analyses to logical conclusions.


4. Communicate results both in writing and orally.


5. Perform other duties as assigned.


1. Education: Must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in the physical sciences, engineering, operations research, mathematics, statistics, economics, international relations or related discipline. Enrolllment in a graduate program preferred.


2. Experience: Undergraduate research experience, including conducting literature searches, analyses, and writing reports is required. Graduate-level coursework and experience preferred.


3. Skills: Must have experience with database manipulation and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); good interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; critical thinking and organizational skills.


4. Other: Must be a US citizen.

Remote/Hybrid Work Eligibility: This position is eligible for telecommuting or hybrid work arrangements at the discretion of the Supervisor.  Employees may be required to work at CNA headquarters or other work locations resulting in changes to the scheduled telecommuting or hybrid work arrangements.  

 ***Application process***
Students should submit a cover letter, resume (please include GPA), transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) and an optional personal statement by November 30, 2023.

The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interest in the internship as well as their leadership, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration skills.

The optional personal statement should include the candidate’s goals, interests, influences, and how the candidate will be a valuable asset to CNA. Please click here for personal statement guidelines. Personal statements will not be used as an elimination criteria for this position. They will only be used to enhance a candidate’s application.

All job applicants must have US citizenship. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in January – February 2024 and notified of their status no later than March 2024.

CNA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service and protected veterans, or other non-merit based factors. In addition to federal legal requirements, CNA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. These protections extend to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring practices, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training and career development programs. For more information about EEO protections, please view the EEO is the law posters here: "EEO is the Law" Poster""EEO Poster Supplement". The pay transparency policy is available here: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Poster

To be considered for hire, all individuals applying for positions with CNA are subject to a background investigation. For positions requiring access to classified information, U.S. citizenship is required. Individuals will also be subject to an additional government background investigation, and continued employment eligibility is contingent upon the ability to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

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