Career Opportunities

Current Openings

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies seeks bright professionals who possess diverse talents, an enthusiasm for African issues, and a willingness to plunge into multiple fast-paced projects. Our permanent staff is divided into several sections including academics, communications, community and alumni affairs, policy and operations, and research.

The Africa Center is a Department of Defense institution that conducts seminars, events, and activities in Africa and elsewhere. The Africa Center is located on the campus of National Defense University on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC.

General employment requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible for U.S. employment
  • Must be willing and able to travel (15–25 percent)
  • French/Portuguese language abilities are highly desirable

Current Openings

Academic Affairs Internship

The faculty and staff at the Africa Center will do all they can to ensure that the internship is academically and experientially rewarding. Interns should expect to work 24–32 hours per week. Internships are unpaid positions. Duties will include:

  • Programmatic support split between Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Academic Portfolios
  • Research on regional action plans/policies on CTOC to better identify what is going on beyond the UN’s Palermo Convention, particularly in ECOWAS and SADC
  • Mapping patterns of women’s inclusion in various African security forces and/or more general literature review for WPS.
  • Provide support as requested by faculty members to assist with publications, course materials, and outreach;
  • Participation in virtual conferences, workshops, and other programs at the Africa Center featuring academics, subject matter experts, military officers, and diplomats.

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the time of application. Ideally, the applicant is majoring in international relations, national security strategy, political science, history, or other fields relating to the Africa Center mission and has completed some coursework in these areas. Potential subjects of interest include, but are not limited to international affairs, area and regional studies, conflict management, grand strategy, homeland security, human rights, non-state actors, political economy, and post-conflict reconstruction. Internship applicants will be assessed on their ability in the following areas:

  • Prioritize, organize, and complete tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Use library/research resources to gather relevant data to support faculty research;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel effectively;
  • Work as a team player;
  • Employ competent research, writing, and communications skills in support of faculty research;
  • Write clearly and concisely;
  • Display scrupulous attention to detail;
  • Work well with different cultures and peoples.
  • French or Portuguese language skills are highly desired.

Required Qualifications:

  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise reports
  • Working-level Proficiency in English
  • Experience and interest working on the Sub-Saharan African region preferred
  • Able to understand new concepts
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team

Desired Qualifications:

  • Rule of Law background
  • Reading knowledge of either French or Portuguese

Academic Affairs National Security Strategy Development Internship

The faculty and staff at the Africa Center will do all they can to ensure that the internship is academically and experientially rewarding. Interns should expect to work 24- 32 hours per week. Internships are unpaid positions. Duties may include:

  • Research support as requested by faculty members to assist with publications, course materials, and outreach;
  • Participation in conferences, workshops, and other programs at the Africa Center featuring academics, subject matter experts, military officers, and diplomats;
  • On-the-job experience and professional development opportunities;
  • Experience conducting research and individual projects.

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the time of application. Ideally, the applicant is majoring in international relations, national security strategy, political science, history, or other fields relating to the Africa Center mission and has completed some coursework in these areas. Potential subjects of interest include, but are not limited to international affairs, area and regional studies, conflict management, grand strategy, homeland security, human rights, non-state actors, political economy, and post-conflict reconstruction. Internship applicants will be assessed on their ability in the following areas:

  • Prioritize, organize, and complete tasks with minimal supervision;
  • Use library/research resources to gather relevant data to support faculty research;
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel effectively;
  • Work as a team player;
  • Employ competent research, writing, and communications skills in support of faculty research;
  • Write clearly and concisely;
  • Display scrupulous attention to detail;
  • Work well with different cultures and peoples.
  • Foreign language skills are highly desired, but not required.

Required Qualifications:

  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel
  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise reports
  • Proficiency in English and French required
  • Experience and interest working on the Sub-Saharan African region preferred
  • Able to understand new concepts
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team