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 with the subject SAM Comms Internship Application:

  • 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 with the subject SAM Regional Internship Application:

  • 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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Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

This intern will have the opportunity to work with the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, one of the only programs in D.C. dedicated to investigating the ways in which foreign governments seek to influence U.S. foreign policy. Candidates should have a strong interest in discovering how foreign powers impact U.S. foreign policy, as well as strong research and writing skills.

Duties

  • Using quantitative skills 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
  • Research on U.S. policies relating to arms transfers, including consequences of those arms transfers
  • Research on foreign governments lobbying for, or against, arms sales to the Middle East
  • Attending forums and events on foreign relations and influence

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 with the subject line ASP/FITI Internship Application:

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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Arms & Security / Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative

This intern will have the 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 with the subject line FITI Internship Application:

  • 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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Africa Program

This intern will have the unique opportunity to work with CIP’s newest program focused on Africa. The intern will not only gain an understanding of US policies towards Africa, their impact on the region, and alternative approaches to critical issues there, but help develop the Africa Program itself. Candidates should have an interest in African countries as well as strong research and writing skills.

Duties

  • Compile background information for op-eds and blog posts as needed
  • Conduct research on U.S. policies and attitudes towards to Africa
  • Attend Congressional Hearings and NGO meetings on relevant subject matter
  • Compile and update database of statistics for countries and regions within Africa
  • Track US security, development and humanitarian assistance in the region
  • Other duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability to work with and interpret primary documents
  • Interest in/knowledge of key issues, policies, and political actors
  • Attention to detail, excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated familiarity with foreign policy issues relating to Africa
  • Strong research skills
  • Graduate student preferred.

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org with the subject line Africa Program Internship Application:

  • 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)
  • A short writing sample (3-5 pages, an excerpt from a longer paper is fine, on a relevant topic if possible, of which you are the sole author)

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CIP Development & Fundraising

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 with the subject Dev/Comms Internship Application:

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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CIP Communications

The Communications internship is a unique opportunity to work closely with CIP staff and the Executive Director to aid in the development of an organization-wide, comprehensive communications strategy.  In this position, you’ll be able to fine-tune your social media, web management, and communications skills, while gaining valuable first-hand experience in a non-profit environment. The Communications Intern will work 3-5 days a week and will receive a nominal stipend to offset costs incurred during your internship.

Responsibilities

  • Maintaining social media presence and highlighting CIP’s work on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts;
  • Tracking social media and website analytics;
  • Updating website with latest news, media hits, and expert content;
  • Working with the staff to help create posts for Twitter and Facebook, media advisories, and email blasts;
  • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive media list;
  • Assisting in the overall development of a comprehensive communications strategy
  • Help staff develop messaging and branding campaigns

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 demonstrated interest in international affairs and human rights who can capture current events and information for our emails, social media, and website;
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of digital or multimedia communications;
  • Familiarity with managing organizational social media accounts;
  • Must be comfortable reaching out to press;
  • Familiarity with Wix and Bloomerang platforms are a plus;
  • Graduate level student or professional preferred

To apply, please submit the following to internships@ciponline.org with the subject CIP Comms Internship Application:

  • 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)

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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.