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E-Internship Program

The Project on International Peace & Security’s E-internship program is a novel approach to undergraduate internships that builds on a growing telecommuting trend in the business community.  Using the College’s IT infrastructure, the E-internship program links students in Williamsburg with government agencies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and industry in the United States and internationally.  PIPS e-interns apply the knowledge and skills they attain in their classes to real world challenges, gaining insight into the interplay between theory and practice in international affairs as well as valuable professional experience.  Moreover, e-internships can serve as a valuable boost to securing onsite internships in the future.

Students participating in the program do not have to find their own internships.  PIPS has secured internship positions in the international affairs community.  Once selected into the E-internship program, PIPS and the e-internship directors will work with employers to place students.  E-intern applicants should specify employer preferences in their cover letters.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the following employers are seeking PIPS e-interns:

  • Political Advisor Office (POLAD), U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command
  • United States European Command
  • U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  • U.S. Army Training the Brain Operations Center
  • Center for International Maritime Security
  • Diplomatic Courier
  • Xanadu Geography (XGX, LLC)
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Congressional Research Service
  • More to be announced.
Responsibilities

As a PIPS e-intern, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • E-interns must work 2 hours a day for their employer for a total of 10 hours a week during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.  Students are expected to work both semesters. E-interns will begin their duties no later than October 1, 2014.  Those duties end on the last day of spring semester classes.
  • E-interns must check-in with their employers on a daily basis and with e-internship staff weekly.  Students have to respond quickly to employer or PIPS communications and meet all deadlines.
  • E-interns must adhere to all employer confidentiality guidelines and act according to the highest professional standards.
  • E-interns must produce a final product or document, as agreed upon by your supervisor.
  • E-interns must agree to additional parameters set forth in the syllabus for the program.

Failure to meet the above requirements will result in the intern’s dismissal from the program.

Academic Credit

Students may have the opportunity to earn academic credits during the spring semester.  The E-internship director will provide further guidance about the possibility to those selected into the program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a PIPS e-internship, students must:

  • Have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Have completed one of the following courses: GOVT 204 or 150W: Introduction to International Politics; HIST 192: Global History Since 1500; or SOCL 205: Global Social Problems.

Preference will be given to students that:

  • Have also completed GOVT 329: International Security or GOVT 328: International Political Economy
  • Completed a quantitative or qualitative methods course
  • Completed a GIS courses


Please review the application guidelines to apply.