The CSS/ISN internship program
The Center for Security Studies (CSS) and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) offer a total of 10 internships per year.
Interns contribute to the CSS' research agenda and to making the ISN the world’s leading open-source information platform in the IR and security community.
Applicants may choose one of the following internship options:
- A full six-week internship at the ISN
- A full six-week internship at the CSS
Option 1 is available during the winter (January to April) and the summer (mid-May to early October).
Option 2 is only available during the summer (mid-May to early October).
The place of work are the CSS' and ISN's offices in Zurich. All interns are provided with office space and facilities as appropriate for their work.
Applicants choosing to intern with the ISN are expected to contribute to the organization's content acquisition, information management and publishing activities. These include:
- Searching for, cataloguing and indexing high-quality digital resources on a broad range of IR and security issues
- Writing for the ISN Blog
- Assisting with editorial activities
- Helping with the ISN's outreach, partnership and marketing activities
Applicants choosing to intern with the CSS are expected to play an active role in the work of the Center by:
- Contributing to the CSS' existing research projects. These examine such issues as European security and defense, terrorism and political violence, environmental security, risk analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. Interns are allocated to a project based on their experience and the needs of the CSS.
- Assisting senior researchers with their research, editorial and networking activities
- Co-authoring articles with CSS researchers
Who we are looking for?
Graduate students or undergraduate students in their final year with the following skills:
- Excellent English
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
- The ability to read and analyze content quickly and objectively
- A detailed knowledge of current affairs
- A strong work ethic and the ability to learn quickly
- Initiative and a willingness to participate in, and contribute to, the activities of the CSS or the ISN
Please note that due to Swiss labor laws only EU-25/EFTA nationals (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) may apply for an internship.
Funding and accommodation
The CSS and ISN encourage all applicants to secure their funding in order to cover accommodation and living expenses before coming to Zurich. The CSS and the ISN pay a stipend upon completion of the internship.
Aside from providing a short list of relevant links, neither the CSS nor the ISN can assist in finding accommodation. Interns should therefore make the necessary arrangements prior to arriving in Zurich.
How to apply
If you would like to apply for an ISN internship, please submit your complete online application including the following items:
- Application letter: one-page statement of purpose outlining your research interests and why you would like to work at the ISN. Please indicate when you are able to start your internship.
- Resume (max 2 pages)
- Copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates
- One writing sample, e.g. a university paper or news article in English
- Two letters of recommendation, which should be sent separately by email or regular mail to the ISN Internship Manager.
If you would like to apply for a CSS internship, please submit your online application and consult the CSS internship page for further information.
Applications for the winter 2014 ISN internship program will only be accepted between 1 and 30 September 2013.
Applications for the summer 2014 CSS and ISN internship programs will only be accepted between 3 and 31 January 2014.
Applications outside these time periods are not possible since the online application window will be closed.
Successful candidates will be contacted by 15 March or 31 October 2013 respectively.
Contact information for recommendation letters:
ISN Internship Manager
International Relations and Security Network (ISN)
Leonhardshalde 21, LEH
8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Email inquiries regarding the ISN internship program can also be addressed to the ISN Internship Manager.
Terms and conditions
- The CSS/ISN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents or illness during the internship. All applicants should therefore make the necessary health insurance arrangements prior to arriving in Zurich.
- The CSS/ISN accepts no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, any personal items during the internship. Again, applicants should make the necessary insurance arrangements prior to beginning their placement.
- All interns will abide by CSS/ISN rules and regulations and will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Failure to do so will result in the termination of the internship. Both the CSS and the ISN reserve the right to terminate the internship with immediate effect.
- All interns will keep confidential any and all unpublished information made available during the course of the internship.
- Successful candidates must provide written notice in case of illness or other unavoidable circumstances that might prevent them from completing their internship.