London Office

Digital Communications Coordinator

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, is seeking to appoint a Digital Communications Coordinator to work in its London headquarters. Working within the Institute’s busy Online team, the successful applicant will play an important role in helping to produce lively and engaging content for dissemination on our website and social media channels. This is a pivotal time for the team as we embark on a redevelopment of our website, offering the chance to provide valuable input into the process and considerable growth as we launch a new platform.

Key responsibilities include: 

• Editing, uploading and updating the IISS website; 
• Promoting content across our social media channels; 
• Assisting the team with planning and delivering the communications strategy; 
• Liaising with staff across the organisation to ensure website content is up to date; 
• Editing and proofreading IISS communications material such as event invitations, newsletters and email alerts; 
• Supporting the Online team to provide full social media and online coverage of IISS discussion meetings and summits.

 Successful candidates will have:

• 1–2 years’ experience of working within a digital environment;
• An enthusiasm for and understanding of social media and digital communications;
• Excellent editorial skills and a keen eye for detail;
• Some experience of handling content-management systems;
• Good interpersonal skills; 
• An interest in international affairs.

 Salary range: £23,000–£25,000 per annum

The closing date for applications is Friday 10 March 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, citing ‘Digital Communications Coordinator’ in the subject line, to Candidates will be asked to complete a short editing and social media test at interview. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.


Geo-economics and Strategy Intern

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict, has a vacancy in its London office for an intern to work for six weeks as part of its Geo-economics and Strategy Program (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 an Economics/Geopolitics Studies graduate with good writing skills and an interest in international economics and finance, and/or geopolitics. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the compilation and analysis of macroeconomic and trade-related data and contribute to the preparation of presentations, reports and publications.

The successful candidate should be able to manage and maintain large data sets, and have the habit of data analysis and report writing. They will also demonstrate proficiency in using Excel and data-analysis software. Knowledge of foreign languages (particularly Chinese, Arabic, and Russian) is an advantage.

We offer interns lunch vouchers and assistance with local London travel costs. You must have the legal right to work in the UK to apply for this internship.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a shorter covering letter, citing 'Geo-economics and Strategy Internship' in the subject line, to

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

Information Specialist

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is one of the world’s leading think tanks and the foremost authority on strategic and military capability globally. We are looking to recruit an energetic, dedicated information professional who is enthusiastic about providing high level support to our users.

Reporting to the Head of Knowledge and Information Services, the Information Specialist will provide high level support to researchers in our UK and international offices, based in the Central London office.

The IISS has had a library since its foundation in 1958, providing the Institute’s research staff with the information resources and services they need to carry out their work. These services include both the provision of books, newspapers, periodicals and pamphlets for loan and reference use, and increasingly online databases and e-journals. There is also some active support for specific research projects. Despite these developments, the library remains, in essence, a print collection designed for visitor access.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications, experience, skills and attributes:


  • A degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information science
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous professional self-development


  • Significant experience of working in a library or information centre including the provision of research assistance and reader services
  • A track record of delivering high-quality, innovative information services
  • Previous use of a library management system


  • A good understanding of the role of an information service in supporting user research needs
  • Ability to support colleagues with information retrieval, evaluation and synthesis
  • Thorough understanding of print and digital information sources and digital technologies
  • Working knowledge of IT in a library/information centre context including databases, catalogues, e-journals and Microsoft Office packages
  • Core technical collection management skills - cataloguing, indexing and stock selection
  • The ability to work on own initiative and organise own work load to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail


  • Strong client focus, customer-service ethos and dedication to service delivery
  • Knowledge of or interest in international affairs
  • Strong team working values
  • Flexible, adaptive and responsive in relation to duties and working hours
  • Ability to build relations, collaborate and gain support from different groups of people

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, citing ‘Information Specialist’ in the subject line, to Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

IISS-Middle East Office

There are no vacancies at present.

IISS–Americas Office

IISS-Americas Graduate Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Americas is seeking a volunteer graduate intern to work 20-30 hours a week to support the activities of its office in Washington, DC, for Spring 2017.


Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate program studying security studies, international relations, or a related field. Preference will be given to students focusing on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent.
  • Be proactive and a self-starter able to work in a small team environment.
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include your work eligibility in your application.


Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

Duties will include:

  • Research support. This includes ad hoc projects to support the work of the Executive Director/Director of the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, as well as IISS researchers in London, Singapore, or Bahrain, as necessary.
  • Event, administrative, and operations support. You will be expected to assist with IISS-Americas events and daily administrative tasks. Those with previous office experience are preferred.


  • Resume
  • Cover letter (specify dates and times available)

The resume and cover letter should be sent as two separate PDF files via email to, with the subject line: “Your Name – Spring 2017 Graduate Internship Application.” Please include your full name in the title for each separate document.

This internship is unpaid. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. The deadline is rolling until the position is filled.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Americas
2121 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: +1.202.659.1490
Fax: +1.202.659.1499

IISS–Asia Office

The Gerald Segal Research Internship 2017

The International Institute for Strategic Studies–Asia (IISS–Asia) invites applications for the Gerald Segal Research Internship 2017, which will be tenable for a period of three months during 2017 at the IISS–Asia office in Singapore.

Dr Gerald Segal, who died in November 1999, had been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies since September 1997. He joined the IISS in September 1991 as Senior Fellow for Asian Studies. During his career, Gerald Segal was unusually productive: he wrote more than a dozen books and published 130 articles. Though his published work encompassed diverse topics, his greatest contribution was in the analysis of Asian strategic and security issues. Alongside his own direct contributions, Dr Segal also did much to encourage research and writing on Asian security by younger and less widely-published colleagues.

The Gerald Segal Research Internship provides an opportunity for a postgraduate student of any nationality to spend three months with the IISS–Asia office in Singapore working on his or her own research project concerned with an aspect of international relations or international security in the Asia-Pacific region, while simultaneously contributing to the activities of the IISS–Asia office, in terms of both assisting in research projects and involvement in operational support for meetings including the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. Since 2013, IISS–Asia has expanded its research and other activities, and is now located in new, larger premises in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

The intern will be paid a stipend of SGD800 per month to cover daily expenses. IISS–Asia will provide assistance in securing the necessary temporary work permit for the intern, but finding accommodation will be the intern’s own responsibility.

Interested candidates should submit their CVs, synopses of their proposed research projects (which may be directly connected to their postgraduate programmes), and covering letters to Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia via by 6 February 2017.