Xinjiang, China: Photography by C4ADS

How to Join


As a mission-driven organization with a perpetual start-up mentality, we have a unique organizational approach. Every employee is first and foremost an analyst, and we value our flat hierarchy, allowing all levels of the organization to work collaboratively.  Previous analysts and interns have gone onto careers in the intelligence agencies, private sector risk and due diligence, and the world's top law schools. We believe in transparency, so we publish our pay upfront in our hiring postings, and we seek to pay our people above market average for our sector.

C4ADS prioritizes hiring through its internship program. Direct hiring opportunities are posted infrequently. We are fully committed to providing our interns and analysts with a rewarding work environment and unique opportunities. We provide training in data-driven analytical methodologies, access to cutting-edge technology, and the opportunity to work on real-world conflict and security issues. C4ADS is an equal opportunity employer, hiring without regard to gender, race, color, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, military status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws. 


We look for the following qualities in our interns and analysts:



Analytical Aptitude

We do not adhere to strict application criterion but applicants are generally recent graduates or currently enrolled in a Master's program with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Prior work experience in foreign policy research, GIS, network link analysis, programming, statistics or finance is strongly preferred. 


Critical Languages

Foreign language fluency and overseas experience are highly valued and regularly incorporated into analysis. We currently prioritize: Arabic, Mandarin, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Innovative THinking

We look for innovative thinkers who can apply new methodologies to complex global security challenges. We value individuals who have demonstrated critical thinking in their past work, as well as flexibility in learning from past mistakes and adapting to new challenges. 



We succeed when employees are inherently motivated to create real impact through their work. We look for self-starters who can work both independently and as part of a team, with minimal guidance.