Internships

The Center for International Policy has received a generous gift to endow our internship program in memory of former Ambassador Robert White and his wife, Maryanne White. During his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he was the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador, as well as earlier postings primarily in Latin America. He was known worldwide for his outspoken and unrelenting promotion of democracy and human rights.

In 1989, Ambassador White became president of the Center for International Policy. During his 20 years at CIP, he took a special interest in mentoring our interns.

How to apply

Applicants for internships should submit 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.

Interns will be provided with a stipend during their internship. The stipend will be given to help defray expenses incurred in connection with volunteering at CIP. Each intern is responsible for reporting and payment of all taxes due or owing to any taxing authority pursuant to his or her internship. Interns will be provided with a tax form for reporting purposes. The stipend amount will be $500 per month for full-time interns.

The following internships are available:

 

Security Assistance Monitor

The Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a program of the Center for International Policy focused on enhancing transparency and oversight of an increasingly central U.S. foreign policy tool: U.S. foreign military and police aid and arms sales. By providing comprehensive security assistance data and by conducting independent, data-driven research, we seek to inform and elevate the debate among civil society, journalists, scholars, and policy makers about the best use of U.S. security assistance to improve human security.

Multiple positions are available with the Security Assistance Monitor program. They include a digital communications internship and regionally-focused internships. The stipend for these internships will be $500 per month for full-time interns. See descriptions below.

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

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 create posts for Twitter and Facebook, media advisories, and email blasts;
  • Tracking media hits and developing and maintaining a comprehensive media list;
  • Create infographics and charts 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 digital communications, familiarity with running social media accounts, and knowledge in creating infographics and images to convey data 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) 
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your 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) or one infographic that you created.

REGIONAL INTERNS

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 and U.S. foreign policy interests worldwide.

This summer we are particularly interested in applicants with language skills and knowledge pertinent to the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. 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.

Qualification

  • 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.

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

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule) 
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your 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) or one infographic that you created.

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Fundraising and Communications 

The Fundraising and Communications internship is a combined role that will provide you with highly employable and in-demand skills such as fundraising and development; event planning; and database, social media, and website management. You will work closely with CIP’s Development Manager, Executive Director, and Office Manager & Executive Assistant. This internship will give you first-hand experience with nonprofit fundraising, operations, and communications. Ideally, the Fundraising and Development intern will work 3-4 full days per week, with an hour break for lunch. Full-time interns will receive a nominal stipend of $1,000 during their internship.

Duties

  • Research grants, foundations, funding opportunities, and fundraising strategies
  • Coordinate logistics for any board meetings
  • 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
  • Maintain CIP’s social media presence
  • Other research, writing, and administrative duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for CIP's mission of promoting international diplomacy, human rights, and social justice
  • Familiarity with the nonprofit world, or a desire to learn about it
  • An interest in gaining development, fundraising, event planning, and database experience
  • A positive, can-do attitude and a strength at paying attention to detail
  • Prior experience with professional social media, Excel, mail merge, databases, website management, and/or fundraising is a big plus

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

  • Cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your cover letter.
  • Resume

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Arms & Security / Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

This intern will have the unique experience to work on two CIP projects: The Arms and Security Project and the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative. The intern will gain an understanding of Pentagon spending, the global arms trade, and the ways in which foreign governments seek to influence U.S. foreign policy. Candidates should have an interest in these issues as well as strong research and writing skills. Full-time interns will receive a nominal stipend of $500 per month.

Duties

  • Helping to research and create a database on the various tools used by foreign governments to attempt to influence U.S. policy
  • Research for op-eds and blog posts as needed
  • Research on U.S. policies relating to arms transfers to the Middle East, including consequences of U.S. sales in the region
  • Research on foreign governments lobbying for, or against, arms sales to the Middle East
  • Research on the activities of the nuclear weapons lobby
  • 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
  • Ability to work with and interpret primary documents
  • Basic skills at analyzing statistics, including familiarity with Excel
  • Interest in/knowledge of the issues, policies, and political actors
  • 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)
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your 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, you are the sole author)

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Win Without War

The Win Without War coalition is a program of the Center for International Policy, committed to helping build a better, more just and more peaceful world by advancing progressive alternatives to America’s over-militarized foreign policy.

Multiple positions are available with Win Without War. They include a social media and digital communications internship, policy and advocacy internship, and campaigns and partnerships internship.  

