Summer Associate Internships


The IDA Summer Associates Program provides students with a unique opportunity to use their quantitative and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. Each year, IDA hires and pays students at its Virginia and Washington, DC, facilities to work for approximately 10-12 weeks during the summer months.

We seek both undergraduate (rising seniors) and graduate students with strong GPAs (3.3 or above) in a variety of disciplines including computer science, information technology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, operations research, aero/astronautical engineering, mechanical or electrical engineering, as well as materials science, international relations, policy studies, social and behavioral sciences, statistics, finance, and economics. These internships are for continuing students, so applicants must have plans to return to school in the fall.

IDA is now accepting applications(Open external link) which must be received no later than January 9, 2021. When applying, you will be required to submit a resume and transcript. Although it is not required, we encourage all applicants to include a cover letter and recent letters of recommendations in addition to their resume and transcripts.

2020 Summer Associates Virtual Lunch with IDA President Norty
2020 Summer Associates Virtual Lunch

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