Joining the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) team provides you with the opportunity to work with a nationwide network of elite business executive members, senior leaders in the national security enterprise, and a staff of respected experts united in our mission of applying best business practices to address the nation’s pressing security challenges.
JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
Business Executives for National Security (BENS) relies on our interns. They contribute to all aspects of our work in applying best business practices to addressing the nation’s most critical security challenges. Interns receive substantive research and writing assignments in BENS’ major areas of work. For a complete list of current efforts and descriptions, click here
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Our interns are integral to the BENS team. They have substantive research and administrative responsibilities, supporting BENS’ organizational goals and the work BENS is doing with its government partners and members in the national security community. Work includes:
- Tracking and analyzing developments of relevant policy issues, including:
- Efforts to recruit and retain a talented national security workforce;
- Modernizing the national security industrial base and its supply chain;
- Developing technology to meet the threats of tomorrow; and
- Other transformative changes that ensure the US continues to outpace our geostrategic rivals in this era of peer and near-peer competition.
- Working with BENS staff to provide supporting research for work with BENS national security-focused government partners and business leaders, including: literature reviews, report summaries, bibliographies, and analyses of relevant articles.
- Working with BENS staff to provide support for work and outreach with BENS national security-focused government partners and business leaders.
- Engaging with business leaders who are BENS members, and other public and private sector partners.
- Assisting with the preparation for and participating in events, including drafting background memos, taking meeting notes, contributing to recommendations and next steps.
- Helping to draft products such as: media pieces, correspondence, reports, and memos to government partners and senior BENS staff.
- Covering Congressional hearings or other key meetings, including taking notes and drafting follow up memoranda.
- Actively and continuously updating membership databases for Engagement and project-related efforts.
- General office administrative support.
- Effective research and data-use skills required.
- Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills required.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and juggle multiple things at once required.
- Interpersonal and professional skills, including the ability to interact with senior business and industry executives and military and government leaders, required.
- Collaborative and independent work skills required.
BENS offers internship positions throughout the year. Spring terms typically run January-May, summer terms June-August, and fall terms September-December. Interns are paid an hourly wage set at the current D.C. minimum wage and receive metro travel benefits. We prefer those who are available to work full-time (8 hours a day) for four or five days each week but will consider other outstanding candidates as well.
BENS accepts applicants from all backgrounds and degree programs (e.g., International Affairs, Security Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, Business, Engineering, technical programs, or any professional school graduate program). Most applicants have, or are in the process of completing, an undergraduate or graduate degree. However, candidates are selected at a variety of career points, depending on their skills and prior experience. Strong writing and research skills are required, as is an interest in making government work more effectively with respect to national security efforts. Applicants must also be computer-literate and Internet-savvy.
To apply, please email a current resume, cover letter, and a 2-3 page writing sample to Project Associate Ayla McBreen at email@example.com.
To be considered for the spring term, please submit all application materials by COB March 13th.
The Director for Partner Engagement is a newly created position on the Engagement Team of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). The Director will be responsible for enterprise-wide management and oversight of the organization’s interaction with military and government leaders across the national security enterprise. S/he will also coordinate and drive efforts by BENS’ leadership to educate this community about resources available to them, through partnership with BENS, to address a broad range of business challenges which they may be facing.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Establish internal procedures which will enable ongoing interaction and communication between the Engagement, Projects and Membership Teams, as well as the CEO’s office, regarding all interactions with military and government leaders across the national security enterprise; develop and maintain a well-organized, up-to-date and accurate system for tracking these activities, which can be used to proactively identify potential conflicts/overlaps, as well as possible opportunities for synergistic effort;
- Undertake an analysis of the United States military and federal government, with the goal of defining the universe of organizations which comprise the national security enterprise (currently believed to be as many as 900 entities);
- To the extent possible, on an ongoing basis, compile data and analyze characteristics of current and past military and government partners to identify trends and clarify the value/impact BENS delivered for them.
- Using that data, in conjunction with the SVPs of Engagement and Projects, the COO and CEO, on an annual basis, segment the broad universe of potential BENS partners, in preparation for pursuit of various targeted actions aimed at delivering messaging to individual segments multiple times per year about BENS’ mission and available resources;
- Through a centrally planned and coordinated process, drive CEO and COO outreach and marketing efforts to an identified subset of that group throughout the year;
- Working with the Communications Team, create print and digital marketing materials which can be used by all BENS staff in explaining BENS to potential partners. These must easily convey in an articulate and engaging way the value proposition of partnership with BENS, as well as explain the impact/benefits BENS has previously delivered for partners; continually assess the results of various targeted marketing campaigns and adjust messaging and products as needed;
- Over time, working together with the SVPs for Engagement and Projects, develop an effort to engage BENS members in outreach to government and military partners, particularly at organizations/installations within their geographic areas;
- Act as lead coordinator for any regional and national speaker requests which require actions by the CEO or COO; and working with the Projects Team, assist Regional Directors in identifying, targeting and securing speakers for regional events.
- Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred.
- Prior work in or with the United States military, federal government, Congressional, or federal law enforcement preferred.
- 3-5 years prior project management experience preferred.
- Friendly, can-do attitude; ability to learn quickly and adapt to change; as well as drive to work independently while keeping key staff members, including BENS’ CEO, up-to-date on status of outreach to government and military partners and target partners, required.
- Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills required.
- Proficiency with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge relationship management software, as well as MS Office products (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint) preferred.
This position is in Washington DC. The Ability to commute to the office is essential. If interested, please send CV/Resume with Cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.