Argonne National Laboratory

Summer Strategic Trade Control Internship Program
“Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are not utopian ideals. They are critical to global peace and security.” — Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Center for Strategic Security (CSS)at Argonne National Laboratory works in cooperation with U.S. and international partners to develop capabilities, deliver technical resources, and conduct training related to strategic trade controls, international safeguards, and radiological material security. The Summer Strategic Trade Control (STC) program encourages graduate students who are beginning careers in export controls, nonproliferation, terrorism studies, or national security to explore practical analysis, engagement, and training opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory. STC participants will work actively with CSS employees to analyze, develop, and deliver export control and nonproliferation training with our partners worldwide.

Center for Strategic Security

Argonne’s Center for Strategic Security (CSS)develops and implements practical approaches and technical solutions to address severe threats to national and global security. Such threats include weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-related terrorism by non-State or failed-State actors, insider threats, foreign acquisition of advanced U.S. weapons and technology, sophisticated cyber-attacks, infectious disease, compromised critical materials, and supply-chain vulnerabilities, among others. CSS recognizes that strategic security requires ongoing actions to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate threats, prepare for attacks, and prevent harm.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2018


A 10 to12 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.

Application Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in graduate school;
  • Current resumé and cover letter as a .pdf file emailed to;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to;
  • An unofficial academic transcript for graduate level coursework;
  • 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins;
  • Satisfactory background check; and
  • Pass a screening drug test which Argonne pays for.

Please note: Use of marijuana/cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states in the United States and is legally used recreationally in some other countries. Having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites such as Argonne National Laboratory.