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Updated Apr 19, 2019

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Former Research Intern

    Oct 11, 2018 - Research Intern in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Everyone was very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    The leadership is very hawkish on foreign policy.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Certain Rude and Disrespectful Employees

    Apr 19, 2019 - Intern in Washington, DC
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    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.

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Intern

    Sep 22, 2018 -  
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unpaid, as is every internship in DC

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Intern

    Jun 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Intelligent, kind, and extremely talented workforce

    Cons

    Depending on your department, your workload can vary heavily.

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  5. 2.0
    Former Intern

    fdd development intern experience review

    Mar 15, 2018 - Anonymous Intern 
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    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.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Intern

    Nov 30, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great work environment and open culture

    Cons

    The internship is unpaid and transportation is not covered.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Intern

    Intern position

    Aug 27, 2017 - Anonymous Intern 
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    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

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Positive Unpaid Internship

    Sep 24, 2016 -  
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    unpaid despite doing necessary work

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  9. 3.0
    Former Intern

    Will build subject matter expertise

    Mar 9, 2016 - Anonymous Intern 
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    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.

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  10. 4.0
    Former Intern, more than 1 year

    FDD Intern

    Jan 22, 2016 - Intern in Washington, DC
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    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

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