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Summer Internship - Strategy/Policy (SEAD/UTAG)
Req Code12-268
Job TypeInternship
LocationAlexandria, VA
  

The Undersea Technology Assessment Group within SPA supports the Navy and other government organizations with timely and objective capability assessments, technology evaluations, and strategic planning that integrate the technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business aspects of undersea warfare (USW) and broader Navy issues. UTAG provides mature, turnkey products that reflect all of the factors important to decision makers. Our clients include Flag Officers, Senior Executives, and others who require robustly integrated support. UTAG delivers:

· Quantitative and qualitative modeling and analysis combined with extensive maritime operational and technical experience to develop integrated solutions to deterrence and warfighting challenges.

· Cost-effective platform, mission, payload, and operating strategies to address capability gaps and exploit opportunities to create asymmetric cross-domain effects.

· Expert policy, technology, and business case assessments; requirements development; technology transition management; operational mission analyses; survivability studies; and program support.

Requirements:
  • Qualified candidates for internship with the Undersea Technology and Assessment Group (UTAG) will be currently pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in national security studies, political science, international affairs, public policy, military history, or a related field. Applicant must be a US citizen and meet eligibility requirements for access to SECRET-level information.

    •        Applicant must be currently pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in national security studies, political science, international affairs, public policy, military history, or a related field. Master’s degree (or currently enrolled in a Master’s program) is desired,
    •        Applicant should be interested in undersea warfare, and have a desire to analyze difficult national security issues for the federal government.
    •        Applicant should have a demonstrated understanding of national security topics through coursework or experience.
    •        Applicant should have a demonstrated and strong skill sets in research, writing, critical thinking, and analysis.  Excellent communications skills are required, including the ability to effectively communicate study findings to relevant audiences.
    •        Applicant should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
    •        Applicant should be effective and comfortable working in a collaborative group environment.
    •       Applicant must be a US citizen and meet eligibility requirements for access to SECRET-level information.

     
  • Job Description:

    Theprimary project for this internship will be analysis of the Navy’s shipacquisition programs, including historical and future trends in Navyshipbuilding, fleet size and capability, and the development of recommendationsfor Navy leadership in light of the prevailing evidence.

    Theintern will develop a database of shipbuilding and ship life cycle informationthat will support multiple lines of analysis, including a research paper andbrief, in which he or she will analyze the following items:

    •        Trends in the Navy’s shipbuilding construction times and development timelines of new ship classes over recent decades
    •        Comparisons between historical, present, and planned shipbuilding plans for the submarine force
    •        Document and analyze the assumptions undergirding analyses of the Navy shipbuilding plan, including data from the Congressional Budget Office, think tanks, and other influential sources for policymakers.
    •        Provide recommendations for how Navy leadership can use these findings to influence policymakers and the CBO, and shape public conversation to justify its priorities.

    Weanticipate that this paper/brief will produce deliverables that we can pass tothe senior Navy leadership we support; they will also produce research,graphics, and language that can be integrated into the Integrated UnderseaFuture Investment Strategy and other strategic documents.

    We also anticipate that the intern will assistUTAG with “pop-up” research assignments, and development of briefs and whitepapers on undersea warfare-related operational and policy topics.
      
        

    Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required.

    Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
    Attention: Human Resources
    2001 North Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311-1739
    FAX: 703-399-7350
    SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)

    In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan.