Jobs and Internships

Research Associate

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Associate to contribute to the organization's Iran research. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain valuable open-source research and nonprofit sector experience while working on one of the world's foremost proliferation challenges. You will be joining a growing team that values excellence, creativity, diligence, humor, and a commitment to the organization’s mission. 

What you’ll do: The Research Associate will be responsible for maintaining and updating all features of the Iran Watch website, contributing research and writing to Iran Watch as well as to an online Iran sanctions resource and the Risk Report database, and participating in the Wisconsin Project’s outreach on Iran. Your work will include: 

  • Monitoring developments related to Iranian proliferation and related sanctions implementation and evasion in open sources  
  • Writing reports, policy briefs, explainers, and case studies on 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 
  • Creating network maps based on entity-related research 
  • Updating the Iran Watch library of primary source documents 
  • Maintaining and updating all parts of the website (Drupal); suggesting and implementing technical improvements  
  • Preparing and sending the monthly Iran Watch newsletter 
  • Supporting private roundtable discussions and podcast interviews, including managing logistics 
  • Supporting outreach for Iran Watch through emails, social media, and briefings  
  • Participating in the organization's global training initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of State 

Keys to success: A strong academic background (BA or BS degree required, Masters preferred) and 3-5 years of relevant experience. In addition, you should possess the following core qualifications to be successful in this position:

  1. Subject matter expertise: Familiarity with Iran and proliferation issues, as well as an understanding of sanctions. Expertise should be demonstrated by past research and writing on these topics. The ability to conduct research in Farsi is preferred but not required. 
  2. Rigor in research and writing: A strong interest in conducting in-depth, open-source research that balances thorough source evaluation with a creative mindset. Ability to evaluate diverse sources and understand what information to include/exclude. A commitment to accuracy.  
  3. Clear communicator and good listener: Excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to translate complex ideas into a digestible form for diverse audiences and to convey information efficiently and appropriately, both internally and externally. Comfortable receiving and giving feedback in the research and writing process. 
  4. Flexibility: Enjoys a small office environment that requires juggling planned and unexpected assignments and helping colleagues. Ability and willingness to accomplish tasks large and small, sometimes with little oversight. Interest and aptitude for learning new things.  
  5. Technophile and tech-savvy: Experience with web editing, Content Management Systems, and email marketing tools. An interest in using technology to improve the design and impact of the organization’s digital publications. 

Who we are: A 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. that conducts research and public education aimed at inhibiting strategic trade from contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit women and people of color for open positions in order to more effectively achieve the organization’s mission. 

Iran Watch is a website devoted to increasing awareness of the strategic situation in Iran, Iran’s nuclear weapon and missile potential, the entities contributing to this potential, and the sanctions imposed to limit it.  

Compensation: This is a full-time staff position with generous benefits. Salary is based on experience and salary ranges for potential candidates will be shared after the first interview.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to with "Research Associate - Iran" in the subject line. Application deadline: May 4. 

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.