Jobs and Internships

Research Associate

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Associate for Iran Watch. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain valuable open source research and nonprofit sector experience while working on one of the foremost proliferation challenges of today. We are seeking a team player with exacting standards who is creative, energetic, flexible, hardworking, and committed to the Project’s mission.

The Research Associate will be responsible for maintaining and updating all features of the Iran Watch website. The Research Associate will also participate in the Wisconsin 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 private roundtable discussions, including managing logistics

Background: Iran Watch is a website devoted to monitoring Iran's weapons of mass destruction capability. The purpose of the site is to increase awareness of the strategic situation in Iran, the status of Iran’s weapon potential, and the entities contributing to this potential, among policymakers and the media. Iran Watch also is focused on analyzing the ongoing implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and issues surrounding the U.S. withdrawal and the re-imposition of sanctions. The Wisconsin Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a strong academic background (Masters 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, the ability to evaluate sources, and a demonstrated commitment to nonproliferation. Proficiency in Farsi is preferred but not required. Additional desired skills include familiarity with data science techniques, geospatial and network analysis, GIS applications, and proliferation-relevant data sources. A successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, and 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 February 22. 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.