INTERNSHIPS

The Center for International Policy has received a generous gift to endow our internship program in memory of former Ambassador Robert White and his wife, Maryanne White. During his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he was the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador, as well as earlier postings primarily in Latin America. He was known worldwide for his outspoken and unrelenting promotion of democracy and human rights.

In 1989, Ambassador White became president of the Center for International Policy. During his 20 years at CIP, he took a special interest in mentoring our interns.

HOW TO APPLY

 

Applicants for internships should submit application materials for any of the internships listed below at any time. We begin reviewing applications in November for the spring semester (January-May), in March for the summer semester (May-August), and in June for the fall semester (August-December) and continue on a rolling basis. Weekly schedules are flexible. 

Interns will be provided with a stipend during their internship. The stipend will be given to help defray expenses incurred in connection with volunteering at CIP. Each intern is responsible for reporting and payment of all taxes due or owing to any taxing authority pursuant to his or her internship. Interns will be provided with a tax form for reporting purposes.  Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. 

Due to COVID-19, CIP implemented an indefinite teleworking policy in March. Until further notice, all CIP internships will be 100% remote. 

The fall 2020 cycle dates are August 31-December 18, 2020.

CIP INTERNSHIPS:

Robert & Maryanne White

 

Security Assistance Monitor (SAM)

 

The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy focused on enhancing transparency and oversight of an increasingly central U.S. foreign policy tool: U.S. foreign military and police aid and arms sales. By providing comprehensive security assistance data and by conducting independent, data-driven research, we seek to inform and elevate the debate among civil society, journalists, scholars, and policymakers about the best use of U.S. security assistance to improve human security.

Multiple positions are available with the Security Assistance Monitor program. They include a digital communications internship and regionally-focused internships. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The stipend for these internships will be $1,000 per month for full-time interns; part-time interns will have their stipend prorated. See descriptions below.

Security Assistance Monitor

The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy focused on enhancing transparency and oversight of an increasingly central U.S. foreign policy tool: U.S. foreign military and police aid and arms sales. By providing comprehensive security assistance and arms transfer data through independent, data-driven research, we seek to inform and elevate the debate among civil society, journalists, scholars, and policymakers about the best use of U.S. security assistance to improve human security.

Multiple positions are available with the Security Assistance Monitor program. Full time interns will receive a $1,000/month stipend; part-time interns will have their stipend prorated.

 

As an intern with SAM, you will be an integral part of the program and have the opportunity to participate in many types of project related activities ranging from supporting the SAM website database to contributing to research and/or content for our blog, fact sheets, policy briefs, reports, and social media. You will also have the opportunity to do independent research with an eye to publication under your own name.  In doing so, you will gain a better understanding of international security and U.S. foreign policy interests worldwide. The fall 2020 cycle will take place from August 31-December 18, 2020.

Duties

  • Provide in-depth research on arms sales and security sector assistance topics, drawing on your own thematic or geographic expertise, to contribute to SAM reports, factsheets, opinion pieces and issues briefs.   

  • Track U.S. government statements and actions, cover security news of the region and analyze government and think-tank reports

  • Write blog posts

  • Attend and take notes at relevant events and Congressional hearings

  • Contribute to Security Assistance Monitor's social media platforms

  • Conduct independent research on topics of your choice, with the aim of developing your own publication (factsheet, issue brief, blog post, opinion piece)

  • Assist Security Assistance Monitor staff members with ad hoc assignments and administrative duties as needed

  • Maintaining social media presence and highlighting Security Assistance Monitor's work on Twitter and Facebook accounts

  • Tracking social media and website analytics

  • Working with the staff to help create posts for Twitter and Facebook, media advisories, and email blasts

  • Tracking media hits and developing and maintaining a comprehensive media list

  • Create infographics and charts to highlight our research and analysis

  • Upload data and content to the SAM website

Qualifications

  • Intern positions require a self-motivated detail oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Applicant must be an enthusiastic team player, a self-starter, and must have a demonstrable interest in international affairs and human rights who can capture current events and information into engaging content for our email lists and social media 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of/interest in specific region and security

  • Highly developed research and writing skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to conduct in-depth internet research

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to adapt to new technologies/computer programs

  • Knowledge of social media platforms and Excel

  • Regional language skills desired

  • Familiarity with running social media accounts, and knowledge in creating infographics and images to convey data is valued

To apply, please submit the following to samintern@internationalpolicy.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired and weekly schedule) 

  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your cover letter.

  • Your resume

  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial)

  • A list of 2-3 references (please include their name, relationship to you, and contact information)

  • And a short writing sample (3-5 pages, an excerpt from a longer paper is fine, on a relevant topic if possible) or one infographic that you created.

Development & Communications

The Development and Communications internship is a combined role that will provide you with highly employable and in-demand skills such as fundraising and development; event planning; and database, social media, and website management. You will work closely with CIP’s President/CEO and Communications Associate. This internship will give you first-hand experience with nonprofit fundraising, operations, and communications. Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month: part-time interns will have their stipend prorated. The fall 2020 cycle will take place from August 31-December 18, 2020. 

