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CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Internship

KU students interested in gaining a better understanding of the global security environment and how the U.S. military determines operational environments are encouraged to apply for a CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Internship.

The internship will give REES-area students a semester-long opportunity to apply their regional expertise and target language skills in the analysis of security related issues under the guidance of experts at the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) and the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES).


The Foreign Military Studies Office at Ft. Leavenworth researches defense and security issues using unclassified materials that reflect a foreign perspective. Some of these findings are published in Operational Environment Watch, a monthly e-journal that presents non-American perspectives regarding unique aspects in security affairs. This publication is used for research and analysis by U.S. and foreign universities and organizations, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and U.S. military leaders and defense policy-makers.


Selected students will collaborate with analysts at FMSO in preparing brief, timely and relevant commentaries for the monthly Operational Environment Watch publication. FMSO experts will help students identify relevant foreign language sources, and guide them through the process of translating and analyzing this information for better understanding of the REES region.

The CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Internship is a great opportunity to learn more about global security and military operational environment analysis, deepen knowledge of a particular region or topic, and discover how open source foreign perspective materials are used in developing solid research products.

The internship will require, on average, 10 hours a week for the duration of the semester.  


The CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Internship is not funded and there is no associated remuneration; however, students have the opportunity to receive the following benefits:

  • Publication in Operational Environment Watch;
  • Practical application of REES-studies;
  • Guided work experience in security analysis.


The internship is open to any Kansas University student with strong knowledge of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia with advanced target language skills. Eligible languages include: Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Polish, Czech, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Tajik/Farsi, Uyghur, Yiddish, and Slovene.

Preference will be given to REES graduate students and those KU students pursuing a REES graduate certificate.


Interested students should submit a CV, recent transcripts (unofficial copy), and a short statement expressing how the CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Internship relates to their academic and professional goals. Application materials should be sent electronically to crees@ku.edu with the subject heading “CREES/FMSO Internship App.”

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 Internships. Deadline to apply: September 15, 2017. 


For more information on the CREES/FMSO Security Analyst Internship and FMSO, please contact Mr. Ray Finch (rayfin3@ku.edu) 785-843-7806.   

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