The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Program Associate to support the organization’s research and outreach. The position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to the Wisconsin Project’s nonproliferation mission and to gain valuable experience in managing operations and communications at a non-profit organization. We are seeking a highly-organized, task-oriented person who finds solutions to program implementation challenges. You will be joining a small team that values excellence, creativity, diligence, humor, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.

What you’ll do: The Program Associate will work closely with management to conceptualize and implement a communications strategy, provide program support for the organization’s principle research projects (Risk Report database and Iran Watch), and manage operations. Your work will include:


  • Draft press releases and other material to promote the organization’s research among key stakeholders, including congressional and executive branch offices and the media.
  • Prepare and send out e-newsletters to promote the organization’s research; maintain and update newsletter distribution lists; think creatively about how to engage new audiences.
  • Interact with a range of U.S. and foreign government officials and interface with relevant U.N. offices.
  • Design and produce print and digital promotional materials.
  • Maintain the organization’s Twitter accounts.

Development and Operations

  • Provide financial management support by preparing invoices and budgets, tracking receipts, and reconciling program expenditures.
  • Draft narrative progress reports for funders and assist with proposal research and writing.
  • Maintain a Salesforce database and related electronic and paper files that track Risk Report subscribers and subscriptions.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director related to scheduling, correspondence, and research tasks.

Global Training and Outreach

  • Maintain learning management platform and support distance learning engagements.
  • Prepare materials and arrange logistics to support outreach and training, including venue, equipment rental, catering, interpretation, and translation.
  • Participate in the organization’s global training initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of State (when travel resumes).
  • Manage correspondence with Risk Report subscribers to ensure database access.

Keys to success: A strong academic background (BA or BS degree required, Masters preferred) and 2-5 years of relevant experience. In addition, you should possess the following core qualities to be successful in this position.

  1. Good communicator: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Able to translate complex ideas into digestible forms and for diverse audiences. An interest in engaging with people directly and via social and other media, and in articulating and promoting the organization’s work.
  2. Care and judgment: Ability to evaluate information and understand what is important. A commitment to accuracy. Demonstrated ability to reliably handle sensitive information.
  3. Organization: Detail-oriented with the ability to keep track of multiple tasks. Able to prioritize competing assignments, including lower-level tasks, and complete them efficiently and accurately.
  4. Flexibility: Interest in finding creative ways to further the organization’s success, in collaboration with colleagues. Enjoys a small office environment that requires accomplishing all levels of tasks often with little oversight. Interest and aptitude for learning new things. Ability to proactively propose solutions that improve processes. Comfortable receiving and giving feedback.
  5. Technophile and tech-savvy: Knowledge of and openness to using technology to empower communications and support our mission. An interest in capitalizing on the ways technology is informing our field. Experience using Content Relationship Management systems, email marketing, and Content Management Systems/web editing tools.

Who we are: A 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts research, advocacy, and public education aimed at inhibiting strategic trade from contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We are an equal opportunity employer and we make a particular effort to recruit women and people of color for open positions in order to more effectively achieve the organization’s mission.

Compensation: This is a full-time staff position with generous benefits. Salary is based on experience and salary ranges for potential candidates will be shared after the first interview.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Program Associate” in the subject field. Application deadline: May 27.


The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking an intern to conduct research for its Risk Report database and Iran Watch website. Wisconsin Project interns are accomplished students or recent graduates with an interest in nonproliferation and conducting in-depth research.

Interns will use a variety of open sources to conduct research on proliferation networks and write profiles of entities in these networks, for publication in the Risk Report and/or on Iran Watch. Through this research, interns will gain valuable experience in unclassified information gathering and source vetting. The research will also involve learning about autonomous and international sanctions and U.S. and multilateral export control regulations. Interns may also apply data science techniques to identify and visualize proliferation networks.

Candidates must have strong research and writing skills. Familiarity with network analysis techniques and trade and other data sources that can be applied to proliferation research is preferred. Experience with data science techniques (natural language processing, data visualization, web scraping) and programming languages (Python, R) is a plus. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Korean or Arabic, would be helpful.

The internship is a paid position. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to make a three-month commitment of at least 30 hours per week.

The Wisconsin Project is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization located in Washington D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org. No calls please.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Wisconsin Project is a host organization for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. This Fellowship pays a salary for recent college and graduate school alumni to work for six to nine months with NGOs in Washington D.C. on international peace and security issues. For further information, please visit www.scoville.org.