The ideal candidates for any internship with Win Without War will:

  • Have a passionate commitment to progressive values and to an American foreign policy rooted in those values.
  • Have the ability to work independently when necessary and execute multiple simultaneous tasks on tight deadlines.
  • Have an ability to accept constructive feedback in meaningful, productive ways.
  • Be excited about working in a fast-paced, small team in an activist environment.
  • Be heart-driven, positive, collaborative, fun and kind – and want to be part of a team and network that feels that way too.
  • WWW interns will receive a stipend of $500 per month to help cover expenses incurred during their internship.

Social Media and Digital Communications Intern

Description

The Social Media and Digital Communications Intern will provide direct support for our Digital and Communications programs as we strive to keep our members, partners, allies, and media stakeholders engaged and informed across multiple digital and media platforms.

Duties

  • Supporting content production and maintenance of social media platforms on a daily basis
  • Producing news and other media reports/roundups
  • Tracking social media and website analytics
  • Assisting with executing social media strategies
  • Researching key media stakeholders
  • Assisting with drafting media advisories
  • Creating and distributing content to help publicize Win Without War’s work and progressive foreign policy values across various digital and media platforms
  • Supporting staff with other programmatic work when necessary

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Interest in digital communications strategies and technologies
  • Impeccable proofreading skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing skills with a strong sense of tone
  • Proficiency with leading social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter

Experience with one or more of the following areas isn’t required, but is a plus:

  • Knowledge of HTML
  • Web design and content management
  • Graphic design and video editing

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

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your 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)

Policy and Advocacy Intern

The Policy and Advocacy intern will support our Policy and Advocacy programs as we work with partners in Congress and research and advocate on legislation and policies related to our issue sets.

Duties

  • Drafting policy memos and Congressional education resources such as fact sheets, backgrounders and messaging guidance
  • Updating organizational Congressional statements trackers on a daily basis
  • Monitoring legislative developments on Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, refugee resettlement, arms sales, the defense budget, climate, development and related issues
  • Providing event coordination and communications support for Congressional briefings and/or other events
  • Supporting staff with other programmatic work when necessary

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Interest in/knowledge of U.S. legislative and political processes
  • Interest in/knowledge of the issues, policies, and political actors
  • Interest in progressive politics
  • Impeccable attention to detail, excellent writing skills

Experience with one or more of the following areas isn’t required, but is a plus:

  • Previous experience with Congress and/or elected officials
  • Grassroots advocacy and political organizing, such as canvassing, phone banking, organizing town halls, etc.

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

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your 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)

Campaigns and Partnerships Intern

The Campaigns and Partnerships intern will provide support for organizational campaigning, partner engagement, and internal knowledge management systems.

Duties

  • Tracking national and global campaigns by attending meetings, conducting internet research, and creating summaries for program staff including directors
  • Research for work products that strengthen the case for broader foreign policy involvement of US progressive organizations and activists.
  • Supporting compilation and organization of internal documents and knowledge management systems
  • Drafting public education resources, such as grassroots toolkits and messaging documents
  • Tracking and evaluating grassroots actions and looking for improvements
  • Supporting staff with other programmatic work when necessary

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Interest in/knowledge of cross-movement campaigns and outreach
  • Interest in/knowledge of relevant issues, policies, and political actors
  • Interest in a broad set of progressive foreign policy issues (global security, climate change, development, human rights, refugees, public health, etc.)
  • Attention to detail, excellent writing skills
  • Very organized

Experience with one or more of the following areas isn’t required, but is a plus:

  • Previous experience with or interest in coalitions and advocacy organizations.
  • Grassroots advocacy and political organizing, such as canvassing, phone banking, organizing town halls, etc.

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

  • A cover letter (please include your desired start date, end date, and weekly schedule)
  • CIP is committed to building a diverse internship program which will help to cultivate a more diverse community of practice in the field of US Foreign Policy.  We believe inclusion leads to more creativity and better work environments.  What strengths will you bring to this internship to help CIP achieve this goal?  Please answer this in your 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)

 

The Win Without War coalition is composed of organizations representing a diverse and inclusive movement to radically shift American foreign policy in a progressive direction. We also recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion on the staff level as well, particularly from communities disproportionately harmed by the militaristic nationalism driving America’s foreign policy.

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The Center for International Policy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status refugee status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.