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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 spring 2023 cycle, which will begin in January 2023. 

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. International students are encouraged to apply. 

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.​

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.

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 that is 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. 

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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, please submit the following to this form

 

  • 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? 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


 

 

Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) Internship

 

You will be a member of the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) team, helping the program to research, track, and analyze trends in U.S. security assistance, arms sales, and foreign military training around the world, including their impact on human rights in the countries where they are delivered. You will also have opportunities to take notes in meetings, attend relevant events, and work on writing and analysis, including opportunities for publication under your name.

 

Duties

 

  • Monitor news on security assistance and arms sales and draft tweets for SAM’s Twitter account

  • Contribute to the SAM weekly monitor, the program’s newsletter on developments in security assistance, arms sales, and foreign military training

  • Learn about and contribute to SAM’s databases, using U.S. government budget documents, and become more familiar with U.S. government budgeting processes

  • Create charts and infographics to support SAM research

  • ·Assist with SAM’s advocacy efforts

  • Conduct independent research to support SAM products

  • Work with the SAM team, if you choose, to develop and draft an independent fact sheet or op-ed under your name

 

Qualifications

  • Be near-completion of undergraduate education, pursuing an advanced degree, or a recent graduate 

  • A strong interest in arms sales, security assistance, and human rights, as well as the intersections with other topics, such as corruption and environmental issues. Previous experience with these issue areas is especially valuable.

  • A creative mind with a strong interest in challenging status-quo thinking on U.S. foreign policy and reducing the flow of weapons around the world

  • A passion for open-source research and be comfortable reading and synthesizing large amounts of source material to identify important details.

  • Be a detail-oriented person with excellent writing and research skills.

  • Growth-oriented, highly motivated, and enjoy collaborative projects

 

To apply, please submit the following to this form

  • 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? 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

 

 

 


 

Climate, Arms, Migration Policy (CAMP) Internship

 

CIP’s CAMP program evaluates the intersecting impacts of US energy and climate policies, climate change, and US defense policy on ecosystems and civilian populations worldwide. A key program focus is interrogating the implications of US policy responses to climate-related security challenges, including the environmental impact of security assistance and its contribution to irregular migration.

 

Qualifications

  • Be near-completion of undergraduate education, pursuing an advanced degree, or a recent graduate 

  • A strong interest in the intersection between climate change, US foreign policy, irregular migration, and peace and security issues. Previous experience with any of these issue areas is especially valuable.

  • A creative mind with a strong interest in challenging status-quo thinking on US foreign policy.

  • A passion for open-source research and be comfortable reading and synthesizing large amounts of source material to identify important details.

  • Be a detail-oriented person with excellent writing and research skills.

  • Growth-oriented, highly motivated, and enjoy collaborative projects

 

Duties 

 

  • Perform extensive research on overlapping policy topics relating to climate change, national security, environmental degradation, and migration, drawing on your own thematic or geographic expertise, to contribute to reports, factsheets, opinion pieces, issue briefs, and webinars.

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

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

  • Assist staff members with ad hoc assignments as needed​.


 

To apply, please submit the following to this form

 

  • 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? 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

 

 


 

Communications Internship

As a communications 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 content to contributing to research and/or content for our fact sheets, 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

 

  • Create content for CIP social media platforms, including TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

  • Help monitor and manage CIP social media accounts  

  • Attend and take notes at relevant events and congressional hearings

  • 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

  • Track social media and website hits and analytics

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive media list

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

  • Create infographics and charts to highlight our research and analysis

  • Research new ideas for social media content to keep CIP media presence updated

 

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 

  • The applicant must be capable of working on multiple tasks simultaneously and of understanding what the priorities are at every moment

  • Demonstrated knowledge of/interest in US foreign policy and regional 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

  • Regional language skills desired

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

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

 

To apply, please submit the following to this form

  • 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? 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



 

Development Internship

As a development intern with CIP, you will be an integral part of CIP’s donor relations. Development interns will have the opportunity to contribute to CIP’s research projects, fundraising efforts, event planning, and more. 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

 

  • 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

  • Assist team with email marketing

  • Help build connections with current and potential donors

  • Assist with the planning and coordination of fundraising events

  • Research potential funder opportunities, including strategic partners, markets and industries

  • Help update the website with relevant information

  • Work on a fundraising strategy 

  • Manage and cultivate relationships with current and prospective donors

  • Research and share best practices for fundraising events and campaigns

  • Help maintain and update donor database

  • Draft fundraising emails/requests

  • Draft profiles of prospective donors

  • Work with the communication intern on reviewing materials and marketing around CIP

  • Send thank yous, receipts, and other donor notes

 

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

  • Highly developed communication skills and ability to talk to people coming from widely different backgrounds 

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to conduct in-depth internet research

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize

  • Database experience preferred 

  • Ability to adapt to new technologies/computer programs

  • Foreign language skills desired

  • Experience with Bloomerang, Mailchimp, or Salesforce is a plus

  • Students majoring in public relations, public administration, and non-profit administration are encouraged to apply

 

To apply, please submit the following to this form

  • 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? 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

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