ISDP Internship Program: Silk Road Studies

Are you looking for work experience in the field of international security and development? Do you have a particular interest in Central Asia or the Caucasus? Then you might be our next intern!

The Institute for Security and Development Policy is a Stockholm-based independent and non-profit research and policy institute. The Institute is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, particularly the interrelationship between the issue areas of conflict, security and development. The Institute’s primary areas of geographic focus are Asia and Europe’s neighborhood. The Institute strongly believes in ethnic diversity, gender equality, and religious and political freedom and firmly stands for it in all aspects of its work.

The Silk Road Studies Program focuses mainly on the western part of Eurasia, including Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea region. It incorporates the Turkey Initiative. Together with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the Silk Road Studies Program forms a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program publishes the biweekly Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst and the occasional Silk Road Papers series as well as monographs. It regularly invites scholars and distinguished experts to hold ISDP Forums concerning relevant and timely topics.

Job profile

  • Conduct research for senior staff members
  • Assist in the coordination of center activities, such as seminars, conferences, and meetings.
  • Contribute to ISDP’s publications series
  • News gathering and reporting
  • Support the everyday work at ISDP



  • Undergraduate degree (or close to completing a degree) in social sciences, economics, area studies or law


Qualifications and Competences

  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Interest in program’s focus regions
  • Strong research and drafting skills
  • Excellent coordination and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and work in an international team
  • Knowledge of Russian or other regional language is desired, but not a requirement.

Application process

To apply, submit the following documents by November 5th, 2017, by sending an email to Lisa Bäckman on All documents should be in English and in PDF format.

  1. CV
  2. Motivation letter
  3. A 2-4-page written sample in English. The sample could be a university paper or similar text. Excerpts from longer papers are also accepted.

State clearly which position(s) in the ISDP Internship Program you apply for. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview either in person or over the phone. Due to the high number of internship applications we regret that we may not respond to all requests.

Please note that all internship positions at ISDP are full time, unpaid and that we are unable to admit interns over summer and winter holidays.