London Office

Geo-economics and Strategy Intern

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, has a vacancy in its London office for a six-week internship to work on the Geo-economics and Strategy Programme (GES). The GES programme is devoted to analysis of the interplay between economics and geopolitics at the global level.

The vacancy would be suitable for a graduate in economic studies with good writing skills and an interest in international economics and finance, and/or geopolitics. The intern will have the opportunity to be involved in the compilation and analysis of macroeconomic and trade-related data, as well as contribute to the preparation of presentations, reports and publications. The individual will also work with the GES team and other IISS staff to prepare and organise events related to economics/geo-economics.

The successful candidate should be able to manage and maintain large datasets, and should be in the habit of analysing data and writing reports. They will also demonstrate proficiency in using excel and data analysis software. Knowledge of foreign languages (Chinese, Arabic, Russian) would be an advantage.

The closing date for this vacancy is 23 June 2017.

We offer interns luncheon vouchers and assistance with their local travel costs. You must have the legal right to work in the UK to apply for this internship. Please send a copy of your CV and a short covering letter to hr@iiss.org, citing 'Geo-economics and Strategy Intern' in the subject line.

Armed Conflict Database – Ukraine

(Freelance, self-employed position)

The IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) is looking to hire a paid research assistant to work approximately 15 hours a month covering the conflict in Ukraine. This position is for at least three months starting as soon as possible. The work can be done remotely.

The successful candidate will be a PhD or Master's student (or graduate) with educational and/or professional experience in the region, and a solid background in conflict research and report writing. Experience in monitoring and analysing conflict developments in Ukraine is highly desirable. He or she will demonstrate the ability to write clearly and concisely, and be able to meet tight deadlines. If you are interested, please send your CV, a cover letter and a short writing sample to hr@iiss.org by Monday 26 June 2017. Interviews will take place by phone or Skype on Wednesday 28 June. Only those candidates who are shortlisted will receive a reply.

Help Desk and AV Technician

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, is seeking to appoint a Help Desk Technician to work at its central London headquarters.

Areas of Core responsibilities include:

  • Provide first line IT support to staff members
  • Assist in the set up and running of audio-visual and video conference equipment for internal staff and external customers
  • Monitor and respond to email support requests
  • Carry out PC and laptop repairs and builds
  • Configure mobile and desktop telephones

Successful candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Experience in Microsoft products
  • Experience in mobile phone support and PC hardware support
  • Highly organised and efficient with the ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience of audio-visual support in customer-facing or hospitality environments would be beneficial

This post is a full-time position based at the IISS headquarters in central London. Salary will be up to £24,000 and will include a pension and private medical benefits package. The flexibility to work outside normal office hours on occasions is a requirement for this role.

Candidates should send a cover letter by email to hr@iiss.org, explaining the skills they would bring to the IISS and attach a CV with two referees. The email should have ‘IISS Help Desk Technician Application’ in the subject line.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 28 June 2017.

Assistant Editor

(Full-time, permanent contract)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the leading global think tank on international security affairs and conflict, has a vacancy for an Assistant Editor to work at its central London headquarters.

Responsibilities:

  • Fact-checking, copy-editing and proofreading IISS publications and reports to match IISS house style (including text, maps and graphics).
  • Fact-checking, copy-editing, proofreading and uploading content on global conflicts for the IISS Armed Conflict Database, an online product.
  • Participating, as necessary, in sales and marketing discussions for IISS publications.
  • Liaising between the Publications team and the Online team to ensure the social media plan has been agreed on all IISS publications before release.

Requirements:

Bachelors degree (minimum)
Keen to progress in a career in publishing
Previous experience in copy-editing and proofreading and a sharp eye for detail (essential)
Basic experience of working with a CMS, database or online publication content
Experience promoting publications via social media
An interest in the commercial aspects of publishing
An understanding of international affairs and/or global military issues (advantageous)

Only candidates who already have the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.

Please send a CV with a cover letter outlining your suitability for the post to hr@iiss.org no later than 30 June 2017.

There will be an editing test as part of the interview process.

Non-Proliferation & Nuclear Policy Programme Intern

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic intern to contribute to the work of the Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Programme. The NPNP is responsible, inter alia, for research and convocation activity on issues involving proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and missiles, nuclear security and arms control and disarmament matters.  Reporting to Research Associate Paulina Izewicz, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on current non-proliferation issues. In the process, you will gain insight into how a think-tank like IISS delivers its products and services.

You will be involved in:

  • Research into issues surrounding the Iran nuclear deal
  • Preparations for upcoming IISS events on non-proliferation and disarmament

You should possess or be studying for an undergraduate or Master’s degree in the field of international relations, arms control or Middle East studies.                      ]. 

You need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, an astute and diplomatic manner, advanced research skills, attention to detail, methodical working and a flexible approach to work. Essential skills: strong writing ability and familiarity with arms control issues. Desirable skills: understanding of export controls and command of Farsi.

The internship programme has a duration of six weeks and requires a weekly commitment of approximately 20 hours. It can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments. Applicants must be able to start immediately or as soon as possible. The work cannot be confined to university breaks and summer term.

Please note that this internship is voluntary and therefore unpaid. However, reasonable local travel expenses and internal luncheon vouchers are provided.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by 30th June 2017, attaching CV and cover letter outlining your experience and how you would hope to benefit from the internship. Please also state your availability for a 20-hour per week commitment over 6 weeks. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.

Intern – South Asia Programme

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is seeking an energetic intern to contribute to the work of South Asia Programme. The South Asia Programme is responsible, inter alia, for research and workshop/conference activities on Afghanistan & regional security issues; India’s foreign and security policy; and civil-military relations in Pakistan. Reporting to Mr. Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia, you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but dedicated team working on Indian naval and military issues. In the process, you will gain insight into how a think-tank like IISS delivers its products and services.

You will be involved in:

  • Researching on India’s Naval Strategy
  • Assisting in organising speaking events
  • Networking among UK experts on South Asia

You should possess or be studying for an undergraduate or Master’s in the field of International Relations. 

You need to demonstrate: Essential skills: advance research skills and an astute and diplomatic manner. Desirable skills: flexible approach to work.

The internship programme has a duration of six weeks and requires a weekly commitment of approximately 20 hours. It can be tailored to fit the intern’s other professional or study commitments. Applicants must be able to start on 4 September 2017. The work cannot be confined to university breaks and summer term.

Please note that this internship is voluntary and therefore unpaid.  However, reasonable local travel expenses and internal luncheon vouchers are provided.

Please apply by email to hr@iiss.org by 1 July 2017, attaching CV and cover letter outlining your experience and how you would hope to benefit from the internship. Please also state your availability for a 20-hour per week commitment over 6 weeks from 4th September 2017. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.


IISS–Middle East Office

There are currently no vacancies at the IISS–Middle East Office


IISS–Americas Office

IISS-Americas Internship Program FAQs

The internship recruitment period for Summer 2017 has ended. Please check back in mid-July for Fall 2017 internship applications.

When are your application cycles?

Fall internships run from September to December. Applications open in July/August and close once all positions have been filled.

Spring internships run from January to May. Applications open in November/December and close once all positions have been filled.

Summer internships run from June to August. Applications open in March/April and close once all positions have been filled.

Can I send in a resume/cover letter outside of the regular application cycle?

Only resumes/cover letters sent during a regular application cycle will be considered.

I have just graduated from my graduate/undergraduate program. Am I eligible to apply?

No, unfortunately only currently enrolled students are eligible to apply.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes, international students can apply as long as you are eligible to work in the US. We regret that we cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits.


IISS–Asia Office

There are no vacancies at present.