 

Duties

  • Research grants, foundations, funding opportunities, and fundraising strategies

  • Assist the Communications Associate in coordinating logistics for any board meetings

  • Maintain and update CIP’s donor database

  • Assist with fundraising campaigns and communications outreach through direct mail and email

  • Send acknowledgment letters and tax receipts to donors

  • Help plan fundraising events

  • Assist the Communications Associate in  maintaining CIP’s social media presence

  • Other research, writing, and administrative duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for CIP's mission of promoting peace, justice, and sustainability

  • Familiarity with the nonprofit world, or a desire to learn about it

  • An interest in gaining communication, development, fundraising, event planning, and database experience

  • Initiative, a positive attitude and strong attention to detail

  • Prior experience with professional social media, Excel, mail merge, databases, website management, and/or fundraising is a big plus

To apply, please submit the following to devandcommsintern@internationalpolicy.org:

  • Cover letter (please include your desired weekly schedule)

  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your cover letter.

  • Resume

Arms & Security / Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

 

The Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative (FITI) traditionally selects two interns, one whose time is split 50/50% with the Arms & Security Program (this is the only intern chosen for the Arms & Security Program) and one whose time is 100% dedicated to FITI. These interns will gain an understanding of Pentagon spending, the global arms trade, nuclear weapons policy, and the ways in which foreign governments seek to influence U.S. foreign policy. Candidates should have an interest in these issues as well as strong research and writing skills. Full-time interns will receive a nominal stipend of $1,000 per month; part-time interns will have their stipend prorated. The fall 2020 cycle will take place from August 31-December 18, 2020. 

Duties

  • Helping to research and create a database on the various tools used by foreign governments to attempt to influence U.S. policy

  • Research for op-eds and blog posts as needed

  • Research on U.S. policies relating to arms transfers to the Middle East, including consequences of U.S. sales in the region, and statistical research on major arms suppliers

  • Research on foreign governments lobbying for, or against, arms sales to the Middle East

  • Research on the activities of the nuclear weapons lobby, including research on the economic impacts of nuclear weapons bases and campaign contributions by nuclear weapons contractors

  • Conduct primary research on Pentagon contractors and the economic impacts of Pentagon spending for reports and policy briefs

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Ability to work with and interpret primary documents

  • Basic skills at analyzing statistics, including familiarity with Excel

  • Interest in/knowledge of the issues, policies, and political actors

  • Attention to detail, excellent writing skills

To apply, please submit the following to fitiandarmsintern@internationalpolicy.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired weekly schedule)

  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your cover letter.

  • Your resume

  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial)

  • A list of 2-3 references (please include their name, relationship to you, and contact information)

  • And a short writing sample (3-5 pages, an excerpt from a longer paper is fine, on a relevant topic if

  • possible, you are the sole author

Africa Program

 

Research Intern

This intern will have the unique opportunity to work with CIP’s newest program focused on Africa. The intern will not only gain an understanding of US policies towards Africa, their impact on the region, and alternative approaches to critical issues there, but help develop the Africa Program itself. Candidates should have an interest in African countries as well as strong research and writing skills. Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $1,000; part-time interns will have their stipend prorated. The fall 2020 cycle will take place from August 31-December 18, 2020. 

 

Duties

  • Compile background information for op-eds and blog posts as needed

  • Conduct research on U.S. policies and attitudes towards to Africa

  • Attend Congressional Hearings and NGO meetings on relevant subject matter

  • Compile and update database of statistics for countries and regions within Africa

  • Track US security, development and humanitarian assistance in the region

  • Other duties as needed.

 

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Ability to work with and interpret primary documents

  • Interest in/knowledge of key issues, policies, and political actors

  • Attention to detail, excellent writing skills

  • Demonstrated familiarity with foreign policy issues relating to Africa

  • Strong research skills

  • Graduate student preferred.

 

To apply, please submit the following to africaprogramintern@internationalpolicy.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired weekly schedule)

  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments. What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal? Please answer this in your cover letter.

  • Your resume

  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial)

  • A list of 2-3 references (please include their name, relationship to you, and contact information)

  • A short writing sample (3-5 pages, an excerpt from a longer paper is fine, on a relevant topic if possible, of which you are the sole author)

 

Communications Intern 

This intern will have the unique opportunity to work with CIP’s newest program focused on Africa. The intern will not only gain an understanding of US policies towards Africa, their impact on the region, and alternative approaches to critical issues there, but help develop the Africa Program itself. Candidates should have an interest in African countries as well as strong research and writing skills. Full-time interns will receive a stipend of $1,000; part-time interns will have their stipend prorated. The fall 2020 cycle will take place from August 31-December 18, 2020.

Duties

  • Help communicate the outputs that the Research Intern and Africa Program work on 

  • Attend Congressional Hearings and NGO meetings on relevant subject matter

  • Create communication outputs like tweets, infographics, newsletters, etc. 

  • Support research efforts as needed 

  • Other duties as needed related to communications

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Ability to work with and interpret primary documents

  • Interest in/knowledge of key issues, policies, and political actors

  • Attention to detail, excellent writing skills

  • Demonstrated familiarity with foreign policy issues relating to Africa

  • Strong research skills

  • Graduate student preferred.

To apply, please submit the following to africaprogramintern@internationalpolicy.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired weekly schedule)

  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments. What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal? Please answer this in your cover letter.

  • Your resume

  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial)

  • A list of 2-3 references (please include their name, relationship to you, and contact information)

  • A short writing sample (3-5 pages, an excerpt from a longer paper is fine, on a relevant topic if possible, of which you are the sole author)

 

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The Center for International Policy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status refugee status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. 

 
 
 

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