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Strategic Trade Control and Nonproliferation Internship

The Strategic Trade Control (STC) program offers graduate students beginning careers in export controls, nonproliferation, counterproliferation studies or national security programs an opportunity to gain experience in threat analysis, international engagement and program development. STC interns will work alongside Argonne employees, supporting programs that counter efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Interns will support the development of an analytical tool that identifies networks involved in the illicit procurement of strategically sensitive goods, uncover proliferation diversion methods and counter these efforts to advance worldwide security. This support is expected to include data acquisition, beta testing and data analysis of proliferation activities.

STC interns may work on projects sponsored by a variety of U.S. government agencies, which include Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of State and Department of Defense.

Strategic Trade Control and Nonproliferation Internship

To apply, complete the online application, submit a current resume, an unofficial academic transcript, a cover letter PDF, and two (2) letters of recommendation to graduate@​anl.​gov. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 27, 2020.

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Application Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Enrolled in graduate school.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Current resume and cover letter as a .pdf file emailed to graduate@​anl.​gov.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to graduate@​anl.​gov.
  • An unofficial academic transcript for graduate level coursework.
  • 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins.
  • 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 to 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 locating and funding their own housing.