Fall 2018 Analysis Division Internship

About Valens Global

Valens Global is a private firm that is focused on understanding the challenges posed by terrorist groups and other violent non-state actors, and helping clients fashion creative solutions that can save lives and protect their interests. Valens is a young organization designed to embody principles of innovation and adaptability: It is self-consciously a start-up firm, and is not afraid to think differently. We believe that the world’s growing sub-state threats require analysts who are fiercely independent, rigorous, and creative. We have repeatedly challenged the field’s conventional wisdom, and have emerged with a strong track record.

Valens fosters an intellectually vibrant climate that emphasizes teamwork, transparency, meritocracy, accountability, and empowerment at junior levels. Above all else, we focus on producing quality work. We are proud of our record of delivering products that exceed our clients’ expectations, and stand the test of time. At Valens, you would be part of a smart, talented, and confident team of people with interesting and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks. We think Valens is a great place to work, and we believe that you will too.

Valens Global boasts a stable of clients with whom we love to work, and are proud to associate. Our clients include U.S. government agencies, tech firms, oil and gas companies, academic institutions, think tanks, and a host of others who need to better understand how violent non-state actors are changing the world—and how to safeguard their interests, assets, personnel, and values in light of these challenges.

About the Summer 2018 Analysis Division Internship

You should be able to commit to working 30-40 hours per week. Interns will receive a salary that is competitive with other policy internships. Valens’s head office is located in Washington, D.C., though work can be performed remotely. Over the course of the summer semester, an analysis division intern can be expected to build skills in writing, research methodology, open-source intelligence analysis, and working as part of a team, and can be expected to develop significant substantive competence.

One intern will specifically be detailed to work with Valens Global’s CEO, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, on the range of his projects, including performing research and drafting tasks related to his articles, and assisting him in business development activities and leading certain Valens projects. This internship will provide a strong top-level view of the organization, and exposure to a range of Valens’s projects. It is preferred that this intern work in the Raleigh, N.C., area. If you are interested in this internship specifically, please indicate that in your cover letter.

Ideal candidates should be prepared to contribute immediately, and should even be capable of taking the lead on projects should the need arise. Projects will be writing intensive. We want you to be able to produce polished, well-organized, thoughtful prose. Interns will be expected to consult a wide range of open-source materials, including primary and secondary sources, and social media data. We want you to come into your job knowing where to look.

The candidate must be organized. The candidate must be able to work effectively under pressure. The candidate will be expected to stay on top of deadlines and produce quality work products within tight time constraints. And on top of all that, we want you to be likeable. Are you up for the challenge? Read on.

Job Requirements:

Candidates should demonstrate strong interest in the study of violent non-state actors. Applicants would ideally have prior research experience, and have the ability to think creatively about complex problems. Dedication, focus, and enthusiasm are valued. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus, but not required.

  • Candidate must possess strong critical thinking and analytic skills.
  • Candidate must be a strong writer and editor.
  • Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Required Application Materials:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. At least two, and preferably three, references. Note: We are not looking for letters of recommendation, but rather people willing to serve as a reference for your qualifications who would be happy to talk to us about your candidacy.
  4. Two writing samples. One should be brief (5 pages or less) and display the applicant’s ability to convey expansive, complicated information concisely and clearly. The second sample should be longer (at least 10 pages) to showcase the applicant’s ability to conduct in-depth, nuanced research. Both samples should include all relevant footnotes or citations.
  5. Unofficial transcript copy.

Please send all applications to careers@valensglobal.com.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2018


Additional Information:

Candidates selected for additional evaluation will be asked to join us for a phone or in-person interview, and may be asked to perform a test of their research skills prior to being hired.

Valens Global is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local laws.  This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.