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.

Full-time interns will be provided with a nominal 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 at the end of January 2018 for reporting purposes. The stipend amount varies by program, and is listed with each internship description.

The following spring internships are available:

 

Global Progressive Hub

Global Progressive Hub is a program for the Center for International Policy, bringing together leaders across the movement to build power for a peaceful, just, prosperous, sustainable and equitable world. The GPH intern will gain an understanding of foreign policy issues from human rights to the threat of nuclear war and how coalitions interact with the government to influence public policy. The stipend for this internship will be $500 per month.

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 GPH fellows.
  • General media work help, including helping build GPH's social media presence and posting content on a regular basis. 

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)

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 $1,000 per semester. 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)
  • 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. 

 

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. The stipend for this internship will be $500 per month.

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)

 

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. The stipend for this internship will be $1,000 for the semester.

Duties

  • Research grants, foundations, funding opportunities, and fundraising strategies
  • Coordinate logistics for the October board meeting and board/staff retreat
  • 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)
  • Resume

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.