CIP Internships

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2015.

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.

  • Fall Term: August 17- December 18, 2015
  • Spring Term: January 4- May 13, 2015

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

Internship 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.

 

FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT INTERN

The Fundraising and Development Intern will work directly for CIP's Development Director and closely with the Development Fellow. This internship, although unpaid, will provide you with highly employable and in-demand skills such as mail-merge training, database experience, and knowledge of board relations. It will catapult your experience to the next level, making you highly desirable and ahead of others on the job market. Ideally, the Fundraising and Development intern will work 30 hours per week, from Aug. 17th through Dec. 18th

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with planning for CIP’s 40th anniversary celebration
  • 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
  • Help prepare the end-of-the-year fundraising campaign through mailings, email outreach, and social media

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for CIP's mission of promoting human rights and social justice
  • A desire to start a career in the non-profit world
  • A positive, can-do attitude and a strength at paying attention to detail
  • An interest in gaining development, fundraising, event planning, and database experience
  • Prior experience with databases, Excel, development work and/or fundraising is a big plus


SPECIAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT INTERN
Only resume and cover letter required.
 

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

 

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

 

SECURITY ASSISTANCE MONITOR COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

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.

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.

Position description

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

The Communications Intern’s primary responsibilities include:

  • 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter (please include your preferred start and 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)

*Please note development intern applicants are only required to submit a resume and cover letter.

Please email your application materials to internships@ciponline.org.

You are welcome to apply to more than one position, but please do so in separate emails.

For easy identification, please include your last name and the internship you are applying to in your email subject line. For example, Smith- National Security.   For SAM applicants, please also include your regional preference in the subject line of your email for example, “Smith- SAM Latin America.”

When attaching your files, please also include your last name in all file names as well.

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

Thank you!