National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Program

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Program provides unique hands-on experience to prepare exceptional graduate students to become next-generation leaders in domestic and global nuclear security. During the 12-month, full-time, salary-plus-benefits terms, Fellows work alongside NNSA experts in Washington, D.C. or other NNSA site locations.  Fellows receive specialized training and opportunities for career development and professional networking, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear security mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.


Must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for a high-level government security clearance.  Applicants should be accepted to, enrolled in, or graduating from a master’s or Ph.D. program at the time of applying to NNSA.  Desirable academic specializations include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, and economics.  Some positions may also benefit from backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting.  A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable, and a foreign language is a plus.


This is a year-long fellowship opportunity that provides full-time employment and salary plus benefits.

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