The Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Internship Program recently welcomed 13 top undergraduate students to its summer-long program on the Middlebury Institute campus in Monterey. The program is an important component of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ (CNS) longstanding commitment to nonproliferation education.
“For most undergraduate students, the opportunity to study specialized nonproliferation issues is rare,” notes Project Manager Masako Toki. “The program is a unique way to further the center’s mission of combatting the spread of weapons of mass destruction by educating the next generation of nonproliferation experts.”
This year’s program cohort includes a talented group of undergraduate interns from a variety of backgrounds and specializations. In addition to international relations and political science, the majors being pursued by this year’s interns extend to neuroscience, computer science, geology, religion, Slavic studies and biochemistry. Each was selected through a rigorous and competitive application process and participants hail from some of the top institutions in the U.S. and Canada, including Middlebury College, Brown University, University of Georgia, American University, Colby College, University of Southern California, George Washington University, Wellesley College, and University of Montreal.
Interns receive invaluable job training, work closely with CNS nonproliferation experts, and attend a lecture series on issues relating to the spread and control of weapons of mass destruction and regional nonproliferation issues in areas including Eurasia, East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Lectures focus on nuclear security, current challenges in nuclear disarmament, export controls, open-source tools for nonproliferation, and more. The summer interns will also experience hands-on training with using new tools for nonproliferation, a recent emphasis of CNS researchers and teachers.
“Students will also have the opportunity to meet with top international experts and leaders in the field,” adds Toki, “including Dr. Tariq Rauf, a former top official at the International Atomic Energy Agency, who will once again share some of his extensive experience in the nonproliferation and disarmament field.”
CNS launched the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program in 1997, followed by the Davis United World College Fellowship in Nonproliferation Studies in 2006. Since then, interns and Davis UWC fellows have come from a wide variety of majors, and the program also accepts highly qualified international students. The program runs from early June through late August. This year’s internships are funded by the Tom and Sarah Pattison Fund and the Earle Family Fund for International Education.
For more information, please visit the Summer Undergraduate Nonproliferation Program website.