Jobs & Internships at CIP


We are currently seeking a 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 will begin reviewing summer 2016 intern applications in March and continue on a rolling basis.  Summer internships usually run mid-May through early-August. You will find internship descriptions and how to apply below. 

Available positions include:

  • Financial Transparency Coalition - Graduate Student Internship
  • 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


Financial Transparency Coalition Graduate Internship

The Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) is a global network of civil society, governments, and experts. We work to curtail illicit financial flows through the promotion of a transparent, accountable, and sustainable financial system that works for everyone. We have presences in Berlin, Brussels, Lima, London, Nairobi and New Delhi, and our international secretariat is located in Washington, DC.

We are seeking a dynamic graduate intern to join the team this summer. The FTC intern will work out of the secretariat in Washington, D.C. and contribute to a variety of projects from research projects to blog posts to intelligence gathering.

As a graduate intern at the Financial Transparency Coalition, you will gain unique insight into how international development organizations advocate for social change around the world. 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).

About the FTC’s work

Over the past half century, the shadow financial system has grown more complex, and the tools to hide and move money undetected have proliferated. Corporations can earn record profits while hiding billions offshore to avoid paying taxes. Corrupt government officials can pilfer state revenues to buy luxury apartments in New York City unbeknownst to their citizens. Criminals engaged in drug trafficking, poaching, and other crimes can launder their ill-gotten gains.

Whether it’s through anonymous companies and tax havens, or simply through the lack of regular communication between authorities across borders, illicit financial flows—money that’s illegally earned, transferred or utilized – now amount to nearly a trillion dollars flowing out of developing countries each year. The Coalition urges international organizations, governments, and the financial community to improve transparency in the global financial system by taking a few clear steps to level the playing field.


  • 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 the FTC blog
  • Monitor news on illicit financial flows
  • Contribute to projects that support the secretariat’s operations

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Graduate or undergraduate work in international relations, international development, political science, political economy or a related major
  • Intellectual curiosity and strong research skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with deadlines and time management

Preferred Experience or Skills

  • Experience living or traveling in developing countries
  • 1-3 years’ previous work experience

The graduate internship is unpaid, but we work with universities to provide internship credit and/or fulfill internship requirements, and we have a track record of career advising and placing exceptional interns.

Application Instructions:

  • To apply, please submit a cover letter (1 page), a resume (maximum 2 pages) and at least 3 references. Recommendation letter(s) are appreciated but optional;
  • Applications should be emailed to In the subject line, please put “Graduate Intern”.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


Fundraising and Development Internship

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

Please note, only a resume and cover letter are required for Fundraising and Development intern applications.


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 Internship

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

For all internships without application instructions above, 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 note, only a resume and cover letter are required for Fundraising and Development intern applications. There are separate application instructions for FTC Graduate Internship in the section above. 

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"  You will receive an automated response when your application has been received. We will reply if interested. Please save as a contact to avoid our emails being marked as spam.

Thank you!