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International Safeguards Opportunities: Summer Internship

Argonne’s Center for Strategic Security (CSS) works in cooperation with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to offer internships for ambitious, high-caliber students in the field of international safeguards research.

Sponsored by the NNSA Office of International Nuclear Safeguards, this internship is specifically tailored so that applicants will be directly supporting ongoing research programs at the laboratory.

Safeguards Policy Research

Participants will assist with safeguards policy studies, human capital development, knowledge management, and research into safeguards concepts and approaches. Some flexibility will be available for interns to perform some independent research on a safeguards policy research topic of their choosing. Interns applying for this internship should indicate in their application their interest in a career in international safeguards or nonproliferation and their potential independent research topic of interest. Ideal candidates will have a background in safeguards policy, nuclear nonproliferation, and/or export controls.

We will start accepting applications soon for summer 2020. Please check back for more information and deadline to apply.

International Safeguards Opportunities: Summer Internship

Submit a current resume, an unofficial academic transcript, a cover letter PDF, and two (2) letters of recommendation to graduate@​anl.​gov.

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Application Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins.
  • Must be pursuing studies in related fields, such as nonproliferation, nuclear engineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering, or export controls.
  • Possess knowledge of international nuclear safeguards.
  • Clear and concise writing skills are a plus.
  • Proficiency/experience in research, analysis, and/or presenting is highly desirable.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Pass a screening drug test.
  • Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.


A 10-12 week summer program (May – September). Exact number of weeks and start date are negotiated with the applicant.


Access to practical, real world projects and training.

Appointees receive an hourly wage, which is determined by the hiring division and the Educational Programs Office. Travel reimbursement is determined by the hiring division in accordance with laboratory policy. All travel arrangements must be made by the hiring division in order to receive any reimbursement.


Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing.