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Getting Started: Careers in National & International Security

Bookmark SPL’s Career Resources page to stay ahead of your career or internship search. On this page you will find …

Career Search Tips

Career Search Resources

SPL Panel Discussion: “What National Security Lawyers Do?”

Résumé Writing Tips

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A Guide to Careers & Internships is the official search engine for federal jobs and internships (often called “Pathways” programs—see below). Nearly all government job and internship openings are posted on this site and each job/internship announcement includes details about duties, minimum qualifications, basic benefits, and application instructions.

Go Government Guide to  USA Jobs Help Center

Internship Sites

Here the SPL career resources page provides links to dozens of internships in the fields of national security, counterterrorism, defense, human rights, peacebuilding, and capacity-building.

Students & Grads: USAjobs Pathways Program

US Department of Defense

US Department of Justice

US Department of Homeland Security

US Department of Energy

US Department of State


Other Federal & National Security Opportunities

Career Sites

While not exhaustive, our list of federal, JAG, and consultancies, international organizations, NGOs, and not-for-profits job sites will help you get started on your career or internship search. In many cases, these organizations have hired SPL alumni in the past (see break-out box below).

FEDERAL CAREERS US House Employment Information

Don’t forget to sign up for email alerts at the sites above, and others!


US Department of Defense

US Department of Homeland Security

US Department of Justice

US Department of State

Other Federal & Intelligence Careers



NGO Job Board



Arnold & Porter

  • Anti-Corruption
  • International Law
  • Mass Torts
  • National Security
  • Privacy and Data Security

Baker, Donelson

  • Defense Policy and the Law
  • FEMA Dispute Resolution
  • Privacy and Data Security

BAL (Berry, Appleman, & Leiden LLP)

  • Immigration Law
  • Global Migration
  • Government Relations

Compass Rose Legal Group

  • Security Clearance & Polygraph
  • Whistleblower

Covington & Burling LLP

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Protection
  • Immigration Law
  • Mass Torts
  • Privacy and Data Security

Crowell, Moring

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Relations
  • Israeli Relations

Dentons US LLP

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Sanctions
  • Immigration Law
  • International Law

Foley, Hoag

  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Law
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Sanctions

Hogan, Lovells

  • Government Relations
  • Immigration Law
  • IT Law
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • UAS Law

Kennedy Law & Policy

  • Cybersecurity
  • Facilities Security
  • Maritime Security

Saul Ewing, LLP

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Mass Torts
  • National Security

Wiley Rein LLP

  • Cybersecurity
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • UAS Law
  • Whistleblower Actions

Catalyst Partners

  • Government Relations
  • Homeland Security
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Risk Management

Kennedy Law & Policy

  • Cybersecurity
  • Facilities Security
  • Maritime Security

PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC)

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Chemical Security
  • Cybersecurity

Get Published!

But first, some reading …

  • This resource is about submitting law student articles for publication and is by University of Missouri School of Law professors. It includes a chart of the policies of 194 law reviews with respect to whether they will publish student articles, comments, etc.
  • This essay is by Lawfare‘s Jack Goldsmith, who teaches at Harvard Law. He asks, “Why write for the public in law school?” A useful piece for a young legal writer to read.

Some Writing Venues

Several journals and writing competitions have sent Calls for Papers to SPL in the last few years, indicating that they encourage submissions from students and practitioners in the fields of security and counterterrorism:

Links and information about these and other security, international affairs, and development journals can be found at our Academic Resources page.

SPL Employers

Just some of the organizations that have employed SPL alumni since 2003. For more detail, visit our Alumni & Students page.


Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Centers for Disease Control

Central Intelligence Agency

Cyber and National Security Unit, US Office of Management and Budget

Executive Office of the US President

Federal Communications Commission

FEMA Recovery Directorate

Foreign Service Institute

Government Accountability Office

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)

International Security Assistance Force, CJIATF-Afghanistan

National Nuclear Security Administration

National Security Agency

National Security Council

Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, US Department of State

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, US DOD

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of the Treasury

Office of Global Women’s Issues, US DOS

Office of the Inspector General, US DOJ

Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US DHS

Office of the Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, US DOD

Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), US AID

Office of War Crimes Issues, US DOS

Postal Regulatory Commission

Social Security Administration

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

US Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Office of Weapons Removal

US Agency for International Development

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Global Leadership Coalition

US Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, US DHS

US Office of Personnel Management

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

US Transportation Security Administration

Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit

International Criminal Court

International Justice Mission

International Monetary Fund

International Organization for Migration

UN Development Assistance Frameworks

UN Development Programme

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UN Joint Inspection Unit

UN Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth


The World Bank

World Food Programme

Air Combat Command, US Air Force

Bundeswehr (German Army)

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Defense Intelligence Agency

Judge Advocate General’s Corps

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

NATO Allied Joint Force Command

NATO Cooperative Cyber Security Centre of Excellence

Naval Air Systems Command

Naval Justice School

Naval Surface Warfare Center

National Security Innovation Network

Operational Law Branch, Judge Advocate Division, US Marine Corps

Regional Command East, Afghanistan

Southern European Task Force

Striking Force NATO

US Air Force

US Army

US Coast Guard

US Maine Corps

US Navy

US Pacific Command

Airbus Group, Inc.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Blank Rome LLP

DevTech Systems, Inc.


Innovative Federal Strategies

Interos Solutions, Inc.

iSIGHT Partners

Lockheed Martin



Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Seneca Solutions

Atlantic Council

Booz Allen Hamilton

Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Brookings Institution

CAMRIS International

The Carter Center

Catalyst Partners

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chemonics International

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Creative Associates International




Delta Resources

emissary LLC

Forcier Consulting

Institute for Defense Analyses

Institute for the Study of War

New America Foundation

North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Quadel Consulting Corporation


Roland Berger

Signal Group Consulting


Wittenberg Weiner Consulting

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

American Red Cross

Boulder Institute of Microfinance

Caritas Switzerland

Congressional Hunger Center

FHI 360

Global Health Action

Innovative Agriculture Research Initiative

International Justice Mission

International Medical Corps

The Jewish Federations of North America

Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Near East Foundation

OXFAM America

Partners In Health

Population Services International

Reprieve UK

Robert H. Jackson Center

Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

World Vision

American Society of International Law

Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland

Hanyang Cyber University

Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech


National Defense University

National Security Education Program

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

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