IST Communications Interns

The Institute for Security and Technology is seeking a part-time, paid Communications Intern to help promote the work of the institute, better connect with the field, and build relationships with authors, organizations, businesses, and government. We are passionate policy entrepreneurs with deep connections to the cybersecurity, emerging technology, and national security fields, looking for an intern keen to jump in with both feet.

The Role

The Communications Intern will work closely with the Communications Director to fulfill the typical weekly production tasks, including organizing and executing events, publishing and promoting original content, and monitoring both social and traditional media.

Typical tasks will include composing brief descriptions and social posts for IST products, coordinating event / publication launches, monitoring field-relevant news and media, and seeking out new opportunities and news pegs for future rollouts. Making quick connections and working proactively toward them will be extremely helpful.

This is currently a 100% remote position with usual business hours set in Pacific Time. The Communications Intern will work a minimum of 12 hours per week, with specific scheduling remaining largely flexible. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and availability. Internship duration will be for the Fall term with option to extend.


IST recognizes that not every candidate may possess all of the below, but individuals willing to learn and grow with us and willing to take initiative is an absolute requirement.

  • A sharp interest and growing familiarity with the cybersecurity, national security, and/or technology policy fields
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Strong familiarity with social media platforms, and especially a sense of how field experts communicate on those platforms
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Some publication experience on cybersecurity and/or national security issues
  • Ability to communicate technical topics to a non-technical audience

Working at IST

The Institute for Security and Technology designs and advances solutions to the world’s toughest emerging security threats. We are a nonpartisan, non-profit network based in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to solving critical international security challenges through better technology and policy. We are a growing national security and technology 501c3 institute in the San Francisco Bay Area that is excited about the challenges we are tackling—join us in the fight! 

Organized to assess and incubate solutions to wicked emerging security threats, IST embodies the ethos of “bias for action” in order to outpace some of the world’s toughest technology-driven security challenges. IST leads policy analysis, develops technology solutions, and convenes some of the best minds across the technology, national security, and civil society sectors. For more information, visit

We are a passionate, close-knit team with an excellent remote workflow, and are in the midst of rapid growth. We take pride in our ability to move quickly, create trusted venues for action-oriented solutions, conduct cutting edge, world class research, and use those insights to operationalize the work and provide recommendations to government agencies, industry, and academia. The team values creativity, entrepreneurship, individual leadership, a sense of humor, a growth mindset, and a willingness to take risks, fail on occasion, and help grow this young organization. We are mission driven, intent on vastly improving the current state of national security and technology policy in the United States and around the world. We look forward to your application.

How to Apply

Email a resume (as attachment) and cover letter (in body of email) to [email protected] with Communications Intern as the subject line.