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.

6 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:

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 annual conference.

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).

Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Contribute to projects that support the FTC's day-to-day operations

Qualifications

  • 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

Preferred

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience using content management systems like WordPress
  • Previous internship experience

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)
  • 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_FTC Intern" for example, "Koleszar_FTC Intern."

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

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.

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

Thank you!
 

DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS INTERN
The Development and Operations Internship is a unique internship offering non-profit fundraising, development, admin, and office management experience. The intern will work with CIP's Senior Development Associate and Office Manager.

The intern will gain a better understanding of the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization including daily operations, fundraising and financial oversight, and creating internal systems to ensure the smooth running of the organization.

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!

This internship is open to all qualified applicants. An ideal schedule would be Monday through Thursday 10 am- 6 pm with an hour for lunch, but we are flexible and able to work around a qualified applicant's schedule. We are looking for someone to start January 5th and intern through May 15th, 2015.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure smooth day-to-day operations
  • Carry out cost comparisons
  • Conduct product research
  • Process bank deposits
  • Manage the front desk and reception
  • 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

  • Interest in office and/or non-profit management
  • Interest in fundraising and development
  • Enjoy organizing, creating systems, and standard operating procedures
  • A willingness to help us out in any way
  • A desire to start a career in the non-profit world
  • A positive, can-do attitude

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)

The most weight will be placed on the cover letter. Enthusiasm for promoting CIP's mission through office management and fundraising work is highly desirable. Development, fundraising, database experience a plus.

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_DO Intern" for example, "Koleszar_DO Intern."

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

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.

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

Thank you!
 

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. We are aiming to begin interviews the week of the 17th and make our selections before Thanksgiving.

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

Thank you!