Inter-American Defense College

The Inter-American Defense College (IADC), located on Fort Lesley J. McNair, was formally opened on 9 October 1962 when the Honorable Dean Rusk, then Secretary of State of the United States, presented the building and furnishings donated by the United States Government.

Internship Program


The IADC supports internship programs that provide growth and learning opportunities to students and recent graduates in colleges and trade schools. This section provides the guidelines for participating in the internship program.


Supervisors are involved in education or training programs designed to provide interns with professional experience in the furtherance of their experience and training during their time at the IADC. Internships assist students and recent graduates in reaching their educational goals by giving them the opportunity to augment classroom instruction with exposure to a real world employment setting.


The IADC may employ interns to perform work which will not:


  • Result in the displacement of regular employees or impair existing contracts for service;
  • Fill a vacant position;
  • Be used as a supplemental workforce to enhance or expand the delivery of IADC service;
  • Be primarily clerical in nature.


Work performed by an intern bears a relationship to his or her formal academic program or career interest.

Particular attention is paid to the use of interns to ensure they are not being used to supplant or displace regular employees.


Interns are exempt from the career service system and are at-will employees. The hiring authority of the intern may terminate the employment relationship without cause or prior notice.


Internship description


An internship is a planned program to provide a student with a meaningful learning experience applicable to the student’s field of study. This requires structured assignments coupled with appropriate supervision, evaluation, and feedback. Learning objectives will be developed when considering a student internship opportunity. It is beneficial to have clear job duties that identify the learning objectives or a defined project scope that demonstrates how the learning objectives for each individual will be met.


How to qualify for an Internship at IADC


Review Enrollment Criteria. To qualify as a student intern, students must meet one of the three following enrollment criteria:


  • The student is currently enrolled as a full-time student as defined by the school, organization, or institution.
    1. The student must provide proof of enrollment upon acceptance to the IADC.
    2. Proof of degree (Diploma).


  • The student has been accepted into an educational institution which meets the above requirement, when between institutions (e.g., from high school to college) or degree.


  • The student is not currently enrolled but is qualified to work during the summer break. The student must provide proof of continued future enrollment (e.g. full-time enrollment in the fall will qualify).


  • Student has graduated or in titling process; the applicant must provide proof of completed studies that is not older than 18 months.



How to apply.

To apply send a resume and completed application to IADC personnel division. Please indicate your work availability.



Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though applicants should submit their application materials by the following dates:

• Fall internships (August-December): July 15

• Spring internships (January-May): December 15





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