CIP Internships

We are currently accepting Summer Term 2015 applications on a rolling basis until the deadline

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.

7 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 (4 Positions Available - Africa, Central Eurasia, Middle East and North 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.

Duties

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY

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 internships@ciponline.org. 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- Africa.zip."

You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. 

Please save internships@ciponline.org as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.

Thank you!

 

FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT INTERN
The Fundraising and Development Intern will work directly for and closely with CIP's Director of Development. This internship, although unpaid, will provide you with highly employable and in-demand skills such as mail-merge training, database experience, and board relations. It will catapult your experience to the next level making you highly desirable and ahead of the others on the job market!

Responsibilities:

  • Event planning for conferences and retreats
  • Attend board meetings and take the minutes
  • Research grants, funding opportunities, and fundraising strategies
  • Coordinate and manage communications
  • Compose donation follow up and donor correspondence
  • Maintain and update databases and software
  • Contribute to fundraising activities


Additional Perks:

  • Free fitness facility
  • Attend DC talks and lectures on our time
  • Enjoy office lunches and parties
  • We hold brown bag with senior staff (get tips and advice)
  • Professional development opportunities


Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for promoting CIP's mission through development and fundraising.
  • An interest in gaining development, fundraising, and database experience.
  • A desire to start a career in the non-profit world
  • A positive, can-do attitude
  • Experience with databases and in development and/or fundraising is a big plus.

HOW TO APPLY

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 internships@ciponline.org. For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: "Your Last Name_FD Intern"

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

You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. 

Please save internships@ciponline.org as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.

Thank you!

 

WIN WITHOUT WAR/ARMS & SECURITY INTERN
This intern will have the unique experience to work on two of CIP's Common Defense Campaign 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.

Duties

  • Monitoring legislative developments regarding Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and the defense budget
  • 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)
  • Conduct primary research for reports and policy briefs

Qualifications

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter (please include availability)
  • 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 internships@ciponline.org. For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: "Your Last Name_WWW/A&S Intern" for example, "Koleszar_WWW/A&S Intern."

When attaching your files, please include your last name in all file names as well. For example "Koleszar_Cover Letter.docx" or "Koleszar_WWW/A&S Intern.zip."

You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. 

Please save internships@ciponline.org as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.

Thank you!

 

COMMON DEFENSE CAMPAIGN INTERN

The CDC intern will work most closely with Jeff Blum, a senior fellow and leader of our Common Defense Campaign, helping progressive organizations and activists to integrate foreign policy issues into their program activities. The CDC intern will gain an understanding of the arms trade, human rights, and how a citizen organization interacts with the government to influence public policy.

Duties

  • Conference preparation, administration, organizing, and follow-up.
  • Research for valuable information that strengthens the case for the broader foreign policy involvement of US progressive organizations.
  • Research international campaigns and connections on aspects of foreign policy.
  • Organize information for CDC fellows.

Qualifications

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter (please include your availability)
  • 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)

Please email your application materials to Faith Koleszar at internships@ciponline.org. For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: "Your Last Name_CDC Intern" for example, "Koleszar_CDC Intern."

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

You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. 

Please save internships@ciponline.org as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.

Thank you!

 

NATIONAL SECURITY INTERN
The National Security Intern will gain an understanding of national security and intelligence reform issues by working with the senior fellow of CIP's Common Defense Campaign 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.

Duties

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following:

  • 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 internships@ciponline.org.

For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: "Your Last Name_NS Intern" for example, "Koleszar_NS Intern."

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

You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. 

Please save internships@ciponline.org as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.

Thank you!