Protecting Civilians in Conflict Internship, Stimson Center – Washington, DC

Apply by 07-Sep-2018 (EST)
Washington, DC, USA
Intern – Full Time
The Protecting Civilians in Conflict program at Stimson offers unpaid internships for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Stimson is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security. The Protecting Civilians in Conflict program addresses challenging analytical questions related to preventing, interrupting, and mitigating violence against civilians in armed conflict, particularly in the context of UN peace operations.

An internship with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to build upon prior experience relevant to peace operations and conflict mitigation, as well as for those with little experience but who can articulate a strong interest in the field. Interns are a vital part of the team, working closely with the program’s junior and senior staff. They also engage in the life of Stimson overall, interacting with staff from other Stimson programs and participating in the Center’s events. An internship with the program advances participants’ knowledge and skill base and strengthens their understanding of peace operations, conflict resolution, and broader foreign policy issues.

Internships with the Protecting Civilians in Conflict program are predominately research-based, but interns should be prepared in addition to assuming some administrative duties. We welcome applications from undergraduate, graduate and professional candidates. Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference is often given to those available 30+ hours per week.

Specific responsibilities can include:

  • Assisting with project research and analysis
  • Creating fact sheets, literature reviews, and memos
  • Reviewing and editing publications
  • Representing Stimson at events around DC and writing meeting summaries


  • Demonstrated interest in conflict resolution/prevention, international affairs, foreign policy, defense/security policy, humanitarian issues, and/or human rights
  • Research skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and the ability to organize materials logically
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work
  • Flexibility to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Initiative, maturity, and professionalism
  • Computer skills relevant to an office setting


  • Familiarity with peace operations and their activities
  • Proficiency in French
  • International experience

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