:: Use What You’ve Learned – Internships ::
An internship is more than a chance to simply use your graduate education and possibly earn some income. It is an invaluable opportunity to gain experience within any number of professional areas of interest, and can help to establish important contacts with potential future employers.
With approval, DSS students may receive three credit hours for internship experience per semester (to a maximum of six hours of credit). From their second semester onward, students may apply to receive one of many internships organized by the Department in cooperation with a variety of government and private employers. These organizations include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Missile Defense Agency, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, and the National Defense University.
These competitive internships offer students the opportunity to receive valuable experience in the defense industry, think tanks, or U.S. government agencies. For certain internships, students will apply to receive a security clearance. Most students who undertake internships do so following their first year in the program
:: Professional Opportunities After Graduation ::
Some DSS students in internships secure permanent jobs with their internship employer upon graduation. Others join federal government agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Missile Defense Agency, and the Department of State. Other graduates have gone on to join PhD programs, while others have found employment on Capitol Hill. Graduates have also joined corporations in the defense industry, companies engaged in research and analysis, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations with a focus on defense issues and national security policy.
While the DSS program does not have a formal job placement office, the faculty and staff support student efforts at obtaining employment, and the program has a strong alumni network in the Washington, DC area, which also assists in student job placement. This informal assistance has proven to be successful for decades.