Job Opportunities

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample here. Please include in the cover letter your specific interest in FDD. No phone calls, please. Any inquiries may be sent to [email protected]. FDD is a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.

Director of Communications


FDD seeks to hire a highly motivated, well-organized Director of Communications who is familiar with and committed to furthering FDD’s work.

Strategic communications is central to FDD’s mission and the director of communications will play a key role in achieving our organizational objectives. This position will manage a team of five media professionals.


  • Create and implement strategies for broadcast, print, and online media
  • Play a hands-on role in promoting FDD’s people and products to the media
  • Develop and manage relationships with key journalists covering FDD’s issues
  • Train and prepare researchers and experts for television, print and radio interviews
  • Oversee FDD’s social media specialist
  • Oversee FDD’s media lists and communications technologies
  • Oversee management of FDD’s in-house broadcast studio for live and recorded television and Skype interviews
  • Write and edit press releases, op-eds, and other communications materials
  • Conduct media briefings and media conference calls featuring FDD experts
  • Manage and provide professional development for a staff of five professionals


  • Proven ability to develop and execute communications strategies.
  • At least 5 years of media relations and communications experience
  • Track record of developing relationships with reporters and producers
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to think creatively about how to pitch and position stories
  • Experience managing people and projects
  • In-depth knowledge of FDD’s core foreign policy and national security issues
  • Bachelor of Arts or Master’s degree

Military Fellow


FDD seeks a full-time active duty U.S. military officer to serve as a Military Fellow in its Center on Military and Political Power (CMPP). The successful applicant will have the rank of O-4 to O-6 and seek to gain research experience on issues related to U.S. defense policy and strategy.


  • Conduct research related to the defense strategies, policies, and capabilities necessary to deter and defeat threats to the freedom, security, and prosperity of Americans and our allies;
  • Author or co-author on the above and related topics (both internal and external publications, including newspapers, journals, and online outlets);
  • Discuss research at events, both organized by FDD and in outside venues;
  • Work with appropriate FDD staff to plan and execute meetings and briefings, as well as networking and professional development opportunities for FDD scholars with Department of Defense officials; and
  • Support the day-to-day research and work of CMPP and CMPP’s Senior Director.


  • Active duty U.S. military officers between the rank of O-4 (Major/Lieutenant Commander) – O-6 (Colonel/Captain);
  • Commitment for 6-month or 1-year fellowship;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills; and
  • Based full-time in FDD’s Washington, D.C. office.

FDD is a nonprofit and nonpartisan national security and foreign policy institute devoted to independent research in the defense of free nations against their enemies. FDD runs the National Security Alumni Network (NSAN), a nonpartisan mentorship and leadership development program for mid-career national security practitioners. NSAN is comprised of over 400 alumni from the military, the executive branch, the Hill, think tanks and the private sector. FDD does not accept donations from foreign governments.

Internship opportunities

To view current internship opportunities, visit us here.

About FDD’s internship program

Based in downtown Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a number of internship opportunities available during the spring, fall and summer semesters. All FDD interns will have the opportunity to participate in a twice-monthly speaker series, which brings high-level DC officials and senior staff members to engage with interns in an intimate setting. FDD interns will be encouraged to build on their academic skills by working closely with senior staff. FDD is also happy to assist students who wish to earn academic credit for this internship. All internships are unpaid. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. It is recommended that interested candidates submit applications early.

Please specify the department(s) for which you would like to be considered (feel free to indicate preferences) in your cover letter. While you may use the same cover letter for multiple positons, please submit a separate application for each position of interest. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For general inquiries, email: [email protected].


  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Should have a relevant course of study and have completed coursework in any of the following fields: International Relations, Security Studies, History, Communications, Journalism, International Economics or Political Science.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, as well as basic Excel skills.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 22 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Application Materials Required

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter (Please review our website and include which FDD projects and issue areas resonate with you and why. Also indicate where you found this internship and your availability for the semester.)
  3. Writing sample (no more than three pages)
  4. Unofficial transcript copy