Interns and Fellows


Interns

Since opening its doors in 2010, the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation has been working to establish itself as a premier organization for interagency research and publications. As a growing organization, the Simons Center recognizes the important role that interns can play in building an interagency body of knowledge and furthering the goals of the Simons Center and the CGSC Foundation. Simons Center interns have made many contributions to the Simons Center’s mission, including working on our annotated interagency bibliography, investigating and analyzing domestic disaster response and cyber espionage, and assisting in research projects at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

The Simons Center welcomes internship applications from both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse academic disciplines. For more information about Simons Center internships, please read the descriptions below. (Simons Center internships may be tailored to match each student’s academic interests.)

Interagency Generalist Intern
Undergraduate or Graduate
Unpaid, college credit can be arranged
20-30 hours/week

Description:  This is an unpaid internship for students with a major in any social science discipline who have an interest in government at the operational and tactical (not strategic or policy) level.  The intern’s responsibilities will cover a broad range of duties, and may include:

  • Researching (online) interagency and other related topics.
  • Compiling annotated bibliographies of interagency literature and research.
  • Providing conference support.
  • Handling administrative support functions.

Qualifications :  Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Applicants should be organized and excel both individually and in group settings.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office is essential.  All applicants should be students currently enrolled in a college or university.  Please send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to coordinator@thesimonscenter.org, or mail to Simons Center, Attn: Internship Coordinator, P.O. Box 3429, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027.  Non-resident “telecommuting” opportunities are not available for this internship.

For more information contact the internship coordinator at coordinator@thesimonscenter.org.  Applications may be submitted at any time.  Internships will normally follow an academic semester schedule.

Interagency Analyst Intern
Graduate
Unpaid, college credit can be arranged
20-35 hours/week

Description:  This is an unpaid internship for graduate students with an interest in interagency issues and interagency topics, including but not limited to reconstruction and stabilization of war-torn nations, security studies, international peacekeeping, failed and failing states, whole-of-government operations, disaster assistance, and humanitarian response.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching and analyzing interagency issues.
  • Writing summaries of interagency legislation and related outside publications to be included on the Simons Center’s website.
  • Providing input for future Simons Center publications, including InterAgency Papers, Essays, Journals, and a graduate level interagency text book.
  • Providing input for future interagency-related policy and legislation.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Applicants should be organized and be able to work independently as well as under the supervision of Simons Center leadership.  All applicants should be currently enrolled in a graduate program.  Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to coordinator@thesimonscenter.org, or mail to Simons Center, Attn: Internship Coordinator, P.O. Box 3429, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027.  Non-resident “telecommuting” opportunities are available for this internship.

For more information contact the internship coordinator at coordinator@thesimonscenter.org.  Applications may be submitted at any time.  Internships will normally follow an academic semester schedule.

Fellows

Students interested in gaining a better understanding of interagency cooperation and how the federal government and U.S. military interact and collaborate during both peacetime and conflict are encouraged to apply for a scholar position with the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation at Fort Leavenworth. The Simons Center publishes on a broad range of interagency issues using unclassified sources, individual experience, and research into a variety of U.S. government and military topics. Simons Center publications are available to the U.S. military, federal government, and the general public, and are available on the Simons Center website. Simons Center publications have been incorporated into the curriculum at National Defense University and Air Command & Staff College. Simons Center publications have also been referenced in reports by the Congressional Research Service and the U.S. Naval War College.

While all proposals will be considered, the Simons Center is primarily interested in interagency topics related to U.S. national and homeland security. Previous areas of research include: authorities and responsibilities of U.S. government agencies and departments; counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations; humanitarian assistance; domestic disaster preparation and response; conflict prevention; cyber-security; and the prevention of failed states.

In meeting and collaborating with subject matter experts and mentors at the Simons Center, fellows will be able to build on their research and analytical skills. Fellows may have the opportunity to attend relevant lectures and symposia at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Fellows may also have Simons Center assistance in promoting and potentially publishing their research.

Those interested should submit a CV or resume and a detailed statement (1-2 pages) expressing how this opportunity relates to their academic and professional goals. Application materials should be emailed to coordinator@TheSimonsCenter.org. For more information on becoming a fellow, please contact the Simons Center at 913.682.7244 or email coordinator@TheSimonsCenter.org.