Internships

Please feel free to send in your application materials for any of the internships listed below at any time.  We begin reviewing applications in November for the spring semester (January- 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. Unfortunately, internships are unpaid at this time. 

Currently, we are actively recruiting interns for the following programs:

Fundraising and Communications

The Fundraising and Communications is a combined internship will provide you with highly employable and in-demand skills such as fundraising/development; database, social media, and website management; and donor relations. You will work closely with CIP’s Development Manager, Executive Director, and Operations & Finance Associate. This internship will give you first-hand experience with non-profit fundraising, operations, and communications. Ideally, the Fundraising and Development intern will work 3-4 full days per week, with an hour break for lunch.

Duties

  • Research grants, funding opportunities, and fundraising strategies
  • Coordinate logistics for the board meeting
  • Maintain and update CIP’s donor database
  • Assist with fundraising campaigns and communications outreach through direct mail and email
  • Send acknowledgment letters and tax receipts to donors
  • Help plan fundraising trips and events
  • Manage and maintain social media and website for an international nonprofit organization
  • Website design if interested

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for CIP's mission of promoting diplomacy, human rights, and social justice
  • An interest in gaining development, fundraising, event planning, and database experience 
  • An independent worker who take initiative, but knows when to ask questions
  • Internet and software savvy (ability and desire to learn a new database (Bloomerang CRM) and website manager (Expression Engine CMS))
  • A positive, can-do attitude
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Prior experience with social media, Excel, development work, and/or fundraising is a plus.
  • Prior experience with databases, website management, and/or website design (WordPress) BIG pluses!

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org:

  • Cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • Resume

Global Progressive Hub

The GPH intern will work most closely with Jeff Blum, a senior fellow and leader of our Progressive Global Strategy Project, helping progressive organizations and activists to integrate foreign policy issues into their program activities. The PGSP 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 PGSP fellows.
  • General media work help, such as reporter outreach and social media. 

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

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • 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)

National Security

The National Security Intern will gain an understanding of national security issues and intelligence reform issues. S/he 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.

The National Security Intern will work for Harry Blaney. Blaney brings over thirty years of experience in international affairs to CIP and has held senior positions in the federal government, policy research, and non-profit organizations. His main focus has been on national security, including non-proliferation arms control, US-Europe relations, US-Russia, and global issues including energy, climate change, conflict zones, NATO, EU, and macro-strategic issues.

Duties

  • Maintaining the Rethinking National Security blog
  • Tracking presidential candidates' quotes on foreign policy
  • Overseeing outreach for the blog to increase readership
  • Monitoring relevant security and foreign policy news
  • Updating the program webpage and social media platforms
  • Assisting senior fellows and staff with administrative tasks as needed
  • Monitor legislative developments regarding issues of national security and defense

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • An interest in and knowledge of social media
  • Ability to learn and quickly adapt to new technologies/software
  • Ability to teach and present your research/findings to others
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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

If you could bring your own laptop to work on, that would be a plus.

In addition to the work responsibilities of the national security intern set forth above, for the last year we have a project on the RNS blog which follows the quotes and positions of the various candidates for president in the foreign affairs and national security areas. This is a key part of our effort to attract those people to our blog that are interested in the debate on these issues and want to keep up on the policies of both GOP and Dem candidates. These are the kind of people that will benefit also from all of the sections of our blog.

We have another feature of posting key quotes on these issues on our front page by not only candidates but by major policy makers and other leaders. Further our interns have the job of finding a picture to go with each blog post and doing their own research and writing a post during their time here. They attend meeting which will also give them a better understanding of these issues and advance their career.

This researching and posting of the quotes require much time effort and judgment. We have been doing a wonderful job in this area and offering a true service. We also need the help of the intern to help give profile in social media to our posts and research and data on the blog.

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • 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)

Security Assistance Monitor

The Security Assistance Monitor 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. security and defense assistance throughout the world as well as related news, analysis and research.

Security Assistance Monitor seeks to enhance oversight of U.S. security assistance-- particularly in Africa, Central Asia and the South Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, 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.

A total of 5 positions are available with the Security Assistance Monitor program. They include 1 communications internship and 4 regionally-focused internships. See descriptions below.

REGIONAL INTERNS (4)

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.

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;
  • 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;
  • Regional language skills desired.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN (1)

The Center for International Policy seeks an energetic and self-motivated student or recent graduate interested in U.S. foreign policy and human rights for a communications internship. The Communications Intern will help with the Security Assistance Monitor staff with media outreach, including social media management, email newsletters and press strategy for the Security Assistance Monitor program. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in nonprofit communications and features a high level of responsibility, opportunity for collaboration, and valuable hands-on experience

Responsibilities

  • Maintaining social media presence and highlighting Security Assistance Monitor's work on Twitter and Facebook accounts;
  • Tracking social media and website analytics;
  • Working with the staff to help draft press releases, media advisories and email blasts;
  • Tracking media hits and developing and maintaining a comprehensive media list;
  • Create infographics and geo-mapping using our data to highlight our research and analysis.

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 with a demonstrable interest in international affairs and human rights who can capture current events and information into engaging content for our email lists and social media.
  • Experience in the field of journalism or communications and familiarity with managing social media accounts is valued.

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • 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)

Win Without War/Arms & Security

This intern will have the unique experience to work on two of CIP's Common Defense Campaign projects: Win Without War and Arms & Security. The WWW/A&S intern will gain an understanding of the arms trade, the Pentagon budget, human rights, and how a citizen organization interacts with the government to influence public policy. Candidates should have an interest in these 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 on Pentagon contractors and the economic impacts of Pentagon spending 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

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org:

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • 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)

The Center for International Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is CIP’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for professional advancement without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual preference, parental status or disability.