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  1. "Former Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Foundation For The Defense for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone was very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    The leadership is very hawkish on foreign policy.

    Foundation For The Defense2018-10-11
  2. "Certain Rude and Disrespectful Employees"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
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    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Foundation For The Defense for more than a year

    Pros

    It was a nice experience if you were interning for the nice employees. Unpaid, but they had great tools and software packages that interns could use.

    Cons

    Certain employees were incredibly rude to interns who are young and still learning. And those employees are still there and in senior (director) roles. It’s not fair to get mad at an intern for simple mistakes that they wouldn’t know especially when they’re trying to do you a favor. Just seems like some people working there are entitled to treating the interns like their servants unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    Hold senior employees accountable for their actions. Don’t let them mistreat or disrespect junior staff including interns.

    Foundation For The Defense2019-04-19
  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Foundation For The Defense

    Pros

    Amazing experience and co-workers as well as awesome support network

    Cons

    Unpaid, as is every internship in DC

    Foundation For The Defense2018-09-23
  4. "Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Foundation For The Defense part-time

      Pros

      Intelligent, kind, and extremely talented workforce

      Cons

      Depending on your department, your workload can vary heavily.

      Foundation For The Defense2018-06-24
    • "fdd development intern experience review"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Foundation For The Defense

      Pros

      Small office setting, gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with fellows.

      Cons

      Promoting a specific agenda, rather than holding up to its name.

      Foundation For The Defense2018-03-15
    • "Intern"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Foundation For The Defense full-time

      Pros

      Great work environment and open culture

      Cons

      The internship is unpaid and transportation is not covered.

      Advice to Management

      None

      Foundation For The Defense2017-12-01
    • "Intern position"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends

        I have been working at Foundation For The Defense

        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

        Foundation For The Defense2017-08-28
      • "Positive Unpaid Internship"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        Neutral Outlook

        I worked at Foundation For The Defense

        Pros

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

        Cons

        unpaid despite doing necessary work

        Foundation For The Defense2016-09-24
      • Helpful (1)

        "Will build subject matter expertise"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at Foundation For The Defense

        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...

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        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.

        Foundation For The Defense2016-03-09
      • "FDD Intern"

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          Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

          I worked at Foundation For The Defense for more than 2 years

          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.

          Foundation For The Defense2016-01-23
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