The Center for International Policy (CIP) offers unpaid internships for current students and recent graduates every spring, summer, and fall. Internships are generally full time, 5 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and fall within the following months: Fall Term (August – December), Spring Term (January – May), Summer Term (May – August).
While specific tasks will vary depending on the program, CIP interns work directly with senior staff on various projects. Duties include helping organize conferences and delegations, general research and support, administrative assistance, and other projects depending on an intern's interests and program’s needs.
CIP greatly appreciates its interns. Although unpaid, interns will have access to a fitness facility, are encouraged to attend relevant DC talks and lectures, and are included in small office lunches and parties. In addition, senior staff will offer professional development advice and networking opportunities.
Current Internships Available
- Common Defense Campaign Intern (2 Positions)
- Financial Transparency Coalition Intern
- National Security Intern
- Operations & Development Intern
- Security Assistance Monitor Intern (4 Positions)
General Deadlines (applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled):
Fall Term (August - December): July 28
Spring Term (January - May): November 15
Summer Term (May - August): March 16
To apply, please submit the following by 9:00 am on July 28th. All applications will be reviewed at once on July 28th. The deadline will be extended if a suitable candidate is not found at that time:
- A cover letter
- 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 email@example.com. For easy identification, please use the name of the internship to which you are applying and your name for the subject of your email. For example, "Operations and Development Intern- Faith Koleszar." When attaching your files, please include your last name in all file names. For example “Koleszar_Cover Letter.docx” or “SAM Intern_Koleszar.zip.”
You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. Interns are selected based on language and computer skills, work experience, knowledge of CIP's project areas, academic performance, and enthusiasm for promoting CIP's mission. Preference is given to candidates who can work at least 4 days a week, with some positions requiring 5 days a week. CIP will complete any evaluations or paperwork necessary for interns to receive academic credit for their work. Please do not call - we will contact applicants to schedule interviews within two weeks of the application deadline by email or phone if necessary. Please save firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.
Be sure to visit our Internship FAQ page here.
COMMON DEFENSE CAMPAIGN INTERN (2 Positions Available)
The CDC intern will work with two of the CDC projects: Arms and Security and Win Without War. This intern will gain an understanding of the arms trade, human rights, and how a citizen organization interacts with the government to influence public policy. Candidates should have an interest in the issues as well as some knowledge of how legislation and the Hill work.
- Monitoring legislative developments regarding Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and the defense budget
- Monitoring mid-term elections
- Tracking grassroots actions and campaigns by attending meetings, internet research, and creating summaries for the program director
- Evaluating grassroots actions and looking for improvements
- Maintaining social media platforms
- Research for op-eds and blog posts as needed
- Email updates for Arms & Security project supporters – summarizing developments in key policy areas, links to what other organizations are doing (new research reports, campaigns, legislation, etc)
- Ability to work independently and take initiative
- Interest in/knowledge of the issues, policies, and political actors
- Interest in progressive politics
- Attention to detail, excellent writing skills
- Previous experience on the Hill preferred
FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY COALITION INTERN
The Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) is a global network of more than 150 civil society organizations, thirteen governments, and experts on illicit financial flows (IFFs). By promoting concrete measures to promote financial transparency, we work to address the systemic issues that stifle economic development around the world. The FTC international secretariat is hosted by the Center for International Policy (CIP), a non-profit founded in 1975 to advocate for a foreign policy that promotes cooperation, transparency and accountability in global relations.
We are seeking a dynamic intern to join the team in the fall. The FTC intern will work out of CIP’s office in Washington, D.C. and contribute to a variety of projects from blog posts to preparations for the FTC’s 2014 conference in Lima, Peru.
As an intern at the Financial Transparency Coalition, you will gain unique insight into how development organizations from around the world come together to advocate for social change. You will learn about the impact of illicit financial flows on developing countries, and you will also gain well-rounded experience working for an international non-governmental organization (INGO).
- Contribute to short-term research projects on illicit financial flows out of developing countries and the Coalition’s role in the movement to stem them
- Draft posts for Twitter, Facebook, and the FTC website
- Monitor news on illicit financial flows
- Help with final preparations for the FTC’s 2014 annual conference in Lima, Peru
- Contribute to projects that support the FTC’s day-to-day operations
- Undergraduate work in international relations, international development, political science, or a related major
- An interest or background in social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Intellectual curiosity and strong research skills
- Interest in the FTC’s mission to stem the tide of illicit financial flows out of developing countries
- Fluency in Spanish
- Experience using content management systems like WordPress
- Previous internship experience
NATIONAL SECURITY INTERN
The National Security intern gains an understanding of national security issues and intelligence reform issues by working with two projects of the Common Defense Campaign: The Project on Defense Alternatives and the National Security Project. This intern will maintain and coordinate postings on the Rethinking National Security blog, assist with research, help create content for CIP blogs and monitor relevant national security news and policy developments.
- Maintaining the Rethinking National Security blog
- Overseeing outreach for the blog to increase readership
- Monitoring relevant news in the region
- Updating the program webpage and social media platforms
- Assisting senior fellows with general administrative tasks as needed
- Monitor legislative developments regarding issues of national security and defense
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and take initiative
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Basic knowledge and interest in security issues
- Working knowledge of legislation and the debate on the intelligence community and reform
- Ability to quickly adapt to new technologies/programs
OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT INTERN
This is a unique, joint internship offering both administrative and development training. The intern will support the Office Manager and Senior Development Associate of the Center for International Policy.
The intern will assist with the general day-to-day operations of the organization, gain knowledge of fundraising campaigns and development software, and help maintain communications with our supporters. Working for a small nonprofit, the intern will become exposed to and more experienced in general administration, operations, and development.
Other learning objectives will be developed based on the candidate’s interests and skills and CIP’s current needs.
Work directly with the office manager to:
- Increase the overall performance and efficiency of the office
- Assist with the day-to-day operations
- Assist with moral-boosting and team-building activities to make the office a better place to work
Work directly with the Senior Development Associate to:
- Research fundraising strategies for non-profits
- Envision fundraising implementation plans
- Assisting with mailings and donation follow up
- Maintain and update databases and software
- Researching grants and funding opportunities
- Interest in non-profit management/operations
- Interest in non-profit development and fundraising
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
- Excellent spoken and written communication skills
- A positive, can-do attitude
SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONITOR (SAM) INTERN (4 Positions Available)
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.