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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, Robert White 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.

Robert & Maryanne White




Applicants for internships should submit application materials at any time.  We begin reviewing applications in November for the spring semester (February-May), in March for the summer semester (May-August), and in June for the fall semester (August-December) and continue on a rolling basis. Start dates, end dates, and weekly schedules are flexible. We are now accepting applications for the summer 2022 cycle, which will begin in May 2022. 

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. 

All CIP internships are 100% remote.



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 description below.

The Center for International Policy Internship

As an intern with CIP, you will be an integral part of the program and have the opportunity to participate in many types of project activities, ranging from supporting website databases 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.


  • 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 issue 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 the CIP and 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 staff members with ad hoc assignments and administrative duties as needed

  • Maintain social media presence and highlighting CIP's work on Twitter and Facebook accounts

  • Track social media and website analytics

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

  • Track 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 CIP website 

  • 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 and must have a demonstrable interest in international affairs and human rights. Applicant should be able to 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

  • Ability to conduct in-depth internet research

  • Ability to adapt to new technologies/computer programs

  • Knowledge of social media platforms and Excel

  • Knowledge of data analysis and processing

  • Regional language skills desired

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

  • Prior experience with Adobe Cloud, TikTok editing, and social media management is a big plus



The Center for International Policy has several inter-related programs that aim to fill a current gap in understanding the true global impact of US foreign policy. Interns will be involved in communications and development policy and will conduct editing, formatting, and writing. Other potential topics include:

  • Security Assistance

  • Space Security and AI

  • Migration

  • Climate change

  • Anti-Corruption

To apply, please submit the following to intern@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 U.S. 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? Additionally please indicate what program you would like to focus on. Please include this in your cover letter. 

  • Your resume

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

  • A short writing sample (preferably from a non-academic piece) or one infographic that you created

  • Please consolidate all materials into one pdf document

  • Please indicate your desired topic in the subject line

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. Non- U.S. citizens and international applicants are also encouraged to apply.