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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, 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

HOW TO APPLY

 

 

Applicants for internships should submit application materials for any of the internships listed below at any time. CIP is currently recruiting for 3 separate interns. 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 spring 2022 cycle, which will begin in February 2022. Please indicate which internships you would prefer to be consider for. If you’d like to be considered for more than one, please rank your preferences.

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.

CIP INTERNSHIPS

 

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.

One intern position is available with the Security Assistance Monitor program. 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.

Security Assistance Monitor​

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 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.

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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 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 SAM staff members with ad hoc assignments and administrative duties as needed

  • Maintain social media presence and highlighting SAM’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 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 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

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? 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

 

Climate Change & Anti-Corruption

 

The Climate Change & Anti-Corruption internship will allow you to help in restructuring and developing programming for CIP in these areas. By providing research, communications, and other support in the areas of climate change and anti-corruption, you will help CIP to inform and elevate the debate on these key issues, particularly as they relate to conflict.

One intern position is available with the Climate Change & Anti-Corruption section. 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. 

Duties
  • Provide in-depth research on climate change and anti-corruption topics, particularly as they relate to human security, drawing on your own thematic or geographic expertise, to contribute to reports, factsheets, opinion pieces and issue briefs.   

  • Track U.S. government statements and actions, cover relevant 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 CIP’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 SAM 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 

 
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 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 climate change and corruption issues

  • 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

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? 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.

 

Communications & Development

The Communications and Development internship is a combined role that will provide you with highly employable and in-demand skills related to writing, editing, and graphic designing; fundraising and development; and database, social media, and website management. This internship will give you firsthand 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. ​ 

 

Duties
  • Contribute to print and online communications, including promotional materials and reports

  • Design and format reports

  • Contribute to release of reports (promotion, distribution, and events)

  • Support organization's website, social media strategy, and online platforms

  • Assist with communications logistics

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

  • Assist with coordinating logistics for 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

  • 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

  • Strong editing skills and eye for detail

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

  • Initiative, a positive attitude, commitment to deadlines, and strong attention to detail

  • Prior experience with Adobe Cloud (especially InDesign), professional social media, Google Drive/Docs/Sheets, Excel, mail merge, databases, website management, copyediting, and/or fundraising is a big plus

 
To apply, please submit the following to intern@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 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? 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.

 

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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.