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.  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 serve as a valuable gateway to future onsite internships through other academic programs - such as, the William and Mary in D.C. Summer National Security Institute and Study Abroad.

Students participating in the program do not have to find their own internships.  PIPS reaches out to the international affairs community to secure internship positions.  Once selected into the E-internship program, PIPS and the E-internship directors will place students with employers.  Accepted students will have the opportunity to express their preference for particular employers.

PIPS will accommodate students' preferences for internships if possible and when appropriate.  The E-intern program does not offer or promise academic credit for internships.  If a student seeks credit for their work, the student needs to contact the relevant academic department and comply with that department's independent study requirements.  The PIPS directors will not supervise independent study courses related to the E-intern program.  Please contact the E-internship Director, [[khfloyd, Kathryn Floyd]] for further information.


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 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.  Students are expected to work both semesters.  If a student is unavailable in the spring because of study abroad, please indicate that in your cover letter. E-interns will begin their duties no later than September 20, 2013.  Those duties end on the last day of spring semester classes.
  • E-interns must check-in with their employers on a daily basis.  Responding quickly to employer or PIPS communication and meeting all deadlines set.
  • E-interns must meet weekly as a group with the PIPS internship director to discuss their work and for additional professional instruction.
  • E-interns must adhere to all employer confidentiality guidelines and act according to the highest professional standards.

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

2013-2014 Application Process


Elegibility Requirements

  • Government, History, International Relations, and Public Policy Majors
  • Rising junior or senior
  • Minimum of 3.4 cumulative GPA
  • On campus during the entire 2013-2014 academic year


Criteria for Evaluating Applicants

E-interns must exhibit:

  • Strong writing skills & analytical ability
  • Excellent time management
  • Self-motivation and responsibility
  • Preference will be given to students that have completed at least one course in research methods.


Application Guidelines

PIPS is accepting twelve E-interns for the 2013-2014 academic year. Applicants should transmit in one e-mail message the following material to pips@wm.edu.

Required Material:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining why you want to participate in the E-intern program
  • Unofficial college transcript
  • A writing sample from a previous class no more than 4 pages in length.  (Excerpts of larger writing samples are acceptable.)

All submitted files must be in Adobe PDF format and each file name must comply with the following format:


[NOTE: PIPS will not accept e-internship applications that do not meet the specified formatting.]

Finalists will be interviewed by the PIPS & E-internship directors.

The submission deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is August 30, 2013, at 5 p.m.