Internship – Fall 2017

Deadline: June 15, 2017

About Valens Global:

Valens Global is a private firm based in Washington, D.C. focused on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Valens is a young organization that is not afraid to think differently. We believe that the threats that various nation-states now face require analysts who are fiercely independent, in command of granular details, rigorous, and innovative. Analysts who are unafraid to challenge received wisdom.

Valens fosters an intellectually vibrant climate that emphasizes teamwork, empowerment at junior levels, and quality. We are proud of our record of consistently delivering products that represent the organization well 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 government agencies, academic institutions, tech firms, and corporations who need to better understand how violent non-state actors are changing the world, and safeguard their interests, assets, personnel, and values.

Internship Description:

Valens Global is seeking full-time interns for fall 2017 who can commit to working 30-40 hours per week. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $2,000, prorated if the interns work fewer than 40 hours a week. Work for the internship can be performed in Valens’s D.C. office or else remotely.

The Valens internship program seeks to give interns a strong professional experience as part of a highly talented team. Our highly competitive internship program is research-centric, giving our interns the opportunity to provide analysis and research assistance on a range of projects, including threat assessments, briefings, reports, and books. Over the course of the semester, interns will build skills in research methodology, open-source intelligence analysis, and analytic writing.

Ideal candidates should be prepared to contribute immediately to the research team, and should be able to take the lead on a variety of projects. Consistent with Valens Global’s organizational philosophy, interns are encouraged to challenge conventional wisdom and critically analyze existing problems. 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:

Interested 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. Particularly helpful languages include Arabic and French.

  • Candidate must possess strong critical thinking and analytic skills.
  • Candidate must be a strong writer and editor.
  • Must be at least a college junior (third year) in good standing.
  • 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. Samples should include all relevant footnotes or citations.
  5. Unofficial transcript copy.

Please send all applications to careers@valensglobal.com.

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 LLC 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.