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Internship Description
Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)
Organization Type: 
Internship Location: 
Denver Metro
Internship Category: 
Administrative | Education | Programs/Services
Internship Description: 

The CELL Intern’s primary responsibility is to assist CELL staff with the execution of training initiatives and programming. Key responsibilities may include: assisting in the coordination and execution of multiple and concurrent projects, assisting in program logistics, and conducting communication with key stakeholders, and staffing the CELL exhibit facility. In addition to these responsibilities, interns will assist with additional CELL programming, including CELL events, and additional tasks and projects as they arise. Interns play an important ambassadorial role requiring tact and regular, clear communication with other members of the team and third parties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the execution of CELL programs and projects as they pertain to its exhibit, national speaker series, and training initiatives such as the Community Awareness Program (CAP) and Boy Scouts of America merit badge programs
  • Assist with the planning, research, development, and implementation of CELL’s various training initiatives
  • Develop measurable project goals and objectives and monitor progress towards achievement
  • Maintain relationships with key partners and stakeholders of the CELL
  • Assist with coordinating CELL training activities inside and outside of the organization
  • Deliver engaging, informative presentations, status reports, and progress updates to a variety of stakeholder groups
  • Staffing the CELL exhibit and assist in exhibit tours
  • Provide timely communication to all key partners and stakeholders
  • Assist with event logistics and coordination on various CELL community events
  • Database input related to CELL programming and events
  • Other related duties

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Can foster a strong working relationship with all CELL staff as well as a partners and clients
  • Must be a self-starter, completing tasks individually and cooperatively
  • Can manage deadlines and production scheduling on numerous, concurrent projects
  • Professional demeanor and understanding of the business environment
  • Fluency with the brand and products the CELL provides and capable of expressing them verbally to partners in a confident, compelling manner
  • Strong research and analytical skills

Additional Information

Your internship with the CELL will be exciting and challenging. Depending on your area of responsibility, you will: assist with the logistics and trainings for the Community Awareness Program® (CAP®), interact with national foreign policy and security leaders, assist with event logistics, research and report on the latest publications pertinent to the CELL and its programming, assist with the CELL’s youth programs and outreach, and be assigned many projects on which to work. In the process, you will gain a greater and unique understanding of the CELL and its mission.

The CELL internships provide students with an opportunity to work with some of America's most renowned scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists doing research on current public policy questions and assisting in education and outreach in the community. 

This is a paid internship opportunity for graduate students, postgraduates, and undergraduates. The CELL will also work with all interns in order to earn school credit. 

The CELL takes pride in offering our interns a unique position that will give each individual real-world experience and allows them to take ownership of key projects. As such, the CELL requires that interns work a minimum of 15-20 hours per week. Hours and days are flexible.  


Confidentiality: Information from meetings, conference calls, emails, conversations, and contact information you acquire in the course of your work here are to be kept confidential at all times by all interns and are not to be distributed outside our organization, except as specifically directed.

Keeping Records of Tasks: Each intern should keep track of all tasks he or she undertakes during the internship. It will make for a more effective evaluation during the exit interview as well as make it easier to write recommendations.

Recommendations: Interns will receive a Thank You letter from the CELL and manager upon their departure, and a letter of recommendation as needed upon request. Interns should notify their manager of what they would like the recommendation to say and go over it in their exit interview with their manager.

A recommended reading list for interns by area of interest may be given.

How To Apply

Applications are processed on a rolling basis, so please apply early as positions fill quickly. All applicants for the current internship opening (summer) must be available to work through September 11, 2019.

Future internships openings are flexible in order to accommodate various school schedules. In general, fall internships run from September through December, spring internships run from January through May, and summer internships run from May through August.

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted together:

  • Basic contact information
  • Cover letter detailing areas of interest and background
  • Current resume
  • A writing sample may be required as part of the application process
  • A copy of your official transcript may be required

Please send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Cychosz at Every applicant is carefully reviewed, but please note that due to the large number of applications received for each position at the CELL, only candidates whose backgrounds most closely complement the requirements of the position will be contacted directly.

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