An internship at the Center for Civilians in Conflict is a rigorous and rewarding experience, requiring strong research skills, a working knowledge of international humanitarian law and practice, and an exceptional level of maturity and focus. Our interns and fellows have participated in high-level Washington DC meetings and war games with elected and military officials, traveled to military bases to receive training in protection of civilians, and often have the opportunity to design and advocate for their own projects within the Center’s scope of work. They have gone on to full-time employment in organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Department of Defense, Department of State, Open Society Institute, and the World Bank.
This internship is open to current graduate level students, those who have recently completed graduate studies, or those with an undergraduate degree and relevant work experience.
Internship duties may include, but are not limited to:
● Researching the many issues around civilians in conflict and drafting relevant pieces including op-eds, blogs, grant reports, and policy briefs;
● Drafting organizational, policy advocacy, and supporter correspondence;
● Creating briefing books for meetings and missions;
● Monitoring conflicts and countries of interest;
● Maintaining databases tracking compensation, civilian casualties and displacement statistics, quotes and grants;
● Copy-editing organizational documents including supporter communications, press releases, blogs, letters of inquiry, and grant applications;
● Conducting in-depth research for the purpose of drafting speeches and other prepared remarks;
● Functioning as a self-sustaining member of our team.
Applicants should be flexible and have confidence in handling multiple tasks, as well as the ability to work independently. Applicants are expected to have excellent writing and research skills and should anticipate using these skills frequently. Interns will be expected to maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information.
Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship and interns should be available for a period of at least four months, beginning in late August, 2017.
This is an unpaid internship; interns working in the Washington DC office qualify for a small daily stipend for food and travel.
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