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Updated August 27, 2017
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  1. "Intern position"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I have been working at Foundation For The Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Open environment, great people to work with, never a dull moment in terms of work!

    Cons

    There is a lot to do, but it's all necessary and doesn't feel like busy work


  2. "Positive Unpaid Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Open community for interns, friendly office, interaction with high level executives

    Cons

    unpaid despite doing necessary work

  3. "Will build subject matter expertise"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Foundation For The Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Researching the same topics for 8 hours a day, 3-5 days a week will really build your knowledge of the topics - this will be especially useful if you are doing coursework about the Middle East, specifically Iran and other Arab countries' relations to Israel and to the U.S.

    You will also gain experience doing open source research and analysis, including researching in other languages.

    Cons

    The staff has changed since I was there, but when I was there, the supervisors provided little guidance on process and were very harsh with their critiques, expecting us interns to do perfect work after very little instruction or development. I worked through numerous lunches to meet deadlines, and was regularly spoken to harshly when I accidentally formatted something improperly (due to lack of training).

    The work can also be very menial, and can turn very political - the interns once spent a week and a half researching every instance of a TV personality speaking out against one of the U.S.'s policies, so that one of FDD's media-facing personalities could refute a remark they made.

    Advice to Management

    Be more patient with your interns. Use mistakes as an opportunity to teach, not to rebuke. The interns should not be staying later than the paid employees. And, try to give interns more opportunities to get away from their computer and engage in something.


  4. "FDD Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Foundation For The Defense as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Minimal supervision. Relevant to students interested in international affairs. Very flexible hours and willingness to accommodate students

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it is an unpaid internship. It is a smaller think tank but overall it is an excellent internship

    Advice to Management

    Continue having internship opportunities for young professionals. It is a great program for people to get to do substantive work on real world issues.


  5. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    I worked at Foundation For The Defense as an intern

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on some very relevant projects while only an intern, attend metings with influential players in the counterterrorism community

    Cons

    Sometimes there was "admin" work, but thats is pretty typical of any internship. Leaders never remembered intern names (also pretty typical)

    Advice to Management

    Keep the intern program going, it is great experience for students looking to get an inside look at how the world of think tanks function


  6. "Some publishing opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Publishing opportunities, honed research and analysis skills, responsibility from day one

    Cons

    Heavily influenced by donors and thereby very partisan

    Advice to Management

    Entire organization would benefit from friendlier environment