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. FDD is a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.

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; and
  • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills.

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 a National Security Network (NSN), a nonpartisan mentorship and leadership development program for mid-career national security practitioners. NSN is comprised of nearly 600 alumni from the military, the executive branch, the Hill, think tanks and the private sector. FDD does not accept donations from foreign governments.

Events and Marketing Associate


The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank focusing on national security and foreign policy, is seeking a motivated and talented events and marketing associate.


  • Support virtual and in-person event planning in collaboration with Vice President for Marketing and Events and program staff.
  • Manage all logistical aspects of virtual and in-person events, including scheduling, staffing, and vendor coordination.
  • Provide outstanding customer service for event speakers and guests, including dignitaries and VIPs.
  • Draft event and marketing materials in support of FDD’s mission.
  • Track and compile relevant outside events and calendars.
  • Maintain orderly and accurate databases and records for events.
  • Create and manage event and select other web pages.


  • Extremely detail-oriented, well-organized, and has strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A team player with superior problem-solving attitude.
  • An interest and understanding of FDD’s issues.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in remote or office setting, independently and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Adobe Creative Cloud, and/or video editing skills is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and event planning experience required.

Interested candidates should include resume and cover letter outlining relevant skills, experiences, interest in and any knowledge of FDD issues, and goals.

Part-Time/Freelance Junior Designer/Production Assistant

Location: Washington D.C. or Remote

FDD is a DC-based nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy. FDD is seeking a highly organized Junior Designer/Production Assistant to assist our growing in-house design and marketing teams. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, strategically minded, and has a passion for design with international affairs. FDD conducts actionable research, prepared by experts and scholars from a variety of backgrounds – including government, intelligence, military, private sector, academia, and journalism. The Junior Designer/Production Assistant will work directly with FDD’s Senior Designer and be responsible for producing a range of products that supports our in-house team in advancing institutional and strategic objectives.

To be considered, please provide relevant samples from your portfolio (as PDF or website link).



  • Layout production of books for in-house imprint FDD Press.
  • Print and web layout for monographs and research memos.
  • Assist with production work for creative content such as illustrations, infographics, graphs, and charts to promote and support research on social media.
  • Design graphics and email templates for events and podcasts.
  • Receive creative direction and create/revise/develop new design layouts or re-size to fit new adaptations.
  • Collaboration with print and web vendors.
  • Closely follow and stay up to date with design trends and developments.
  • Manage and upkeep of organized file structures.


  • BA or BFA degree in graphic design, fine arts, or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years prior experience with graphic design and visual communications.
  • Portfolio of design work.
  • Proficient in Adobe CC, specifically: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro.
  • Proficiency in Mac OS environment as well as Microsoft Office suite.
  • Understanding of typography, brand standards, four-color printing.
  • Collaborate well with others and willing to learn and grow on the job.
  • Commitment to FDD’s mission and goals.

Additional experience and proficiency with the following are desirable but not required:

  • After Effects motion graphics
  • Tableau statistics/data visualization
  • Video production
  • Front-end development

Application Requirements:

  • PDF or online portfolio
  • Cover letter
  • Resume

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, Political Science, Computer science, and/or a relevant STEM field of study.
  • 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