Jobs & Internships at CIP


We are currently seeking:

Social and Digital Media Associate for the Financial Transparency Coalition


CIP offers unpaid internships to current students and recent graduates every spring, summer, and fall.  We are currently recruiting for the spring term which will run January 4, 2016- May 13, 2016. Weekly schedules are flexible, but are generally Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm with an hour for lunch.  

Available positions include:

  • Financial Transparency Coalition Intern
  • Fundraising and Development Intern
  • Security Assistance Monitor - Africa Intern
  • Security Assistance Monitor - Middle East North Africa Intern
  • Security Assistance Monitor - Central Eurasia Intern
  • Security Assistance Monitor - Latin America and the Caribbean Intern
  • Security Assistance Monitor - Communications Intern
  • Win Without War, Arms & Security Intern

Internship descriptions and how to apply below. 

Financial Transparency Coalition

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 for the spring semester. 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 conferences.

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).


  • 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

Essential Skills and 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 Experience or Skills

  • Experience using content management systems like WordPress
  • Previous internship experience

Fundraising and Development Intern

The Fundraising and Development 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 3 full days per week, with an hour break for lunch, from Jan. 4th through May 13th. 


  • Coordinate logistics for the spring board meeting and take the minutes
  • Research grants, funding opportunities, and fundraising strategies
  • Maintain and update databases 
  • Help prepare the mid-year fundraising campaign through mailings, email outreach, and social media
  • Send acknowledgment letters and tax receipts to donors 
  • Assist with planning for fundraiser events


  • Enthusiasm for CIP's mission of promoting diplomacy, 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


Only resume and cover letter required.

Security Assistance Monitor Internships (5)

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.


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


  • 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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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 Intern

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.


  • 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


  • 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

How to Apply

Please submit the following:

  • 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)

Please email your application materials to For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: "Your Last Name- Desired Position" for example, "Smith- Win Without War, Arms & Security Intern."

When attaching your files, please include your last name in all file names as well. For example "Smith- Cover Letter.docx" or "Smith- Win Without War, Arms & Security" 

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