page last updated: August 3, 2022


News & Opportunities


Student Internship/Job Opportunities

The Centre for International and Defence Policy is currently looking to hire an undergraduate research assistant to support a project led by Dr. Johanna Masse on gendered stereotypes.

The research assistant will assist with transcribing interviews and other research tasks, as required.  The contract is for a maximum of 30hrs/week in August and 10 hrs/week during the academic year. The research assistant would start immediately with the contract length to be determined based on the student’s weekly availability, for 150 hours in total. The candidate should be organized and meticulous in terms of data management.

English/French bilingualism is an asset, but not required.

Apply with a CV and Cover letter to: Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. (Please note the job title in your email)

Finding Our Way Back: Defining a Coherent International Strategy for Canada

Colloquium 2022 | Sept. 22, 2022
Where is Canada going? What should be its place on the international scene? This one day conference gathers experts and practitioners to understand the current environment through in-depth discussions on Canada’s international policy. This Event is a great opportunity to network with academics, practitioners and emerging scholars. This is a free event being hosted at the NAC in Ottawa, there is also an online option for those who are unable to travel.
Learn more and Register

International Competition in the High North

#ArcticSecurityMatters | KCIS 2022 | Oct. 11-13, 2022
KCIS 2022 proposes to explore how Canada, the United States and NATO allies can and should respond to security challenges in the North. Students are encouraged to attend this local Kingston Conference, which will give you opportunities to speak directly with Government officials, academics and practitioners from Europe, the Americas and beyond. Students will enjoy a reduced conference rate, and if they wish may also attend the dinner cruise (additional cost). Space is limited, so register early!
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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 organizations. 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.

As a part of this goal, we want to connect students directly to those affiliated with the CIDP. This process will provide students with a facilitated connection to a professional who can offer advice regarding career development, academic success, and an interpersonal supportive relationship with students interested in this field of policy and political studies.


The structure of our mentorship program is two-fold. Students have the opportunity to be matched individually with a fellow or associate at the centre to engage in meaningful 1-on-1 opportunities. The second component includes the two Visiting Defence Fellows at the CIDP. This mentorship relationship involves informal meetings where students can engage in group settings about various topics including policy analysis, networking, briefing, and broader conversations about the military at large from the perspective of two different countries.

future generations

The VDF program is in transition and new Fellows will be announced shortly

The current U.S. VDF is ______ and the current Canadian VDF is _______

For more information on the current VDFs, please click below:




Please note that this formal pairing process only occurs once annually in September. 

If you have any inquiries about how to get involved in the mentorship program, please contact:


Ben Fisher

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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.

Amarnath Amarasingam

Assistant Professor - Department of Political Studies, Cross-appointment from School of Religion

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

David Haglund

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 are always looking for new student hires at the centre, unless there is a job posting there is no guarantee that a position is available.

For inquiries please write to :

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 Alexandra Buciora, 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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