IDS International Internship in Arlington, Virginia

Program Support Internship

Why Join IDS?

IDS personnel have built a strong reputation for their unparalleled depth of multi-disciplinary expertise in the 3Ds - defense, development, and diplomacy. We maintain an extensive network of interagency and smart power experts who have recently served in complex operations environments. Since 2006, IDS has helped develop multi-disciplinary solutions to government and private sector challenges. Our subject matter experts in civil-military operations, human terrain research, and analysis, training and capacity building work closely with customers to create solutions that cross boundaries and reflect best practices.

About the Internship:

IDS is looking for enthusiastic and hard-working interns to support company operations at its headquarters in Arlington, VA. IDS interns can be expected to work across all areas of the company, including training, research, finance, and proposals. Interns will work in close coordination with all levels of the IDS team in the execution of business across a wide variety of areas, including interagency training, social science research, and capacity building. The internship is for immediate hire. At the end of a successful internship, employment may be extended a full-time position.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting training and research programs with national security research, government program coordination, and administrative/logistics

  • Supporting business development efforts with research, marketing, proposal development, and help engaging potential new government and private sector customers

  • Supporting communications activities with meeting organization, event staffing, and social media content development

  • Supporting IDS business activities by helping research customer requirements, gather and format data and requirements for proposals, and work on IDS policies and reports

  • Provide logistics support in arranging travel and hotel accommodations for consultants and employees traveling in support of IDS programs

  • Coordinate operations and management of USG contracts under the supervision of program managers.

  • Participate in business development activities and pursue opportunities.

  • Independently perform editing of draft/intermediate/and final deliverables.

  • Assist in the development and execution of program management plans.

  • Draft position descriptions for business development opportunities

  • Assist the recruitment team by scheduling interviews, drafting letters of intent, updating master recruiting spreadsheets, and other duties as needed.


  • In the process of or recently completed a Bachelor?s or Master?s degree, with relevant coursework in national security, international relations, or related areas

  • Must have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and be able to interact with customers and internal management/staff at all levels.

  • Must be detailed oriented, possess excellent organizational skills and be able to work independently with a minimal level of supervision as well as part of a team.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Ability to work 25 - 30 hours a week

Employee needs to be able to sit at a workstation for extended periods; use hand(s) to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Most positions require ability to work on desktop or laptop computer for extended periods of time reading, reviewing/analyzing information, and providing recommendations, summaries and/or reports in written format. Must be able to effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing. Employee may be required to occasionally lift and/or move moderate amounts of weight, typically less than 20 pounds. Regular and predictable attendance is essential.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.