CNS Undergraduate Nonproliferation Fellowship Program


*Middlebury College Students,  Apply Here!

Application deadline is February 29, 2024!!

The Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (formerly Internship) in Nonproliferation Studies at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies—is a paid fellowship. Fellows will be compensated at the same rate as graduate research assistants. Fellowships last between 2-3 months, from early June to late August. Fellows are responsible for finding housing, with the assistance of the Fellowship Coordinator.


  • Be enrolled full-time at an undergraduate institution
  • Is eligible to work in the United States*
  • Has a strong interest in nonproliferation issues*

*For more details, please contact the internship coordinator.
*Students majoring in geology or any of the STEM fields,  including natural,  physical, and computer sciences are also encouraged to apply!

Preferred qualifications

  • It is preferred that by the program start date in the summer, applicants should have completed their sophomore year of studies at an undergraduate institution.
  • Knowledgeable of international security topics
  • Has command of a foreign language

Fellows work in close collaboration with CNS staff members on different nonproliferation issues in areas including:

CNS is a pioneer in developing and applying New Tools in nonproliferation research and education. Our key techniques include open source information and computer modeling, namely the creative use of satellite imagery, geospatial data, 3-dimensional (3D) modeling, virtual reality environments, and social media platforms. Over the summer, fellows may have the opportunities to contribute to innovative nonproliferation projects for the Nuclear Threat Initiative website alongside a team of CNS experts.

To gain an idea of what CNS does, please take a look at a recent project by CNS experts that recreated the US Raven Rock Mountain Complex and Russia’s Kosvinsky Bunker using open source information.

You can visit the Pentagon’s secret nuclear bunker inside Minecraft”

It’s Nuclear War. Do you know where your leaders are



In addition to assisting CNS experts with ongoing projects, our fellows get to develop their own research projects under the guidance of their respective supervisors. Also, fellows are expected to attend seminars and lectures held at CNS throughout the summer because this is an educational program. Fellows may have an opportunity to present results of their independent research as appropriate during the program.


How To Apply:


 CNS Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Posting

The following documents are *required* for your application:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter – including a statement of purpose (please be sure to clearly state that you are applying for the Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Fellowship, specify which CNS program you are most interested in, and your desired starting and ending dates for the internship)
  • Official or unofficial transcript
  • Short writing sample (2-3 pages)
  • At least two references: one reference must be from your college professor)
    *The references will automatically be contacted via email to submit a recommendation letter when an application is changed to “further consideration” status by the hiring manager.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Masako Toki, CNS Undergraduate Fellowship Coordinator at


Interested in exploring more? Check out the testimonials from our previous fellows!

This year’s Summer Internship is funded by the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CV Starr Foundation, and the Earle Family Fund for International Education.

For information on past participants and their projects, click here.