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The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), is a multidisciplinary community dedicated to research and training in issues of international security. The Center brings together scholars, policymakers, area specialists, business people, and other experts to focus on a wide range of security questions of current importance.

CISAC grew out of Stanford University's pioneering commitment to explore concerns about the escalating arms competition that marked the decades following World War II. With the founding of the Arms Control and Disarmament Program in 1970, Stanford University became one of the first academic institutions in the nation to commit faculty and resources to the study of the critical issues surrounding the Cold War. Today it has expanded its mission to also focus on nuclear risk reduction, biosecurity and global health, cybersecurity, terrorism and homeland security, governnance, migration and transnational flows. 


Current Openings at CISAC

We currently have no full-time job openings at CISAC.

Stanford Student Positions at CISAC

Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Sig Hecker

The undergraduate research assistant will assist Professor Hecker with an ongoing book project on the history of U.S.-Russian lab-to-lab nuclear cooperation. Professor Hecker, in collaboration with both U.S. and Russian nuclear specialists, is writing a book recounting the cooperative efforts between the nuclear scientific leadership of both countries that were instrumental in helping to reduce the nuclear dangers resulting from the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Tasks will be primarily editorial in nature, as the book is in the final stages of publication. We are looking for a students who is detail oriented and who can efficiently complete tasks independently by given deadlines. This position is best suited to students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, who wish to gain experience in research support as a precursor to future research positions with faculty members.

Upon completion of the book, the research assistant may have the opportunity to produce substantive research in support for a follow up book written solely by Professor Hecker on the opportunities and challenges of U.S.-Russia nuclear cooperation and the prospects for continued cooperation in the future. 

  •  Dates: Spring Quarter 2015
  • Hours: up to 10 hours per week

  • Qualifications: Undergraduates with some background in international affairs and nuclear weapons and/or with Russian language ability are encouraged to apply. 

  • Applications through Cardinal Careers

  • Questions: Contact Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator,


Undergraduate Events and Administrative Assistant

CISAC is hiring an undergraduate events and administrative assistant to help with departmental tasks. The assistant would be responsible for event setup and breakdown. Other duties include research, event support, and various administrative tasks. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a busy international security institute, and will enable you to contribute to events as well as support members of the communications, fellowship, and administrative teams.

  • Qualifications: Only Stanford undergraduate students may apply. Interest in international security issues highly recommended. Cover letter and resume/cv required. MUST BE AVAILABLE TUESDAYS FROM 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM AND WEDNESDAYS FROM 11:00 AM-1:30 PM.
  • Dates: Spring Quarter 2015
  • Hours: approximately 5 hours per week
  • How to Apply: Apply via Cardinal Careers
  • Questions: Contact Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Students & Alumni Programs Coordinator, at


Undergraduate Research Assistant for Professor David Relman
(not currently accepting applications, but search may be re-opened in April)

The undergraduate research assistant will work with Professor Relman on issues pertaining to biosecurity, emerging infectious diseases, and the linkages between public health, the life sciences and associated technologies, and international security. Tasks will include source research, and subsequent preparation of written summaries, as well as preparation of background material for workshops. This position will provide an opportunity for exploring the interface between the life sciences and international security.

  • Dates: February-August 2015

  • Hours: up to 10 hours per week during the academic year; up to 40 hours per week during the summer quarter

  • Applications through Cardinal Careers

  • Questions: Contact Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator,


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