About the Project on Nuclear Issues
Since 2003, PONI has grown tremendously in both numbers and depth, and currently sponsors numerous opportunities for young professionals to engage in thoughtful and informed debate over how to best address the nuclear community's most pressing problems. The dividends of PONI's past decade of work are already evident, as alumni of the program – among them, the more than 185 talented young professionals who have gone through the Nuclear Scholars Initiative – are making their mark as emerging leaders in the nuclear field. But PONI continues to evolve, and to seek more ways of contributing to the nuclear community.
In April 2015, Rebecca Hersman took up the position of Director of the Project on Nuclear Issues after its founding director, Clark Murdock, stepped down. Under her direction, PONI capitalizes on the project's great name recognition, high-quality programming, and deep bench of committed mentors to cultivate the next generation of nuclear experts. But it will also strive to expand its outreach to address all career and academic levels, connect young professionals in collaborative research projects, broaden the topics it covers across the full range of nuclear issues, and include expertise from all critical domains – academic, military, scientific, and technical.
PONI regularly provides internships for recent graduates. Search here for up-to-date listings.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a salary for recent college and graduate school alumni to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Project on Nuclear Issues and Proliferation Prevention Program, on international peace and security issues for six to nine months.