Job title: Valens Labs Intern

Company: Valens Global

Job duration: Fall internship, 30-40 hours per week

Location: Washington, D.C.

Compensation: Competitive

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Start Date: September 3, 2019


About Valens Global:

Valens Global is a private firm 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 the world’s growing sub-state threats require a fiercely independent approach, rigor, and creativity. 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. But above all else, we produce 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 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. They 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.


Job Description:

Valens Global is seeking an intern whose primary duties will involve qualitative coding for a big-data project. The project, conducted in collaboration with Valens Global’s sister company, Valens Labs, uses an internally developed platform designed to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to project future risks and trends related to terrorism and other forms of sub-state violence. The project will yield new insights into the question of when, where, and how sub-state violence will occur. Thus, it will allow clients with an international presence to rationalize their defenses against violence.

The project intern will be responsible for conducting extensive open-source research on the dynamics of violent non-state actors’ attacks carried out around the world. The intern’s role in the project involves identifying and compiling violent attacks for the intern’s assigned geographic region(s), as well as coding various open-source indicators related to those attacks.

Candidates should be prepared to contribute immediately, and should be able to transition swiftly into the coding process. Candidates should have familiarity on topics related to violent non-state actors and jihadist militancy. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in qualitative coding, as well as network and content analysis. This project is research-intensive, requiring the intern to consult open-source material, primary and secondary sources, and social media data.

The intern is expected to work 30-40 hours per week, and will receive a compensation that is competitive with other policy internships. Valens Global’s head office is located in Rosslyn, VA. The ideal candidate is highly organized, detail-oriented, and has the ability to stay on top of deadlines and produce quality work within tight time constraints. Over the course of the internship, the intern can expect to build skills in research methodologies, open-source intelligence analysis, and coding.


Minimum 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.

  • Possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Must have unparalleled attention to detail.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university.
  • Experience with qualitative coding and/or social network analysis.
  • The ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus, but not required.


Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter. Note: Please include any qualitative coding experience in your cover letter.
  • Resume or CV.
  • 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.
  • One brief writing sample (5 pages or less) that display the applicant’s ability to convey complicated information concisely and clearly.
  • Unofficial transcript copy.

Prospective candidates will be asked to complete a skills test prior to hiring.


Please send all application materials in a single PDF to


Valens Global LLC is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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.