PIPS is looking for freshmen and sophomores who want to learn how to conduct policy analysis by assisting the PIPS research fellows during the spring semester and writing a related executive summary or independent policy white paper over the summer.
PIPS research fellows have written white papers on wide variety of topics, such as: biofuels, climate change, counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, crypto-currencies, foreign aid, international development, public diplomacy, military affairs, sovereign wealth funds, and U.S. grand strategy. Click here to look at past white papers.
Successful applicants for a PIPS internship have strong writing and analytical abilities, advanced research skills, excellent time management, and a demonstrated interest in international relations. The application guidelines can be viewed here.
PIPS interns have the opportunity to:
- Develop their research, writing, and analytical abilities through close interaction with faculty and other students as part of a research team;
- Interview senior policy analysts and officials on campus or in Washington, D.C. in support of their fellows’ project;
- Participate in an end of the year policy retreat, in which fellows present their work to policy analysts and officials at a variety of venues in Washington, D.C.;
- Write a policy brief proposing a solution to an emerging challenge to international peace;
- Receive career counseling and additional support for finding internships and jobs related to international security in Washington, D.C., or internationally; and
- Earn 3 hours of academic credit in the spring semester.
Working with PIPS:
The estimated work load for PIPS interns is approximately 10-15 hours per week. Interns are expected to attend weekly PIPS meetings on Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
To be eligible to apply for a PIPS internship, students must:
- Have a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA. First-year student GPAs are based on their fall semester grades.
- Be an academic freshman or sophomore
- Be a full time William & Mary undergraduate student during the spring 2023 semester. Students that are away on study abroad are ineligible for a research intern position.
Please review the application guidelines to apply.