page last updated: April 17, 2024



NATO HQ's call for applications for the NATO Internship Programme is now open. 

NATO offers six-month internships to applicants in the third year of their university studies, or recent graduates of a bachelor or master's programme. Internships take place in 2025 at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 

Applications for the programme are due by May 20th, 2024. 

Selected candidates will join in 2025.

All the necessary information can be found on the NATO website, in the Career section.




The University of Ottawa, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and the Canadian Red Cross are pleased to invite you to the 16th edition of the Summer School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) that will be held from May 26th to 31st, 2024.

The goal of this course is to offer students and professionals the fundamentals of IHL and the opportunity to apply this knowledge through realistic case studies and a full simulation day.

Applications from students, academics, government employees, NGO and IO staff, journalists and those with an interest in learning about IHL are welcome. Preference will be given to participants with exposure to the application or the theory of international humanitarian law, international human rights law or humanitarian work. The Course features leading Canadian and international scholars and experts from the Department of National Defense and Justice Canada.

Please note that the registration forms for the 16th edition of the Summer School on IHL will be available on March 1st, 2024. If you have questions about the summer school, do not hesitate to contact us at



CIDP Mentorship Program


At the CIDP, our objective is to connect future generations to the field of international and defence policy. Queen’s University is unique as it has both; a centre that works directly in this field as well as an undergraduate student body that is eager to connect with the defence and security community. The CIDP values Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII) and mentorship provide a pathway to improve the inclusivity of organization. It is our hope that this program will increase our engagement with undergraduate students, and ensure that the CIDP is an inclusive space for future generations of international policy leaders.

To further this goal, we are connecting undergraduate students with our Visiting Defence Fellows with our mentorship program. Through workshops and small group discussions, students will facilitate a connection with experienced professionals in the field and develop critical skills. The program is designed to encourage interest in international and defence policy, as well as prepare undergraduate students with guidance regarding career development.


Students have the opportunity to participate in monthly informal meetings with our Visiting Defence Fellows. This setting allows for students to engage properly with VDFs on a variety of topics. Each meeting will consist of a workshop component, discussing relevant skills such as how to write a policy brief or networking basics. The second component of the meetings will open the floor to discussion about current events in international relations and defence policy.

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The current U.S. VDF is LTC Wendy Tokach and the current Canadian VDF is Colonel Ryan Jurkowski, MSM, CD




For more information contact the VDF Mentorship Program Facilitator:

Cordelia Jamieson →

Here is a list of all the past events organized by the Mentorship Program.

  • Sept 28, 2022 - International Organizations
  • Oct 26, 2022 - Leadership
  • Nov 30, 2022 - The Military's Role in Post-Stabilization Conflicts
  • Jan 25, 2023 - Stability Operations and Military Support to Civil Authorities

Student Resources & Tools

Here, students can find lists of resources to help them reach their academic goals.

Register for classes from the names below and you will be learning directly from CIDP Fellows.

Jane Boulden

Associate Professor - Department of Political Studies, Cross-appointment from RMC

H. Christian Breede

Associate Professor - Department of Political Studies, Cross-appointment from RMC

Wayne Cox

Associate Professor - Department of Political Studies

Allan English

Professor - Department of History

J. Andrew Grant

Associate Professor - Department of Political Studies

Oded Haklai

Professor - Department of Political Studies

Stéfanie von Hlatky

Associate Professor - Department of Political Studies

Christian Leuprecht

Professor - Department of Political Studies

Stéphanie Martel

Assistant Professor - Department of Political Studies

Grazia Scoppio

Professor - Department of Political Studies, Cross-appointment from RMC

Joel Sokolsky

Professor - Department of Political Studies, Cross-appointment from RMC

Summary prepared by: Benjamin Fisher

Looking to break into the Defence and Security career field and not sure where to start?

On March 10th 2022, our colleagues at Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security (ELCS) hosted a workshop at Queen’s about how to get started. Our group of CIDP interns have drafted some key takeaways from the workshop to act as a quick reference guide for students looking at careers in defence and security.

Who is ELCS? ELCS is a group of young professionals who came together to unify, connect and provide resources to the next generation of security and defence leaders in Canada. For more information check out their website here: 

Content:  The team at ELCS illustrated the three-main roles in defence and security in the public and private sector, external to academics.

They categorized them as follows:


  • Uses research and investigative skills to answer a question
  • Often used as a buzzword in job titles, especially in the private sector and government
  • Typically an entry-level position
  • Recent graduates are typically excellent analysts as they have spent their undergraduate career working through data to make conclusions and/or recommendations

Associated Job Titles or Keywords:  investigator, researcher and intelligence

Job example: Risk Control Analyst

  • Role is to investigate intelligence on crises around the world and make threat intelligence reports


  • Works directly on problems and issues with subject matter expertise
  • Usually in the field of creating or enforcing (i.e., cyber security threat response)

Associated Job Titles or Keywords: screener, interviewer, specialist, officer, enforcement, responder, investigator

Job Example: Security Screening Investigator

  • analytical thinking, target knowledge and context
  • interactive communication, working in a team
  • achieving results, change and innovation


  • Examines issues through general trends and bigger picture knowledge
  • Shapes policy and decision making for an organization
  • Aggregates and makes assessments for action

Associated Job Titles or Keywords: Policy, program, writer, government liaison, coordinator

Job Example: Briefing and Issues Advisor

  • Identify emerging issues and trends with potential implications
  • Knowledge of issues management strategies and can provide sound advice to leaders and officials

>>Typically, most emerging professionals move between these roles and do not spend their entire career in only one of these positions.

After identifying the different roles in the industry, it is additionally important to choose which sector you are applying to. Again, this is a fluid choice and can change throughout your career. The sectors include:

  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal)
  • Private (consulting, managed service provider)
  • Military (reserves or regular forces; army, navy, air force)
  • Academia (university, think-tanks)

It is additionally important to have a specialty within the security and defence field. This is your unique area of expertise. Examples include terrorism, cybersecurity, nuclear weapons, extremism, regional (China, Russia, Iran etc.), intelligence, misinformation, privacy & law, and insurgency

For more information check out the resources available at

Video Content

Learn from in the field experience about how to consider ethics when conducting research with participants. Our CDSN Postdoctoral Research Fellow Johanna Masse shares her experience.

Internships at The CIDP

The CIDP offers a variety of student jobs/internships as part of a transformative learning experience at Queen's. These positions will help cultivate professional skills like initiative, collaboration, organization & attention to detail.

*Please note that while we offer internships & student researcher positions yearly, it is recommended to only submit your C.V & cover letter when there is a job opening, as we cannot keep track of every submission prior to an opening.


Learn about USSRF Fellowship Opportunities

Publish with the CIDP

The Contact Report is a blog created by the CIDP, to publish contemporaneous articles from an emerging scholar perspective in the world of security and defence.

Interested in getting your work published? We are looking for academic content focusing on security and defence related topics. All posts would be approximately 1000 words.

Contact Satpal Multani, the managing editor for the blog:

Read the Contact Report Blog


Below are some student organizations at Queen's that may be of interest to you.
A number of our CIDP interns have connections with these student groups.




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WIIS Queen's


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