Jobs and Internships

Research Assistant

June 2017

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Assistant for Iran Watch, a website devoted to monitoring Iran’s capability for building weapons of mass destruction.  The purpose of the site is to increase awareness of the strategic situation in Iran and to make detailed knowledge of Iran’s weapon potential, and of entities contributing to that potential, available to policymakers and the media.  Iran Watch also is focused on analyzing the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  The Wisconsin Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.

The Research Assistant would be responsible for maintaining and updating all features of the website.  The Research Assistant would also participate in the Project’s advocacy and outreach on Iran.  Specific duties include:

  • researching and writing quarterly essays and regular policy briefs
  • monitoring the implementation of sanctions, investigating potential violations, and writing short reports about these topics
  • conducting open source research and writing profiles of entities and sites linked to Iran's proliferation-related programs as well as foreign entities supporting these programs
  • updating the site’s library of primary source documents
  • supporting outreach and advocacy through emails, social media, and briefings
  • supporting roundtable discussions, and drafting summary findings of these discussions

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a strong academic background (Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred) with 1-2 years of professional experience and an interest in conducting in-depth, open source research.  Candidates must also have strong writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to nonproliferation.  Familiarity with techniques and information sources that can be applied to proliferation research, including trade and other large data sets, geospatial and network analysis, and GIS applications is preferred.  Proficiency in Farsi or Arabic would be helpful.  A successful candidate will be a detail-oriented self-starter who is comfortable working independently in a small office.

Compensation:  The position offered is full-time with generous benefits. 

To apply:  Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to with "Iran Watch RA" in the subject line.  The application deadline is June 16.  No calls please.


Research Intern

The Wisconsin Project employs several interns throughout the year.  Rigorously selected, Project interns are accomplished students who make valuable contributions to the work of the organization.  The Project accepts internship applications on a rolling basis.

The intern would concentrate on research relevant to Iran and to the spread of weapons of mass destruction.  Interns will gain valuable experience in conducting open source research on Iranian entities linked to proliferation, and on their foreign suppliers.  Candidates should be adept in working with Windows, MS Office, and in doing in-depth research on the Internet, using databases like Lexis-Nexis. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Korean, or Arabic, would be helpful.  Basic knowledge of the technical aspects of proliferation is preferred.

The internship is a paid position.

The Project is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to No calls please.