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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 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 fall 2022 cycle, which will begin in September 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.

CIP 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 the 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.

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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 staff members with ad hoc assignments and administrative duties as needed

  • Maintain social media presence and highlight 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 develop and maintain 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

  • The applicant must be an enthusiastic team player and must have a demonstrable interest in international affairs and human rights. Applicants 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

Topics

 

The Center for International Policy has several interrelated 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

  • Technology Policy

  • 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 that 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

Technology Policy Internship

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. 

The Center for International Policy Technology Policy Internship

As a technology policy intern with CIP, you will be an integral part of the Technology Policy Program and have the opportunity to participate in many types of project activities, including qualitative research and open-source intelligence, aiding in the creation of fact sheets, policy briefs, and reports, and performing quantitative data analysis. In the course of this internship, you will gain a better understanding of technology, technology policy, and the intersection between technology policy, United States foreign policy, and international security.

Qualifications

  • The most important qualification for this position is a deep interest in how technology affects regular people, especially the marginalized. Any prior work or study on social media, information ecosystems, or the effects of cybersecurity and/or AI on the most vulnerable is especially valuable. 

  • NO TECHNICAL BACKGROUND IS REQUIRED FOR THIS INTERNSHIP. 

  • Though not required, the ability to fluently read one or more of the following languages is strongly recommended: 

    • Spanish

    • ANY language spoken in Africa, especially those spoken in multiple countries.  

    • ANY South Asian language.  

    • Arabic 

    • ANY East or Southeast Asian language, especially those spoken in multiple countries. 

  • Interns should have a passion for open-source research and be comfortable reading through large amounts of source material to find important details. 

  • Interns should have a demonstrated passion for challenging status-quo thinking on technology and/or foreign policy. 

  • 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. 

  • Interns should be comfortable working in an exciting and fast-paced environment, where specific research focuses may change. 

  • Some interest in CIP’s other issue areas, especially security assistance, is highly desired. 

  • Though not required, a desire to learn more about the technical underpinnings of technology policy and/or to learn more about data science and statistical analysis is a positive. 

Duties

  • Perform extensive research on technology policy topics, drawing on your own thematic or geographic expertise, to contribute to reports, factsheets, opinion pieces, and issue briefs.   

  • Track general interest and specialist technology policy publications for relevant material. 

  • Attend and take notes at relevant events and congressional hearings.

  • With guidance, perform quantitative analysis of relevant datasets. 

  • Write blog posts.

  • 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​.

To apply 

 

To apply, please submit the following to techintern@internationalpolicy.org as a SINGLE PDF:

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

  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program that 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? 

  • Your resume

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

  • A short writing sample on a relevant topic or one infographic that you created