CIP Internships

The Center for International Policy works to promote a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, international cooperation, demilitarization, and respect for basic human rights. Through research, education, and direct public advocacy, CIP works to define and put into practice a more sympathetic, farsighted, and non-militaristic approach to the developing world.

CIP greatly appreciates its interns and fellows. Although unpaid, interns and fellows will have access to a free fitness facility, are encouraged to attend relevant DC talks and lectures, and are included in office lunches and parties. In addition, CIP interns work directly with senior staff and will be offered professional development, advice, and networking opportunities.

CIP offers unpaid internships and fellowships for current students and recent graduates every spring, summer, and fall.

  • Spring Term: January 5- May 15, 2015
  • Summer Term: May 18 – August 14, 2015
  • Fall Term: August 17- December 18, 2015

Applications Deadlines (subject to change):

  • Spring Term: November 17, 2014
  • Summer Term: April 15, 2015
  • Fall Term: July 15, 2015

Internships and fellowships are generally Monday- Friday 9 am to 5 pm with an hour for lunch.

2 Internships Currently Available

You may apply to more than one position, but please do so in separate emails. The subject of your email should include your last name and the internship or fellowship you are applying to.

Internships Descriptions:

SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONITOR (SAM) INTERN (2 Positions Available - Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean)
The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy. It serves as a web-portal for U.S. policy-makers, scholars, media, and civil society to access detailed information on U.S. foreign security and defense assistance throughout the world as well as related news, analysis and research.

SAM seeks to enhance oversight of U.S. security assistance particularly in Africa, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Latin America, and the Middle East to help ensure U.S. security assistance is effective, accountable, and responsible. Recognizing that security, human rights and accountability are strongly interconnected, we engage in independent, quality research and promote discussions to highlight trends and advance new ideas and approaches to addressing U.S. security concerns.

As 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. In doing so, you will gain a better understanding of international security, U.S. foreign policy interests and objectives and the United States' role in providing security assistance worldwide.

Because Security Assistance Monitor has region-specific content – Africa, Central Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean – applicants with language skills and knowledge pertinent to these regions are highly desired. For applicants applying with a Latin America and Caribbean focus, an ability to translate Spanish ↔ English is a must. Please indicate in your cover letter your regional preference if you have one.


  • Upload data and content to the SAM website;
  • 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 around Washington, DC;
  • Contribute to Security Assistance Monitor's social media platforms; and
  • Assist Security Assistance Monitor staff members with ad hoc assignments and administrative duties as needed.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of/interest in specific region and security;
  • Highly developed research and writing skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Ability to do conduct in-depth internet research;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies/computer programs;
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and Excel; and,
  • Regional language skills desired.


Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter (please include your availability and regional preference)
  • 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)

Please email your application materials to Faith Koleszar at For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: "Your Last Name_SAM- Your Regional Preference" for example, "Koleszar_SAM- Africa."

When attaching your files, please include your last name in all file names as well. For example "Koleszar_Cover Letter.docx" or "Koleszar_SAM-"

You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. We are aiming to begin interviews the week of the 17th and make our selections before Thanksgiving.

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Thank you!